Mike Field plays for the Georgia Strait Jazz Society Thursday.

Trumpeter Field to perform in Courtenay

Avalanche Bar this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents award-winning, Toronto-based artist, trumpeter and composer Mike Field, as he energizes and beguiles the stage at The Avalanche Bar this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz aficionados in Courtenay will be treated to material from Field’s recently released album Attic Jump, which  has been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.

Touring is the life and love of jazz trumpeter and occasional guitar player Field, who has become a welcome treasure at Australian and New Zealand jazz festivals and venues; as well he’s been winning new fans in Germany and Italy over the past year.

After a short stay in his home base of Toronto, he’s on the road again. In his short summer break, Mike found time to release an official video for the gorgeous, beautiful, melancholic jazz ballad The Last of the Summer Days from his highly acclaimed album Rush Mode (which won five Aurora Awards, Independent Music Video Awards, and was a nominee for two Independent Music Awards) and another wonderful bluesy video teaser from his third, new album.

Attic Jump is a departure from his earlier works Ashes and Rush Mode and moves in a very bold and thrilling new direction, with high-energy groove and danceable swing. The title track jump-starts your listening engine for the ride you’re about to take. With the introduction of some hot guitar licks via Craig Stull into Field’s work, the songs are filled with New Orleans bounce, Brian Setzer-styled rockabilly and Santana-like guitar solos, plus Count Basie-type, high, tinkling trills on the piano by Mark Camilleri, as in the jumpin’ jive tune One Time in Tibet. As well, Field interjects and seamlessly weaves even more jazz strands into the mix, where Django Reinhardt gypsy guitar meets Dixieland clarinet meets bebop brass (including William Carn on trombone) on songs like The Last Trip Home.

Field’s writing is influenced by his travelling experiences, as in the aforementioned titles, as well as with Train Station Frustration – where Field’s love for rhumba grooves shines through, with layers of Santana-styled guitar, Charlie Palmieri staccato piano and awesome wailing trumpet throughout, and High Altitude, a sunny pop Andrews Sisters-type of melody from the ’40s.

Dinner at The Avalanche is available before and during the show. Be there early if you intend to find seating for a group of friends – there are no reserved tables. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. For more information about forthcoming events and GSJS please visit georgiastraightjazz.com

For more information on Mike Field, visit  mikefieldjazz.com, where you can also check out a video teaser for Attic Jump, and treat yourself to a 20-minute set of videos and listen to some of the amazing music you will experience this week!

 

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