Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents Indigo Jazz at the Avalanche Bar and Grill

Comox Valley’s own Indigo Jazz plays for Georgia Straight Jazz Society

Who needs cannabis legalization when you’ve got Indigo Jazz?

Dale Graham (vocals), Rick Husband (guitar), John Hyde (bass), Aaron Amar (drums) and Jay Havelaar (trumpet) will have you tripping out on their sound Thursday, May 16 at the Avalanche Bar and Grill (275 Eighth St., Courtenay).

Way back in ’36, Cole Porter was swinging hard with his tune Ridin’ High and Ella recorded When I Get Low I Get High. Decades later, Stevie Wonder found himself Too High, Lennon and McCartney told of the Fool on the Hill and Lucy in the Sky, and Sun Ra was just an out-of-this-world kind of guy. The High Life is a theme as perennial as the grass.

Graham has a 25-year presence on the Vancouver Island music scene. Her sound is warm and intoxicating, her rhythms and tone are precise, and she swings like crazy. She performs with Indigo Jazz and Swing Set vocal jazz quartet, and has guested with island big bands, Marty Steele, Jazz Noir, and Blue Monks.

Husband, guitarist, paid his dues with 16 years in Victoria-area big bands, before his retirement move to the Comox Valley allowed him to indulge his craving for small jazz combos. He is active in Indigo Jazz and the seven-piece contemporary jazz / jazz fusion band Sympatico, and recently guested in the Nanaimo Have You Heard? concert series.

Hyde has spent over four decades as a high-end freelance bassist and music educator.

Performing credits include appearances with Lee Konitz, Don Thomson, Hugh Fraser, Marion McPartland, and PJ Perry. His multiple recordings include work as a sideman and leader, most recently in duo format with guitarist Jeff Drummond.

Amar studied with jazz drumming icon Jim Blackley, and was active in the 1990s Toronto jazz scene, before he migrated west to become the Comox Valley’s own first-call drummer.

His polyrhythmic approach is reminiscent of Elvin Jones, with a smoking-hot energy and responsiveness that shines in a small combo setting.

Havelaar, on trumpet, hits the high notes. But also the low notes, and everything in between, with a melodic lyricism that doesn’t miss out on rhythmic feel.

He is active in multiple big bands and jazz combos, in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.

For this outing, the Indigo Jazz quintet chases the High Life, East of the Sun, to Saturn, and beyond. No smoke in your eyes, no ruinous consequences, just a touch of Stardust that may prove addictive.

Join them Thursday, May 16 at the Avalanche Bar and Grill at 7:30 pm.

Admission is $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.

Tickets for the May 30 Susannah Adams & Edie Daponte concert will be for sale: $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Island College announces 2020 graduation award winners

North Island College has announced the award recipients for the 2020 Graduation… Continue reading

Couple opts for plan B for wedding in Courtenay

Pandemic restrictions prompt April Powell and Hayden Eely to change plans for the big day

‘Someone knows something’: a look into Vancouver Island missing persons with interactive map

There are more than three dozen people listed as missing throughout Vancouver Island

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Union Bay water plant now finished

Work allows health authority to lift boil water advisory

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Most Read