"Vancouver fest looks back at accomplishments, with an eye on the future" - Francois Marchand (Vancouver Sun)
As new festival memories come together John Orysik, Media Director and Coastal Jazz co-founder can't help but think about the old days. Thankfully, Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun caught it all.
“We wanted to elevate the music scene in Vancouver by presenting jazz concert on a regular basis,” he said in an interview just a few days before the 30th edition of the festival was set to launch. “The way to do that was to form a society, the vehicle that would make all this happen. Slowly but surely, in March of 1985, we presented our first two concerts, back-to-back sold-out shows with late French pianist Michel Petrucciani.”
Now, 30 years later, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has grown to include 300 performances, artists from around the world, and a whopping 14 days, right in the heart of Vancouver...and it's not slowing down anytime soon, especially for John.
“It would really be great to be here in my 90s, directing traffic,” he said with a chuckle.
Read Francois Marchand's full article here: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Jazz+festival+years+tune+time/11144782/story.html