Want some jazz with that cake?

Annual Jazz and Cheesecake event slated to run at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm over the weekend

Swing down to the Morningstar Farm this weekend and enjoy music by a family of accomplished jazz musicians, a spot of tea, some handcrafted fruit wines and homemade cheesecake.

It’s the seventh annual Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake extravaganza at the Morningstar Farm and this year the Arntzen family, known as 3 Generations of Jazz, will be entertaining.

Clarinetist and vocalist Lloyd Arntzen is well known in Vancouver’s traditional jazz scene and has played vintage jazz for four decades.

His family will be joining him on stage including son Tom, a professional keyboardist and vocalist, and grandson Evan, who has already made a name for himself as a young saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist.

Evan has received a number of awards including Vancouver Dixieland Jazz Society’s Jazz Stars of the Future award and Best Senior Saxophone at the Surrey Jazz Festival. Also on stage will be Arnt and Georgina Arntzen, Jennifer Hodge and Andrew Millar.

It’s bound to be a day of quality entertainment, as 3 Generations of Jazz came highly recommended by acclaimed local jazz musician Phil Dwyer.

“Family patriarch Lloyd was very much on the scene in Vancouver and the successive generations of Arntzen have left their mark, in different ways, in the B.C. musical community,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer noted one of the highlights of the group is seeing the grandfather and grandson clarinet pairing of Lloyd and Evan and how their music demonstrates their mutual love for each other and for the traditional jazz clarinet continuum.

Ray Haynes at the Morningstar Farm said people should bring their sun hats and lawn chairs — as well as a good appetite for homemade cheesecake to the event.

Organizers not that if it happens to rain the Remax tents will have them covered.

The event takes place starting at 1:30 on Sunday, July 15. Tickets are $20 and include tea, cheesecake and wine tasting.

Tickets are available from the Morningstar Farm’s Farmgate store, Mulberry Bush Bookstores, Cranky Dog Music and at the door.

For more information about this tasty musical treat, call Morningstar Farm at 250-954-3931 or visit www.cheeseworks.ca.


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