Iron Road’s Jazz Band Brews Up a Party

The Kamloops music scene saw March get a jazzy ending at Iron Road Brewing. The non-tradional quartet of violin, electric guitar, double bass and drums played an evening of jazz. DSCN7563

Violinist Stefan Thordarson said, “We play a lot of jazz standards, and I try to emulate the saxophone a little bit, so, we try to play stuff like (John) Coltrane, or that Bird (Charlie Parker) we played.” Along with Coltrane’s “Mr. PC” and Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation,” they also played Joe Henderson’s “Recorda-Me,” Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly,” a stirring version of composer Victor Young’s “Beautiful Love” and a number of other standards.

 

The talented band, which is yet to be named, consists of Thordarson on the violin, Aaron MacInnis on electric guitar, Alex Ward on the stand-up bass and Jared Wilman on drums. Wilman and Ward appear in a plethora of bands in many genres, around town. The Iron Road jazz performances take place around once per month and occasionally other musicians appear as guests, but this is not a jam. The performance was from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Iron Road Brewery is located at 980 Camosun Crescent, in the industrial mall, just across from the Canada Games Pool.

 

Fun fact: Aaron McInnis is the brewer at Iron Road and Stefan Thordarson is his assistant. While the shows are on Sunday, information as to the date of the next one will appear on social media, or you could contact Iron Road. A selection of authentic Mexican food, along with a variety of fresh brewed craft beer is available.