CJB Header Looking AheadWednesday, September 11, 2013

We hope that you enjoyed your summer...

...and, as it seems to be here in Vancouver,  it continues into a glorious autumn. Moving into autumn we would like to share with you some events that will be taking place around town and a look back at some of the artists and good times from the 2013 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

During the festival our Social Media team worked around the clock to bring us two series: "Daily Dose" featuring festival highlights and "Tweet n Greet" featuring interviews with artists asking questions from our Twitter audience. Both were sent out in e-blasts and posted on our website and social media platforms. In case you missed some and/or want to revisit some of the good times from the festival we will be posting a few in our upcoming newsletters.

Kudos to our Social Media team - David Ward on FaceBook, Twitter, and Interviewer for Tweet n Greets; Jeanette Wilkinson as Videographer, Editor on Tweet n Greet and Graphic Design for Tweet n Greet and Daily Dose; Matthew Drake - Videographer, Editor on Daily Dose

Our thanks to all of the other team members who kept posting and writing blogs and our partners who carried our messages near and far!

Tweet 'n Greet

by David Ward

Gregory Porter

Gregory PorterWe were told we would be meeting Gregory Porter at his hotel in the afternoon on the day of his show. For Jeanette and I, the opportunity to interview Gregory was an especially big coup as we had discovered him last year while attending Gilles Peterson’s (of BBC Radio 6) Worldwide Music Festival in the south of France. We were immediately hooked by the depth, soul and energy of his performance.

We called him from our staging room in the Sutton Place Hotel and he answered in that gentle baritone. He had no idea he was to be interviewed. The message had not been communicated. At this point, he could very easily have said no to the interview. There is little time off for artists on these festival circuits, especially true for a fast rising star like Gregory Porter. Instead, he graciously agreed to come down if we gave him a few minutes to get ready. Of course we would!

Gregory is a gentleman and he exudes a warmth and soulfulness that is magnetic. You feel his presence as soon as he enters the room. This was one of those instances where the man behind the growing myth was the one you were hoping to meet.

As with many we interviewed, we wanted to chat for longer but with Gregory, we were acutely aware of the fact that this interview was not in his schedule and he was going above and beyond with his generosity of time.

Upon his exit, he politely asked for a glass of water and then sauntered down the hallway singing a Nat King Cole tune that left us yearning for more as the elevator doors closed to take him back to his room.

Watch here.

Alfredo Rodriguez

Alfredo Rodriguez Alfredo was likely the most helpful subject in all of our interviews. As we set up he was suggesting different positions on the stage that might present a better backdrop for the interview, warning us not to fall off the edge as we backed up for a wider shot, and generally taking charge of the situation to create an atmosphere of efficiency and ease.

He was warm, humble, gracious and exuded the same enthusiasm we received from the other members of his team throughout this collaboration.

Watch here.

TD High School Jazz Intensive

TD High School Jazz Intensive Education & Outreach Report
By Flora Ware

2013 was an exciting year for Education & Outreach at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In addition to our annual programming that includes the TD High School Jazz Intensive and public workshops held at Tom Lee and the Roundhouse, we launched two new initiatives: the Sounds of Youth Stage and the Afternoon Piano Sessions. The inaugural Anthem Properties Sounds of Youth Stage, presented by Tom Lee, was a spotlight on some of the best high school jazz combos and big bands in Metro Vancouver. The Afternoon Piano Sessions at the Ironworks were interactive concerts led by inspiring local jazz luminaries. The final performance of the TD High School Jazz Intensive on the David Lam Park Mainstage was fantastic! We would like to congratulate the winners of the TD Scholarships for Music Studies: Trevor Whitridge, Jared Karse, Natalie Yergatian, and Quincy Chimich. Kudos also to Matt Skepasts, winner of the Dal Richards Foundation Scholarship. With the outstanding success of our new programs and attendance at the public workshops at an all-time high this year, we can proudly say that our music education programs continue to make a positive impact! See you next year…

Around Town

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers Orpheum Theater, Thursday October 17

Concord, North Carolina-based indie folk-pop favorites The Avett Brothers will be at the Orpheum Theatre of Vancouver on October 17. The boys immersed themselves in their musician dad's record collection, falling in love with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Since then, they've become genre stalwarts over the course of seven albums, including 2012's The Carpenter. However, in open letter to fans the guys have announced that another full-length album is set to release October 15, 2013. The Avett Brothers at the Orpheum Theatre with special guest Nicholas David October 17. Tickets at Ticketmaster.ca, 855-985-5000 or all Ticketmaster outlets

