Posted on | September 4, 2013 | No Comments
New Orchestra Workshop Improvisation Series
Mondays from Sept 30 – Nov 25 @ 4-6pm / 7:30-9:30pm
Space is limited, advance registration required.
To register contact: lisacay AT telus.net
NOW Improvisation Concert
Fri Dec 2 @ 8pm
Posted on | September 3, 2013 | 2 Comments
by Nou Dadoun
Musician and musical iconoclast John Zorn turns 60 this month and in response, both he and his music are receiving accolades and retrospectives around the world. Most of the events are in his home New York City (including some hosted by Lincoln Center) but also at festivals in Warsaw, Paris, and around the world.
Twenty-five years ago, John Zorn was not a household name and, although already adventurous and prolific, had yet to make his mark on the wider musical and cultural community. However Ken Pickering (founding and continuing Artistic Director of Coastal Jazz and Blues) had his big ears to the ground and again Vancouver audiences reaped the benefit of seeing and hearing a great artist in their ascendency.
Ken recently posted an envelope from an exchange with Zorn from about 1987 on his Facebook page:
At that time Zorn lived in Japan about 6 months of the year; note that the address is Ken’s old store Black Swan Records which was the early home for both Coastal Jazz & Blues and The Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
The negotiations came to fruition twenty-five years ago for the 1988 edition of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Typically Zorn appeared in a number of contexts with a number of long-time collaborators – besides a solo saxophone performance, he appeared in duets with Eugene Chadbourne (at the old French Cultural Centre on 16th), in one of his game pieces Xu-Feng (at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) and with the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (two nights at the long-gone Landmark Jazz Bar).
But other almost forgotten performances were taped at CKVU as part of a short-lived cooperative venture between the Jazz Festival and the television station. These recorded performances were long-thought to be lost but they popped up on YouTube a few years ago (from someone who videotaped the original broadcast), and this seems like a suitable occasion to revisit a slice of Vancouver Vintage.
The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet was originally a project for the Italian label Black Saint Records organized by Wayne Horvitz playing the compositions of hard bop pianist Sonny Clark. But the inclusion of John Zorn on the alto tipped off a wider community that he could really play! Original participants Horvitz, Zorn and drummer Bobby Previte made it to Vancouver but bassist Ray Drummond was unavailable so Vancouver bassist Rick Kilburn stepped in to the band’s obvious delight.
SCMQ starts with Sonny Clark’s composition Cool Struttin’:
Next up is another Sonny Clark classic Minor Meeting:
As Zorn tells host Jim Byrnes, Xu-Feng is one of Zorn’s game pieces (a framework for improvisation based on game rules triggered by flash cards) named for a famous Taiwanese actress who was featured in many martial arts films. In the ensemble are Wayne Horvitz (keys), Anthony Coleman (keys), Eugene Chadbourne (guitar), Davey Williams (guitar), Bobby Previte (drums), Vancouver’s own Barry Taylor (drums) and John Zorn as prompter.
The broadcast finishes with a last Sonny Clark piece Something Special:
The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet performed for two nights at the Landmark Jazz Bar – the second night the great trombonist Ray Anderson was appearing at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre with the trio BassDrumBone. After Ray’s show, hearing that Zorn was across town he insisted on heading straight there. He joined the band onstage for a steaming performance of Sonny’s Crib that I’ll never forget! (Maybe someday I’ll get that tape up here too!)
Zorn has returned to Vancouver several times since for a performance of another game piece Cobra, the original Masada quartet and Electric Masada (see here for an interview with Zorn before the Electric Masada performance) – a return visit is long overdue, but thanks to Ken and Coastal, Vancouver got an early glimpse of what the fuss is all about.
Happy Birthday John Zorn!
Posted on | July 22, 2013 | No Comments
The Jazz Cellar and Dylan Cramer have announced a benefit concert for Vancouver jazz pianist Ron Johnston.
A long time member of the Vancouver jazz scene, Johnston has performed with the likes of Paul Horn, Pacific Salt, Moe Koffman, Terry Jacks, and Pete Christlieb. Johnston, a student of Oscar Peterson, has thrilled audiences with his dynamic performances for over 40 years. Johnston is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery. The Dylan Cramer Quartet honours Johnston with their performance this evening. Please come down, enjoy the music, and support Ron’s recovery through your kind donations.
Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club
3611 W. Broadway St
Phone 604 738 1959
July 28, 2013, Sets at 8:00 and 9:30
Dylan Cramer Quartet
featuring Dylan Cramer alto saxophone, Michael Guild guitar, Bruce Meikle bass, John Nolan drums
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Posted on | April 10, 2013 | 2 Comments
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 21-July 1, 2013) has announced performers appearing at The Vogue Theatre and Performance Works on Granville Island as part of the upcoming festival. There’ll be another announcement in two weeks and the full lineup sometime in mid-May .
