Gig List: July 23

Another week, another chance to see some phenomenal local artists live! Here’s a select list of the gigs happening around town this week:

Adam Robert Thomas

Monday, July 23, 12:00 PM
CBC Outdoor Stage – Musical Nooner (FREE)
700 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4A2

Adam Robert Thomas wowed ’em on Canada Day at Granville Island during the Jazz Festival. The Vancouver-based, JUNO-nominated bassist, singer and composer released his first solo self-titled album which hit No. 11 on the R&B charts in the U.S. Get ready to be amazed by his soulful voice at the CBC Vancouver Outdoor Stage.

Steve Kozak

Tuesday July 24, 9:30 PM
Guilt and Company
1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2

Vancouver born Steve Kozak has been a mainstay on the western Canadian Blues scene since the mid-eighties. Backed by some of Vancouver’s top musicians he’s built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier Blues acts. An accomplished and tasty guitar player with a relaxed vocal style Kozak has been winning over fans performing his up-tempo brand of jump, swing and working man’s blues to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Current: Feminist Electronic Art Symposium 2.0

Wednesday, July 25 -29 (FREE) 7:30 PM
Various Venues

CURRENT is a multidisciplinary, intersectional, music and electronic art symposium working with women and non-binary artists in Vancouver, BC and beyond. This second iteration takes place July 25th-29th in Vancouver and features music and art as well as workshops, panels, and youth mentorships. The goal of this symposium is to foster and disseminate feminist content through the cross-pollination of ideas, and intergenerational knowledge sharing. By offering free, public, all ages panels and accessible workshops, we wish to cultivate growth within the local community, and create a more equal landscape within the growing Electronic Arts ecology.

Music of Pat Zimmerli plus Blind River

Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 PM
1305 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1G8

Adventurous, modern music from New York- and Paris-based composer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli. Zimmerli writes a sophisticated yet approachable hybrid of contemporary classical and jazz music. With John Paton tenor sax, Matt Choboter piano, James Meger bass, Jesus Caballero drums. Blind River explores rhythmically charged frameworks exploring extended harmonies and polyrhythmic dialogue. With Geoff Claridge clarinet/bass clarinet, Matt Choboter piano/compositions, Parker Woods guitar, James Meger double bass, Andrew Thomson drums/compositions.

Matt Choboter Trio

Thursday, July 26, 8 PM
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver

Navigating original compositions and standard repertoire the Matt Choboter Trio explore varied rhythmic and harmonic frameworks. Concepts of recession and growth, varied dialogue between spontaneity and intricate composition, time experienced on both the macro and micro levels and polyrhythmic interactions with the goal of highly subjective perceptual flexibility. With Matt Choboter piano, Cole Birney-Stewart double bass, and Andrew Thomson drum kit.


Jen Hodge All Stars

Friday, July 27, 12 pm
CBC Outdoor Stage – Musical Nooner (FREE)
700 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4A2

Swing along to the “spontaneous swinging jazz music” of Jen Hodge. With expertise in traditional jazz, Hodge has travelled across the world but finds her peace in Vancouver’s Gastown. Get ready to move and groove on her melodious tunes.

Ladies Sing the Blues w. Joani Bye, Amanda Dean, Nadine States, Leslie Harris

Friday, July 27, 8 PM
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver


One of Vancouver’s most popular shows, the Ladies Sing the Blues features Joani Bye, Amanda Dean, Nadine States, and Leslie Harris. Led by blues guitarist Rob Montgomery with Steve Werbicki, Dave Barton and Shawn Soucy. Don’t miss this amazing show featuring some of the finest talent in Canada.


Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival – Fort Langley Community Hall/Bedford Plaza boardwalk

Saturday, July 28, 9:30 am- 5 pm (FREE)
Fort Langley Community Hall/Bedford Plaza Boardwalk
Festival Location: Fort Langley

The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival celebrates live jazz music and visual arts in the beautiful and quaint setting of Fort Langley, British Columbia. It all starts with a Mardi Gras parasol parade on Saturday, July 28 at 9:30am from the Fort Langley Farmers Market on Glover Road to the main festival stage in front of the Fort Langley Community Hall. Festival activities continue throughout the day.
RazzMaJazz Ensemble/Mardi Gras Parade (9:30am)
RazzMaJazz Ensemble (10:30am)
Q5 (11am)
WOW Jazz Orchestra w. Jack Stafford (noon)
Murray Porter Band (12:30pm)
Van Django (1:30pm)
Miles Black w. Julia Coleman Haynes (2pm)
City Soul Choir (3pm)
Rumba Calzada (3:30PM)
Louie Quinn Band w. Dutch Robinson (4pm)


Sunday, July 29, 7 pm (FREE)
Woodland Patio Series
2528 Woodland Drive

Woodland Patio Series is an outdoor house concert series on select Sunday evenings through out the summer featuring a diverse cast of local talent. Featuring members of Pugs & Crows and Brasstronaut, ElkHorn creates spellbinding music inspired by guitarist/composer Tom Wherrett’s Nebraskan childhood. Elements of jazz, post-rock, and folk make for a sublime and imaginative trip to where the west begins. With Meredith Bates violin/viola, Russell Sholberg bass, and Sam Davidson clarinets.

Armi Grano Quartet

Sunday, July 29, 8 pm (FREE)
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver

Armi Grano returns to Vancouver to share her stories and entertain the audience with her intimate style of interpreting jazz standards. Trained in the Vaccai method and later with the speech level style of singing, Armi possesses a clear warm voice that can switch from jazz ballads, swing and Latin beats. With Sharon Minemoto piano, Dave Guiney bass, and Nino DiPasquale drums.



Go out and see some live music!