Arrowsmith Big Band goes Small for Georgia Strait Thursday Night Jazz

The Arrowsmith Small Band – Colin Campbell

The Arrowsmith Small Band – Colin Campbell




One of the most respected acts in our performance season is Arrowsmith Big Band; an 18-piece lineup of some of Vancouver Island’s most seasoned and respected musicians.

But here’s the twist: this is your opportunity to listen to the crème de la crème as the Arrowsmith Small Band takes the stage at The Avalanche Bar & Grill 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 band members are all veteran players who bring a wealth of experience and passion to their performances

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 rare opportunity to listen to the core talent of the big band as these five perform as a small combo.

So be prepared to be captivated by this great combo; sit back, close your eyes, and let the music carry you away. Tunes for this performance will include Joy Spring, Stella By Starlight, Sugar, I Thought About You, Norwegian Wood, On Green Dolphin Street, Well You Needn’t and Triste.

Seeking volunteers

The Georgia Strait Jazz Society is actively seeking a limited number of volunteers who would be interested in participating in set-up and sound.

Previous experience is desirable, but we are more than happy to train new volunteers. If you are interested, please let us know by contacting us at Thursday Night Jazz, or through our web page. It’s a great way to get involved with a good group of people, and to participate in the presentation of live music at Vancouver Island’s premier jazz club.


Georgia Strait Jazz Society members are reminded to mark their calendars for the AGM at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 30.


For more information about forthcoming activities, or to see Peter Sinclair and Bill Jorgensen’s stunning gallery of photographs of previous concerts from the past year or so, please visit us at