Jeni’s Picks of the Week Oct 6-11, 2015

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Cory Weeds new live jazz hub in Vancouver opens

Vancouver International Film Festival Sep 24 – Oct 9 
One of N.America’s largest film festivals.  Program guides available at VanCity & other locations. Start planning now!
Tickets, Passes + Ticket Packs ON SALE NOW (online only at
In-Person Advance Vancity Theatre Box Office Sales SEP 12 (Noon – 7pm)







2015 Vancouver Writers Festival Oct 20-25
Tickets now on sale! Events selling out quickly.
100 writers from around the world and 89 events.

van writers








Amnesty International Film Festival Oct 15-17
Vancouver Public Library – Free
Annual human rights film festival features award-winning documentary films from around the corner and around the world. Some tell important stories about human rights violations and others portray courageous individuals and communities working for change. All will inspire engagement and action.





16th Annual Vancouver International Improv Festival Oct 6-10
Some of the world’s best improvisers will be at Performance Works Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and The Improv Centre for a week of mind-expanding and mind-blowing comedy! With over 40 shows to choose from, #VIIF2015 truly offers something for all audiences.

pmprov fest






Wednesday October 7

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Alvaro Rojas Trio
with special guests Tony Wilson/Dylan van der Schyff
*album release show*
set 1
Tony Wilson – guitar
Dylan van der Schyff – drums
set 2
Alvaro Rojas – guitar
Wynston Minckler – bass
Sam Cartwright – drums
Tight arrangements, playful improvisation and wide dynamics. This trio has been quietly developing it’s sound over the past year, and was able to document it this past summer. This evenings program will feature music from the groups newly minted album, as well as other choice cuts.

Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall St 8.30p.m. $5 at door
Return of Latin Groove Night with Stephanie Pedraza Trio
Stephanie Pedraza on vocal and guitar, Andre Stepanian on guitar,
Lyndon Dewitt on percussion







Thursday October 8

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Kristian Braathen Trio
Drummer and band leader Kristian Braathen has become a main fixture in the Vancouver scene. He has spent the last two years leading the city’s premier jam session, where his trio has developed a unique repertoire of hard swinging, energetic music.
With Jodi Proznick – bass and Miles Black – piano

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8.00p.m. $20 plus minimum (also on Oct 9 & 10)
Cory Weeds 5tet featuring David Hazeltine
Saxophonist Cory Weeds fulfills a long time dream of collaborating with New York City pianist David Hazeltine. David is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice. His influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. With Chris Davis trumpet, Ken Lister bass, Jesse Cahill drums.







howard rix memorial oct 8




Friday October 9

St. James Community Square 3214 W.10th Ave Doors 6.30p.m. $15
Red Hot Choral Cabaret
Rhythm N’ Roots Choir, Karla Mundy and members of the Arntzen family
Fundraiser cabaret, dance & silent auction
Calling all harmony junkies. Come get your fix of sumptuous vocal blends and joyful musical ensembles. Join Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Choir, Karla Mundy, and Tom Arntzen and members of his musical family as we showcase the talent at the heart of the Song Roots community, and finish up the night dancing to the great sounds of the Arntzens.
Proceeds of the evening will help Rhythm ‘n’ Roots get to Cuba in March for an amazing choral and cultural exchange with a number of choirs in Havana.

choral cabaret








Caffe Roma 1510 Commercial Drive 8p.m. No cover
Live on the Drive
Friday Concert Series with Rob Montgomery and Friends. Featured Special Guest this week is the “Lovely and Talented” Miss Nadine States with the “Live on the Drive” Band with: Ross Langbell, Howard Greenstein, Axel Breutigam, Chris Newton and many more Surprise Guests!

cafe roma






Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $10 at door                                                          Randers Big Band (Denmark) with South Van Big Band
South Van Big Band teams up with the Randers Big Band from Denmark to rock the walls at Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse!

randers big band








Saturday October 10

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Campbell Ryga 5tet
The initial request for Campbell Ryga’s Jazz at The Pat show was for a taste of Cannonball Adderley but with the recent passing of Phil Woods we can expect a wide ranging tribute to the alto saxophone. Cam Ryga – saxophones, Brad Turner – trumpet, Chris Sigerson – piano, Miles Hill – bass, Blaine Wikjord – drums









St. James Community Square 3214 W.10th Ave 7p.m. (music 8p.m.)$30
Trading a Gun for a Guitar Fundraiser
Benefit Concert Fundraiser for Innocence Lost Foundation.
Featuring:Jane Mortifee with Musicians Bill Sample & David Sinclair
Performances by:Fazineh Keita, Kefalenia, Debbie Bergeron
Dancing with:The Spheres
Tickets 604 799 4604

trading guns




Big Rock Urban Brewery 310 W4th Ave 7p.m. No cover
Jazz/Blues night with William Taylor and special guest Ron Thompson









Sunday October 11

letter writing club







St Andrews Wesley, Burrard & Georgia 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Dee Daniels
It’s been exactly a year since Dee Daniels has been on stage and we’re super happy that her first appearance will be at Jazz Vespers.

dee jazz vespers







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7P.M.No cover (Note: return to winter hours)
Paul Rushka and Bill Coon
Between the two of them, bassist Paul Rushka and guitarist Bill Coon have possibly played with every important jazz musician to come out of Canada. Both of these musicians are exquisite improvisers and thoughtful accompanists.

sustenance festival








Monday October 12 Happy Thanksgiving