Vancouver Jazz

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Petr Cancura, Allison Au, & Pugs and Crows: Just another Thursday in Vancouver!

When did Thursday night become such a hot spot for fans of creative music in Vancouver? Certainly this week there is an abundance of great sounds to choose from as three tours converge on the city. Petr Cancura’s Down Home at the Rex courtesy of Mark Miller First up is the next installment of the […]

Drew Burns Memorial at the Commodore Wed. Nov 5th 2014

Drew Burns owned the Commodore Ballroom for 28 years but as he was fond of saying, it was the right 28 years. Since he passed away in September the accolades and memories have been pouring in on a facebook page set up for Remembering Drew Burns. This Wednesday the Commodore holds two separate events in […]

Impressions of a Patch of Blue

Last summer when I first saw the press release for the note-for-note recreation of Miles Davis‘ legendary recording Kind of Blue, I was naturally intrigued. Who better to take on an iconic album than the reigning iconoclasts of contemporary creative music? Mostly Other People Do the Killing – MOPDtK! The four core members – saxophonist […]

2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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. For complete information visit

Jill Townsend Big Band “Ross Taggart Project” on Kickstarter

Vancouver’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 […]

Mike Allen CD release concert this Thursday

  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 […]

Cory Weeds talks about the state of The Cellar

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

Coastal Jazz seeks new director

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

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. Read about the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Read about Peggy Lee.

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

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. […]

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