CJB Header Looking AheadWednesday, June 5, 2013


Let the countdown begin!

Only 16 more days until the worlds best jazz, funk, Latin,
fusion, and world music artists come to town.
Make sure to download our 2013 Guide Book so you can plan ahead and get your daily dose of Vitamin J

Tickets are now on sale for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows. Don’t miss stars like Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Nikki Yanofsky, Bettye LaVette, David Murray Infinity Quartet featuring Macy Gray and Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Tickets can be purchased at www.northerntickets.com. Visit our website for full lineup details. www.vanjazzfest.ca

14-time Grammy Winner HERBIE HANCOCK
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Sunday, June 30 @ 8 PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock is an icon of modern music. Throughout his illustrious career, he has transcended genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice.

Acclaimed as a legendary pianist and composer, Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the ’60s. With the Miles Davis Quintet, he was a member of one of the most influential bands in the history of music. His recordings during the ’70s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. In the 80‘s, “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits. The master musician remains active in both the electronic pop and acoustic jazz worlds. Hancock has received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards including two for his globally collaborative CD, The Imagine Project. Band Many of his compositions, including “Watermelon Man,” “Maiden Voyage,” and “Chameleon,” are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of music.

The Vogue Theatre Series

Michael Kaeshammer/Alex Cuba (Double Bill)

June 21 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $35/30 + SC

Michael Kaeshammer Michael Kaeshammer “You’d have to be a pretty miserable sod not to get swept away by the unbridled optimism of Michael Kaeshammer” – Georgia Straight. Sometimes compared to Harry Connick Jr. for his enviable combination of piano virtuosity, stunning vocals, good looks, and charisma, award-winning Canadian pianist/vocalist Michael Kaeshammer’s heady concoction of New Orleans boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, R&B, and pop is played with infectious verve and joy. His unbelievable chops and consummate showmanship lead a smoking band through crafty originals and timeless standards. “If you haven’t seen him live, you haven’t really experienced him in his true element.” – Montreal Gazette

Alex Cuba Alex Cuba “His trademark sugar-cane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey…(he) is defining his own “Latin Soul” genre.” - CBC Music. Ok, let’s just come out and say it: guitarist/vocalist Alex Cuba will one day be on our postage stamps! Multiple Junos, a Latin Grammy, and hits with Nelly Furtado are just the beginning for this ascendant BC-based Cuban funk/folk star. Dazzling guitar work, an arcing tenor voice, and a sizzling band with David Marion bass, Max Senitt drums!

BETTYE LAVETTE plus special guests
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

June 22 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $40 + SC

Bettye LaVette “Bettye LaVette is the sexiest female vocalist alive. Her voice is elegance and abandon. (She’s) the best definition of a soul singer since Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.” - Esquire. Shaping songs to a sensuous voice that has lived, loved, and lost through 50 years in the Soul business, eclectic powerhouse Bettye LaVette recorded an R&B top ten single at age 16, blossomed in the Motown scene, performed on Broadway with Cab Calloway, and even released a disco smash hit.A cult figure for soul enthusiasts for decades, LaVette finally broke through with her Grammy-nominated 2007 album with Southern rock gods Drive-By Truckers. Her life story is destined for the big screen.

Esperanza Spalding

Radio Music Society
plus special guests Tyson Naylor Trio

June 23 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $50/45+ SC

Esperanza Spalding “Spalding is something of a smoldering cross between Jaco Pastorius and an Adele.” - Premier Guitar. Bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding is on a roll! In the last several years she has captured a 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist (the first jazz artist to do so) edging out Justin Bieber, Drake and others; played with Prince, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder; and jammed with jazz heroes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. A young trailblazing musician who has flirted with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Brazilian bossa and string-laden chamber jazz, her latest project the 12-piece Radio Music Society blends jazz (Wayne Shorter’s “Endangered Species” with her original lyrics), funk and soul (Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It”) into an exhilarating ride for the listener. “She’s incredible. She doesn’t make music. She makes magic.” - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Lee Fields & the Expressions/Nick Waterhouse and his Tarots (Double Bill)

