Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 2:30pm
$30 per ticket - SOLD OUT!
About the Event
Some of the finest musicians in the Comox Valley present a unique program including some of Jeff’s original compositions, Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet, some Klezmer and some golden oldies from the jazz repertoire by Ellington and others… very special music you won’t hear anywhere else!
About the Artists
Rachel Cooper worked as a freelance musician in the United Kingdom before moving to Canada. Working in orchestras to function bands, she has covered a wide range of genres, taking her across much of Europe, North America and the Middle East. She also enjoyed a few carefree years playing popular cover tunes on cruise ships around the world. Rachel completed a Masters degree in clarinet performance from UVic in 2022 and won the UVic concerto competition. She was awarded a grant from the Canada Arts Council to study klezmer music in Jerusalem with some of the finest klezmer clarinetists in the world. Rachel teaches elementary music in Comox, and is enjoying raising her small family of two children and three cats.
Jeff Agopsowicz, a jazz trombonist fixture in the Comox Valley, is a former member of Victoria’s Naden band and one half of the duo “Trombone Mayhem”. This performance marks Jeff's second appearance in the Salon.
Steve Wallace is one of Canada’s foremost jazz bassists. He was born in Toronto in 1956. Most of his career took place there and internationally, playing clubs, touring and recording with such American greats as Zoot Sims, Ray Bryant, Scott Hamilton, Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman and many more, as well as with such Canadian giants as Fraser MacPherson, Rob McConnell, Oscar Peterson, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert, Mike Murley and many others. He moved to Courtenay in July 2021 where he now lives with his long-suffering wife Anna. This performance marks Steve's fourth appearance in the Salon.
Kelly Thomas is an accompanist, and music teacher in the Comox Valley. She plays with the Georgia Strait Big Band under the direction of Greg Bush, directed the music for the annual “Memories of the War Years Musical Revue” at the Evergreen Centre, and is currently the accompanist for the Quarantones, an all male choral ensemble under the direction of Denise Marquette.