Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson perform July 26 in the first Summer Jazz Concert at the Anderton Gardens.

Summer Jazz Concert Series starts Sunday at Anderton Gardens

Georgia Straight Jazz Society and the Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society are once again jointly presenting a Summer Jazz Concert Series at the Gardens on Anderton.

The first show is this Sunday, July 26, starting at 2:30 p.m., featuring bilingual jazz vocalist Heather Keizur and pianist Steve Christofferson in concert, direct from Portland, Ore.

There’s great excitement about this event on account of Heather’s absolutely stunning performance in Courtenay last April, when she wowed the Jazz Society audience with a whole new level of sultry, expressive, soothing, and romantic classic ballads, jazz standards and authentic French chansons.

She combined these with her expressive stage presentation, and interplay with pianist and vocal accompanist Christofferson. For many, it was the jazz highlight of the 2014-15 season.

Don’t let the fear of sunburn and heat stroke in the open air garden setting deter you from this concert; there’s heaps of shade under large marquees, and loads of adjacent lawn areas for dancing and creating your own family and friends picnic grouping.

This year, the marquees have been moved closer to the stage to create a more intimate, live atmosphere; a perfect setting to hear Heather perform her signature song Avec le Temps. For a broad range of Heather’s music, visit YouTube.

Keizur’s performances showcase a mature talent that is equally at ease with jazz standards and French chansons. Christofferson’s piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo’s music. One observer said he had never seen a vocalist and pianist more in tune with one another.

Christofferson is a renowned pianist, composer, and arranger. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has performed in music festivals around the world, and toured with Nancy King and the Alan Jones Sextet.

Keizur and Christofferson have performed together for over six years. Keizur recently released a new CD, Under My Skin, and copies will be for sale on Sunday.

Heather added, “Steve and I are so excited to be returning to Comox Valley and its vibrant jazz scene. We’ll never forget the attentive audience at our April performance, and the calls for an encore.”

Admission is $10 (children under 14, free). Parking is available but you are asked to car pool.

Refreshments and snacks will be available, but you’re invited to make a complete afternoon of it by bringing your favourite food and drinks, celebrate the summer, and stroll around the gardens before or after the show.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Island College alum goes from refugee to full scholarship winner

Submitted by NIC North Island College alumnus Jack Basha is preparing to… Continue reading

Nanwakolas Council makes donation to North Island College to support First Nation students

The money was raised at the 2019 Nanwakolas golf tournament.

North Island College launches virtual orientation

New and returning North Island College students are being welcomed to the… Continue reading

Comox Valley artist expands horizons through North Island College’s DIGITAL Design department

Submitted by NIC North Island College alumna Marlee Pestell is breaking into… Continue reading

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Dinosaurs revived for animatronic auction in Langley

More than 500 robot dinosaurs, fossils, and exhibition gear are going on the block Aug. 6

B.C. paramedics responded to a record-breaking 2,700 overdose calls in July

Province pledges $10.5 million for expansion of overdose prevention response

Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Earlier in July both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

Most Read