After a summer hiatus, Dale Graham (vocals), Rick Husband (guitar), and John Hyde (bass) are back in fine First Friday fashion at Zocalo Café Friday evening.
Graham developed her singing chops through work in the Celtic/folk scene in the 1990s, but her supple and fluid vocals really find their groove in the jazz genre. She’s at home in the open space of a ballad, can swing like crazy, and simply relaxes into her improvised lines.
Hyde has a wealth of experience in performing, arranging, composing and teaching jazz. In his hands the acoustic bass finds a perfect mix of personality, precision and support. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Hugh Fraser, Phil Nimmons and Oliver Jones, among others, and is about to release his third CD.
Husband is a compelling guitarist, responsive to his fellow players. He also communicates beautifully to his listeners by integrating improvised lines with familiar motifs and genres. He has performed extensively across Vancouver Island in big bands, small combos, and everything in-between.
Zocalo Café is licensed and offers hearty meals and mouth-watering desserts to add to your musical experience. Get October off to a swinging start with Indigo Jazz this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Admission by donation.
Jazz continues on Saturday
Grim & Barrat is Grahame Edwards and Ralph Barrat playing your favourite jazz standards at Zocalo Cafe on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Edwards and Barrat have played many times together in duos, trios, quartets, septets, and they enjoy covering the greats from Frank, Chet, Duke, Mose, Monk and Miles, and many more.
As a duo, they are a complete band. Barrat croons and plays the keys. Edwards plays acoustic and electric basses, percussion and trumpet.
Enjoy a drink or a bite with Grim & Barrat this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Admission by donation. More info at ralphbarrat.com.