Vancouver Jazz

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Coastal Jazz announces some headliners for this year’s Vancouver Jazz Festival

Vancouver’s signature festival celebrates its 27th edition June 22 – July 1, 2012. The Festival is pleased to announce that tickets will go on sale Saturday, February 18 at 10 AM at for a selection of major artists performing at this summer’s ten-day event. More major artists to be announced later. George Benson Saturday, […]

RIP, Arni May

Vancouver drummer and restauranteur Arni May, originally from Ottawa, passed away on December 13, 2011.  May was better know locally as a restauranteur than musician, having owned Rossini’s in Kitsalano for 18 years till it closed in August 2010. Rossini’s featured jazz nightly, mostly resident musicians but also presented internationally known players regularly. Linton Garner had a regular […]

Changing Seasons – Phil Dwyer In Conversation

On hearing Changing Seasons, Phil Dwyer’s sister paid him a (funny) back-handed compliment: “It sounded great, I had a hard time believing you wrote it!” Since its release last month, accolades for the Phil Dwyer Orchestra‘s release Changing Seasons have been seemingly unanimous. Writing for a large ensemble, especially incorporating strings is notoriously tough to […]

CBC launches new video-on-demand initiative

A new initiative at CBC to provide video of some of this country’s most respected musicians has been launched. In this case the focus is on a set of new jazz videos recorded in CBC Studio One during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest. The Phil Dwyer Septet featuring Laila Biali videos are now online. […]

Jazz Journalists Association honours Bill Smith at jazz fest opening gala

On behalf of the Jazz Journalists Association, the Vancouver Jazz Festival’s artistic director, Ken Pickering, presented Bill Smith with the JJA’s “A Team” Award for lifetime achievement at the jazz fest’s opening gala at the Vancouver Art Gallery last night. Almost from the day he arrived in Toronto in 1963 from his birthplace in Bristol, […]

McGill Alumni jazz night

Thursday, May 27th marked the McGill Alumni Association of Vancouver’s 9th annual Jazz Night at Hycroft Mansion. Performances featured bassist Jodi Proznick, pianist Tilden Webb, and vocalist Melody Diachun. More at: McGill Alumni Portal

Shrek & Steig

When the final installment of the Shrek franchise opens this week, there is apparently a new character named The Pied Piper who makes people (and ogres) do crazy things with his flute playing.  The music is taken from a piece called “Nightmare” from a classic release on the ENJA label called Outlaws with Jeremy Steig […]

Percussive Compassion

An international consortium of percussive-oriented musicians will be performing for a worthy cause on June 13th at the Cultch. Themba Tana will be my guest on an special extended edition of the A-Trane on CFRO 102.7 FM, Friday June 4th from 2:30 to 6:30 to play some music, remember the late South African Jazz musician […]

CJBS appoints new executive director

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, producers of our annual jazz festival and other events throughout the year, has named Fatima Amarshi as executive director. Fatima succeeds Julie Smith who stepped in to fill the post when Robert Kerr, founding director, left to head the cultural olympiad.

great day in vancouver

In celebration of their fiftieth anniversary, and inspired by Art Kane’s ultra-famous Harlem jazz photo (coincidentally also fifty years old) CODA magazine commissioned photographers in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver to assemble their respective jazz musicians and others involved in jazz locally, for group portraits. Vancouver photographer, Steve Mynett, produced the shot you see above. That […]

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