Gig List: May 14

We’re only five weeks out from the jazz festival, but you don’t have to wait until then to see some live music. Check out the great shows happening in the meantime below!

Burying Ground & Reed Turchi

Tuesday, May 15, 9:30PM
Guilt & Co
1 Alexander St, Vancouver

The Burying Ground have a lively and gritty sound with tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920’s and ’30s. The band moves effortlessly between toe-tapping dance music, the yearning of country blues and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz.

Raised in the Swannanoa valley of Western North Carolina, multi-instrumentalist Reed Turchi is a producer, label head, band leader, and solo artist. He’s also a master of guitar driven blues that shape shift seamlessly between acoustic slide, electric juke joint boogie, and the improvisational, groove-driven, massive sound of his Nashville based Kudzu Orkestra.

Wednesday Night Blues: Steve Kozak & Friends

Wednesday, May 16, 7PM
Pat’s Pub
403 E Hastings St, Vancouver
No Cover

Wednesday Night Blues & Brews at Pat’s Pub. Hosted by The Steve Kozak Band. This week’s special guest is ‘The Colonel’ John Fuhrmann on harmonica. Craft Brews by Hastings Mills Brewing Co.

Cory Weeds Quartet Celebrates Jackie McLean

Thursday, May 17, 8PM
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver

Jackie McLean was a remarkably intense and frenetic alto saxophonist who produced numerous hard bop classics during the 50s and 60s. He made his recording debut with Miles Davis in 1951 and the rest of the decade could be considered his apprenticeship. McLean worked with George Wallington, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1956-1958). He also participated on a string of jam session-flavoured records for Prestige and New Jazz before he found a home at Blue Note for whom he recorded 21 albums as a leader and numerous more as a sideman. With Chris Gestrin piano, Paul Rushka bass, and Julian MacDonough drums. Presented with the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre.


Impressions of Lightfoot

Friday & Saturday, May 18/19, 8PM
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver

Last year, drummer James McRae re-envisioned Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic songbook collaborating with fellow jazz luminaries Rene Worst bass, Jennifer Scott vocals, and Miles Black piano. The resulting recording, Impressions of Lightfoot, is filled with fresh and innovative interpretations of his music. The group performed the tunes to a sold out crowd at Frankie’s Jazz Club last fall. For this performance Bill Coon is stepping in for Miles Black.


Mike Allen

Sunday, May 20, 8PM
Frankie’s Jazz Club
755 Beaty Street, Vancouver

Tenor saxophonist Mike Allen’s new quartet – with music for trumpet, tenor, bass and drums – conjures the spirit of bands led by Dave Holland, Ornette Coleman, and Dewey Redman. Open, swinging, intimate music that makes you smile featuring four of Canada’s finest players. With Brad Turner trumpet, Steve Holy bass, and Dave Robbins drums.


Don’t miss out on this incredible live music!