Codi Jazz Quintet kicks off Bates Friday Night Jazz

Friday, Jan. 16 The Little Red Church 7:30 p.m.

Claudio Fontinato will be playing sax for the Codi Jazz Quintet.

Starting this Friday, Jan. 16, the Bates Beach Farm Jazz Series moves to Friday nights.

Going forward, performances will now be on the third Friday of every month.

The Codi Jazz Quintet hits the stage at the Little Red Church at 7:30.

This group combines a unique blend of vocals, horns, guitar and an outstanding beat, from a swinging rhythm section. You can count on soulful melodies and harmonies from this five-piece combo that includes some of Vancouver Island’s finest jazz musicians:

Claudio Fontinato (pictured) – Highly respected, this first-call alto musician brings a level of intensity and finesse to his playing that is a rare treat. Claudio’s soloing expertise is simply amazing.

Wayne Finucan – Legendary drummer for world-renowned jazz guitarist Lenny Breau (Check out YouTube) Finucan has done it all, including working in the music and film industry. His musical expertise takes every performance to a higher level.

Doug Gretsinger – One of the most accomplished bassists on Vancouver Island, Gretsinger’s high calibre skills complement small ensembles to big bands.

A prodigious soloist, this outstanding musician perfectly complements this quintet.

Gary Hodi – Well-known and respected for his sensitive expertise on keyboard and outstanding vocals, Hodi’s on-stage energy is infectious and his interpretation of jazz classics one of a kind.

Colin Campbell – A fabulous multi-instrumental musician on guitar, vocals, trumpet and flugelhorn, Colin has shared the stage with some of the finest musicians in this part of the country, present company included.

The Bates Beach Farm Jazz series is made possible by the generous financial and volunteer support of the Obal family (Grace, Mike and Ben).

The Jazz Series is a family friendly venue with a concession offering tea, coffee, soft beverages and goodies. Net profit from the concession is matched by Sunwest RV for the benefit of veterans with PTSD.

Doors open at 7 and performance begins at 7:30. Tickets at the door $12. Advance tickets $10 available at Bop City in Courtenay and the Red Carpet Boutique in Comox.


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