CJB Header Looking AheadWednesday, March 12th, 2014


A N N O U N C E M E N T S !


The 29th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is pleased to announce Major Artists appearing at
The Vogue Theatre

Tickets on sale March 15th at 10 AM at
www.northerntickets.com or call 604 569-1144.
Box office at 918 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2


The Vogue Theatre Series


Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood
with Gordon Grdina Trio

June 20 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $45/40 + SC

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood A powerhouse groove trio meets an electric jazz legend in this fiery summit of high wire improvs, adventurous funk, and psych-jazz. Keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Maceo Parker, and Natalie Merchant, but it's with jazz/rock guitar titan John Scofield that they've found their perfect fourth. Sharing a work hard/play hard aesthetic and a love of jazz, rock, avant-groove, New Orleans boogie, and Afro beat, these envelope-pushing badasses go from far out to right in the pocket.

HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT featuring Anthony Jackson (Bass) and Simon Phillips (Drums)
with Sekoya featuring Amalia

June 21 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $50/45 + SC

HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT "She's to the piano what Hendrix and Van Halen are to the guitar. Yeah, she's that good" – All About Jazz
Japanese pianist/composer Uehara Hiromi's highly complex but deeply emotional music goes from "heart to heart, not fingers to ears." Her virtuoso chops are perhaps only rivaled by her omnivorous musical curiosity and innovative spirit. With Anthony Jackson bass (Chick Corea, Steely Dan) and hard-hitting drummer Simon Philips (Al DiMeola, Jeff Beck), this fierce but playful trio blends percussive post-bop, proggy polyrhythms, mesmerizing counterpoint melodies, swing, and rock, all accompanied by Hiromi's joyful offhand vocalizations and gleeful bouncing off the piano bench!

An Evening with Arturo Sandoval

June 23 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $55/50 + SC

Arturo Sandoval "The man barely can contain all the music rushing out of him." – Chicago Tribune
A nine-time Grammy Award winner who also boasts Billboard Awards, an Emmy, and a US Presidential Medal of Freedom, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval helped revolutionize Cuban music in the 1970s as a member of Irakere. Mentored by the great Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval is a "blazing, technically flawless trumpeter [with a] supercharged tone" (All Music), whose unabashed love of jazz bursts forth in bebop and Cuban styles topped with dynamic trumpet fireworks. He's lent his delightfully boisterous playing to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Jill Barber
with Royal Wood

June 24 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $35/30 + SC

Jill Barber Jill Barber is the quintessential Canadian performer; she has won numerous awards, has been nominated for two JUNOs, and sings in both English and French. Whether evoking a café in Paris on her last release, Chansons, sipping champagne in a cocktail lounge on Mischievous Moon, or exchanging glances across a crowded room on the smash hit Chances, a Jill Barber performance, steeped in romance, takes you to the moon and back. On her new album, due out in June, Jill turns it up a notch, embracing Stax rhythms and a Philly soul backbeat to go along with her warm sultry vocals.

Maceo Parker
with the Night Crawlers featuring Dawn Pemberton

June 25 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $45/40 + SC

Maceo Parker "The funkiest sax player alive."—Chicago Tribune
Rhythmically charged funky horn bursts and soulful, gospel-tinged blues inflections are the hallmarks of Maceo Parker's sound. A longtime sideman for James Brown (20 years!) he has also lent his funk energy to George Clinton, retro-'70s disco darlings Dee-Lite, De La Soul, Prince, Ray Charles, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Whatever the context, one thing is certain: Maceo Parker is the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of funk in one golden thread. Don't miss Maceo's own die-hard groove band as they prove once again that you can't stop the funk.

Charles Lloyd Quartet
with Chris Gestrin Trio

June 27 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $55/50

 Charles Lloyd Quartet "One of the greatest saxophonists on the planet…never out of touch with his audience."—BBC Radio 3
Since 1960, Lloyd has lent his adventurous, lyrical sound to everyone from Cannonball Adderly and Keith Jarrett to The Beach Boys. His early experiments blending jazz and rock charted a path that led to the electric fusion of Miles Davis and Headhunters, while his exploration of spirituality and transcendental meditation added a new depth to his sound. Lloyd moves from hard swing to subtle ballads, blending gorgeous textures and Eastern influences. With Gerald Clayton piano, Joe Sanders bass, Gerald Cleaver drums.

