Forbidden Jazz Trio returns to 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.

Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals; Jim Chew on guitar, and Grahame Edwards on bass strive 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 will weave their collective magic through two sets of entertaining music.

Joining the trio on lead guitar is Jim Chew. Over the past 35 years, Jim has explored all areas of music — 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.  When he wasn’t immersing himself in jazz, he supplemented his income as a commercial freelance musician.  This experience left him with a broad base of influences which he now applies directly to his playing style.

Jim resides in Campbell River and frequently performs with a wide variety of local talented musicians including keyboard master and vocalist Ralph Barrat.

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, and enjoys sharing his music by conducting workshops and clinics.

Over the years, he has studied with many respected Jazz musicians including Don Clarke, Phil Nimmons, Chris Nelson, and Paul Horn.

No stranger to the local music scene, Jake Masri draws his inspiration from classical repertoire to musical theater 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.

As a performance major at VCC, UVIC UBC, Jake studied trumpet with Boyd Hood, Gerald Gerbrecht and trombonist Dave Robbins.  His studies in jazz exposed him to pros such as Mike Herriot, Bill Clarke and Hugh Fraser during the local CYMC summer program.  Among his favorite vocal instructors are Ann Mortifee, Rhiannon, Ysaye Barnwell, & Wendy Nixon Stothert.

Since moving to Comox in 2002, Jake has appeared with Quintessence Brass; 6th Street, Jazztown, and Jazz Noir combos; Sounds of 17, Georgia Straight, Arrowsmith and CR Big Bands; Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, and Just in Time Jazz Choir.

Music commences Friday at 7:30 p.m. and admission is by donation. For more information, contact Zocalo Café and Gallery at 250-331-0933, visit www.zocalo.ca or simply drop by the corner of Fifth Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay.

— Forbidden Jazz

Just Posted

Courtenay widow turns to Town of Comox for commemorative item to honour late husband

After being turned down by City of Courtenay, Laurance Stratton found Comox more receptive

Boomer Jerritt next North Island College Artist Talk speaker

Acclaimed Comox Valley photographer, artist and world traveller Boomer Jerritt is coming… Continue reading

App designed to help cut waste and grocery bills

Food security advocates say addressing poverty is ultimate key

VIDEO: Saanich resident shocked when trespasser licks security camera, rummages through mail

‘I found the situation really bizarre,’ said the Gordon Head resident

School district launches catchment consultation process in the Comox Valley

Comox Valley Schools is commencing an important boundary catchment consultation process beginning… Continue reading

Report suggests new BC Ferries terminal near YVR

Metro Vancouver currently has two ferry terminals at northern and southern reaches

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Environment Canada issues gale warnings for western Vancouver Island

Gale warnings in effect for most of Vancouver Island and west coast Mainland

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Canucks hang on for 3-2 win over Rangers in New York

Vancouver scores three times in first period

Most Read