Coastal Jazz's Programming Manager of Clubs & Special Projects, Cory Weeds, speaks about Vancouver's jazz scene, as well as the music coming up at Frankie's Jazz Club during the Festival. Read on for his take on why this music should be at the top of your '17 Jazz Festival list...
What makes a jazz scene in any given city? In my opinion, it is its local talent. Plain and simple. For obvious and understandable reasons, a lot of hoopla is made about visiting international superstars who visit a city to perform at a Festival. Fans and the press go crazy about the stars!
All of this is fantastic because some incredible talent is coming to our stages this summer, but at the end of the day, we want to give recognition and acknowledgement to our local musicians, because they are consistently fantastic. The Jazz Festival and our year round programming gives us the opportunity to present wonderful talent from all over the world. Having said that, it is the local talent that weaves the fabric to make a ‘local’ jazz scene. Vancouver is very very lucky to have so many incredibly talented musicians that carve out a living in this expensive city and continue to thrive musically.
Frankie’s Jazz Club is it’s second year and this year’s jazz festival has a full on menu of some of Vancouver’s best. The club does have some visitings artists who will be joining local groups but for the most part the lineup features Vancouver’s best. Whether its the smooth sounds of Dylan Cramer’s alto sax, the latin rhythms of Rumba Calzada, the blistering guitar of Dave Sikula paying homage to Wes Montgomery or the fierce trumpet of Brad Turner, there is something for everyone at the club this year!
Two special gigs of note that feature some wonderful Italian musicians that I’m particularly excited about. This year my relationship with The Italian Cultural Center has taken a big step forward as we feature a Spotlight On Italy at the festival.
Frankie's Jazz Club: June 23-June 24, $20, 8pm
June 23- 24 at the club features a quintet lead by Italian pianist Antonio Ciacca, with guest trumpeter (and fellow Italian) Benny Benack III. Joining the Italian duo will be yours truly on tenor saxophone, Ken Lister on bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums. The group will be playing music from Volare: The Italian American Songbook
June 30, Frankie's Jazz Club, 8pm, $20
June 30 / July 1st - The Tony Foster Trio welcomes special guest Pasquale Grasso. Tony recorded a wonderful album featuring the music of Enrico Morricone and Henry Mancini music.
Frankie’s Jazz Club is also the hub for late night activity with the Mill Street Jam happening every night starting at 11:30pm.
See you at the club and around the city!