Gig List: July 29

Mon July 29

Jam Session w. Sharon Minemoto
Pat’s Pub (7:30pm)
Join multi-faceted Vancouver pianist Sharon for the city’s longest running jazz jam. Sessions at The Pat brings together many of the finest jazz musicians in the city.

VIFF Music Film: Creating Woodstock
Vancity Theatre (8:20pm)
Mythologized for 50 years, the filmmakers set the record straight with Creating Woodstock, the most comprehensive examination of how the festival came to be using original interviews with key figures, rare archival footage and unearthed photographs.

Tue July 30

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
PNE Amphitheatre (7:30pm)
These songs are grounded in old-school soul and R&B, but are far too urgent for the retro or revivalist tag. There are familiar elements of soul and garage rock, but also jazz and folk and country.

Wed July 31

Cory Weeds plays Hank Mobley
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds has assembled an all-star cast to pay tribute to his tenor saxophone hero, Hank Mobley. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the “middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone”, a metaphor used to describe his tone, that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Stan Getz, and his style that was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Sonny Rollins and Coltrane. With Chris Gestrin piano, John Lee bass, and Joe Poole drums.

Hot Jazz Wednesday: Jen Hodge All-Stars
Guilt & Co (9:30pm)
Bass player, vocalist, and bandleader Jen Hodge is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. Her playing is characterized by hard swinging grooves, and an expressive and energetic playing style. Check her out at Guilt & Company!

Thu Aug 1

John Lee Trio
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Multi-instrumentalist John Lee leads a trio on the guitar, elegantly presenting a concert featuring the sound of the Hammond B3 Organ. Drawing from Lee’s favourite jazz and standard compositions, the night is sure to be filled with the blues and deeply rooted swing. With Nick Peck organ and Jesse Cahill drums.

GroundUp feat. Vince Mai
Guilt & Co (9:30pm)
As a trumpeter, Vince has appeared on hundreds of recordings for TV, feature films, commercials, and albums. He has also shared the stage or recording studio with artists such as Sarah McLaughlin, Divine Brown, Michael Buble, and many others. To top it off, DJ Dule will spinning all night and all proceeds from the door will be donated in support of The Bavubuka Foundation.

Fri Aug 2

CBC Musical Nooner: Cousin Harley w. Paul Pigat
CBC Vancouver Hamilton (noon) [FREE]
This artist’s distinctive guitar playing will help you feel at home in this crazy world. While Vancouver-based Paul Pigat keeps a low profile, he has shared the stage and lent his guitar mastery to many fine musicians over the years including: Jeff Beck, Jackob Dylan, and Michael Kaeshammer.


Gabriel Hasselbach
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Award-winning hornmeister Gabriel Mark Hasselbach brings his hot band to Frankie’s with a diverse show of mainstream and contemporary jazz from his numerous albums and ten Billboard hits. Also featured is Kinga, debuting songs from her new album. With Kelly Brown guitar, Chris Haas drums, and Gord Lemon bass.

Sat Aug 3

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival: Sharon Minemoto Quartet
Firehall Theatre (1pm) [FREE]
The Sharon Minemoto quartet performs Minemoto’s original compositions from their CD, “Safe Travels”, in memory of her late husband, jazz musician Ross Taggart who lost his battle with cancer. Featuring Bernie Arai (drums), Jon Bentley (saxophone), and Paul Rushka (bass).


Bill Coon Quartet
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)

Orbit, with guitarist Bill Coon and saxophonist Campbell Ryga, tributes the music of the great pianist and composer Bill Evans. The group will also perform their own originals and occasionally dip into the classics of the Great American Songbook. With Paul Rushka bass and Buff Allen drums, the group weaves a magical spell of captivating, interactive jazz.

Sun Aug 4

Jazz Vespers: Heather Soles
St. Andrew’s-Wesley in exile at the First Baptist Church (4pm)

Steve Maddock Quartet Plays Van Heusen
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Jimmy Van Heusen will forever be considered one of the unsung heroes of the Great American Songbook. He wrote over 800 songs, 50 of which we consider to be standards. Join Steve Maddock and his quartet, as they present some of JVH’s best-loved melodies. With David Blake guitar, Conrad Good bass, and Bernie Arai drums.