Gig List: Jan 28

Mon Jan 28

PuSh Festival/Music on Main: MUTED by Monica Germino
Orpheum Annex (8pm)
Utilizing a number of acoustic instruments as well as her voice, Monica transports the audience to the very thresholds of audibility. Mixing intensely theatrical moments, sung texts and expressive lighting, this is a performance that is hypnotizing and transcendent by turns.
Additional performances Jan 29 & 30 PuSh

James Meger Trio
Pourhouse (8pm)
Since studying music at McGill University, bassist James Meger has been blowing up the jazz scene, becoming one of the most sought after improvisers in Vancouver today.

Tue Jan 29

Friends of Chamber Music: Pražák & Zemlinsky Quartets
Vancouver Playhouse (8pm)
Get your post-romantic period on with this extravaganza of folk-tinged string sextets by Dvořák and Schulhoff performed by the wonderful Pražák Quartet from the Czech Republic, combined with the first appearance by the Zemlinsky Quartet.

Hot Jazz Jam: Brad Shigeta & Friends
ANAF 298 (8:30pm)
Expect exuberant swing tunes, fun originals & hot NOLA Jazz as Master guest trombonist Shigeta is joined by other Vancouver heavies at the hot jazz jam!

Wed Jan 30

Thunder Lizard
Presentation House (8pm)
Groovy jazz organ trio music with special guest British saxophonist Len Aruliah.  Joe Poole on drums, Nick Peck on B3 organ, and Jared Burrows on guitar.


Krystle Dos Santos + Flow
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
An evening of relaxing soul and great vibes, as Flow, a group of passionate musicians dedicated to performing the music of British soul artist Sade, hits Frankie’s this Wednesday. Vocalist Krystle Dos Santos rocks Sade’s soulful tunes such as Smooth Operator, Your Love Is King and By Your Side – just to name a few.

Sweet & Hot Wednesdays: Jen Hodge All-Stars
Guilt & Co (9:30pm)
It’s Wednesday! Time to get your swing on, Vancouver-based upright bassist Jen Hodge leads a rotating cast of local and visiting musicians through a night of high-energy traditional jazz music every Wednesday.

Thu Jan 31


Bill Runge
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Part of the Jazz for Barb Series presented with the Italian Culture Centre
This new quintet features some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians performing a variety of favourite tunes from Steps Ahead, Weather Report, Michael Brecker, and others in a traditional acoustic setting.


PuSh Festival Opera: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance
Vogue Theatre (8pm)
Melding an avant-garde aesthetic with political overtones and a blend of Tejano and Mexican music, this bilingual, cross-border, cross-genre opera about the enigmatic general, legendary bandit and hero of the Mexican Revolution presents a non-linear collage of scenes from, or inspired by, his life.

First Impressions Theatre Fundraiser: Jim Byrnes
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Van (8pm)
Byrnes was integral to getting Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre built, and has helped support it ever since. Join the Vancouver bluesman for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Featuring new band Mainstreet Muze, Babe Gurr, Steve Hilliam, and Adam Popowitz.

Thad Bailey-Mai Quartet
Tangent Cafe (8:30pm)
Trumpet virtuoso Thad Bailey-Mai is one of Vancouver’s busiest trumpet players. Energetic soloing and angular compositions evoke the sounds of New York’s modern jazz scene. With David Blake guitar, Eli Davidovici bass, and Mili Hong drums.

Fri Feb 1

Bill Coon Double Quartet
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
The Bill Coon Double Quartet is a true departure for Coon as the music marries his love of jazz improvising with his passion for arranging and composition. His new CD “Departure” is a project that combines the lyricism and expressiveness of a string quartet with the rhythmic drive and soloing brilliance of a jazz quartet.


Caravan World Rhythms: Moody Amiri & Hamin Honari
Western Front (8pm)
Inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training, Amiri and Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing elements of traditional Persian music with jazz, classical, Indian, and modern spiritual styles.

Kids’ Table Quartet
8EAST (9pm)
Jeremy Page, Cole Schmidt, Karlis Silins and Kenton Loewen… we figure just listing their names says enough, but just in case: beautiful musician people playing excellent improv jazz in a post-bop, free jazz, no forks food fight.

Sat Feb 2

Bill Coon Double Quartet
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Influenced by jazz greats Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery and inspired by the writing of Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, and Maurice Ravel, guitarist Bill Coon’s CD “Departure” marries his love of jazz improvising with his passion for arranging and composition. The brilliant Brad Turner contributes fiercely creative and melodic solos on trumpet/flugelhorn and rounding out the ensemble are Paul Rushka bass, Bernie Arai drums, Cam Wilson and Yuel Yawney violins, Llowyn Ball viola, and Finn Manniche cello.


5-Year Anniversary Show!
Merge (9pm)
Merge celebrates 5 years of being this year! Come celebrate all things art, music, and community with incredible music featuring: ElkHorn, Chris Gestrin (solo), Veda Hille, Jillian Lebeck, Meredith Bates, Tom Wherrett, plus much more there will be libations and a feeling of general merriment.

Quiet City #57: David Watson
The Toast Collective (9pm)
According to the Scout Network – “Vancouver finally achieves transcendence through drone. Quiet City looks to provide a proper home for the deep-listening experience.” The fifty-seventh edition features experimental music scene innovator David Watson from New York.

Sun Feb 3


Ben Lockwood Quartet
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
UK born and Vancouver-based saxophonist Ben Lockwood returns to Frankies with his Quartet. Inspired by the classic groups of the 50’s and 60’s, the groups emphasis is all on melody, swing, and group interaction.


Viper Central
Guilt & Co (930pm)
Viper Central displays virtuosic chops on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro, ripping through classic and original bluegrass pieces at barn-burning tempos.