Jake Masri will be appearing as part of the Forbidden Jazz trio at the Coachman on Sunday.

Coachman to serve up jazz

Forbidden Jazz Trio headlines the Royal Coachman Pub this Sunday

Forbidden Jazz Trio headlines the Royal Coachman Pub this Sunday.  Featuring Jake Masri on trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals, Michael Eddy on keyboard,  Grahame Edwards on bass, and Tom Tinsley on drums and vibraphone, they attract audiences of all ages by performing a varied mix of timeless jazz standards plus originals.

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.

Joining the trio on drums and vibraphone is special guest Tinsley.

Don’t remind him he has played percussion for almost half a century, because deep inside he still feels like a teenager.  From humble beginnings, beating on pots and pans in his mother’s kitchen, he eventually studied with four of Vancouver’s most successful drummers (including Lew Hilder, Graham Boyle, Jim Valance, and John Rudolph).

In addition to teaching drums at various points in his life, Tinsley has appeared in a variety of groups performing genres of music such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Pop, Big Band, Musical Theatre (with Disney), Symphonic (with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Choral, and Modern Dance. Aside from drums, his passion remains the vibraphone (played with four mallets), both as a solo instrument and in small group settings.

Keyboard master Eddy is a welcome addition to the local music scene. Since relocating to the Comox Valley, he has been fortunate enough to collaborate with many fantastic musicians over the past few years. During a long and distinguished career, he has performed with a multitude of groups from Dixie to Rock, and was Musical Director for Keyano College Theatre in Fort McMurray for ten years.

Talented multi instrumentalist Edwards plays acoustic and electric bass, trumpet and percussion. He has appeared with countless local ensembles and productions in every genre from Choral to Musical Theatre. His first musical love, however, lies with improvised music and he enjoys playing and composing his own jazz tunes. No stranger to the local music scene, Masri draws his inspiration from Classical repertoire to Musical Theatre to Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and Bebop styles. Since moving to Comox in 2002, Masri has appeared with Sounds of 17, Georgia Straight, Arrowsmith, and CR Big Bands; Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, Zandhunga and Luzna Latin Dance Bands, and Just in Time Jazz Choir.

The Coachman invites the community to join them for a casual afternoon of jazz. Music begins at 1 p.m. and admission is by donation. The licensed kitchen will offer a lunch menu of home style cuisine, accompanying a wide selection of beverages. For more information, contact the Royal Coachman Pub at 250-286-0231, or drop by 84 Dogwood Street (www.royalcoachmaninn.ca).