Jazz Club Schedule:
Jazz Club - Thursdays 7:30 pm, Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St. Courtenay
($5 suggested donation).
Strathcona LIttle Big Band
Thurs. Dec. 5 2013
Avalanche Bar & Grill
275 8th St, Courtenay
Admission $5 donation at the door
The Strathcona Little Big Band is back at the Jazz Club this Thursday, Dec 5th. Into their fourth season together, the band’s sound has matured significantly as they play their own brand of high energy, entertaining big band music.
Little in name only, the band consists of a full five piece sax section: Suzie Christensen and Evie Kenny on Altos, Fred Kolls and Julie Kenny on tenors and Julie Chamberlain on Baritone Sax, who will be featured on Jobim's "Wave."
The section is also to impress you with their sensitive accompaniments and solid sections including a lush interpretation of Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville."
Four trumpets and three trombones make up the Brass section which generates precise shots as well as dynamic performances of old and new tunes. Expect to hear beautiful renditions of the classic “Bye Bye Blackbird” featuring Jake Masri and Bobby Shew’s “Blue” from trumpeter Roger Kirk; along with some amazing solo work from Jay Havelaar and Wendy Daniel’s ever solid support.
On trombones are Brian Killikelly, Phil Cassidy, Doug Craig, and Paul Nuez. They will be featured on the classic, “Here Comes That Rainy Day.” Also look forward to hearing some excellent solo work from this fine section. The band’s vocalist is the wonderful Amy Lelliot who will be performing several numbers including favorites "Fly Me To The Moon," "The Lady Is A Tramp" and “Time After Time”. The Little Big Band has one of the most energetic rhythm sections around. Michael Eddy on piano will be providing solid comping along with a wonderful rendition of Count Basie's “Shiny Stockings.” Completing the rhythm section are band director Don MacKay on Five String Bass, and the “Bopster” himself, Billy Street on drums. They have their work cut out for them in the band’s performances of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia” and Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue” which is a bit of a rhythmic stew. To mix things up, a bit of Jazz Funk will be included in this show including Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good” and the 1970’s favourite “Pick Up The Pieces” The Little Big Band always leaves people smiling so come out and enjoy the opportunity to hear one of Vancouver Island’s fine big bands.
What better way can you think of to start your weekend a day early? Come on down and see why people who go to the jazz club at the Av on Thursday nights have more fun than everyone else in town.
You are reminded that next Thursday (December 12) is the final performance before our Christmas/New Year break. Watch this space to read about the most exciting new act we’ve discovered in the past year.
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