The sun is finally shining and there are lots of great shows to check out this week:
Jazz Jam with Cory Weeds
Tuesday, April 24, 6 pm
Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is home to this exciting music series. Hosted by the inimitable Cory Weeds of Coastal Jazz, the Jazz Jam features a stellar line-up of local jazz musicians in an improvised evening of music. The jam sessions are open to musicians of all ages and abilities and offer a fun, informal and free opportunity to get your groove on with the best of the local jazz scene.
Black Hen Roadshow III
Wednesday, April 25, 8 pm
Blueshore/Capilano Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
The Black Hen Roadshow is back—and better than ever—in its third, powerhouse incarnation. Alt-country wonder Leeroy Stagger, blues juggernaut Steve Marriner (of MoneyJunk), the beguiling Ndidi Onokwulu (touted as a bringer of “seriously heady stuff” by Exclaim! Magazine) and the upright bassist Jeremy Holmes join the Nashville-based (by way of Vancouver) guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Steve Dawson on a one-time, one-month tour. The powerhouse collaboration promises to be one of the finest touring showcases of contemporary roots music in the country.
Willie Jones III/Ralph Moore/Jeremy Pelt/Eric Reed/Gerald Cannon
Thursday, April 26, 8 pm
Frankies Jazz Club, 755 Beaty Street, Vancouver
With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. His music honours his monumental influences – the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, and Billy Higgins – with bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his life-long musical experience. Don’t miss this powerhouse quintet at Frankie’s Jazz Club with an all-star lineup: Eric Reed piano, Gerald Cannon bass, Ralph Moore tenor sax, and Jeremy Pelt trumpet.
Saturday, April 28, 9 pm
China Cloud, 524 Main Street, Vancouver
FREEDOM MUZIK is a diversely curated free-improvisation performance technique & reoccurring event created and hosted by Colin Cowan. Featuring Peggy Lee – cello, Lisa Cay Miller – piano, Colin Edward Cowan – bass, Kenton Loewen – drums, Lee Hutzulak – electronics, JP Carter – trumpet/FX, Giorgio Magnanensi – electronics/piano, and Cole Schmidt – guitar.
Danny Green Trio
Sunday, April 29, 8 pm
Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beaty Street, Vancouver
“Richly engaging and utterly brilliant… a musical mind of rare sensitivity and vigor” – CD Hotlist
Southern California-based jazz pianist Danny Green has earned recognition as a bandleader and as a composer with a gift for spinning supple, absorbing narratives. Green’s growing portfolio of vibrant sounds – a mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms – has captured the attention of critics around the world, including DownBeat Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, and The Boston Globe. With bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, noteworthy musicians in their own right. Together they have developed a nearly psychic connection as they perform Green’s original tunes and jazz standards.
Stay tuned for our next gig list on Monday!