Homegrown jazz at the Av

Georgia Strait Big Band hits the Avalanche stage this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Strait Big Band

Expect another musical treat, as the Georgia Strait Big Band performs tunes made famous by The Count, Gillespie and Ellington and all expertly led by conductor Greg Bush (professor of jazz studies at Vancouver Island University) when Comox Valley’s very own 19-person Big Band hits the Avalanche stage this Thursday at 7:30 pm.

The Georgia Strait Big Band is continuing a music legacy in the Valley dating back over 70 years, when Big Band Saturday night dances were held at the Native Sons’ Hall….way back when in the post-war years. In recent years, the band has gone through a renaissance thanks to the dedication of Greg Bush who, for the past eight years has travelled weekly from his home in Nanaimo to support and direct Big Band music in the Valley.

Special in this week’s concert will be “Avalanche Premieres” of original Big Band arrangements and compositions, written by Bush especially for the band, indicative of his special rapport with the musicians.

Everyone in the band is in awe of Bush for his incredible musical skill, professionalism and mentorship that literally makes better musicians out of every member of the band. Perhaps the most significant legacy of Bush’s involvement in Comox Valley music is the learning and performance experience provided to young Comox Valley musicians who have gone on to pursue a post-secondary degree in music.

This Thursday’s performance will also showcase the elegant vocals of Jackie Zbirun, who will take you down memory lane with beautiful renditions of classic favourites of the Big Band era.

So, if you’re a fan of big band music, plan on coming down to the Av for an exciting and nostalgic evening. Jazz night dinner specials will be available, as usual, so plan on meeting friends and get a head start on the weekend with an entertaining night out.

Google us for more information about the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, or find us on Facebook.

 

Just Posted

Fundraisers in place long-time Comox Valley chef

Peter Bradley recovering from emergency brain surgery

VIDEO: Courtenay woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

Last Simms Park concert of the season to double as a food bank fundraiser

Bring a donation for the food bank to the My Generation concert, Sunday, Aug. 25

City of Courtenay adds pickleball courts Martin Park lacrosse box

Lacrosse, pickleball, and recreational ball hockey players in the Comox Valley can… Continue reading

VIDEO: Courtenay woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Most Read