Forsland and group making sweet Sunday Sounds at Filberg Park in Comox

The Jenn Forsland Group was formed in early 2008 by a group of local musicians looking to share their passion for jazz with one another.

The Jenn Forsland Group was formed in early 2008 by a group of local musicians looking to share their passion for jazz with one another.

In addition to performing at various private events, the band is regularly featured at community events such as Market Days, Sunday Sounds at the Filberg, and the Local Colours Concert Series in Simms Park. They routinely host the Thursday night Jazz Club Series at the Elks for the Georgia Straight Jazz Society.

The group is generous with its time and contributes often to local fundraisers and charity events.

With a broad and colourful repertoire of jazz standards and contemporary tunes, the Jenn Forsland Group entertains audiences with a rich sound, skilled playing, and an enthusiastic appreciation for the jazz idiom.

Forsland leads the ensemble on vocals. She is a graduate of the UVic Music Education program. She works locally as an elementary music teacher, travels as a choral clinician, and teaches private voice and piano lessons from her home studio, directs the Celebration Singers, and performs regularly with SwingSet and the Luke Blu Guthrie Band.

In recent months the Jenn Forsland Group has undergone some significant changes in its lineup.

Ralph Barrat has forfeited the keyboard to Sean Mooney.

“Sean brings a tremendous wealth of skill and talent to the group and has been instrumental in shaping the new tunes. His playful nature and consistent humour, both musically and personally, have infused new energy into old favourites and a unique creative twist,” Forsland says.

Well-known bassist Al West, has retired from JFG.

“Grahame Edwards has joined the group in place of Al and we have been working on a tonne of new tunes; Grahame’s skill and ingenuity on both stand up and fretless electric bass has added a funky, new cerebral perspective on the charts,” says Jenn.

“Both Sean and Grahame have fitted seamlessly into the group and honour the JFG’s tradition of mutual respect for all contributing players. I am truly fortunate to share music with some of the valley’s best musicians and although my name is attached to the group, it is genuinely a collaborative effort.”

Other well-known regular musicians in the group include Rick Husband, guitar; Rob Peterson, drums and Tony Morrison on alto and tenor saxes, and flute.

The Jenn Forsland Group performs Aug. 14 in the Sunday Sounds series at Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Free, but donations are accepted and appreciated.

Further information about the group can be found on the group’s website at jennforsland.com.

— Jenn Forsland Group

Just Posted

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

An activist against human trafficking says the global sex trade is growing fast. Photo by Julian Rivera on Unsplash
Anti-human-trafficking educator appeals to Comox Valley Regional District board

Globalization, unregulated internet, limited law enforcement and a lack of prevention education… Continue reading

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Island’s daily COVID-19 case count drops below 10 for just the second time in 2021

Province reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island Wednesday

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 demo team returning to the Comox Valley for spring training

The team will be in the area from May 16 to 24

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Saanich police and a coroner investigated a fatal crash in the 5200-block of West Saanich Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Police determine speed, impairment not factors in fatal Greater Victoria crash

Driver who died veered across centre line into oncoming traffic for unknown reason, police say

Most Read