Jazz Friday at Zocalo

The Anderson Jazz Syndicate performs this Friday evening at the Zocalo Café in Courtenay.


The Anderson Jazz Syndicate performs this Friday evening at the  Zocalo Café in Courtenay.

This is your last chance to catch this trio at Zocalo Café before the New Year.

This jazz trio of guitar, standup bass and drums has developed a reputation for its listenable and swinging approach to standard jazz songs and original tunes, as well as for the musical interaction among the players. Given that snow has already fallen in the Comox Valley, expect a few seasonal tunes to be given the Syndicate jazz sound.

Bassist John Hyde was the artistic director of the Jazz Studies Program at Mount Royal College and has performed with many great artists including Don Thompson, Marion McPartland, Hugh Fraser, Eddie (Lockjaw) Davis, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, P.J. Perry, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Comox guitar player Doug Anderson has studied and performed with both Lee and Art Ellefson. He has played with many jazz groups including the Blue Monks, Jazz Noir and the Dan Craven Octet. His harmonic approach and rhythmic force set the stage for his fellow players.

Drummer Aaron Amar brings professional jazz experience from Toronto, where he was on the jazz scene for several years, studying with Jim Blackley and recording with Bobby Fenton. His strong musicality and polyrhythmic mastery propel this group to new musical heights.

Enjoy an evening of great food and fine jazz. The group swings into action from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

— Anderson Jazz Syndicate