Bryn Badel’s Lust For Life brings its repertoire of blues, funk, pop and Latin music to the Osborne Bay Pub to open the April Pat’s House of Jazz program in fine style. (Photo by Heath Moffatt Photography)

Love of jazz song form reflected by Lust Life

Badel’s Victoria group refines its sound during a quarter century

An afternoon of sultry vocals, infectious grooves and original improvisations is on tap when Victoria’s Lust Life jazz band returns to Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, April 7.

Founded by trumpeter Bryn Badel 25 years ago as a classic jazz band, its repertoire has morphed to include blues, funk, pop and Latin music.

With saxophonist Wayne Kozak and drummer Chris Thackray, along with guitarist Al Vance and Badel doubling as vocalists, the band performs at many of Victoria’s top jazz venues — the Fairmont Empress, Butchart Gardens, Royal B.C. Museum, Hotel Grand Pacific, Chateau Victoria and Victoria’s JazzFest.

“Our repertoire stems from the love of the jazz song form (and) the great American songbook,” says Badel. The band is dedicated to “honouring the music and making each piece of music we play memorable.”

Lust Life’s stylings “defy classical description,” he says. “Their unique eclectic sound paints a mellifluous picture of West Coast style.”

Sunday’s show, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society as part of its weekly jazz series, begins at 2 p.m. in the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. For reservations, call 250-324-2245. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

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