Trumpeter Dave Stewart and his septet pay tribute to Chick Corea. (Photo by William F. Jorgensen)

Stewart’s septet pays tribute to influential musician Corea in Crofton

Band made up of talented musicians who all share the same passion

The Dave Stewart Septet presents a tribute to Chick Corea at Pat’s House of Jazz at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, on Sunday, Oct. 14.

“Chick Corea has been, and continues to be, one of the most influential musicians in the jazz world,” said band leader and trumpeter Stewart.

“As a member of the Miles Davis group in the late 1960s, he helped pioneer the jazz fusion style,” Stewart noted, adding Corea “has been described as one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era.”

This program features arrangements by the group’s trombonist, Jeff Agopsowicz, including many of his personal Corea favourites such as Spain and 500 Miles High.

Stewart says his band, made up of some very talented up-Island jazz musicians who share his love for playing jazz, are all passionate about music, especially jazz.

They include former university and high school music instructors, military musicians and even an owner of a recording studio and film production company.

“We love to share our musical artistry with enthusiastic jazz audiences and I know we push each other to achieve our best together,” Stewart says.

“Something wonderful happens when talented individuals like this inspire each other.”

The show is part of a regular Sunday afternoon jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.

It runs weekly from 2 p.m. in the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton. Admission is $20.

Reservations are recommended. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

Phone 250-324-2245 or visit

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