Thursday night jazz at the Elks’ features last year’s most popular performer (based on attendance, that is) when Jenn Forsland takes the microphone at 7:30 p.m.
All of her fans take note: come early for the best seating. Come late, and you may just have to stand at the back of the lounge. When Jenn last appeared on our stage last March, a near-capacity crowd turned out to witness her superb show.
For nearly three years, the members of the Jenn Forsland Quartet have been sharing music with one another and engaging Valley audiences with their broad repertoire. Forsland, a local musician and teacher, fronts this fantastic collection of musicians.
Trained classically as a vocalist and piano player, her smooth, lyrical tone combined with creative rhythmic flexibility produces an easy-listening experience for audiences. She engages audiences with a charming ability to tell the story of each song. Now Forsland has added a new dimension to the group by lending her skills on the keys.
Also featured in the band are veteran Valley musicians Grahame Edwards on bass and Rick Husband on guitar. Both players have contributed tirelessly to the local scene for many years and bring a sensitivity and skill to the music that is unparalleled.
Rounding out the ensemble on tenor/alto/soprano saxophone and flute is Tony Morrison, an adventuresome player who solos with passion and imagination.
You can expect to hear selections ranging from the traditional jazz standards to jazz arrangements of contemporary music from the pop, blues and rock genres.
Admission is by donation.
Tickets will be on sale for the Dee Daniels concert on Nov. 20. Prices are $12 for Georgia Straight Jazz Society members and $16 for non-members. Alternatively, they may be purchased at Bop City in Courtenay and Videos n More in Comox.
— Georgia Straight Jazz Society