Forbidden Jazz, consisting of Jake Masri on trumpet and vocals, Jeff Drummond on guitar, and Tim Croft on upright bass are once again featured at Zocalo Café on Friday evening.
As in the past, they hope to attract a multi-generational audience by performing a wide variety of timeless jazz standards. The trio, representing more than four decades of experience, both domestically and internationally, will weave their collective magic through two sets of entertaining music.
A welcome addition to the Comox Valley, guitar master Drummond has appeared on national radio and television programs, produced and engineered countless albums, and played with many well-known artists. He has accumulated over 20 years as a music educator, which contributes towards a high demand for his skills and services.
Croft, also new on the local scene, has quickly gained recognition as a strong and creative player. After completing his bachelor degree, Tim relocated in Montreal where he continued to study the bass, play in local restaurants and clubs (such as House of Jazz and Upstairs), and record with several different groups. Croft currently teaches music at L’Ecole au Coeur d’Ile in Comox.
No stranger to local music circles, Masri draws his inspiration from classical repertoire to musical theater to Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and bebop styles. His passion for jazz is closely linked to artists such as Harry James, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Arturo Sandoval.
Since moving to Comox in 2002, Jake has appeared with Sounds of 17, Quintessence Brass; Sixth Street, Jazztown, and Jazz Noir combos; Georgia Straight, Arrowsmith, and CR Big Bands; Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, and Just in Time Jazz Choir.
A casual, fun-filled evening of jazz awaits you from 7:30 to 9:30.
For details, contact Zocalo Café and Gallery at 250-331-0933, or simply drop by the corner of Fifth Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay (www.zocalocafe.ca.).
— Forbidden Jazz