John Lee Trio is coming to the Avalanche this Thursday. Photo submitted

Crescendo coming to the Avalanche jazz night Thursday

With only five weeks remaining in the current performance year (September to May), Georgia Straight Jazz Society is building a crescendo of great acts.

After last week’s roof-raising performance by the Ryan Oliver Quartet which introduced a full audience to new heights in tenor sax performance, we’re continuing with a return performance by John Lee Trio this Thursday.

Lee, is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston after studying with three-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

Lee performed with Cyrus Chestnut, George Colligan, Larry Fuller and Seamus Blake in early 2015.

We’re never quite sure which John Lee will be performing because of his instrumental diversity. For those fans who follow his career, you will be excited to know that Lee will be playing drums this Thursday, with Liam MacKay, Guitar, and Tony Genge on Hammond B3 organ.

Genge has performed with Phil Dwyer, Neil Swainson, Kieran Overs, and Terry O’Mahoney. He’s the most sought-after jazz organist on the Island, and among Canada’s great keyboard artists.

Lee’s shows are always exciting, and you shouldn’t pass the opportunity to hear this exceptional music, starting at 7:30 p.m.

When you attend a performance by John Lee, you can always expect a virtuosic show with a great deal of positive energy.

If you’re a recent addition to the Comox Valley and still coming to terms with what’s on, and you haven’t yet put down any cultural or artistic roots in your new community, come on down and expose yourself to the amazing, friendly and thriving jazz scene in Courtenay at The Avalanche Bar and Grill.

We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our activities, and a quick visit to ‘calendar’ on our website georgiastraightjazz.com confirms the depth and diversity of our bookings.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Come down a little early if you’re planning dinner or meeting friends; John Lee always attracts a good turnout.

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