Talented musicians deliver jazz standards and a few originals

Talented musicians deliver jazz standards and a few originals

Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton welcomes Courtin, Devoin and McRae

An engaging piano trio of talented and versatile Nanaimo musicians delivers classic jazz standards and a few originals at Pat’s House of Jazz in the Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Pianist Patrick Courtin and bassist Marisha Devoin, both fairly recent graduates of Vancouver Island University’s jazz studies program, are joined by drummer James McRae, who brings decades of experience as a musician, arranger and producer.

They’ll be familiar to many from performances in various productions at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

Devoin has worked with cruise ship orchestras and cabaret bands as well as jazz, bluegrass, R&B and progressive rock bands, while Courtin has toured with local tenor Ken Lavigne and was the pianist/director and an actor with the Theatre Royal in the Barkerville Historic Town & Park.

McRae has performed with such jazz luminaries as Marc Atkinson, Hugh Fraser, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Floyd Standifer, Miles Black and Karel Roessingh. He has also played, arranged and produced two well-received Vancouver Island shows, Impressions of Lightfoot and The Music of Jimmy McHugh.

Sunday’s performance is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. It runs every Sunday from 2 p.m. at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visithttp://osbornebaypub.com.