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9. Jun. 2017

NORTH SHORE JAZZ GUEST POST: A SUMMIT OF SOUL

For many Vancouverites, it’s not officially summer until the jazz is upon us. With hundreds of shows throughout Vancouver, there’s truly something for everyone.

For the last 16 years, Capilano University, led by director of programming Fiona Black, has collaborated with Coastal Jazz to present North Shore Jazz in tandem with the 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The distinct North Shore Jazz series is known for its eclectic edge that has become a signature of Fiona’s programming for the Cap Jazz and Cap Global Roots series. 

“Last year, we had a ‘guitar mayhem’ theme happening, and while there’s still loads of guitar action—see Jim King’s ode to guitarists, including Sonny Landreth and Jim Campilongo, taking part in this year’s fest—there’s just a great cross-section of genres at this year’s edition of North Shore Jazz,” says Black. “Landreth and jazz vocalist John Boutté showcase the sultry sounds of Louisiana, local folk legend Roy Forbes quietly captivates, Jennifer Scott smoothly serenades, and Steelin’ in the Years captures the dynamic complexity of Steely Dan – the series this year has a lot of heart and soul, sugar and spice!”

Here’s a taste of this year’s (free and ticketed) electrified and globally influenced acts performing on the The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University stage and satellite venues throughout North and West Vancouver from June 23 to July 2.

JIM CAMPILONGO & THE BROOKLYNITES
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 @ 7:30pm
WEST VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

This year’s North Shore Jazz series kicks off with free show at the West Vancouver Memorial Library from New York City-based Stratocaster master Jim Campilongo, featuring guitarist Luca Bendetti (also recently relocated to NYC, but a favourite of Vancouver audiences missing his beloved regular gig at the Heatley). 

Check out the wizardry of Jim Campilongo in action: 


ROY FORBES
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 8:00pm
PRESENTATION HOUSE THEATRE

He’s a folk festival favourite and a homegrown hero in singer-songwriter circles. Roy Forbes burst on to the folk scene as a teenager, opening for acts like Supertramp, Santana and Jeff Beck as ‘Bim’. His breakout single, “Can’t Catch Me” went to the Top 10 in cities across Canada, and he’s been writing and recording ever since, switching away from his childhood nickname. Recently diagnosed legally blind, Forbes has pushed on, inspired by others. In 2016, he told The Georgia Straight, “I’m a physical performer. I don’t do knee drops and I don’t have eight dancers bouncing around me, but when I sing it’s a physical thing,” he said. “There are some butterflies (about playing live). I just want to do a good job in the spirit of Ray (Charles), Little Stevie (Wonder), Jeff Healy and Blind Willie McTell. A lot of those people have been an inspiration to me. Maybe I’ll change my look: Purple hair, big sunglasses. Call me ‘Sly Forbes.'” MORE INFO + BUY TICKETS

Have a listen to the song that launched Forbes’ career, “Can’t Catch Me”: 

STEELIN’ IN THE YEARS
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 8:00pm
BLUESHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT CAPILANO UNIVERSITY

The 10-member collective that calls themselves Steelin’ in the Years (playing The BlueShore at Cap Tuesday, June 27) is a gathering of some of Vancouver’s most talented and accomplished musicians, who share a common interest in the music of Steely Dan, and revel in tackling the material as well as putting their own stamp on the compositions. “It’s a brave choice to tackle the catalogue of Steely Dan,” says Black. “I thought they were a nice fit with the jazz festival because of the complexity of the material, and the strong jazz influence.”

“The simplicity of a lot of it is deceptively hard,” says Phil Robertson, who plays drums with the outfit.  



S
ONNY LANDRETH
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 8:00pm
BLUESHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT CAPILANO UNIVERSITY

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On the eve of his anticipated album release (Live in Louisiana – his first live album in 12 years), Lafayette-based slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth plays The BlueShore at Cap on Thursday, June 29. Known as “King as the Slydeco”, for his mesmerizing slide guitar technique and zydeco stylings, Landreth possesses the awe-inspiring ability to seamlessly change keys, rhythms and musical styles with the semblance of absolute ease. Eric Clapton, whose Crossroads Festival Landreth has performed at multiple times, has said that Landreth is, “probably the most underestimated musician on the planet, and also probably one of the most advanced." 

“There’s heavy buzz for Sonny Landreth’s North Shore Jazz performance,” said Black. “He’s a virtuoso blues master with a devout following, including many legendary musicians of our time.”

Here’s Landreth performing his much-beloved “Blues Attack”:

JOHN BOUTTÉ
FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 8:00pm
THE BLUESHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
CAPILANO UNIVERSITY

You could say that John Boutté embodies New Orleans. Certainly, his voice has become synonymous with The Big Easy, and more specifically, the city’s historic Treme neighbourhood. Naturally, Boutté penned and performs the theme to HBO’s cult favourite show, Treme, and many of his songs derive from deep within the neighbourhood where Boutté and his highly musical family live, seven generations deep. Whether he’s singing about New Orleans, or soulfully embodying its spirit on lead or guest vocals (most recently on Todd Rundgren’s new album), Boutté is stirring and spectacular. He performs at The BlueShore at Cap on Friday, June 30

Here’s Boutté performing Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece with a NOLA twist: 

FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ AFRO-CANADIAN COLLABORATION
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 @ 3:00pm
CIVIC PLAZA - FREE

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For the seventh consecutive year, the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver’s artists in residence program brings together artists from Quebec and British Columbia. Over the years, this collaboration has become an incubator for musical and creative talent, and this year, the project will be given a new scope, with four artists from different world music groups: ILAM (Senegal/Montreal), Joe Amouzou (Togo/BC), Jacky Essombé (Cameroon/BC), Yoro Noukoussi (Benin/BC) and DJ Marc Fournier (Canada/BC), drawing on contemporary sounds as well as the rich cultural traditions of their African countries of origin, with an infusion of electronic ambiance. MORE INFO

SOULSTREAM
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 @ 1:00pm
LYNN VALLEY VILLAGE - FREE

With three JUNOs, one Grammy and five West Coast Musician of the Year nominations among them, this collective – called ‘Vancouver’s hottest house band’ by The Province – is a local marvel. Members have performed with artists including k.d. lang, INXS and Wynton Marsalis. As Soulstream, they come together to perform catchy covers in “incredibly creative” (Vancouver Sun) fashion. Featuring Rebecca Shoichet (vocals), David Steel (vocals), Chris Gestrin (keyboards), Randall Stoll (drums), Darren Parris (bass), Dave Corman (guitar), Vince Mai (trumpet), Bill Runge (baritone and alto saxophone), Raphael Geronimo (percussion), and Karen Graves and Dave Say alternating sets (tenor saxophone). MORE INFO

JENNIFER SCOTT
SUNDAY, JULY 2 @ 1:00pm
CIVIC PLAZA - FREE

With accolades ranging from “mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes” (Seattle Times) to “a voice made to sing jazz” (CBC Jazzbeat) to “an artist unafraid to take risks” (JazzTimes), Vancouver’s Jennifer Scott is not to be missed. The LA Times says, “she applies a velvet tone and superb phrasing to material including Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Brazilian tunes and jazz standards.” Scott concludes North Shore Jazz with a free performance at North Vancouver City Hall’s Civic Plaza. MORE INFO

Check out the full list of North Shore Jazz performances and sample the sounds of the start of summer on the North Shore!

 


 


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