Grahame Edwards

Coachman serves up live jazz

Forbidden Jazz Trio headlines the Royal Coachman Pub in Campbell River this Saturday

Forbidden Jazz Trio headlines the Royal Coachman Pub this Saturday.

Comprised of Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals, Jim Chew on guitar, and Grahame Edwards on bass, they strive to reach audiences of all ages by performing a wide variety of timeless jazz standards.

Representing more than four decades of experience, their unique blend of voice, brass and strings will weave their collective magic through three sets of entertaining music.

On lead guitar is Chew. Over the past 35 years, Chew has explored all areas of music – from trios to show bands, both live and in the studio. During his teens, Chew was inspired by Django Reinhardt, and went on to study classical guitar for three years. He eventually discovered a passion for jazz which led him on a path of playing and teaching in the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary.

When he wasn’t immersing himself in jazz, he supplemented his income as a commercial freelance musician. This experience left him with a broad base of influences which he now applies directly to his playing style. Chew presently resides in Campbell River and frequently performs with a wide variety of local talented musicians.

Talented multi instrumentalist Edwards studied music at the University of British Columbia. Aside from both acoustic and electric bass, Edwards also plays percussion and trumpet.

He has appeared with countless local ensembles and productions in every genre from choral to musical theatre, big band jazz to classical. His first musical love, however, lies with improvised music and he enjoys playing and composing his own jazz tunes. In addition to performing, Edwards has taught both privately and in the Campbell River School District, and enjoys sharing his music by conducting workshops and clinics. Over the years, he has studied with many respected jazz musicians including Don Clarke, Phil Nimmons, Chris Nelson, and Paul Horn.

No stranger to the local music scene, Masri draws his inspiration from classical repertoire to musical theater to Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and Bebop styles. His passion for jazz is directly linked to artists such as Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Arturo Sandoval.  As a performance major at VCC, UVIC, & UBC, Masri studied trumpet with Boyd Hood, Gerald Gerbrecht, and trombonist, Dave Robbins. His studies in jazz exposed him to pros such as Mike Herriot, Bill Clarke, and Hugh Fraser during the local CYMC summer program.

Come to the Coachman for a casual, entertaining afternoon of jazz. Music commences at 1 p.m. and admission is by donation. The kitchen will be open. For more information, contact the Coachman at 250 286-0231, or drop by.

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