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Arrowsmith Little Big Band takes to the stage

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January 15, 2013 · 11:13 AM
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One of the most respected acts in the Georgia Straight Jazz Society performance season is the Arrowsmith Big Band, an 18-piece lineup of some of Vancouver Island’s most seasoned and respected musicians.

But here’s the twist: Continuing with our post New Year small combo theme, this is your opportunity to listen to the crème de la crème as the Arrowsmith Little Big Band takes the Elks’ stage at 7:30 this Thursday.

This amazing quintet will carry the audience through an evening of Latin, swing, bop and blues, as they combine a unique blend of vocals, horns and outstanding grooves.

The quintet comprises Claudio Fantinato (saxophones); Colin Campbell (Guitar, vocals, trumpet and flugelhorn); Gary Hodi (piano and vocals); Doug Gretsinger (bass) and Wayne Finucan (percussion).

Those of you who already know the big band will need no further testimonial about the these top calibre musicians, but the exciting aspect of this week’s performance is this first-time opportunity to listen to the core talent of the big band as these five perform as a small combo.

Society members are encouraged to attend the AGM this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks’ – preceding the live jazz. As in previous years, appetizers will be served at the meeting.

The society is actively seeking a limited number of volunteers who would be interested in participating in setup and sound for our Thursday and Sunday acts. Previous experience is desirable, but we are more than willing to train new volunteers. If you are interested, tell the GSJS through its website.

Tickets will be on sale this Thursday for the next ticketed event — the Jennifer Hodge All Stars concert Feb. 10. They may also be purchased at Bop City in Courtenay, and Red Carpet in Comox.

For more information about the Georgia Straight Jazz Society and its forthcoming events, visit georgiastraightjazz.com or see them on Facebook.

— Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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