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

Lee Fields Lee Fields & the Expressions “The real deal” - Pitchfork. Sometimes called Soul Brother No. 2 for his emotive holler in the tradition of James Brown, singer Lee Fields has kept his brand of R&B pure and raw since cutting his teeth in the golden age of soul. Like Sharon Jones - who was discovered singing backups for Lee Fields found new vitality and recognition by teaming up with a new crop of soul brothers in Brooklyn label Truth and Soul’s “house band”, The Expressions (Budos Band, Daptones). Like Al Green and Sam Cooke, Lee is made from the perfect soul arithmetic of pain + joy = great, powerful music.

Nick Waterhouse Nick Waterhouse and his Tarots “One of music's most refreshingly rough-around-the-edges soul men.” - NPR. You can almost hear the surface noise from an old 45rpm record in the heart and soul of guitarist/vocalist Nick Waterhouse. This rising star can woo you with the sweetness of reverb-drenched 50’s pop, but it’s his ability to channel the unvarnished, swaggering volatility of early R&B, blues and soul that gets heart pumping and the body shaking! His vintage looks and sound draw comparisons to modern revivalists like Mayer Hawthorne and the Daptone family, but Waterhouse adds some West Coast psyche and garage rock grit to his singularly rousing R&B.

The John Scofield Überjam Band

featuring Andy Hass, Avi Bortnick,
Tony Mason
plus specials guests Dave Robbins Electric Band

June 25 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $35 + SC

John Scofield Uberjam “Scofield obliterates distinctions. His improvisations are so brilliantly constructed and emotionally searing that one quickly forgets what idiom he is – or isn’t – working in” – Chicago Tribune. A master of post-bop and soul-edged jazz-rock, guitarist John Scofield’s Überjam project brings elements of drum n bass, world beat, electronica and fusion to a jam-ready group of masterful co-conspirators. One of the top three jazz guitarists on the planet, his distinctive, rock-edged tone has been heard on collaborations with Charles Mingus, Pat Metheny, and on career-making early 80’s albums with Miles Davis.

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers

June 26 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $50/45 + SC

Dr.John and The Nite TrippersHe’s the living embodiment of New Orleans music. Multiple Grammy winner Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) belongs to a continuum that stretches from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis to the Neville Brothers. Growing up, he absorbed all the traditional sounds of the Big Easy - blues, funk, gospel, R&B, barrelhouse and boogie, jazz, Creole voodoo—you name it. Along the way, the flamboyant and hypnotic keyboardist/vocalist worked with Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton. Now, fresh off a Grammy win for Best Blues Album (Locked Down), our legendary Nite Tripper’s six-piece band is set to dazzle audiences with a blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, R&B, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya- Ya!

David Murray Infinity Quartet featuring
Macy Gray
plus special guests Rich Halley 4

June 27 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $50/45 + SC

David Murray Infinity QuartetBeloved R&B vocalist Macy Gray has an unmistakably smoky, almost gritty tone, and incomparable stage presence. She’s been wearing her heart on her sleeve and wowing audiences since her 1999 Grammy Award-winning single, “I Try”. Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist and World Saxophone Quartet co-founder David Murray has recorded over 130 albums and worked with Butch Morris, Jerry Garcia, and Elvin Jones. His dizzying range prompted Village Voice to name him “Musician of the Decade” for the 1980s, and he hasn’t stopped cookin’!

Red Baraat plus special guests
Gordon Grdina’s Haram

June 28 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $35 + SC

Red BaraatFormed in 2008, Red Baraat rocketed to #1 on both the iTunes and Billboard World Music Charts with their 2013 album Shruggy Ji, a genre-smashing mix of hard driving bhangra rhythms with jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Led by Sunny Jain’s dhol (traditional Punjabi drum), the ethnically diverse Brooklyn-based 8-piece’s unique instrumentation (sousaphone, bass trumpet, etc) is a riotous drums and horns party. Picking up tremendous momentum with 200 shows a year, Red Baraat have brought their infectious party vibe everywhere from the Isle of Wight to the White House. Here’s a fiery, sweaty, hedonistic celebration that’ll have you moving all your parts Vancouver!

