Vancouver Jazz

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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. […]

Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund

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 […]

Cap Jazz series presents Vinicius Cantuária Quartet

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 […]

John Doheny on the “Jasper Clarke Project”

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 […]

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