Posted on | November 30, 2013 | No Comments
A couple of days ago Cory Weeds appeared on Shaw TV’s The Rush to talk about The Cellar, past, present, and possible future.
Posted on | November 29, 2013 | No Comments
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, producers of the annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival is looking for a new Executive Director.
Posted on | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment
Vancouver composer, improviser, cellist Peggy Lee today receives the Mayor’s Arts Award for music. Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the awards at a special ceremony today (November 22, 2013) at Telus World of Science.
Posted on | November 17, 2013 | 3 Comments
From Cory Weeds’ blog:
Cory Weeds’ venerated Cellar Jazz Club will leave its current location on February 24, closing the door on the first, thirteen-year-long chapter of the club’s history and opening the door to a future that includes both a concert series that will begin immediately in March, and, ultimately, a brand new venue. The move does not affect the Cellar Live record label or New York with Weeds, which will carry on business as usual.
Posted on | November 13, 2013 | No Comments
After a year’s absence the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Fund is back with an energetic new board and a new name, the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund.
The Fund is dedicated to offering financial assistance and educational opportunities for jazz students in British Columbia. In addition to providing several yearly scholarships to BC’s most promising young jazz instrumentalists, the FMJF hosts public, free admission workshops by some of the world’s most renowned jazz artists.
Scholarship info and applications are available on their new web site, as well as info on their first jazz workshop, featuring legendary jazz drummer, Louis Hayes on December 7, at 1-3pm at Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club.
Visit frasermacphersonjazzfund.ca for details.
Posted on | September 26, 2013 | No Comments
The Cap Jazz series at Capilano University opens its 2013-2014 line-up with the Vinicius Cantuária Quartet on Friday, October 4, at 8 PM, at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. Cantuária is considered one of the leading members of the younger generation of Brazilian singer-songwriters. A skilled composer and multi-instrumentalist, Cantuária has received admiration and accolades for his fluidity in combining conventional Latin pop with more experimental sounds.
Cantuária has led a prolific recording career, with 17 albums under his own name since the early 80s. He relocated from Rio de Janeiro to the States in the mid-90s, and is now based in Brooklyn. He has an impressive legacy of collaboration that spans jazz and experimental musicians, most notably Bill Frisell as well as David Byrne, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Bebel Gilberto, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau.
His latest release Indio De Apartamento (Naïve Records, 2012) features his longtime musical accomplice Frisell on three tracks, and guest artists that include Norah Jones, Jesse Owens and Riyuchi Sakamoto.
The quartet features Vinicius Cantuária on guitar and vocals, Paul Socolow on bass, Adriano Santos on drums and Takuya Nakamura on piano and trumpet.
In his early career Cantuária was a drummer for Gilberto Gil, Tropicalia Stars and Caetano Veloso’s controversial group A Outra Banda Da Terra. He wrote Veloso’s mega-hit “Lua e Estrella”. He formed the Brazilian rock group O Terço in the 70s.
North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts
Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
Friday, October 4, 2013 @ 8 PM
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Posted on | September 14, 2013 | No Comments
Saxophonist John Doheny, formerly of Vancouver and now a long-time resident of New Orleans posted on his blog today about his relationship with the late Jasper Clarke and his recording of Clarke’s music.
Jasper Clarke was a bassist/composer from Vancouver, Canada who died of a brain tumor in 2010, at the age of 49. Jasper and I met as students in 1991 in the Jazz and Commercial Music program at Vancouver Community College and very quickly developed a close personal and professional relationship.
Posted on | September 13, 2013 | No Comments
In this brilliant conversation from 2008, two Canadian jazz legends from different generations, Renee Rosnes and Paul Bley, explore Bley’s early years and thoughts on jazz, improvisation, and other mysteries.
Posted on | September 7, 2013 | No Comments
Claude Ranger is regarded by many as the finest jazz drummer Canada has ever produced. Born in Montreal in 1941, by the time he was in his 60s he had mysteriously disappeared after living and playing in Vancouver for over a decade.
In 2007 CBC Radio broadcast a documentary, produced by Carole Warren, exploring the legend and mystery of Claude Ranger.
DOCUMENTARY: STICKS AND STONES Duration: 00:31:13
First he sold his custom made drum set. Then he went into rehab. And then – seven years ago this month – Claude Ranger disappeared into thin air. He hasn’t been seen since. Claude Ranger is probably the finest jazz drummer this country has ever produced. Starting in Montreal in the sixties, then in Toronto and Vancouver, Claude Ranger played with Canada’s very best – Michel Donato, Sonny Greenwich, Moe Koffman and the incomparable Lenny Breau. Visiting jazz greats from the States asked for Claude by name. And he had his own bands¿full of young, talented, untried players who were willing to put it all on the line to play with their hero.
