Tue Aug 14
Bonnie Northgraves Trio
The Heatley (9pm)
Trumpeter Bonnie Northgraves brings her very fine trio to Hastings St.’s funky Heatley. Be prepared for some super laid back hot early jazz and blues.
Wed Aug 15
1st Coal Harbour Music Festival
Gordon Grdina & Hamin Honari
PAL Theatre (7pm) FREE
Long-time Coastal friend oud/guitar player Gordon Grdina plays the inaugural Coal Harbour Music Festival at PAL (the Performing Arts Lodge) with Persian percussionist Hamin Honari.
Wednesday Night Blues: Steve Kozak & Friends
Pat’s Pub (7pm) No Cover
Blues guitar player Steve Kozak hosts a regular Wednesday night blues session at the venerable Pat’s Pub.
World Music Wednesday: John Korsrud Latin Jazz Quintet
Frankie’s Jazz Club
John Korsrud Latin Quintet plays high-energy, high-groove music from Cuba and South America, featuring tunes by composers such as Eddie Palmieri, Chucho Valdez, and Arturo Sandoval. With John Korsrud trumpet, Bill Runge saxophone, Raphael Geronimo drums, Niho Takase piano, and Ronnie Swirl bass.
Thu Aug 16
From Chicago: Juli Wood Quartet featuring Sharon Minemoto
Frankie’s Jazz Club
Chicago-based saxophonist and vocalist Juli Wood visits for a swingin’ evening of tunes from Monk, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, and lots of classic jazz standards. Her great band includes Sharon Minemoto on piano, with Laurence Mollerup on bass, and Craig Scott on drums.
Third Thursday Vocal Jazz Jam hosted by Nancy Newman
Veteran vocalist Nancy Newman hosts this long running jam for singers at Main Street’s Cottage Bistro. Come early to get on the list.
Mike Zachernuk/Bernie Arai/Paul Rushka/David Sikula
Tangent Cafe (8:30-11:30pm)
Born in BC, but now based in Japan, trumpeter Mike Zachernuk reunites with old pals for a night of thrilling improv.
Fri Aug 17
Big Easy Funk Ensemble
Lynn Valley Village, North Van (7pm) FREE
North Van’s newly created Live & Local concert series presents a free show by one of Vancouver’s preeminent party bands.
Frankie’s Jazz Club
Vancouver jazz vocalist Maya Rae is creating buzz with her sold out shows during the jazz festival. CBC named Maya one of the “35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35”, calling her “a supremely gifted artist who’s able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell.” Rae’s sublime originals brush shoulders with jazz standards and modern tunes. Her “A-list cast of Vancouver jazz musicians” (Georgia Straight) features John Lee piano, Louis Rudner bass, and Ben Henriques tenor saxophone.
Sat Aug 18
From Chicago Juli Wood Workshop
VCC Music (1pm) FREE
Saxophonist Juli Wood gives a free workshop following her gig at Frankie’s Jazz Club. Hosted by Alan Matheson, and including Daryl Jahnke on guitar and Jen Hodge on bass. FREE
Festival for Publik Space: Hildegard Westerkamp, Robyn Jacob w/ Emma Postl and Emily Millard and more
Hadden Park 1015 Maple Street (5pm)
A celebration of art in the park, marking the third year of the Publik Secret’s field house residency. A mini-festival of creative loitering and performances.
Frankie’s Jazz Club, 8pm
Fun times on a Saturday night with world/funk/party band Coco Jafro. Maybe there will be dancing? Maybe?
Sun Aug 19
Jazz Vespers: Super Trumpets w. Michael Kim
St. Andrew’s-Wesley (4pm)
Long-running jazz service downtown. Held regularly, this week’s edition features a plethora of trumpets.
Joel Miller (Montreal)/Brad Turner/André Lachance/Dylan van der Schyff
Tangent Cafe (6-9pm)
Powerhouses Brad Turner (trumpet) and Joel Miller (saxophone) have written new tunes especially for this creative jazz supergroup.
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Vancouver pianist/vocalist Jillian Lebeck is influenced by artists as diverse as Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Elliott Smith, and Björk. She spins stunningly original instrumentals and artful vocal numbers with Paul Rushka bass and Joe Poole on drums.