Darcy Purcell (left) and Carl Laurence (right) perform together in Back Alley Jazz. The two will be back on stage together this Friday with a new group, Half Nelson. ~ Photo contributed

Revelstoke jazz club welcomes Half Nelson

Carl Laurence returns to Revelstoke with quintet of Nelson and Revelstoke players

A former Revelstoke musician is back in town with his new quintet, appropriately titled Half Nelson.

Trombone player Carl Laurence, who recently re-located to the West Kootenays, is playing alongside two Nelson musicians and two of his former Revelstoke bandmates the Revelstoke Jazz Club this Friday, May 19.

Laurence grew up in Revelstoke, where he played jazz in a number of local groups over the years. He moved to Nelson a few years ago, where he picked up where he left off and started playing with trumpet player Ron Butler and percussionist Rob Funk — two mainstays of the Nelson music scene.

Joining the trio will be Darcy Purcell on guitar and Dave Marfleet on bass. The three used to play together in Revelstoke group Back Alley Jazz, along with drummer Matt Yaki.

You can catch Half Nelson at the Revelstoke Jazz Club in the Selkirk Room of the Regent Hotel on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.