Drummer Kelby MacNayr has become one of the West Coast’s most respected and dynamic drummers. The Kelby MacNayr/Pablo Cardenas Quartet plays in Courtenay Thursday.

Drummer Kelby MacNayr has become one of the West Coast’s most respected and dynamic drummers. The Kelby MacNayr/Pablo Cardenas Quartet plays in Courtenay Thursday.

Laying the Latin jazz beat down

Kelby MacNayr/Pablo Cardenas Quartet plays the Av on Thursday night

Malcolm Holt

Submitted to The Record

One of the most common requests we receive at the Jazz Society is for Latin music. We try to offer a broad range of jazz music in the course of our performance years, but if you are one of those folk who has made such a request, or just happen to be a lover of Latin rhythms, this is the week for you!

This booking has been months in the making and it is one of the closing highlights to what has been an amazing year for Thursday Night Jazz at the Avalanche Bar and Grill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

The Kelby MacNayr/Pablo Cardenas Quartet brings together four of the West Coast’s most accomplished performers and experts in the field of Latin jazz.

Pianist composer Pablo Cardenas trained and was a rising star in his native Cuba before becoming an international calibre pianist and composer based in Victoria.

Drummer Kelby MacNayr has become one of the West Coast’s most respected and dynamic drummers, performing with the likes of John Clayton, Larry Fuller and Misha Piatigorsky. MacNayr maintains a busy performing schedule nationally and internationally and leads his renowned Quintet as well as performing with Pablo Cardenas, Louise Rose and others in his hometown of Victoria, B.C.

Conga player extraordinaire Hector Ramos brings an authenticity and fire to the instrument steeped in his musical upbringing in Cuba and now contributing to the sounds of the West Coast Afro-Cuban All-Stars and the Pablo Cardenas Quartet among others. Special guest trumpeter Migeulito Valdes is a trumpet player of the highest order.

Migeulito has shared the stage with jazz luminaries Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker, toured with the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban All Stars and the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.

Get ready for some exquisite Cuban music from the refined to the hot from Danzon to Latin jazz and more!

 

With only one more Thursday concert to follow this, you really should treat yourself to fine jazz in Courtenay, before we head for the summer break.

Arrive early for the best seat selection. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.

 

For more information about the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, visit www.georgiastraightjazz.com or find us on Facebook.

 

 

Malcolm Holt is the president of the Georgia Strait Jazz Society

 

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