A casual evening of jazz on Denman Island this Saturday will feature local favourite Ken Hatch (solo guitar/trumpet) and Gary Manzer (rhythm guitar).
They will be joined by special guests Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals and Grahame Edwards on bass.
No stranger to the local music scene, Masri draws his inspiration from classical repertoire to musical theatre to Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and Bebop styles. His passion for jazz is directly linked to artists such as Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Arturo Sandoval.
Since moving to Comox in 2002, Jake has appeared with Quintessence Brass; 6th Street, Jazztown, Forbidden Jazz Trio, Lensmen, & Jazz Noir combos; Sounds of 17, Georgia Straight, Arrowsmith, & CR Big Bands; Zandhunga Latin Combo, Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, and Just in Time Jazz Choir.
Talented multi-instrumentalist Grahame Edwards studied music at the University of British Columbia and holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.
Aside from acoustic and electric bass, Grahame also plays percussion and trumpet. He has appeared with countless local ensembles and productions in every genre from choral to musical theatre, big band jazz to classical.
His first musical love, however, lies with improvised music and he enjoys playing and composing his own jazz tunes. In addition to performing, Grahame has taught privately and in the Campbell River School District.
A suggested donation of $10 per person includes snacks and refreshments and music commences at 7 p.m. Due to limited seating, reserve in advance by contacting Rick or Ann Paisley at 250-650-8533.