CJB Header Soundtrack of the CityFriday, October 17th, 2014


There’s lots of great shows around town this month. Here’s some we think are worthy of grabbing your umbrella and heading out for!

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 his 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 Saturday, October 18 at northerntickets.com
604 569-1144 @ Box Office at 918 Granville Street


Coastal Jazz Fall Concerts


Petr Cancura’s Down Home

Thursday, November 6th, 8pm at The Ironworks $15 + SC

Petr Cancura’s Down Home “Down Home is three parts roots music, two parts jazz, one part blues, mixed on a country porch, and pardon the cliché, it cooks.” - All About Jazz

Known for bringing together roots music and jazz, Brooklyn-based group Down Home takes old time Mississippi blues and marinates it with New Orleans spices and a New York jazz vibe. The quintet is led by Czech-born, Ottawa-raised saxophonist and banjo player Petr Cancura (Danilo Perez, Julian Lage), a composer with a vast knowledge of jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions. The superlative cast that collaborate with Cancura are at the forefront of New York’s jazz scene: Kirk Knuffke cornet, Brian Drye trombone/piano, Garth Stevenson bass, Richie Barshay drums.

Tickets at northerntickets.com
Tel: 604 569 1144. Box Office: 918 Granville Street.


Around Town


Wednesday Jazz Series @ Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore St.

9–11pm Cover by Donation


OCT. 15th - Dan Gaucher 4tet

Dave Say - sax
Tristan Paxton - guitar
Eli Davidovici - bass
Dan Gaucher - drums

This musical meeting will be a first. Exploring familiar music with unfamiliar voices.

OCT. 22nd - Reach for the Sky feat. Debra-Jean Creelman

Debra-Jean Creelman - voice
Tony Wilson - guitar
Scott Smith - pedal steel/guitar
Tyson Naylor - keys
Jeremy Holmes - bass
Liam MacDonald - drums

Two major creative talents unite over a shared love of old gospel, soul, and country. Guitarist Tony Wilson’s enormous creative scope and emotional depth transcend terrestrial notions of genre and bring a magical, otherworldly quality to every project he takes on. A former member of Mother Mother, Debra-Jean Creelman’s versatile voice inhabits songs with remarkable range, from smoky and unhurried to full-throttle belting powerful enough to punch a hole through the far wall.

OCT. 29th - Sendero Luminoso

J.P Carter - trumpet
Dave Sikula - guitar
Tommy Babin - bass
Bernie Arai - drums

Bassist and composer Tommy Babin’s ensemble “Sendero Luminoso“ performs compositions by Babin that are inspired by both the musics of South America during the 1960s and 1970s and the revolutionary music of North America during the same period. The irony of decidedly positive sounding music emanating from brutal social conditions isn’t lost as the group interprets compositions that appear at first familiar but have been filtered and altered by modern jazz’s values of freedom and individualism.

Live in the Backroom at the Emerald

Battle Trance plus Tommy Babin solo

Thursday, October 30th

Battle Trance Battle Trance is Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner.

Palace of Wind is a piece that not only transcends genres, but also transcends time and space. Existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, Palace of Wind is an album-length composition that pushes the four saxophonists to the limit, shedding new light on the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. The players use circular breathing to build continuous, hypnotic waves of sound; multiphonics layer to create intricate textures that reflect an ancient time; and blisteringly fast lines seem to liquefy into each other. Unorthodox articulations and unusual fingerings are also part of the vast sonic vocabulary that the members of Battle Trance have painstakingly mastered. However, Palace of Wind isn’t merely concerned with demonstrating the virtuosity of the ensemble, nor with impressing or entertaining the listener. Instead, it is meant to be a portal of resonance where there is no separation between the listener and the sound.

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Cap Jazz Series


Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet:
Sound Prints

Featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron

October 19th, 8pm at Kay Meek Centre

Presented by Cap Jazz Series

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet "Few jazz bandleaders are as active - and as actively acclaimed - as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas." - NPR

It's been over 10 years since we were lucky enough to have Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano grace our stage and this time he'll be joined by two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas. Each masters of their respective instruments in the world of modern jazz, they continue to lead the way in jazz improvisation and composition while fully embracing the work of the masters from the past. As co-leaders of the renowned SFJAZZ Collective they paid tribute to living icon Wayne Shorter. Through this catalystic experience they formed their quintet, Sound Prints which features an all-star cast including pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. Performing new repertoire as well as brand new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with Shorter, the quintet is less an homage to Wayne Shorter and more of a unique fusion of musical paths.

Tickets: $45/$36/$25
Box Office: 604-990-7810
Online: capilanou.ca or kaymeekcentre.com
FB event page for Lovano and Douglas here.

David Linx with "A" Band & NiteCap
Music Direction: Brad Turner ("A" Band) and Réjean Marois (NiteCap)

October 31st, 8pm
The BlueShore @ Cap

Presented by Cap Jazz Series

David Linx "Belgian vocalist David Linx is to jazz what Rufus Wainwright is to pop, a chameleonic avant-gardist of the first order." - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes.

David Linx is unlike any other jazz singer you have seen or heard before. Elegantly tall, utterly charismatic, warm and engaging, and most importantly, as skilled a singer as you can find inside or outside of jazz. With over 15 albums to his name he has long established himself in European jazz through countless awards and recognition such as receiving two Knighthoods from both the French and Belgian Ministries of Culture, "Best European Jazz Musician" from the Jazz Academy and "Best Jazz Record of the Year" at the Grand Prix of the Charles Cros Academy. We are thrilled to present this talented and one-of-a-kind Belgian star for his North American debut.

Tickets: $30/$27
Box Office: 604-990-7810
Online: capilanou.ca
FB event page for David Linx here.

Cellar Jazz Series


Eric Alexander/David Hazeltine Quartet

October 24th & 25th, 8pm at Pyatt Hall

Eric Alexander Eric Alexander has been incredibly prolific as a recording artist, releasing 35 satisfying albums as a leader, including his latest Chicago Fire, which pays homage to Windy City sax greats such as Eddie Harris and Von Freeman. Influenced by tenor greats such as Dexter Gordon and George Coleman, Alexander has developed his own big and robust sound that always makes an impact. David Hazeltine has successfully forged his own distinctive style out of the accumulated weight of jazz piano tradition. His influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. Hazeltine’s playing hits the sweet spot between tradition and innovation. The late great Walton called Hazeltine “the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon style” and noted that “his style has a deep-seated commitment to jazz history while communicating a wealth of today’s ideas.” Hazeltine and Alexander have an especially close rapport, having made sublime music together for years. Alexander and Hazeltine will perform with two great players on the Vancouver scene that former patrons of the Cellar Jazz Club heard on many memorable nights: bassist Ken Lister and drummer Jesse Cahill.

Link for information and tickets.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet

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Sale ends on November 15th!

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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,
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