Get out of the hubbub of downtown for two nights of cool straight-ahead jazz at the Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver’s premier live music venue.
The centre has been going strong for over 10 years, quickly building an impressive reputation for presenting top-flight international musicians in jazz, roots, and classical veins. The centre’s mainstage is the Grosvenor Theatre—a super comfortable soft-seater with excellent sightlines and perfectly honed acoustics. It’s a new venue for the Festival, with two impressive headliners, Kenny Barron and Tierney Sutton.
Kenny Barron (a night of solo piano)
Sunday, June 25, 7:30pm
“Philadelphian Kenny Barron, one of the most articulate and polished mainstream-to-bop improvisers in the jazz of the past 40 years.” –The Guardian
With incredible credentials, pianist Kenny Barron is a modern master—discovered by Dizzy Gillespie when he was still in his teens—who has worked with all the greats, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, and one of his biggest mentors, James Moody. In a prolific career that is still going strong, he has released over 50 solo albums, was given the honour of Jazz Master (2010) by the National Endowment for the Arts, and has garnered nine Grammy nominations. With his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms, Kenny is known for his irrepressible warmth and creativity.
This is a very special opportunity to see Kenny Barron play a solo show in such an intimate venue.
Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations
Tuesday, June 27, 7:30pm
Vocalist and bandleader Tierney Sutton has in the past paid homage to Sinatra and Joni Mitchell, and arranged songs from the American Folk Songbook. Last year Tierney took inspiration from Sting’s catalogue—a mix of hits from his solo career and as frontman for The Police. Tierney has been busy racking up eight Grammy nominations and touring internationally with a band of veteran players—Christian Jacob piano, Trey Henry bass, Ray Brinker drums.
“The Tierney Sutton Band speaks as a unit, playing with a cohesive vigor rarely achieved by vocalist-led groups—like an instrumental quartet where one member happens to wield her own voice in place of an instrument.” – AllAboutJazz
A must-see for all fans of Sting to hear his music re-imagined for a jazz quartet.
And, getting to Kay Meek is easy. Kay Meek is located at 1700 Mathers Avenue in the West Vancouver, next to the West Vancouver Secondary school. From all points in West Vancouver, proceed on the Upper Levels Highway to the 15th Street exit #11 south to Inglewood. Turn right off 15th onto Inglewood and turn right at the Parking sign for Kay Meek Centre between 15th and 17th.
Parking is plentiful and free!