For three years DMN & FRNZ have been rehearsing and performing for ecstatic crowds in Courtenay, Campbell River and most recently at The Filberg Festival. On Thursday, Oct. 8, the group is bringing back its unique brand of jazz to the Georgia Straight Jazz Society’s Thursday evening Jazz Club at the Avalanche Bar and Grill on 8th.
DMN are Don MacKay on five-string fretted and fretless basses, Michael Eddy on piano and Neil Clark on drums. These three well known Comox Valley musicians have been rehearsing an exciting program that recognizes the incredible talent of composers such as Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Bill Evans among others.
DMN’s renditions of standards and not so standards will be enhanced by the addition of FRNZ: Rachel Fuller on alto sax, clarinet and electronic wind instrument; Jay Havelaar on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Rick Husband on guitar.
Husband will be adding his own special style to the evening and is sure to amaze all of us with his sensitive comping skills and his strong soloing ability.
On piano, Michael Eddy maintains a solid sensitive approach to accompaniment as well as performing some incredibly fiery solos. Michael will also be sure to bring a tear to your eye with his sensitive rendition of “Some Other Time.”
Holding it all together on bass and drums, MacKay and Clark are totally in the groove with dynamics and tempos locked right in.
The music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 for society members and $12 for non-members.
For more information about the jazz society go to their website at www.georgiastraightjazz.com.