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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Happy Holidays from the Coastal Jazz Team!

As another year comes to a close, we would like to thank all the musicians, fans, sponsors and volunteers for another fantastic year of music.

As we approach 30 years of bringing great music to Vancouver we would like to invite you to join in on the fun and help us celebrate this milestone. We’re going all out and are proud to present an exciting lineup of shows, starting with Eclectic Guitar with Eric Johnson and Mike Stern at The Vogue, “An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Series and the Bright Moments Series. And we haven’t even announced the Festival lineup yet!

As a gift to you, we've put together a Jazzy Christmas Music Playlist of some of our favourite tunes. We hope you enjoy it!

Coastal Jazz Gift - Jazzy Christmas Music Playlist

From all of us here at Coastal Jazz, we wish you all the best for the Holiday Season and a safe and prosperous New Year.


Give the Gift of Music!


Coastal Jazz Gift Certificates make great stocking stuffers!

Coastal Jazz Gift Certificates

Gift certificates (in the denomination of your choice) are available for Coastal Jazz shows that are sold at Northern Tickets.

Coastal Jazz & The Vogue Theatre Present


Eclectic Guitar: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern

Thursday, February 5th @ The Vogue Theatre at 9pm
$20/$34/$45 + SC

The Mike Stern/Eric Johnson Experience Guitar heroes Mike Stern and Eric Johnson join forces in this incredible all-star dream band that features Chris Maresh on bass and Anton Fig drums.

The new album, Eclectic, is filled with high-octane licks, some jazz excursions and a scorching treatment of the famous Hendrix blues, “Red House”. Read More

NEW ALBUM! It’s Killer! Click to hear a sample & purchase

An Evening with
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga


Monday, May 25 & Tuesday, May 26

@ The Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8pm
$275 / $250 / $180 / $150 / $94 + SC

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Highlighting Coastal Jazz 30th Anniversary activities in 2015 is a pair of spectacular concerts by two of the biggest stars on the planet. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have added two performances at the QET to their highly anticipated “Cheek to Cheek” concert tour. Read more

NEW ALBUM! Grammy-nominated album - Cheek to Cheek

The Bright Moments Series

New concert series from January to March 2015

Taking place from January through March, the Bright Moments Series features five concerts that promote the innovative, cutting edge pillar of Coastal Jazz’s programming. Performances will be held at The Ironworks and Pyatt Hall.

The inspiration for the Series comes from the late James Coverdale, a past President of Coastal Jazz. James was an ardent supporter of music, but especially the most adventurous, creative, and open improvisational forms of jazz. Bright Moments serves his legacy and is dedicated to his generous spirit and tireless energy.

Food with Thomas Strønen and Iain Ballamy

Thursday, January 15 @ The Ironworks at 8pm
$15 + SC

Food with Thomas Stronen and Iain Ballamy Since its first concert in 1998 this groundbreaking group has toured internationally making thought-provoking improvised music of great depth, texture and beauty.

Iain Ballamy from the UK on saxophones/ electronics and the Norwegian Thomas Strønen on drums/percussion/electronics use sound, space, and contrast to produce ever-changing moods. Read More


Saturday, February 7 @ The Ironworks at 8pm
$18 + SC

Thumbscrew Thumbscrew is a new collective band comprising three giants of New York's creative jazz scene - guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

Fusing jazz, rock and improvisational styles, the trio has developed an original book of music that buzzes, crackles, burns and croons. Read More

Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer

Wednesday, February 18 @ Pyatt Hall at the VSO at 8pm
$25 + SC

Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer Legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has been at the forefront of modern jazz for over 50 years.

Recently Lee has partnered with young award-winning Brooklyn-based pianist Dan Tepfer for a series of improvised musical conversations.

Read More

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown

Tuesday, March 3 @ The Ironworks at 8pm
$20 + SC

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown Sheila Jordan is one of the finest jazz singers since Billie Holiday. Her voice, like Billie’s, resembles a saxophone improvising on a melody with exquisite tonal shadings, and communicates emotion so directly it can be heart-wrenching.