But there was nothing smooth about this jazzman. Nothing mainstream either. As a composer and a player, he pushed the envelope. His burning, no-compromise dedication to music gave him his sweetest moments. But the price in real life was high. Terribly high. This morning, our feature documentary tries to piece together the puzzle that was and is Claude Ranger. It’s called “Sticks and Stones”. Sticks and Stones was produced by Carole Warren.
from CBC’s “Sunday Edition” promo
Listen to the full broadcast:
After the broadcast aired there was some discussion in the vancouverjazz.com forum:
Posted on | September 5, 2013 | No Comments
North Shore Credit Union
Centre for the Performing Arts
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
Capilano University’s North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts is proud to announce its 2013/2014 Cap Jazz series with a strong focus this season on presenting contemporary, ground-breaking jazz players in the American scene.
Marquee artists this season include Pat Metheny Unity Group as a special presentation at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, and Regina Carter, returning to the campus stage with her new Southern Comfort project.
Brazilian bossa novas and sambas will be highlighted by the Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-native Vinicius Cantuária, who will open the series on October 4 with his quartet. The Bad Plus and the Kenny Werner Trio will both be featured shows at the NSCU Centre. At the Electric Owl, The Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo will present a lively and intimate show.
Capilano University student ensembles “A” Band and NiteCap shows led by Brad Turner and Réjean Marois include three guest artists of exceptional talent this season – Canadian duo with drummer Ian Froman and saxophonist Mike Murley, and American vocalist Kathy Kosins.
This year’s annual tribute show will be dedicated to the life and work of Dave Brubeck, the legendary pianist and composer. Brubeck’s extensive legacy will be explored, showcasing his impact on the genre as a famous exponent of the cool jazz movement.
Flex Packs on sale Tuesday, September 3, 2013
- Buy tickets to 6 or more events to receive 15% discount
- Buy tickets to 10 or more events to receive 20% discount
Single tickets on sale Friday, September 5, 2013
Tickets + Information: 604.990.7810 | capilanou.ca/nscucentre
SERIES IN FULL
Vinicius Cantuária Quartet
4-Oct-13 | Tickets: $32/$29
Brooklyn-based, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, Vinicius Cantuária is famed for his repertoire of sultry bossa novas and smooth sambas. A long-time collaborator with Bill Frisell, Cantuária has also worked with Laurie Anderson, David Byrne and Brian Eno.
The Bad Plus
21-Oct-13 | Tickets: $30/$27
Experimental music trio with acclaimed and eclectic range that includes highly original material and esoteric covers from the likes of Interpol, The Pixies and Radiohead.
Ian Froman + Mike Murley*
1-Nov-13 | Tickets: $30/$27
Founding members of 90s fusion group Metalwood, drummer Ian Froman and saxophonist Mike Murley team up to play with students from the Cap Jazz Studies program.
The Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo
11-Dec-13 | Tickets: $25 (advance), $28 (at door) | Electric Owl
Charlie Hunter is revered for this technical prowess, playing custom-made seven and eight-string guitars allowing him to play bass lines, rhythm and guitar riffs simultaneously.
Tribute to Dave Brubeck*
24-Jan-14 | Tickets $30/$27
The Cap Jazz annual tribute concert pays homage to American pianist Dave Brubeck, the leader of the iconic Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 50s and 60s.
Kenny Werner Trio
20-Feb-14 | Tickets: $30/$27
Pianist and composer Kenny Werner has garnered Grammy nominations, NEA performance grants and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2010.
Pat Metheny Unity Group
3-Mar-14 | Tickets: $57/$54 | Vogue Theatre
The all-star Pat Metheny Unity Group features the hottest contemporary players in the American jazz scene. With Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams and Giulio Carmassi.
14-Mar-14 | Tickets: $30/$27
Detroit-based Kathy Kosins is a jazz and R&B arranger, composer and vocalist, and acclaimed for imaginative interpretations sung with a smooth swing voice.
23-Apr-14 | Tickets: $35/$32
Esteemed American jazz violinist Regina Carter explores the music of her roots in Alabama merging jazz, southern rock, country and gospel sensibilities.
* With Student Ensembles “A” Band and NiteCap
Musical Direction: Brad Turner (“A” Band) and Réjean Marois (NiteCap)
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