GUITARIST JEFF DRUMMOND leads a trio with bassist John Hyde and drummer Aaron Amar in this Thursday's Georgia Straight Jazz Society concert at the Avalanche. Tickets are now on sale for the Oct. 6 GSJS presentation of Dutch vocalist Norbert Kogging.

Smooth and lyrical guitar playing at Avalanche Thursday

The Jeff Drummond Trio will appear at the Avalanche Bar on Eighth Street in Courtenay as part of the GSJS Thursday night series

Following the opening night of the 2013-14 performance year two weeks ago, to which 80 jazz music supporters attended — our best-ever opening event, the Georgia Straight Jazz Society season continues this Thursday.

The Jeff Drummond Trio will appear at the Avalanche Bar on Eighth Street in Courtenay as part of the GSJS Thursday night series.

“The group will draw on original music, jazz standards and modern music ranging in style from traditional to contemporary jazz,” Drummond says.

Anyone who has listened to Jeff’s performances in the past will know what to expect — some of the smoothest and most lyrical guitar playing in this part of the world. But the high-calibre musicianship doesn’t stop there. Jeff will be joined by John Hyde on bass and Aaron Amar on drums. John and Aaron are fully established within the local jazz scene, despite their relative newness.

All three musicians moved to the Comox Valley around the same time three to four years ago and have become fixtures on the local jazz scene since then. How fortunate we are to benefit from the decision of such talented musicians to call the Comox Valley home.

Jeff has been a bandleader, freelance guitarist, studio guy and music educator for the past 20 years.

John spent 30 years as an in-demand freelance bassist, music educator and the artistic director of the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Quiet and unassuming by nature, John comes alive with a standup bass in hand, and his style is magical and extremely rhythmical.

Aaron cut his teeth playing in the Toronto music scene where he was also a student of the infamous Jim Blackley.

Showtime Thursday is 7:30 p.m.

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Jazz supporters are advised that tickets are now on sale for the great Norbert Kogging concert Oct. 6. We are honoured to be included in his current Canadian tour.

Maybe you haven’t heard of Norbert yet, but you will; arguably Holland’s finest jazz vocalist, he is being compared to his finest contemporaries and he’s destined for greatness.

Tickets are available from the Red Carpet in Comox, Bop City Records in Courtenay or at the Avalanche Bar, as well as at Thursday Night Jazz.

For information about forthcoming events and activities find us at www.georgiastraightjazz.com or follow us on Facebook.

— Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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