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

October 15th - Georgia Straight Big Band

Expect another musical treat when the Comox Valley's very own 19 person Big Band hits the Avalanche stage Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm. The Georgia Strait Big Band will be performing tunes made famous by The Count, Gillespie and Ellington, all expertly led by Conductor Greg Bush, Professor of Jazz Studies at Vancouver Island University.

The Georgia Strait Big Band is continuing a music legacy in the Valley dating back over 70 years when Big Band Saturday night dances were held at the Native Sons' Hall....way back when in the post war years. Recently, the band has gone through a renaissance thanks to the dedication of Greg Bush who, for the past nine years, has traveled weekly from his home in Nanaimo in order to support and direct Big Band music in the Valley.

Greg has a special rapport with the musicians of the Georgia Strait Big Band. Everyone in the band is in awe of Greg for his incredible musical skill, professionalism and mentorship that literally makes better musicians out of every member of the band. Perhaps the most significant legacy of Greg's involvement in Comox Valley music is the learning and performance experience provided to young Comox Valley musicians who have gone on to pursue a post-secondary degree in music.

This Thursday's performance will also showcase the elegant vocals of Jackie Zbirun, who will take you down memory lane with beautiful renditions of classic favourites of the Big Band era.

So, if you're a fan of big band music, plan on coming down to the Av for an exciting and nostalgic evening. Jazz night dinner specials will be available, as usual, so plan on meeting friends and get a head start on weekend with an entertaining and affordable night out. To ensure you get a good seat it's wise to arrive early.

Cover charge is $10.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members. For more information about the jazz society, peruse our website or follow us on Facebook.

Thea Avalanche on a typical Thursday night.

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