Comox guitarist leads cool jazz combo in Courtenay gig

It’s almost a year and a half since the Anderson Jazz Syndicate appeared on the Thursday Night Jazz stage.

GUITARIST DOUG ANDERSON leads the Anderson Jazz Syndicate in the next Georgia Straight Jazz Society concert at the Avalanche Bar & Grill.

GUITARIST DOUG ANDERSON leads the Anderson Jazz Syndicate in the next Georgia Straight Jazz Society concert at the Avalanche Bar & Grill.

It’s almost a year and a half since the Anderson Jazz Syndicate appeared on the Thursday Night Jazz stage, and you are invited to listen to some of the coolest jazz music in the Valley.

For the Oct. 24 gig, the Syndicate will appear as a trio, bringing its signature sound to jazz standards, originals, bossa tunes and ballads.

The group is under the leadership of Comox guitar player Doug Anderson, who adds original compositions to the performance, including Dragonfly Trail, a composition he wrote for a favourite Gulf Island location. Key among these will be a terrific new number, Shadowgraphs, a Latin tune composed in ¾ time.

Doug will be accompanied by the perennial John Hyde on bass, and Aaron Amar on drums.

Amar brings his professional jazz experience from Toronto, where he was active on the jazz scene for several years. His rhythmic talents are much sought after and he has performed with numerous local groups.

Expect to hear a mixture of standard tunes as well.

As Doug says, “For us, the trio setting offers an open format which allows for a great deal of musical interaction and interplay, and therefore each instrument plays a pivotal role in shaping the music.”

Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Avalanche Bar & Grill on Eighth Street in Courtenay.

For more information on this, and other Georgia Straight Jazz Society events, visit www.georgiastraightjazz.com or follow us on Facebook.

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Jazz fans, please note: tickets are now on sale for the Turboprop concert Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., so don’t miss the opportunity to listen to this wonderful high-energy Toronto/New York sextet, led by the great drummer Ernesto Cervini. Check out http://youtu.be/GgLnVzTqZxg if you want a free sample.

Tickets are available from Bop City in Courtenay and Red Carpet in Comox, as well as The Avalanche.

— Georgia Straight Jazz Society