Bryant brings years of jazz to Crofton

Jazz lovers take note. Celebrated Victoria jazz pianist, vocalist and educator Jerry Bryant joins Cowichan singer Carol Jarvie for an intimate concert Sunday, March 16 in Crofton.

Bryant, who turns 91 next month, has been a significant influence on the south Island jazz scene. He counts David Foster and Paul Horn among his friends and the likes of Hugh Fraser among his ex-students in the Esquimalt Secondary School jazz program, which he founded after moving to Canada more than 50 years ago.

He and Jarvie are bandmates in the Island Big Band and Jarvie herself is a mainstay of the Cowichan Valley jazz scene.

She is equally adept at belting out a Broadway standard in front of an 18-piece big band or singing a sweet, sultry ballad with a minimum of accompaniment so when the two of them say they’ll be exploring the Great American Songbook as part of the Crofton jazz series, it’s sure to be a red letter day.

This weekly series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal.

Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.