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January 29, 2009

Georgia Straight Big Band in Comox

Written by
cindy mcleod
Georgia Straight Big Band

Georgia Straight Big Band
Thursday, Jan. 29
Elk’s Hall, Comox BC

Big Band Performs First Concert of 2009

The Georgia Straight Big Band (GSBB) this Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Elks’ Hall in Comox, B.C. Under director Greg Bush, the 18-piece group will be joined by special guest saxophonist and flautist Stephen Buck.

Montreal native Greg Bush earned a master of jazz performance degree from McGill University. Prior to his move to Nanaimo, where he currently teaches jazz performance at Vancouver Island University, he was director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Previously, Bush led his own Big Band and quintet, performing across Canada in concert and club venues and jazz festivals. Bush has shared the stage with such artists as Bob Bookmeyer, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Big Miller and Bobby Shew.

Stephen Buck received his earliest musical training in London, Ont., working with local Big Bands. After stints in Vancouver, as well as in Toronto at U of T and at Humber College, he moved to Europe and began his career there conducting the University of Amsterdam Big Band. In 1986, he was asked to play flute and tenor in the Hamburg production of Cats, and ended up playing theatre for 20 years. Some of the high points of his career were playing for Leonard Bernstein, the Frankfurt Opera, and the Letterman Show in New York. He has performed with Herb Geller, Georgie Fame, Barbara Dennerlein, Peter Autschbach, Benny Bailey, Claudio Roditi, Palle Danielson and Lee Konitz. He now plays only for pleasure and lives in Parksville.

Sponsored by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, admission to the concert is by donation.

for more info visit www.georgiastraightjazz.com

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