Quincy Jones Presents:

Nikki Yanofsky

June 29 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $45/40 + SC

Nikki YanofskyThis Montreal-born vocalist is a 19-year old musical prodigy whose debut release, Ella…of Thee I Swing, went Gold in Canada and won her two Juno Award nominations. Her second album, Nikki, also certified Gold and debuted at Number 1 on the U.S. Billboard New Artist chart. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, a TV audience of 3.5 billion people heard her soaring rendition of our national anthem. Her single from the Nikki album, “I Believe”, was the official theme of the Olympics and certified four times Platinum. She’s collaborated with Quincy Jones, Wyclef Jean and Herbie Hancock while performing songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Ron Sexsmith, Feist and Jesse Harris.

Shane Koyczan

June 30 The Vogue Theatre @ 9pm $25 + SC

Shane Koyczan“He makes you feel the depth of love, joy, and pain in everyday life.” - The Guardian When the world was introduced to writer/spoken word artist Shane Koyczan through his piece for the 2010 Olympics (“We Are More”), jaws dropped, hearts swelled, and we discovered the poet of our generation. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Shane is as virtuosic with the printed word as he is engaging as a live performer of rare impact. His masterful use of hip hop-informed rhythms and the authentic music of the soul imbue breathtaking works like the anti-bullying “To This Day” with humour, heartbreak, and healing.

Venue Series

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan plus special guest Colin Stetson
Nosaj Thing with special guests Sabota

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Performance Works Series

Vijay Iyer Trio
Carmen Souza
Vieux Farka Touré (Two shows)
An Evening with Gregory Porter
Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Duo
Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
Courtney Pine presents: HOUSE OF LEGENDS
Patricia Barber Quartet
Quincy Jones Presents: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

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Innovation Series
Ironworks & Roundhouse Performance Centre

Tim Berne's Snakeoil
Didier Petit's East-West Ensemble
Silke Eberhard Trio
French American Peace Ensemble featuring François   Tusques
Distant Relatives featuring Alfred 23 Harth and Dylan van   der Schyff
Gordon Grdina Trio with Colin Stetson
Sylvain Kassap/Viviane Houle/Stefan Smulovitz/Didier   Petit
Alan Jones All Star Canadian Sextet
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble
Julian Arguelles Quartet
V. Vecker Ensemble
Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up
Destroy Vancouver - Co-presented with VIVO Media Arts   Centre
Jason Adasiewicz Sun Rooms with François Houle
Lina Nyberg Band
Robots on Fire
Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK John Korsrud's Hard   Rubber Orchestra featuring Jeffrey Zeigler
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb & Anat Fort
Alberto Braida & François Houle
Lisa Cay Miller Quartet - SOS Songs

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Made in the UK

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Spotlight on French Jazz

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North Shore Jazz Series

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Jazz Around Town

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Downtown Jazz Weekend
June 22 & 23, 2013 - Noon to 9pm

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David Lam Park Weekend
June 29 & 30, 2013 - Noon to 10pm

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Granville Island Jazz
June 21 - 30, 2013

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Granville Island Jazz on Canada Day
July 1, 2013

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TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival present Round Midnight

Tickets and info at www.viff.org


Jazz Wrapper

Music Writer Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun hosted a podcast recently with saxophonist/Cellar Jazz Club proprietor Cory Weeds, guitarist/oud player Gordon Grdina and yours truly. We had a lively discussion about the local jazz scene in Vancouver, the upcoming Jazz Festival, and other jazz-related topics. It was a highly rewarding and interactive session. I hope you enjoy it.


Until next time…that’s a wrap.

John Orysik,
Co-Founder/Media Director.


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Coastal Jazz & Blues

The 28th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 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