The RBG (Ralph Barrat Group) is Ralph on keyboard and vocals, Jim Chew on guitar, James Lithgow on upright bass, and Len Wilkie on drums.
If you missed them at Courtenay’s Jazz in the Park recently, then here’s a chance to catch this very dynamic group playing your favourite jazz standards in the comfy and friendly atmosphere of the Elks Hall on Sixth Street in downtown Courtenay.
Ralph’s voice is warm and resonant, with the timbre of a Bobby Darrin or Sinatra. As a jazz singer and keyboard player, Ralph’s mentors include Harry Connick Jr., Nat Cole, and Mose Allison.
Jim has been playing all styles of guitar for over 35 years and before moving to Campbell River, he was playing and teaching in the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary. His rhythm and solos are the perfect complement to Ralph’s singing.
James and Len have been playing jazz everywhere on the south coast for more than 30 years.
James has a beautiful touch, and an eclectic, solid style on the acoustic bass. Len, who is also a fabulous vocalist with his own group The Lensmen, holds down a very tasty and steady groove on the drum kit.
What a great way to spend a summer evening! The Ralph Barrat Group at the Elks, this Thursday.
The Elks’ summer Thursday evening shows present an extensive sampling of the great talent in the valley. Music begins at 7:30 and is by donation.
The Elks’ Hall has a complete bar and is located at 231 Sixth St. in Courtenay (across from the Atlas Café). For details, phone 250-334-2512.
— Ralph Barrat Group