March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$20.00
The 16-piece Arrowsmith Big Band, known for its drive, power and precision, returns to Pat’s House of Jazz at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton with another eclectic repertoire of big-band ballads, driving swing, groovy Latin and contemporary arrangements.
Arrowsmith plays a wide variety of compositions and arrangements by the band members Rick Hirsh and Greg Bush and many other great composers and arrangers.
Based in Oceanside, with five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass and drums, the ensemble attracts some of the Island’s finest jazz musicians from five Island communities.
It boasts an impressive mix of professional musicians, school and university instructors and some of the area’s best student musicians from the mid-Island under the direction of Dave Stewart.
The concert will feature many great soloists such as alto saxophonist Claudio Fantinato, tenor saxophonist Dan Craven and trumpeter Greg Bush.
The band has had a student mentorship program since its inception in 1976, with some of its past notables such as Phil Dwyer, Pat Collins and others who have gone on to play professionally in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and internationally.
The tradition continues — Sunday’s show will include performances by two very talented young players, trumpeter Lachlan Craven and saxophonist Steve Carson.
This show is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and supported by the Osborne Bay Pub.
Reservations recommended. Call 250 324-2245. Reserved tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.
- Preston Davies
- (250) 597-3045