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Jazzalele brings taste of tropics to stage

Local trio blends styles in mix of dance tunes Jan. 9 at Smoke N' Water

Break out your dancing shoes and tropical wear for an evening of unique musical entertainment as Jazzalele takes to the stage of Smoke ‘N Water Restaurant in Nanoose Bay on Jan. 9.

The local trio, led by Parksville’s Anna Acevedo Lyman, injects the sunny strains of the ukulele into classic and Latin Jazz, R&B, tropical, world beat and various vintage dance hits across genres.

Lyman, a Mexican-American originally from Detroit, is known as the Motown Soul Senorita. She will be joined by bassist Steve Sutton and drummer Gabe Vidas in a set spanning the 1950s to the 1990s and multiple styles of music.

Jazzalele won the ukulele instrumental cover song competition at the 2012 Vancouver Ukulele Festival and hosts a ukulele festival weekend each July.

The music begins at 7 p.m. at Smoke ‘N Water, at the Pacific Shores Resort, 1600 Stroulger Rd. in Nanoose Bay. There is no cover charge. For more info, call 250-468-7192 or visit

— Submitted by Jazzalele

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