Gig List: Oct 1st

Mon Oct 1

5 Year Anniversary Jam Session w. Sharon Minemoto

Pat’s Pub (7:30pm)
Join multi-faceted Vancouver pianist Sharon as she celebrates 5 years of “the Jam” at Pat’s Pub!

Viper Central
Guilt & Co (9:30pm)
Ripping through classic and original bluegrass pieces at barn-burning tempos while displaying virtuosic chops on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro, Viper Central is turning the bluegrass genre on its ear.

Tue Oct 2

WOW Jazz Orchestra w. Jack Stafford
West Point Grey Legion – FREE (8pm)
You can’t help but move to the swinging arrangements of the WOW Jazz Orchestra Big Band with Jack Stafford at the legion.

Sawdust Collector Series
Gold Saucer (9pmish)
‘Rare Sightings’ with distinctive composers and fierce improvisers Robin Holcomb & Peggy Lee and a performance by The Microcosmos String Quartet playing new music by Bradshaw Pack.

Wed Oct 3

Jazz Piano Through a Classical Lens: John Stetch
UBC School of Music (noon)
Six-time Juno nominee John Stetch pushes the boundaries of classical and jazz. Improvising over some of the great works of Chopin, Bach, and Mozart, some classic jazz standards and an original composition or two, this performance of Tunes at Noon (in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre) is the best way to eat your lunch.


Blue Note Wednesdays: Ryan Oliver Plays Dexter Gordon’s A Swinging Affair
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Join saxophonist Ryan Oliver as he plays music from one of his favorite Blue Note releases: Dexter Gordon – A Swingin’ Affair. With Nick Peck piano, Russ Botten bass and Joe Poole drums.

Thu Oct 4

Campbell Ryga Quartet

Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
Performing original and melodic repertoire–with emphasis on the melodic! Alto saxophonist Campbell Ryga is excited to play with this wonderful group of jazz artists, with Chris Sigerson piano, Miles Hill bass, and Craig Scott drums.

Harley Card Trio with Dan Gaucher & Conrad Good
Tangent Cafe (830pm)
As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto since 2003, Harley’s writing reflects a sense of history, engaging a fully formed urbane musical sensibility. Harley will be joined by Bassist Conrad Good, winner of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Trust, and Vancouver improv heavyweight Dan Gaucher on drums

GroundUp feat. Malcolm Aiken

Guilt & Co (9:30pm)
As the result of his celebrated three-year residency at Guilt & Company, this bold new project from Canadian trumpeter Malcolm Aiken is dubbed-out jazz-fusion with downtempo grooves, ambient textures, and vintage synths that set the mood for his lyrical trumpet tone.

Fri Oct 5

VIFF: Kid Koala’s Satellite Turntable Orchestra
Orpheum Annex (Multiple dates & times)
An innovator from his first days as a turntablist, Kid Koala has moved beyond hip-hop into the realm of radical experimentation, an interactive symphony in which the line between listener and composer is erased. In Kid Koala’s latest live innovation, the master Canadian DJ empowers his audience, drawing them into a communal experience of light and sound in a spontaneous collective, collaborating to create an “ambient vinyl orchestra.”


Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
On the heels of (and inspired by) its Canada 150 project featuring female Canadian composers, Mimosa presents its own new original compositions as well as a selection of tunes by contemporary jazz artists such as Maqueque and Esperanza Spalding. Mimosa is Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Karen Graves, sax, flute, vocals, Anna Lumiere, piano, Bernie Arai, drums, Conrad Good, bass.

Ches Smith/Mat Maneri/Craig Taborn

Western Front (8pm)
Originally formed as a one-off impromptu session, this exceptional trio combines spare compositions by Smith augmented with plenty of space for white-hot improvisation. With three of the most notable musicians in New York’s vibrant creative music scene—drummer Ches Smith (John Zorn, Tim Berne, Marc Ribot), pianist Craig Taborn (Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith) and and violist Mat Maneri (Marilyn Crispell, Paul Motian).

Sat Oct 6

VIFF Music Film: Blue Note Records Beyond the Notes
Rio Theatre (12:30pm)
Sophie Huber’s musical celebration of Blue Note Records, it’s amazing artists and stunning album covers. Founded in New York in 1939 by German refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, race was never an issue with Lion and Wolff, whereas the other labels were. How many people, fascinated by the cover art, bought the record without knowing what was inside and were thus turned on to some of jazz music’s greatest artists? Featuring fascinating interviews with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones and involving the graphic & stunning LP cover artistry of Reid Miles and the gorgeous photography of co-founder Wolff.


Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
With their unique blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20s, 30s and 40s, Black Gardenia takes listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm. The Vancouver-based five-piece has delighted festival and club audiences on two continents with its “London Jazz meets Americana” sound. “First Lady of Uke” and band leader Daphne Roubini vocals and ukulele, Andrew Smith guitar and ukulele, Paul Pigat guitar, Steve Charles double bass, and  special guest Nick Peck piano.


Sun Oct 7

Jazz Vespers: Rene Worst & Jennifer Scott
St. Andrew’s-Wesley (4pm)
Vocalist/Pianist Jennifer Scott and Bassist René Worst, two of Canada’s most engaging and well-respected jazz musicians, will be joined by guitarist David Sikula and drummer Bernie Arai for an afternoon of world class music making and inspirational performances.

Kandace Springs

The Imperial (8pm)
Taking inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Lauryn Hill, the organic, intimate, and deeply soulful sound of this suave songstress is remarkably fresh but universally appealing. Coming off a 35-date tour with Hall and Oates, the seriously in demand singer/songwriter/pianist Kandace Springs makes warm and sophisticated soul, pop, and jazz with a stunning voice and original material.


Noah Preminger Quartet
Frankie’s Jazz Club (8pm)
The New York Times declares: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.” Prolific Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger is a winner of a Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Best Tenor Saxophonist award, and has recorded over twelve critically acclaimed albums.  Preminger brings his Blue chip tenor playing for a special night at Frankie’s