Every now and again, the Georgia Strait Jazz Society digresses from straight jazz into a lot of fun, for no other reason than people like to have a good time, and a reminiscence.
This Thursday is one such event when, due to popular demand, the much anticipated tribute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass performs at The Avalanche Bar & Grill at 7:30 p.m.
Spanning a musical career of over 50 years, Alpert built a solid reputation as one of the most successful performing artists of the 20th century. He co-wrote his first of many hit singles, The Lonely Bull, back in 1962 while attending a bullfight (featuring a local mariachi band) in Tijuana, Mexico. Due to a growing demand for live appearances, the “Brass”, comprising some of the best L.A. session musicians, was formed in 1964 and it soon became one of the highest paid acts in show business. Tijuana Brass awards and honours include five No. 1 hits, 28 albums on the Billboard charts, eight Grammy Awards, 14 platinum albums, 15 gold albums, and more than 72 million albums sold worldwide.
The local ‘Brass’
Thursday’s lineup is not quite so illustrious, but the fun level will be no less, with guitarist Rick Husband, keyboard master Michael Eddy, drummer Neil Clark, Jake Masri and Jay Havelaar on trumpet, and Grahame Edwards on bass.
If you loved the happy music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, then this is the night for you.
This will be a popular evening, so come early if you plan to meet, and sit with friends. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. In addition there’s Thursday night dinners available, a beautifully renovated lounge, and the most inviting crowd with which to share fun and good times. Discover for yourself why we are now referred to as the best jazz venue in B.C.
Please note: regular admission for all future Thursday night jazz events will be $10 and $12 for members and non-members respectively. For more information about the Society and its forthcoming events, please go to www.georgia straightjazz.com, or follow us on Facebook.