The Vogue Theatre Series
Michael Kaeshammer/Alex Cuba (Double Bill)
BETTYE LAVETTE plus special guests The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society plus special guests Tyson Naylor Trio
Lee Fields & The Expressions/Nick Waterhouse and his Tarots (Double Bill)
The John Scofield Überjam Band featuring Andy Hass bass, Avi Bortnick guitar/synth, Tony Mason drums plus specials guests Dave Robbins Electric Band
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
David Murray Infinity Quartet featuring Macy Gray plus special guests Rich Halley 4
Red Baraat plus special guests Gordon Grdina’s Haram
Performance Works Series
Vijay Iyer Trio
Vieux Farka Touré (Two shows)
June 23 Performance Works @ 7:30 & 10pm
An Evening with Gregory Porter
Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Duo
Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
Courtney Pine presents: HOUSE OF LEGENDS
Patricia Barber Quartet
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Posted on | April 6, 2013 | 1 Comment
Vancouver! A city that is home to some of the best musicians in the world. Where tens of thousands of people attend the Jazz Festival every summer. Home to some of the most devoted folk music fans you can find. A place where lovers of traditional Chinese music live next door to devotees of classical Indian music. Where, every week, concertgoers can choose from classical chamber concerts, blues guitar, and music of la francophonie.
And yet, surprisingly, there is no facility in Vancouver that is specifically dedicated to music performance. There are performance venues in Vancouver that work very well for theatre or dance. But these same venues pose serious challenges for concert promoters and audiences: rental rates are too high for a single night show; there are few available dates between long-running plays; extra costs may be incurred for important sound gear needed for a concert; and even if other problems can be solved, they have poor acoustics and sightlines. Vancouver’s vibrant music community clearly deserves better! A purpose-designed facility will support the creative needs of musicians performing here, and greatly improve the experience of audience members.
The Music Centre will showcase the incredible diversity and wealth of music in Vancouver, as well as hosting performers from around the world. Musicians and artists from different genres and cultures will meet one another, exchange ideas and experiences and develop new musical collaborations. A wide range of audiences and communities will experience music in the same intimate setting. This will be a musical meeting place, a locus of creativity and a vital new urban facility. Long-time music lovers in Vancouver remember favourite music venues of the past very well. Each one was unique; each one reeked ambience and somehow reflected its time. For every era, a classic joint emerged that was the epicenter of Vancouver’s best music: Hogan’s Alley (1920s), the Cave (1930s), Isy’s Supper Club (1960s), the Classical Joint (1970s) and the Glass Slipper (1990s). All are gone now. A dedicated and dynamic new Music Centre in Vancouver would both honour and build on this rich legacy.
For today’s musicians, for today’s audiences, this could be the venue that defines our time. The Vancouver Independent Music Centre – The VIM Centre.
For more information go to http://www.vancouvermusiccentre.ca/
Posted on | March 3, 2013 | No Comments
This year the Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs June 21-July 1, 2013
Volunteering for the festival is a great way to hear amazing music, make new friends, and gain work experience or school credit. They have many opportunities available for people with a variety of skills, passions and interests. Visit http://www.coastaljazz.ca/volunteers to find out more.
JAZZ VOLUNTEERS GET PERKS
Volunteers get exclusive benefits not available to anyone else. As a volunteer you get to experience the festival from behind the scenes, see shows, a souvenir t-shirt and more.
ABOUT COASTAL JAZZ
The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is a charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, British Columbia and BC’s largest music presenter. We produce the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, one of the most critically acclaimed jazz festivals in the world, drawing over half a million patrons each year. The festival features over 300 concerts (150 free) in 35 venues across Vancouver.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on | March 1, 2013 | No Comments
Join us this Sunday when JAZZ VESPERS pays tribute to our dear friend Ross Taggart. There will be stories, laughter, and, of course, music. Lots of music. Bill Coon is bringing a fine trio including Darren Radtke and Dave Robbins. Kevin Elaschuk will be there with an awesome quartet (Rod Murray, Andre Lachance, and Joe Poole). And of course Sharon Minemoto will play along with Chris Startup, Darren, and Bernie Arai. The afternoon will conclude with Leora Cashe and Sharon.
Let’s celebrate and remember Ross in great style on Sunday. See you there.
The details: St. Andrew’s, Burrard/Nelson, Sunday 4-5p. Free parking.
Posted on | February 19, 2013 | 1 Comment
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