Arrowsmith Big Band has morphed into the CODI Quintet. Hear them Thursday at the Avalanche.

Arrowsmith Big Band has morphed into the CODI Quintet. Hear them Thursday at the Avalanche.

CODI Quintet: Familiar faces, new branding

Group hits the stage at Avalanche Bar & Grill on Nov. 6




Last month, Georgia Strait Jazz Society members were treated to an exceptional evening of cool music when select members of Arrowsmith Big Band played a two-hour concert.

Well, we’ve been able to secure them for a second session, under their new title, CODI Quintet.

CODI takes the stage at The Avalanche Bar & Grill at 7:30 this Thursday with some new and additional material, when the group will treat the audience to an evening of Latin, swing, bop and blues, combining their unique blend of vocals and horns. These musicians are all veteran players who bring a wealth of experience and passion to their performances.

Meet the band

CODI 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 know the Arrowsmith will already appreciate these fine musicians, but the exciting aspect of this week’s return performance is the opportunity to listen once again to the big band’s core talent as these five perform in a small combo. Colin Campbell expressed his excitement about the return engagement, “You can count on soulful melodies combined with fine harmony. We just want to build on the success of our last concert at the Avalanche. Courtenay has something really special happening with its jazz scene, and we’re proud to be part of it.”

So prepare yourself to be captivated by this smooth combo. Tunes for Thursday’s performance will include Recorda-Me, Stella By Starlight, I Thought About You, And I Love Her, On Green Dolphin Street, Well You Needn’t, I Remember You and Idaho.

Plan on coming down to see why Thursday Night Jazz at the Av has become Vancouver Island’s premier jazz venue. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

B3 Kings at Christmas

And just for an advanced tidbit, we have managed to book B3 Kings for their special Christmas concert on Dec. 20. Christmas already you ask? This is just to let you know that tickets will be going on sale later this month, and you should mark your calendar now.

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