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22. Mar. 2017

Festival Buzz: New Series Announced!

Good afternoon jazz fans... We have some exciting new to share!

Today we are absolutely thrilled to announce a special new 2017 Festival series at the beautifully renovated Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music. Jazz at Pyatt Hall will include a carefully curated line-up of five concerts that put a spotlight on emerging artists along with established legends of mainstream jazz! 

If you are a fan of Coastal Jazz's programming at Frankie's Jazz Club, then this Festival series is just for you! The Festival's Jazz at Pyatt Hall series will present next-level, mainstream talent in the welcoming, intimate, and acoustically-pleasing environment of Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music. 

The Jazz at Pyatt Hall is generously supported by the Italian Cultural Centre Vancouver.


The Jazz at Pyatt Hall artists: 



A truly engaging talent like Blue Note artist Kandace Springs is timeless and undeniable.

As The Guardian said in a four-star review, “she has a rare ability that can’t be taught—to sound like an old soul, just doing what comes naturally.” The Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist makes warm and sophisticated soul, pop, and jazz with a stunning voice that pop legend Prince said “could melt snow.” Taking inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Roberta Flack, the organic, intimate, and deeply soulful sound of this “suave songstress” (Wall Street Journal) is remarkably fresh and singularly hers. With Dillon Treacy drums, Jesse Bielenberg bass.

Kandace Springs: June 25 Pyatt Hall Two Shows at 7:30pm 9:30pm $40 All In.


“There’s just no way not to like Cyrus Chestnut.”—(AllMusic)

First call pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and both The Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestras, Cyrus Chestnut absorbed years of experience as a sideman with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, and scores of other great players before stepping into the spotlight as a charismatic and thought-provoking composer/bandleader. Blending contemporary and traditional jazz with gospel and hints of Latin and samba, Time Magazine raves that “what makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.”

Cyrus Chestnut Trio: June 27 Pyatt Hall Two Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm $40 All In.

EMMET COHEN TRIO featuring Ron Carter


Christian McBride calls multifaceted pianist/composer Emmet Cohen “one of the most dynamic young musicians on the scene today. ”Elegant introspection, neo-classical flourishes, and bravura bebop chops that are “guaranteed to make the walls sweat” (WGBO) —this young superstar has it all! Ron Carter is a living legend and the most-recorded jazz bassist in history appearing on over 2,220 sessions. From The Miles Davis Quintet in ‘63-’68, to Eric Dolphy, Horace Silver, The Kronos Quartet, and his many projects as a leader, the multiple Grammy Award-winner’s prolific output is matched only by his dynamic artistry. With rising jazz dynamo Evan Sherman (Jimmy Heath, Cyrus Chestnut) drums.

This special concert will be recorded for a release on the Cellar Live imprint.

Emmet Cohen Trio: June 29 Pyatt Hall Two Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm $50 All In


One of jazz’s most versatile and esteemed bassists, Grammy Award-winner Buster Williams brings his “solid, dark tone and highly refined technique” (AllMusic) to collaborations with a vast range of vocal, post-bop, and progressive jazz artists. A masterful stylist, The New Yorker calls Williams’ compositions “modern mainstream at its best.” Williams co-founded the great jazz combos Timeless All-Stars and Sphere, worked with Betty Carter and Nancy Wilson, and is revered for his exploratory playing in Herbie Hancock’s legendary Mwandishi Sextet. Something More features heavy hitters George Colligan (Cassandra Wilson) piano, Steve Wilson (Chick Corea) saxophones, and Lenny White (Return to Forever) drums.

Buster Williams: June 30 Pyatt Hall Two Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm $40 All In

SCOTT HAMILTON TRIO featuring Rossano Sportiello & J.J. Shakur


With a fat, buttery sound reminiscent of Ben Webster and Don Byas, tenor saxophone giant Scott Hamilton was at the forefront of a new generation of young artists that helped revitalize the sophisticated sound of small-group swing, ushering in the “young lion” jazz renaissance of the mid- 1970s. Around that same time, award-winning Italian jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was busy being born! Touted as “the best stride piano player” mentor Barry Harris has ever heard, echoes of Ralph Sutton, Dave McKenna, and Bill Evans can be heard in Sportiello’s rich and assured playing.

With J.J. Shakur bass. This special concert will be recorded for a release on the Cellar Live imprint. 

Scott Hamilton Trio: July 2 Pyatt Hall Two Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm $40 All In.

We hope you can join us for some fantastic performances at our new Jazz at Pyatt Hall series during the 2017 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival!

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