Carnegie Community Centre Presents Jazzing Up Carnegie

Jazzing Up Carnegie The Cultch, Wednesday September 18

A concert to raise funds to upgrade the Carnegie Centre Theatre at The Cultch 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Wednesday September 18, 2013 • Reception 7-8pm • Show 8pm
Tickets $65.00 advance purchase • $75.00 at the door
Tickets through the Cultch box office • tickets.thecultch.com (24hrs online) or by phone at 604.251.1363

Some of Vancouver’s top jazz performers, including Hugh Fraser, Paul Plimley, and Dalannah Gail Bowen, join the 17-piece Carnegie Jazz Band, led by trombonist Brad Muirhead, for an evening of unbridled music to raise funds to “jazz up” the Carnegie Centre Theatre. All proceeds will go towards upgrading the sound system and renovating one of the most heavily used community spaces in the Downtown Eastside where local residents and friends enjoy free entertainment and programs every day of the year. Please join us for thrilling music, delicious hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Carnegie Kitchen, and a worthy cause.

Here’s the full list of performers: Paul Blaney, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Dennis Esson, Hugh Fraser, KedrickJames, Brad Muirhead, Paul Plimley, Reach for the Sky (Tony Wilson, Jeremy Holmes, Liam MacDonald, Debra-Jean Creelman, Scott Smith), Stefan Smulovitz, The Carnegie Jazz Combo & 17 piece Carnegie Jazz Band, with Nou Dadoun, MC (host of Co-op Radio’s The A-Trane), and Brad Muirhead, Musical Director.

Carnegie Community Centre — often referred to as the living room of the Downtown Eastside — provides social, educational, cultural and recreational activities on-site, at nearby Oppenheimer Park and through an outreach team. The programs serve low income adults with the goal of nurturing mind, body, and spirit in a safe and welcoming environment. For more info, please check out www.carnegiecentre.ca

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Vancouver, the Cultch and Coastal Jazz and Blues Media Contact: Koralee Tonack at Diane Kadota Arts Management tel.604.683.8240 / fax.604.683.7911 koralee@dkam.ca

Autumn's Embrace

Autumn's Embrace The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Wednesday October 16 at 7:30pm

Stikjazz Music and Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, producers of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, are proud to present eight highly acclaimed and artistically diverse vocalists in a special concert on Wednesday October 16th 2013 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre 1895 Venables Street. Tickets are $35.00 and are available at tickets.thecultch.com or phone 604-251-1363

Jim Byrnes, Marcus Mosely, Steve Maddock, Brian Tate, Laura Crema, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Jennifer Scott and Karin Plato will be the featured vocalists. They will be performing solos, duets and ensemble arrangements of blues, jazz and folk songs. Canadian icon Mr. Dal Richards will make a special guest appearance singing one of his signature songs and bluegrass star John Reischman will also be a special guest performer. The band includes award winning pianist Chris Gestrin, clarinetist James Danderer, bassist Laurence Mollerup & drummer Joe Poole.

With such a diverse array of talent the concert is certain to appeal to a wide ranging audience. This concert will be a rare occasion to see all these artists together on the same stage. Many of them have busy solo careers which take them on tours through- out North America and beyond. October 16th has them coming together to share music in their home city of Vancouver. 


Harold Mabern September 26 - 29, Thursday through Saturday

featuring CORY WEEDS tenor saxophone, HAROLD MABERN piano, JOHN WEBBER bass and JOE FARNSWORTH drums.

Celebrate the finest jazz club that Vancouver has ever known with Juno Award Nominee and Cellar owner CORY WEEDS with the legendary pianist HAROLD MABERN.

Harold Mabern, one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists, was born in Memphis, a city that produced saxophonists George Coleman and Charles Lloyd, pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. and trumpeter Booker Little. He was an unsung hero of the 1960s hardbop scene, performing and recording with many of its finest artists, and only in recent years has he begun to garner appreciation for his long-running legacy in jazz and the understated power of his talent; as critic Gary Giddins has written, “With the wind at his back, he can sound like an ocean roar.”

During his over half-century on the scene as sideman and leader, he has played and recorded with such greats as Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, just to name a few. “I was never concerned with being a leader, I just always wanted to be the best sideman I could be. Be in the background so you can shine through.”

BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE HARD RUBBER NEW MUSIC SOCIETY and THE COASTAL JAZZ & BLUES SOCIETY $59.00 including two course meal more info - http://www.coryweeds.com


featuring BEN LOCKWOOD tenor sax, TILDEN WEBB piano, GRAHAM CLARK bass, JOE POOLE drums, plus special guest CORY WEEDS tenor sax $10

$20 more info - http://www.vinoandforte.com

featuring ORRIN EVANS piano, ERIC REVIS bass, MATT JORGENSEN drums $15
more info - http://www.orrinevansmusic.com

featuring ORRIN EVANS piano, ERIC REVIS bass, MATT JORGENSEN drums
$15 more info - http://www.orrinevansmusic.com

$12 more info - http://www.karengraves.com

Reservations are suggested at (604) 738-1959 www.cellarjazz.com $10/$5 students

featuring MARIA HO vocals, RON JOHNSTON piano, DARYL JAHNKE guitar and DAVE GUINEY acoustic bass $15 more info - http://musicalbreeze.ca

19 SEPTEMBER 2013 - SOPHIA PERLMAN QUARTET featuring SOPHIA PERLMAN vocal, ADREAN FARRUGIA piano, ROSS MACINTYRE bass, JEFF HALISCHUK drums $15 more info - http://www.sophiaperlman.com

featuring Art Khu piano & guitar, Steve Smith bass, Bernie Arai drums $15 more info - http://www.jacquinaylor.com

$15 more info - http://www.jacquinaylor.com

feat. NICK FRASER drums, TONY MALABY saxophones, ANDREW DOWNING cello, ROB CLUTTON bass $15

featuring JOHN STETCH piano, JAN JARCZYK piano $15/$10 students more info - http://www.johnstetch.com


Returning to Vancouver – The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Thursday November 14th at 7:30pm

Internationally-renowned artists to be featured in a benefit concert at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church. Duke Ellington is best remembered as perhaps the finest and most influential composer in the history of American jazz. He was also a man of deep spiritual convictions. Late in his career, he wrote three programs of inspirational music between 1965 and 1973 that blended his peerless tonal artistry with the celebratory energy of classic gospel music. Ellington's last sacred concert was performed only seven months before his death, and although very ill, he gave an inspiring performance of his sacred music classics. Don't miss this amazing production on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca

Hard Rubber Orchestra Tribute to the Great Kenny Wheeler

Hard Rubber Orchestra Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Saturday October 19

On October 19, 2013 The Hard Rubber Orchestra will play an entire evening of music - including the premiere of a new commissioned work - by Jazz Legend Kenny Wheeler. Wheeler (b. Toronto, 1930) is one of the world’s best known jazz musicians and undeniably one of the greatest master composers for the jazz orchestra.

His compositions are hugely influential, often imitated, and unique to the world of jazz and large ensemble composition. At 83, Wheeler, who is presently a resident of London England, is no longer able to travel or perform but is still highly active as a composer. It is an unprecedented honour for us to play a commissioned work by one of history’s great composers for the jazz orchestra, especially from this period of his life and career.   Guest soloists will be Phil Dwyer on saxophone and Mike Herriott on trumpet.  Guest conductor will be trombonist/ pianist Hugh Fraser.

Caravan World Rhythms & Julio Montero present with the support of Coastal Jazz and the Chan Centre Grammy-winning Flamenco Jazz Diva BUIKA

Buika Chan Centre at UBC, Saturday December 6 at 8pm

Tickets $35 - $55 plus s/c Available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone 1-855-985-2787
Or in Person at Chan Centre Box Office (no service charges), Rio Azul (638 West Broadway - no service charges) & Highlife Records (1317 Commercial - $5 service charge)

"Though compared to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, she sounds like no one but herself. "— Los Angeles Times Only a unique confluence of cultural influences could produce an artist as strikingly original as Buika, who has earned a devoted cadre of fans and collaborators ranging from celebrated filmmaker Pedro Almódovar to musicians Seal, Rachelle Ferrell, Anoushka Shankar and Nelly Furtado. Born in Spain to parents in political exile from Equatorial Guinea, she grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca. She was exposed to great jazz singers by her mother and forged a breathtaking, soul-drenched vocal style combining traditional Spanish-Gypsy laments of flamenco with soul and jazz improvisation. A commanding performer with a husky, crushed-velvet voice, Buika saw her career catch fire in 2009 with El Último Trago, a collaboration with Cuban piano giant Chucho Valdés. And during Chick Corea’s recent month-long residency at the Blue Note in New York, Buika was featured in his stunning flamenco ensemble.

Buika is joined by one of Cuba's top jazz pianists Ivan Gonzalez Lewis & percussionist Ramon Suarez Escobar. LINKS:  www.caravanbc.com  www.conchabuikamusic.com

PRE PUBLIC SALE OFFER TO COASTAL JAZZ MEMBERS! Get the best seats to see Flamenco Jazz Diva from Spain, CONCHA BUIKA! Use the password "Spain" on the Buika page of the Tickemaster website.

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

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