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CJB Header Soundtrack of the CityThursday, November 13th, 2014

Coastal Jazz and The Vogue Theatre Present


Eclectic Guitar: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern

Thursday, February 5th, 9pm (Doors 8pm) at The Vogue Theatre
$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.

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has blown away the competition over a four-decade career that includes stints with BS&T, Miles Davis and The Brecker Brothers, as well as 16 recordings as a leader. An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and bluesy string-bending prowess, Stern always burns the house down. One of the most outstanding rock instrumentalists, Texas axeman and Grammy Award winner Eric Johnson “plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that’s more real than life” (New Age Music Guide). Rolling Stone included him in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 21st century. Johnson and Stern have collaborated on a new recording, Eclectic, that is filled with high-octane licks, some jazz excursions and a scorching treatment of the famous Hendrix blues, “Red House.” For music fans this is a match made in heaven.

Tickets on sale Now at northerntickets.com
604 569-1144 @ Box Office at 918 Granville Street.

NEW CD! It’s Killer! Hear a sample & purchase here.


Around Town


Live in the Backroom at the Emerald

555 Gore St.
9–11pm Cover by Donation



Thursday, November 20th

Ted Crosby (Vermont, USA) – saxophone and clarinets
James Meger (Vancouver) – acoustic bass
Omar Amlani (Vancouver) - drums.

Braveheart “Rugged but uplifting, this is some seriously potent, next-generation modern jazz. Reflective acoustic jazz, exhilarating swing, and a remarkably psychic, playful sense of sonic structure and group interplay” - Coastal Jazz

Braveheart is a jazz saxophone trio that explores group improvisation and composition with an obstinate sense of honesty and integrity. The group features a raw, acoustic sound, brimming with uplifting emotional honesty and a deep, soulful rhythmic feel. Their searching improvisations have no boundaries, and can at times be dark and reflective and other times playful and energetic. The band’s original repertoire is an eclectic mix of songs, influenced by everything from singer-songwriters to contemporary classical music to modern jazz.

Sick Boss

Thursday, December 11th

Sick Boss A new ensemble lead by guitarist/composer, Cole Schmidt (Pugs and Crows), that features a handful of improvising sweethearts from the East Vancouver district. A mix of joyful waltzes, rich harmonic blends, soaring melodies, moody dirges, serious riffage, and plenty of frantic free play, all with a tip of the hat to Neil Young, Elliot Smith and Duke Ellington. Sick Boss invites it's audience to get free and move towards that place you like to be when the one in charge can't be there to inform you of what's to be expected.

Watch Bad Buddhist here.
Watch Troubled here.

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Joy Of Jazz Concert Series


Karin Plato plus Jillian Lebeck & Adam Thomas with James Danderfer

Thursday, November 27th
St. James Hall - 8:00pm $25 + SC

Karin Plato ‘Heart & Soul’ features some of Vancouver’s most talented and diverse musicians sharing a double bill. Jillian Lebeck and Adam Thomas are about to release their first duets recording and they’ll be featured in the first set. Jillian and Adam sing with voices pure, unaffected and soulful. They are definitely musicians who “serve the tune” with their blended harmonies and with the elegant chemistry the two friends share. Their repertoire is wide ranging and it’s true these two talents enjoy performing a variety of genres ranging from jazz to pop to soul based music.

Karin Plato will perform the second half of the evening with Jillian and Adam playing as her band and with the brilliant clarinetist, composer and arranger James Danderfer as special guest. Karin will be performing some of the new material she’s composed in recent months as well as some of her arrangements of songs both familiar and new to audiences. Swing and bossa nova and ballads with Karin’s uke “Clooney” along for the ride on some tunes. This is bound to be an exciting concert: dynamic, bold, creative and inspiring.

“Jillian Lebeck writes stunningly original instrumentals and songs. Her duet singing with bassist/vocalist Adam Thomas is extraordinary” - Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

“Adam Thomas…honesty and canny musical sensibility” - CBC Radio

“Plato’s confident, tuneful phrasing and hip articulation stands out as she weaves a musical spell.” - Edmonton Journal

Cap Jazz Series


Bill Frisell and Brad Turner

Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm
The BlueShore @ Cap.

