Loose Gravel at the Zocalo

There will be a load of Loose Gravel on the bandstand, 7 p.m. this Saturday

Submitted

 

 

There will be a load of Loose Gravel on the bandstand, 7 p.m. this Saturday, at Zocalo’s Cafe in downtown Courtenay.

This band has been surprising jazz audiences and themselves by staying together for several years without the harmonic glue of a chording instrument.

Loose Gravel has adopted the tradition started essentially by jazz sax great Gerry Mulligan in 1952 and 53, when the piano was removed from where he was playing in Hollywood. That band featured beside Mulligan, a young trumpeter named Chet Baker. Already Loose Gravel has been together longer than Mulligan’s band and expects to ultimately overtake the Rolling Stones for band longevity.

The lack of an instrument chording through a tune allows individual band members a wide harmonic freedom, fully exploited by Tony Morison on flute and saxophones, and Jay Havelaar on trumpet. Both players bring a wealth of experience and creativity to the role. Underpinning, and sometimes undermining, it all is bassist James Lithgow and Oscar Robles on drums and percussion.

Previous bandstand hi-jinks have included “near” chords on the bass and multiple tone layers on the drums. No actual chords were hurt in the process but egos were bruised.

“Sometimes I’ll think I hear a chord when we’re playing something by Monk or Ellington”, says reeds man Morrison, “but it’s the lost chord.”

If that chord is found please return it to Loose Gravel, Zocalo’s Cafe, 5th and Cliffe, 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 8.

 

Just Posted

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

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

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

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Bylaw rescinded after vacation rental owners express concerns

Concerns included a lack of consultation

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

AFN national chief suggests moving Trans Mountain pipeline route

Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets

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

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

VIDEO: a close-up look at what you were breathing during the 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

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Premier John Horgan ponders debate on voting system changes

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson wants one-on-one, no Green

Saganash drops F-bomb in Commons over federal approach to Trans Mountain

NDP’s reconciliation critic accused federal government of ‘wilfully’ violating constitutional duties

Most Read