Add the White Whale Restaurant (975 Comox Rd., Courtenay) to the ever-growing list of live music venues in the Comox Valley.
The popular riverside restaurant will feature blues and jazz nights every Wednesday, and the first show, Dec. 4, features one of the Comox Valley’s jazz staples: Forbidden Jazz.
Featuring Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Michael Eddy on keyboard; and Grahame Edwards on bass, these seasoned musicians attract an all-inclusive audience by showcasing a wide variety of timeless jazz standards plus originals.
Representing more than four decades of experience, their unique blend of voice, brass and strings will weave their collective magic through two sets of entertaining music.
Eddy is one of the hardest-working and sought-after pianists in the Valley. Although relatively new to the area, he has been fortunate enough to collaborate with many of the finest local musicians over the past few years, including those in the Lensmen, Jazztet, DMN, and the CR and Arrowsmith Big Bands.
Aside from both acoustic and electric bass, talented multi-instrumentalist Edwards also plays percussion and trumpet.
No stranger to the local music scene, Masri draws his inspiration from classical repertoire to musical theatre to Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, Latin, and bebop styles. His passion for jazz is directly linked to artists such as Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Arturo Sandoval.
Join Forbidden Jazz for a casual, entertaining evening of music, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
As usual, the licenced kitchen will offer specials on wine and tapas along with an ever-changing rotation of 15 craft beers and Prosecco on tap.
For more info, contact the White Whale 250-338-1468.