Forbidden Jazz back at Zocalo

Forbidden Jazz Trio returns to Zocalo Café for an evening performance this Friday.

Forbidden Jazz Trio returns to Zocalo Café for an evening performance this Friday.

The group, consisting of Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals, Jim Chew on guitar, and Grahame Edwards on upright bass, hopes to reach audiences of all ages by performing a wide variety of timeless jazz standards.

Representing more than four decades of experience, their unique blend of voice, brass, and strings promise to weave their collective magic through two sets of entertaining music.

Chew has explored all areas of music over the past 35 years, from trios to show bands, both live and in the studio. During his teens, Jim was inspired by Django Reinhardt, and went on to study classical guitar for three years. He eventually discovered a passion for jazz, which led him on a path of playing and teaching in the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary.

Talented multi-instrumentalist 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.

No stranger to the local music scene, Masri studied jazz, which exposed him to pros such as Mike Herriot, Bill Clarke and Hugh Fraser during the local CYMC summer program.

You’re invited to a casual, entertaining evening of jazz. Music commences at 7:30 p.m. and admission is by donation.

For more information, contact Zocalo Café and Gallery at 250-331-0933, visit www.zocalocafe.ca or or simply drop by the corner of Fifth Street and Cliffe Avenue  in downtown Courtenay.

— Forbidden Jazz

 

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