Here are some of the great shows to check out this week:
Jazz in Springtime: VCC Jazz Orchestra-Vancouver Public Library
Monday, April 9, 7pm
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. FREE
Usher in spring in swinging style! From sweet to hot, the VCC Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Alan Matheson, brings you classics by Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. The orchestra is joined by talented local vocalists Tim Everett, Adri Lake, and Caralyn Taylor.
Sawdust Collector Series New Works #11:
Kenton Loewen/Emma Postl/Roxanne Nesbitt
Tuesday, April 10, 9pm
Gold Saucer Studio, 207 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Sawdust Collector is a weekly performance series taking place on Tuesday nights at The Gold Saucer, curated by Barbara Adler, Cole Schmidt, James Meger, and guests. With Kenton Loewen, Emma Postl, Roxanne Nesbitt. Emma Postl is a vocalist, educator, and composer living on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver. Graftician is an experimental music/video project fronted by Roxanne Nesbitt, a sound artist and designer also from Vancouver. Juno award winning Kenton Loewen is an accomplished Vancouver-based drummer and singer/songwriter.
André Lachance/Chris Gestrin/Brad Turner
Thursday, April 12, 8:30pm
Tangent Cafe, 2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fun times ahead with some organ trio tunes! Bassist André Lachance has been heard playing with almost anyone you can think of. His trio plays his electric modern jazz, drawing from new works, free improv, and tunes from his album The Orange Challenge. André Lachance guitar, Chris Gestrin organ, Brad Turner drums.
New York Standards Quartet
Friday, April 13, 8pm
Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty Street, Vancouver
A collaborative band of jazz stalwarts, the New York Standards Quartet is made up of world-class musicians who have been playing, composing and arranging music based on classic jazz standards for 13 years. The group has had countless tours and released seven CDs, including their most recent Sleight of Hand. With Tim Armacost saxophone, David Berkman piano, Ugonna Okegwo bass, and Gene Jackson drums.
Geoff Claridge Quartet
Sunday, April 15, 8pm
Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty Street Vancouver
The Benny Goodman Quartet was one of the most electrifying quartets in the history of jazz, breaking the racial gap and somehow holding its own every night paired against a full big band in the height of the jazz era. Be prepared tonight for an evening that showcases the original quartet’s gorgeous ballads, distinctive arrangements and unparalleled energy. With Geoff Claridge on clarinet, Craig Scott on vibraphone, Nick Peck on piano, and Bernie Arai on drums.
Stay tuned for the next gig list on Monday!