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

 

Just Posted

Andy Quinn: What the Tour de Rock means to me

Submitted by Andy Quinn Special to The Record Andy Quinn is one… Continue reading

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Stolen kayak tops Comox Valley RCMP report

Comox Valley RCMP report week of Sept. 18-2

Dead motorcyclist was member of Facebook group that raced on Mount Washington road

Some group members record their rides and post times to page

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

A 29 year old man has died following a motorcycle crash on… Continue reading

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Federal use of A.I. in visa applications could breach human rights, report says

Impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions could lead to “life-and-death ramifications”

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

Most Read