Jazz at the Little Red Church celebrates first anniversary Thursday


This Thursday marks the first anniversary of Jazz at The Little Red Church, recently renamed the “Bates Beach Farm Jazz Series”. The evening is also a celebration of the new Jazz series sponsors, the Obal family, owners of the beautiful Bates Beach Farm.

To mark the occasion, organizer Rob Peterson has produced a very unique evening of jazz, by inviting  back the previous “opening act” performers from the past year, to assemble a stellar evening of entertainment. Performers will be supported by an all-star jazz combo, including Greg Bush (trumpet) , Ralph Barrat (keys/vocals), Grahame Edwards (bass) and Tom Joseph (drums)

Featured performers for the evening are;

Evie Kenny – Alto Sax

Already in 8th grade Royal Conservatory, Evie is a huge fan of legendary performers Donald Fagen, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. Evie’s songs will include “Afternoon in Paris” and “Desafinado”

Matteo Kennedy – Guitar/Vocals

At 18 years old, this high skills performer is a huge fan of Classic Rock and Blues and has been the deserving recipient of many local music awards.

Matteo’s song choices include ‘Pride and Joy” (Stevie Ray Vaughn) and “Crossroads” (Eric Clapton)

Walter Jordan – Vocalist

Current age withheld by request, Walter began singing outside of his home at age 60 and now participates in the Just in Time Choir, Island Soul Choir, the Beach Street Players and musical theatre. Congratulations to Walter whose song selections include “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Jacqueline Lambeth – Vocalist (Mezzo Soprano)

Jacqueline is a well established vocalist with a fantastic range, from Opera (Tre Violette) to Celtic (Black Swan Fiddlers) to Jazz, with her group Serendipity. Jacqueline’s song selections will include “Beyond the Sea” and “All That Jazz”.

Tonja Maslin – Vocalist

Tonja is an exceptional young vocalist who is very proud of having achieved honors grades with her Grade 6 Royal Conservatory Music exam. Tonjas song selections will include “At Last” and “Fly Me To The Moon”

Jilli Martini – Vocalist

This popular Comox Valley singer embraces a broad range of styles and genres, from sultry blues, ballads, hard rock and everything in between. The super talented Allan Jossul (guitar) will join the house band for Jill’s songs that will include “I can See Clearly Now” and “My Funny Valentine”

Part of the ticket revenues from Thursday night’s performance will be donated to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society.

Refreshments will be available.

Advance Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Bop City and The Red Carpet Boutique in Comox. Tickets at the door $12.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Performance at 7:30.












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