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2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Posted on | May 7, 2014 | No Comments

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Coastal Jazz & Blues Society today announced the full line-up for its 29th annual  TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival which runs from June 20 to July 1 this year.

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R.I.P. Renee Doruyter

Posted on | January 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Renee DoruyterWe are very saddened by the news that Renee Doruyter passed away last night. A talented jazz vocalist, she was also one of the most dedicated  supporters of jazz in Vancouver, mainly through the columns she wrote for The Vancouver Province newspaper for many years. A warm and generous woman, her enthusiasm and knowledge contributed  immeasurably to Vancouver’s thriving jazz community. She will be greatly missed.

Photo: Brian Nation

Jill Townsend Big Band “Ross Taggart Project” on Kickstarter

Posted on | January 29, 2014 | No Comments

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Jill TownsendVancouver’s finest big band leader, composer, and arranger Jill Townsend plans to record an album of the compositions of the late Ross Taggart. This is a huge undertaking and one that could likely result in a masterpiece, judging from Townsend’s last album, tales from the sea, and the band’s many performances over the years. It’s a huge undertaking and also a costly one, so Jill is looking to crowdfund the project via Kickstarter.

Read up on the project and, if you’re inclined, help support the realization of this very worthy enterprise, by visiting the Kickstarter page.

Dave Brubeck tribute at Cap this Friday

Posted on | January 22, 2014 | No Comments

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Dave Brubeck

The Cap Jazz Series presents a Tribute to Dave Brubeck at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, January 24 @ 8 PM, an homage to the groundbreaking pianist and composer who became one of the best known ambassadors of jazz to the world.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet, which featured Brubeck on piano and Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, was one of the iconic jazz ensembles of the 1950s and ’60s, making its reputation with college campus recitals, playing in festivals and concert halls all over the world and releasing albums that went platinum.

From day one of his career, Brubeck inspired music lovers across the globe. In a statement read at Brubeck’s funeral, Former President Bill Clinton recalled being “utterly captivated” at age 15 after hearing Brubeck’s quartet in concert and then going home to play “Take Five” until his lips gave out. “I consider myself lucky to have known Dave and to have experienced his music in such a profound way,” Clinton said.

Capilano University’s own jazz masters have created a night honouring Brubeck and his remarkable canon of works.

“A” Band—The “A” Band is the premiere large instrumental ensemble of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program. The “A” band
has performed with jazz artists such as Bob Mintzer, Cedar Walton, Ed Thigpen, Jason Marsalis, Mike Murley, Kevin Turcotte, Seamus Blake, Hugh Fraser, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Kristin Korb, Nnenna Freelon, Denzal Sinclaire, Ernie Watts and Dee Daniels.

NiteCap—Led by Réjean Marois, NiteCap is the premier Vocal Jazz Ensemble of Capilano University’s Jazz Studies degree program. It is an innovative ensemble with an eclectic approach to musical style that includes material from Renaissance madrigals through contemporary jazz. NiteCap has developed the reputation and level of professionalism that has allowed it to share the stage and garner accolades from such top jazz artists as Ed Thigpen, Kenny Werner, Hugh Fraser, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling and Jane Bunnett.

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Mike Allen CD release concert this Thursday

Posted on | January 20, 2014 | No Comments

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Mike Allen


The Legacy Jazz Series and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society are presenting the Mike Allen Quartet – Mike Allen (saxophones), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums) – with special guest Hugh Fraser (trombone) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) on January 23. The event celebrates the release of Panorama, the latest recording from the respected Vancouver quartet.

Known for his broad sound and engaging improvisational approach, Western Canadian Music Award winner Allen is Director of Jazz at Western Washington University, and his quartet, WWU’s in-residence jazz ensemble. In the 1990’s, Mike forged his style in the bands of guitarist Sonny Greenwich, drummer Pete Magadini and bassist Chuck Israels. As band leader, in addition to eleven albums and four national tours, Mike has played at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree, and performed on separate occasions for the Prime Minister of Canada and Princes Charles, William and Harry. Mike’s sax playing can also be heard on Michael Buble’s Grammy Award winning album Crazy Love.

Hugh Fraser has been a celebrated trombonist for many years, through residencies in New York, London and Vancouver. He’s won two JUNO awards, been the head of the jazz program at the Banff Centre, and presented jazz workshops across Canada and in Ireland. Hugh is only Canadian participant in Orlando “Maraca” Valle’s 2011 DVD release of the Latin Jazz All Stars, he is included in the top six albums in all genres by Downbeat Magazine. He also performs regularly with his dear friend Chucho Valdes where one of Hugh’s additions to this iconical pianist’s composition has been standard performance and educational fare in Cuba.

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Tickets at the Cultch Box Office

Phil Dwyer appointed to Order of Canada

Posted on | January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Congrats to Phil Dwyer for his appointment to the Order of Canada | Ottawa Citizen.

Cory Weeds talks about the state of The Cellar

Posted on | November 30, 2013 | No Comments

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A couple of days ago Cory Weeds appeared on Shaw TV’s The Rush to talk about The Cellar, past, present, and possible future.


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Coastal Jazz seeks new director

Posted on | November 29, 2013 | No Comments

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Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, producers of the annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival is looking for a new Executive Director.



Peggy Lee receives Mayor’s Arts Award

Posted on | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

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Peggy LeeVancouver 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.

Read about the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Read about Peggy Lee.

Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club to leave current location in March 2014

Posted on | November 17, 2013 | 3 Comments

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Cory WeedsFrom 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.

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