Desperation times at The Little Red Church

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.






Just Posted

Film documents transformation of snowboarders, surfers

Former professional athletes forged deep ties with communities

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Transitioning back into the world

Courtenay man had been living outdoors before starting Sally Ann program

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Most Read