Black Sunday could mark Crofton Jazz highlight

They honed their chops growing up in Victoria and went on to become mainstays of the Vancouver jazz scene.

On Sunday, pianist Miles Black and bassist Russ Botten will join  Victoria drummer Kelby MacNayr for an afternoon of elegant trio jazz at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

"Black, one of the most in-demand pianists in the Pacific Northwest, has appeared on more than 400 albums, and has performed and recorded with a lengthy list of jazz greats, including Max Roach, Paul Horn, Maynard Ferguson and Houston Person," an event media release states. "He is a vital contributor to PG Music and Band-in-a-Box music software programs.

"Botten has studied with Ray Brown, John Clayton and Dave Holland as has toured with vocalist Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire. He has also worked with Renee Rosnes, Herb Ellis, Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton and Terry Clark and appears on several recordings, including two with renowned saxophonist/trumpeter Jay Thomas.

"Drummer, composer and bandleader MacNayr performs regularly in many Victoria venues and across the lower Island, performing jazz standards and his own original compositions, many of which are showcased in his first CD.

Jazz musicians are invited to sit in with the band during a jam session in the last hour of the afternoon.

The weekly jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

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