The Beltone Jazz Series continues this Thursday performing the best of the Dixieland sound with Bill Cave and the Desperation Jazz Band. Now in its 30th year of performing, this Comox Valley band is still going strong.
Over the years, the Desperation Jazz Band has performed at countless venues in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria and of course, the Comox Valley, most notably at the previous Hot Jazz festivals. Not that many years ago, the Band performed on Jimmy Pattison’s yacht for none other than Ms. Oprah Winfrey.
Many changes have occurred since this seven-man group was originally formed. Past members include the late Danny Bell on vocals and singing in the Louie Armstrong style, of whome the band will pay tribute to on Thursday.
Sadly, the band also notes the recent passing of original band member and drummer, Len Wilkie.
Also, well known local favourite Dave Roberts performed in the DJB, as did Mike Kirkwood. Around 2000, Bill Cave took over playing cornet in place of Noel Thomas.
Current personnel are Bill Cave (cornet), Claudio Fantinato (clarinet) , Wayne Finucan (drums) Paul Nuez (trombone), Moe Christianson (bass) and on piano, original band member, Tom Pagdin.
The evening promises to be very memorable, with a few special surprises planned.
The Beltone Jazz Series is a family friendly venue, located at The Little Red Church hall in Comox. Tea, Coffee, Soft beverages and goodies, by donation to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society.
The Beltone Jazz Series is presented with the generous support of Jeff and Sharon Germain, owners of Beltone Hearing Care Centres.
Advance tickets are $10 and available at Bop City in Courtenay and The Red Carpet Boutique in Comox. Doors open at 7 and performance begins at 7:30.