Farr adds more than hum from the harmonica

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Doug Farr
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A regular on harmonica at the weekly jazz jam, Doug Farr brings his own quintet to the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday.

A multi-instrumentalist — he plays piano, vibes, bass, guitar, harmonica and bongos, and is currently studying the flute — the Victoria musician has been teaching and performing on Vancouver Island for more than three decades.

Working until recently as a trio with Farr on piano, Daniel Mari on guitar and David Booth on bass, the three recently added violinist Shima Takeda and vocalist Sarah Carle to the group.

A graduate in music from the University of Victoria, Takeda has played with the Victoria Symphony and four years ago toured across Canada with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada's as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Carle acquired a love of the Great American Songbook growing up listening to the great singers of the '40s and '50s with her dad. You can catch her in Les Miserables at the Chemainus Theatre Festival this summer.

Mari took up the guitar after a friend from St. Lucia introduced him to the jazz songbook.

Booth, self-taught on bass, plays in a number of bands in genres ranging from jazz and blues to funk, gospel and rock, and when he's not playing music, he runs a B&B on Humboldt St. in Victoria.

The Cofton jazz series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to sit in during the last set of the afternoon.

The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

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