Duet to serve up helping of jazz

Pianist Ralph Barrat, guitarist Grant McLellan headline Sunday jazz at Royal Coachman June 7

The Royal Coachman Pub resumes its Sunday Jazz series this weekend with an appearance by pianist Ralph Barrat and guitarist Grant McLellan.

For the past several years Barrat has been making a name for himself singing jazz up and down the Island, Vancouver and abroad, crooning with many jazz bands small to big, often seen performing and singing behind a piano.

Barrat loves to play and sing following the styling’s of great piano vocalists Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Mose Allison and others. As always, you’ll hear classic Sinatra favourites, lots of Duke, accompanied by Barrat’s own sensitive, rhythmic keyboard (piano, organ, vibes).

McLellan, on guitar, studied music at Grant McEwan University. After moving to Campbell River in 1990, he developed a private music teaching business with his own unique approach. He has helped develop many world-class young musicians over the years. Grant has performed many styles of music with countless local groups as a guitar sideman. He now tries to focus mainly on the jazz realm with its endless challenges and surprises.

Enjoy a drink or a bite with Barrat and McLellan at the Royal Coachman Pub on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.