At the Avalanche Bar & Grill 275 8th Street, Courtenay


In spite of the morning rain, the show is a go!

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 26th, starting at 2:30 pm, featuring bilingual jazz vocalist Heather Keizur and pianist Steve Christofferson in concert, direct from Portland, Oregon.

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 Steve Christofferson. For many, it was the jazz highlight of the 2014-15 season.

So we're fortunate to be bringing Heather back for her encore performance in this open air garden setting. Don't let the fear of sunburn and heat stroke 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 if that's what you prefer. This year, we're bringing the marquees much closer to the stage, to create a more intimate, live atmosphere; a perfect setting to listen to Heather perform her signature song Avec le Temps. For a broad range of Heather's music, visit YouTube and find out why this is going to be a really special afternoon.

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 and they're of one mind when it comes to making music. The great Joe Williams once told Christofferson, "Sing like there's no tomorrow." When Keizur and Christofferson perform together, you feel as if they have been doing so all of their lives.

When asked why she sings in French Keizur says, "I grew up in BC where I heard and fell in love with the French language. It sounds so musical even when just spoken. Add that to the passionate and poignant lyrics written by greats like Piaf and Jaques Brel and I can't help but be compelled to sing these songs." 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."

And those who were fortunate enough to be there that night will never forget Heather's encore in which she reduced Steve to a cowering lover, with her dramatic rendition of Peggy Lee's Why Don't You Do Right?

Admission is $10 (children under 14, free) and parking is available, and you are asked to car pool if possible. 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 take a stroll around the gardens before or after the show.


The 2014 - 2015 season has come to an end but we have three summer concerts to enjoy at The Gardens on Anderton. Check our Calendar for dates and the 2015 -2016 schedule starting September 10th.

Heather Keizur - July 26th 2015

Andrew Homzy - August 9th 2015

Gabriel Palatchi Band - August 23rd 2015

For more information about the jazz society, please visit our website at georgiastraightjazz.com or follow us on Facebook.

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