Jazz returns Thursday to Elks

Indigo Jazz returns to Thursday Jazz at the Elks, with special guests.

DRUMMER TRACY MYERS joins Indigo Jazz for a special quintet performance Thursday at the Elks hall.

Indigo Jazz returns to Thursday Jazz at the Elks, with special guests.

The core members of Indigo Jazz are Dale Graham (vocals), Rick Husband (guitar) and John Hyde (bass). The trio expands to a quintet for their Oct. 13 appearance, joined by Carrie Fowler on saxophone and Tracy Myers on drums and percussion.

There is no doubt that tenor saxophonist Carrie Fowler has music in her blood. By the age of 12, she joined her father, mother, and brother in the 18-piece dance band the Harbour Lights, based in Pender Harbour and directed by her father, Les Fowler.

Carrie now plays regularly in the Little Big Band, and appeared in the standing-room-only March 2010 Women of Jazz show.

Myers was also featured in the Women of Jazz show, and Indigo Jazz leader Dale Graham has been itching to perform again with her.

Tracy’s playing is informed by two years of jazz studies at Malaspina College and by self-directed study in West Africa, Cuba, and Brazil. She is a 20-year veteran of drumming/percussion and spoken word performance, and simply lights up a stage with her solid groove and a unique fusion of light and dark.

John Hyde has a wealth of experience in performing, arranging, composing, and teaching jazz. In his hands, the acoustic bass finds the perfect mix of personality, precision, and support.

He has performed with Lee Konitz, Hugh Fraser, Phil Nimmons, and Oliver Jones, among others. His 2010 relocation to the Comox Valley has been good fortune for the local jazz music scene.

Rick Husband has performed extensively across Vancouver Island, in big bands, small combos, and everything in between. He is a compelling guitarist, highly responsive to his fellow players. He also communicates beautifully to his listeners by integrating improvised lines with familiar motifs and genres.

Graham’s compelling performances and her agile, warm voice have garnered her a following among local jazz fans.  With Indigo Jazz, she brings the listener the double pleasurable of classic jazz standards and less-familiar tunes and arrangements.

Indigo Jazz is all about fine melodies, rhythmic play, and lyrical improvisation. Catch them this week at the Elks.

Showtime is 7:30; admission is by donation. Come early for best seating.

For more information on this and other jazz society events, go to www.georgiastraightjazz.com.

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Tickets will be on sale at the Thursday night jazz concert for the fabulous Marc Atkinson concert on Oct. 16.

For those unable to attend this Thursday, you may purchase tickets at either Bop City in Courtenay, or Videos ’n More in Comox.

— Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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