An evening with Cassandra Wilson

June 29 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $50/45

Cassandra Wilson "Arguably the greatest living female jazz singer…her smoky alto bends almost everything to its will." – All Music Guide
Named "America's Best Singer" by Time Magazine, two-time Grammy Award-winning Cassandra Wilson first came to prominence through a leading role in Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning work Blood on the Fields. Wilson's restless musical curiosity has seen her move the goalposts of vocal jazz. Blues, country, soul, rock, folk and even some hip hop techniques show off her "dark-treacle voice and precisely calibrated palette." (Telegraph). With Lonnie Plaxico bass, Brandon Ross guitar, John Cowherd keyboards, John Davis drums.

Tickets at www.northerntickets.com

Telephone at 604 569-1144.
Toll Free in North America at 1 855 551-9747
Box office at 918 Granville Street in Vancouver.


Around Town


Orkestra Futura Hear it Now 2014:
Strong and Free

Orkestra Futura Presented by the New Orchestra Workshop Society in association with the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society

Celebrating Coat Cooke and his role as the NOW Society’s Artistic Director for over 30 years, Orkestra Futura is proud to pay tribute to the work of this seminal creative artist. Cooke gathers some of his closest colleagues in a presentation of his music.

“The continuing vitality and fecundity of the Vancouver scene has had this worldwide impact - (Orkestra Futura) is one of its crucial parts.” – George E. Lewis

Friday, March 28 @ 8pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
$20/15 Tickets @ www.nowsociety.org

The Fringe presents: Nashville Hurricane

Nashville Hurricane From the creator of the Fringe Festival hit, 6 Guitars, comes Nashville Hurricane, the story of a guitar prodigy and his rise to fame as told by his alcoholic mother, his sleazy manager, and his blues music mentor.

“In order to really sell the idea of this mythical guitar hero the fretwork has got to be top notch,” says Padgett. “I’ve put in a lot of work to pull off these original arrangements. I guarantee you’ve never heard a version of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ like the one in this show.”

And the Fringe is offering Jazz Festival fans a discount! Use coupon code JAZZ when purchasing tickets and get 20% off the ticket price!

March 19-23 @ 8pm
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street
$25 for non-members
Tickets available HERE

Sound of Dragon

Improvisers' Playland: The first meeting of four improvisers / composers

May 09, 2014 @ 10 pm
David Lam Park
Roundhouse Performance Centre

Lan Tung & Profilerasian with Little Giant Chamber Orchestra

May 10, 2014 @ 10 pm
David Lam Park
Roundhouse Performance Centre

Qin: close (親),relation (親),piano (琴)!

May 11, 2014 @ 7 pm
David Lam Park
Roundhouse Performance Centre

Ticket information: www.soundofdragon.com


Jazz Wrapper

The Jazz Festival's Vogue Theatre Series has just been announced and there is a lot to be excited about. First off, it's a wide ranging, diverse collection of concerts spanning straight-ahead jazz, Latin sounds, funk, avant-groove, contemporary vocal expressions, and the latest hybrid jazz forms. Opening night promises to be a gas! Medeski, Martin & Wood have always thrilled us with their high-wire jam band antics. But with guitar slinger John Scofield added to the mix, the temperature absolutely soars. Speaking of heat, Japanese pianist Hiromi turned The Centre into a joyous, party-time sweatbox during her last visit and she promises more of the same this time around. Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval aims for the heart. His emotionally charged bebop jazz is generously textured with dollops of sumptuous rhythmic influences associated with his former Caribbean island home. Vocalist Jill Barber is steeped in the art of romance. Song after sensuous song wrap themselves around you like silk pyjamas. Nobody on earth epitomizes the funk like saxophonist Maceo Parker. Under his direction, the band hits a groove and keeps taking it higher, higher and still higher. One of my favourite saxophonists—Charles Lloyd—is coming back to town. The revered elder statesman's hypnotic post-Coltrane sound is an intoxicating mix of swing, lyricism and spirituality. So beautiful! The great Cassandra Wilson fittingly closes the series with her unmistakeable vocal sound. Dark-hued, deep and mysterious, her voice embraces a range of material across the jazz, blues, country, folk and pop spectrum. There is no one quite like her. Enjoy!
And that's a w(rap).

John Orysik
Co-Founder/Media Director

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Coastal Jazz & Blues
The 29th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will take place June 20 to July 1st, 2014 and is produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

Contact: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, 2nd Floor, 295 West 7th Ave,
Vancouver, BC. Canada V5Y 1L9 Tel: 604 872 5200 Fax: 604 872 5250