Vancouver Jazz

The complete guide to jazz in Vancouver BC

R.I.P. Renee Doruyter

We 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 […]

Jazz Vespers remembers Jerry Wennes

For seven years Jerry Wennes booked the artists who performed every week at St. Andrew’s-Wesley Jazz Vespers, and helped grow a small gathering of musicians into an outstanding jazz service. Every Sunday afternoon at four o’clock he would stride to the front of the sanctuary and introduce the musicians, always “with style”, as he said, […]

Ross Taggart 1967-2013

Ross Taggart passed away this morning at about 2:00 AM. Equally the master of both piano and tenor saxophone, Ross was one one of Vancouver’s finest and most beloved musicians, admired not only for his superior musicianship but for his humour and generosity of spirit. He is already greatly missed. Peter Hum posted this this […]

Carse Sneddon, 1928-2012

The sad news of the day is that trumpeter/valve trombonist Carse (Carswell) Sneddon passed away in his sleep at age 84. I can’t say that I knew him well but I did play some “casuals” with him and did some gigs for him when he was contracting. He was a good bandleader and an excellent […]

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 […]

Rob McConnell has died

Legendary Canadian trombonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger Rob McConnell passed away yesterday in hospital after a period of failing health due to liver cancer. He was 75. McConnell had assembled some of Canada’s top jazz musicians for the groups for which he was best known, the 22-piece Boss Brass, and the Rob McConnell Tentet. Rob McConnell […]

Len Dobbin passes

Len Dobbin, best friend of jazz in Montreal and the world, died last night after suffering a stroke while sitting at a table at the Upstairs jazz club in Montreal waiting for Ray Anderson to perform. He was 74. Dobbin was a passionate advocate for the music, having spent his entire adult life writing and […]

Memorial Service for Jack Velker

Dear friends, Certainly most of you have all heard the sad news of Jack Velker’s passing by now. His memorial service will be on Easter Sunday, April 12th, at the Unitarian Church at 49th & Oak (949 W. 49th Ave), 4 pm – 6 pm. Certainly Jack’s circle of friends was far, far bigger than […]

David “Fathead” Newman passes

It is with great sadness that I let you all know that David ‘Fathead’ Newman succumbed to pancreatic cancer yesterday. He was diagnosed last year and has been battling hard ever since. Born in Texas in 1933, he would have been 76 on February 24. Over the 8 years I have had the Cellar I […]

Arnie Chycoski Memorial Tribute by Ian McDougall

When Arnie Chycoski passed away in September we lost one of our greatest musicians and human beings, whom many considered one of the best lead trumpet players in the world. Some of us in Vancouver were unable to attend Arnie’s memorial as it was held in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. One of those, aside […]

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