Welcome to autumn. One of the telltales of the season is the changing colours; another is the return of Thursday Night live jazz at the Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eighth Street.
The Georgia Straight Jazz Society has planned another wonderful year of local and regional jazz performers.
This Thursday features the Lensmen at 7:30 p.m.
The group’s repertoire reaches back to about the turn of the 20th century to the 1940s. They have also been known to play a little jazz beyond the Big Band era with Len Wilkie crooning a la Frank Sinatra. Some of the oldies but goodies that will be on the program are Bourbon Street Parade, Walkin’ My Baby Back Home, Emily, a beautiful waltz by Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer, music by Fats Waller and Dave Brubeck, a Duke Ellington medley, and many great tunes from the 20s featuring Doc Sumner on banjo.
The Lensmen are Wilkie (drums, vocals), Mike Eddy (piano), Al West (bass, vocals) and Sumner (cornet, banjo, vocals).
Watch for a weekly press release, or visit www.georgiastraightjazz.com or Facebook for information about each week’s performance.
The society has lined up some professional Sunday concerts this season. Information will be published close to performance dates.