Island jazz lovers soak up festival

Twelve jazz bands performed at the festival in five different venues over three days.

A lively contingent of jazz lovers from the Courtenay Legion and friends from Powell River and “down Island” stormed Seaside, Ore., last week to attend the 30th annual Seaside Jazz Festival.

Twelve jazz bands performed at the festival in five different venues over three days.

The trip was masterfully co-ordinated by Sharri MacAndrew, and supported by a faithful cast of characters dressed in elegant and feathery finery from the ’20s and ’30s, some of whom have attended this same festival for many years.

The group thanks Phred and Sherry of Forest Coach Tours in Parksville for their professional shepherding abilities, George Bentham for setting the sartorial tone, and the many fine businesses of Seaside, which provided excellent shopping and fine dining experiences.

The group joined forces to sing O Canada at the close of festivities, and posed, of course, with the Comox Valley Record.

— Courtenay Legion

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