Jordan performs with long-time collaborator bassist Cameron Brown who has worked with Don Cherry, Art Blakey, and Joe Lovano among others. Read More

John Stetch (solo piano)

Friday, March 20 @ Pyatt Hall at the VSO at 8pm
$20 +SC

John Stetch Edmonton-born, New-York-based John Stetch belongs in the pantheon of great Canadian pianists - from Oscar Peterson to Paul Bley to Renee Rosnes—who’ve greatly impacted the jazz scene.

Billboard magazine calls him “exceptional” while Jazz Times declares “ an unlimited imagination, unique harmonic and rhythmic conceptions and the digital dexterity to execute any idea he hears.” Read More

The Cellar Jazz Series

New concert series from January to March 2015

Taking place between January and March, the Cellar Jazz Series features four concerts that celebrate the mainstream/classic jazz pillar of Coastal Jazz’s programming (crossover/hybrid styles and new and innovative improvisational expressions being the other two). Performances will be held at Blue Frog Studios, PAL Studio Theatre and the Fox Cabaret.

The Cellar Jazz Series, originally founded by Cory Weeds, has now become a fully integrated part of Coastal Jazz programming.  We are proud to be working with Mr. Weeds, a long-standing member of Vancouver’s music scene as musician, club proprietor and record company owner, who will continue to program and oversee the Series.

Tim Tamashiro and the Tilden Webb Trio

Friday, January 16 @ Blue Frog Studios at 8pm (two sets)
$35 + SC

Tim Tamashiro Tim Tamashiro is not just a jazz singer: he's a "drinky jazz" singer. He's on stage to help you have fun. He's outgoing and generous. He's funny and, by the way, he can sing like crazy. You'll hear songs that you'll recognize. You'll hear world-class musicians. You'll hear a lot of bad jokes. Your night with Tim is guaranteed to be "memorable". Read More

Eh! Seamus Blake plays the music of Eddie Harris featuring Geoffrey Keezer piano/fender rhodes with Andre Lachance bass, Jesse Cahill drums

Saturday, January 31 @ PAL Studio Theatre at 8pm (two sets)
$28 + SC

Blake Keezer The project started 3 years ago from the suggestion of Paul Stache, owner of smoke jazz in NYC. Paul knew that Blake loved Eddie Harris and thought it would be fun to organize a tribute weekend to him. Since then it has become a yearly event.

In picking the music Blake tries to cover some of the classics as well as some lesser known tunes. Eddie was a diverse musician spanning many styles including bebop, funk, soul, bossa nova and avantgarde.

For this show Blake is excited to be joined by long time friend and genius of piano and keys Geoffrey Keezer. Read More

Russell Malone

Saturday, February 28 @ PAL Studio Theatre at 8pm
(two sets)
$28 + SC

Russell Malone Russell Malone with Tony Foster piano, Jodie Proznick bass, Joe Poole drums.

Renowned guitarist Russell Malone (Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Frisell) brings his swinging, blue-based style to the stage in performance with an outstanding Vancouver rhythm section. Read More

Soul Party! Nightcrawlers featuring Dawn Pemberton with special appearances by Jim Byrnes and Paul Pigat

Saturday, March 28 @ Fox Cabaret @ 8pm (two sets)
$28 + SC

Dawn PembertonThe Night Crawlers play gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time. With a combination of grit and soul, plus successful collaborations with music legends such as Red Holloway and David “Fathead” Newman, the Night Crawlers have been making fans all across the country. Read More

Celebrate Volunteerism


The 2015 Celebrate the Arts - Celebrate Volunteerism Conference will take place on Saturday January 31, 2015 at the Michael & Inna O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera, 1945 McLean Dr. Vancouver from 8:30AM to 3:30PM. The theme of the 10th year of the Volunteers in the Arts Conference is the past, present and future of volunteerism and the arts.

Programming will include engaging concurrent sessions led by hosts from theatre, music and visual arts, and a stimulating panel discussion on changes in the arts and culture world and impacts on volunteerism. A fabulous continental breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the $25 registration fee ($15 special rate for those 25 years and younger). Space is limited to the first 125 registrants.

For more information and to register, please visit www.artsvolunteer.com


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The 30th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will take place June 19 to July 1, 2015 and is produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

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