Vibraphonist Marty Franklin (left) plays at the House of James in Abbotsford on Jan. 26.

Vibraphonist Marty Franklin (left) plays at the House of James in Abbotsford on Jan. 26.

Vibraphonist Marty Franklin plays House of James in Abbotsford

Concert at coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 26

Vibraphonist Marty Franklin and friends will be in concert this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at House of James coffeehouse in Abbotsford.

Franklin first came to Canada in 1981. Already a named musician in the U.K., Franklin soon established himself in Toronto with performances at the Royal York Hotel and Bourbon Street Jazz Club.

He has also lived in Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver, playing in many major jazz clubs and with various jazz greats, including Maynard Ferguson, Sonny Stitt, Georgie Auld, Bud Freeman and Henry Cuesta.

Franklin did a three-year residency at the prestigious Pan Pacific Hotel and appeared on the Vancouver Jazz Festival stage over 11 years. Franklin is now permanently based in Abbotsford.

His current CD is a mixture of American Song Book standards, blues and Latin jazz. His stellar band features electric guitar, standup bass and drums.

Admission is $10 at the door. Visit houseofjames.com for more information.