Warm up with Indigo Jazz

The monthly performances by Indigo Jazz at the Zocalo Café continue to draw a warm response.

The monthly performances by Indigo Jazz at the Zocalo Café continue to draw a warm response.

And who couldn’t use some warmth this cool January? Core band members Dale Graham (vocals), Rick Husband (guitar) and John Hyde (bass) are joined by violinist Blaine Dunaway for their Jan. 18 appearance.

Dunaway is a career musician who recently moved to the area, settling in Cumberland last year.

His extensive performing credits include the Vancouver Ensemble for Jazz Improvisation, the Tommy Banks Orchestra, and countless recordings as a sideman and bandleader. Expect sweet sounds from his violin, and a deep groove when he pulls out his “chin cello” with its lower-octave resonance.

Hyde is another relatively recent import to the Valley, arriving with a wealth of experience in performing, arranging, composing, and teaching jazz.

In his hands, the acoustic bass finds the perfect mix of personality, precision, and support. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Hugh  Fraser, Phil Nimmons, and Oliver Jones, among others.  He has released two CDs in the past two years, as leader of the John Hyde Quartet.

Husband has performed extensively across Vancouver Island, in big bands, small combos, and everything in between. He is a compelling guitarist, highly responsive to his fellow players. He also communicates beautifully to his listeners by integrating improvised lines with familiar motifs and genres.

Graham’s agile and warm voice has garnered her a following among local jazz fans. With Indigo Jazz, she offers classic jazz standards with a fresh twist, and lesser-known tunes that feature sweet melodies and rhythmic play.

Showtime is 7:30 and admission is by donation.

— Indigo Jazz

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