Bill Frisell The Cap Jazz Series is thrilled to welcome renowned jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell for a special artist-in-residence program this fall. Frisell will work directly with Capilano University's own jazz faculty member, Brad Turner in this debut collaboration of two modern masters culminating in a grand finale on stage. There seems to be no end to guitar virtuoso Frisell's innovative, imaginative and boundary-pushing yet still accessible approach to jazz, making him one of the most respected and influential jazz guitarists of his time. Combine this with Turner's phenomenal talents as a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer and one of Canada's most in-demand musicians and you have one sure-to-be adventurous and entertaining night of jazz.

Tickets: $35/$32
Box Office: 604-990-7810
Online: capilanou.ca

Cellar Jazz Series


Mike Rud

November 14th, 8pm at Pyatt Hall

Mike Rud Montreal jazz guitarist Mike Rud created a timeless work of art with Notes on Montréal, the 2013 album he conceived, wrote all music and lyrics for, arranged, and played guitar on. Inspired by great novels set in Montreal and his own experiences living in la belle ville, it’s a remarkable song cycle, featuring Sienna Dahlen’s expressive vocals that seamlessly segue between jazz and pop and an eight-piece ensemble including a string quartet. Here’s what the Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum, one of Canada’s foremost jazz critics, said in his review of Notes on Montreal, which won the 2014 Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album: “It’s a deeply ambitious project to be sure, but it’s also a resounding success, establishing Rud not simply as a first-rate jazz guitarist but as a formidable songwriter and distinctive Canadian artist with a compelling vision to share.” Rud, Dahlen, the same rhythm section that performed on the recording, and a string quartet will perform music from Notes on Montreal at acoustics-friendly Pyatt Hall, the perfect venue for listening to such intimate and resonant music.

Link for information and tickets.

Johnny O’Neal Trio

November 28th & 29th, 8pm at Pyatt Hall

Johnny o’Neal Trio Johnny O’Neal is one of jazz music’s legendary figures because of his profound musicality and engaging persona. The Detroit-born pianist and vocalist was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, worked with Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Pass during a regular gig at New York’s Blue Note jazz club in the eighties. O’Neal’s appearance in the 2004 film “Ray” soared his career to new levels. In the film, Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx, goes to a nightclub to hear the brilliant pianist Art Tatum played by O’Neal. O’Neal’s stirring rendition of “Yesterdays” was included in the movie. Over the past few years O’Neal has maintained regular engagements at two of NYC’s best jazz clubs: Smoke and Smalls. O’Neal’s latest album, Live at Smalls, shows why he’s so respected by his peers and jazz fans. For his rare appearance in Vancouver, O’Neal will perform with his regular New York trio, including bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Charles Goold. Read the recent New York Times feature on O’Neal, in which piano master Barry Harris said: “If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him. He’s got it all.” In the same article, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel said: “My jaw dropped when I heard him play piano — and then my heart dropped when I heard him sing.”

Link for information and tickets.

Joshua Bruneau Sextet

December 5th & 6th, 8pm at Pyatt Hall

Joshua Bruneau Sextet Vancouver jazz fans will be in for a winter treat when the Joshua Bruneau Sextet hits the Pyatt Hall stage to celebrate the release of their debut release on Cellar Live, Bright Idea. Bruneau, is one of the best jazz trumpet talents to emerge in recent years. The New York-based trumpeter and flugelhorn player is a Hartt School of Music graduate who studied with jazz master Jackie McLean. Bright Idea, recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City in March 2014, is a hard swinging session featuring the young trumpeter’s fluid lines and robust tone. We’ll be hearing much more from Bruneau in the near future. It’s an added bonus that Steve Davis, one of the jazz world’s leading trombonists and a Hartt faculty member, will be on the gig. Davis, who played on Bright Idea, performed extensively at the Cellar Jazz Club and toured with Cory Weeds, who is also part of the sextet. Rounding out the ensemble are two of Vancouver’s finest – pianist Miles Black and bassist Adam Thomas – along with Bellingham-based Julian Macdonough, a fiery drummer.

Link for information and tickets.

Notice to Members of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society


Coastal Jazz and Blues Society's Annual General Meeting
will be held on
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


Suite 100 - 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
(Boardroom of the Alliance for Arts and Culture Society)


All current Society Members (Jazz Friends) are welcome to attend the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society’s AGM.
To check if your membership is current or to renew, please email cjbs@coastaljazz.ca or call 604 872 5200 x5.


Support music in your community & get discounts on tickets and other exclusive benefits plus a tax receipt.
Or call 604-872-5200 ext 5

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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

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


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