The Georgia Strait Jazz Society features a jazz quartet this week, when the Graham Shonwise Soul Jazz Quartet takes the Avalanche stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The band features Graham Shonwise on sax; Hans Verhoeven, drums; Andrew Janusson, guitar; and James Darling, Hammond B-3 organ. This performance will include hard swinging bebop music with a dose of church, and a taste of funk. This recently formed group has been thrilling Nanaimo audiences.
This is a Courtenay debut appearance for the band, and it serves to show how fortunate we are in the Comox Valley to be able to attract the young and vigorous talent in this region, courtesy of the jazz program at Vancouver Island University.
Parents with teenagers are encouraged to bring them in to sample the excitement of live modern jazz music, as the Avalanche is now licensed to allow minors.
Admission is $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.
A schedule of upcoming GSJS performances can be found at www.georgiastaightjazz.com and on Facebook.