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

February 11th at 7:30 pm - Jon Miller Quartet

The amazing 2016 jazz calendar continues this Thursday when Jon Miller Quartet takes the stage. This top rated and gifted Victoria ensemble plays in Courtenay as a venue on its Vancouver Island tour. The group has appeared on several occasions in the Victoria Jazz Fest International as well as other Vancouver, Victoria and Island music spots.

As one of the BC's premiere instrumental jazz groups, the latest album "3 Days In Winter" was recorded in February 2015. As Jon said in a recent interview, "The album is made up of nine original jazz compositions by myself, as producer and drummer/bandleader, accompanied by talented band members: saxophonist Monik Nordine, guitarist Rob Cheramy, and bassist James Young. The quartet will perform music from the album as part of the island tour."

Jon continued, "This marks the group's second recorded album project following the debut release "Orchidology" (2009). This was nominated in the category "Album of the Year" in Monday Magazine's 2009 M awards. "3 Days in Winter" has already spent 19 weeks on campus radio charts for jazz programming across the country."

The Jon Miller Quartet continues to mine in a mostly acoustic instrumental jazz vein, while incorporating a host of outside influences including blues, fusion and other forms of improvised music. "3 Days In Winter" covers a wide range of moods, from meditative and introspective to raucous and freewheeling, and teams the impressive upright bass and drums combo of Young and Miller with the dynamic playing of one of Canada's top female saxophonists Monik Nordine and one of the area's finest jazz guitarists, Rob Cheramy.

With the excitement and the buzz about the upcoming island tour, Miller says, "I am happy to bring this band to a wider audience across the Central Island area, the band members and I have a unique and special chemistry together and I look forward to sharing this quartet with others; we have a lot of fun performing together. We've heard much of the great jazz scene in Courtenay and we're really anticipating this particular concert."

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