Jeni’s Picks Jan 2-10, 2016

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Happy New Year everyone!!

RIP Dal Richards and Natalie Cole.  2016 will be a lesser year without them.

New happenings in 2016… at Frankie’s 765 Beatty
Happy Hour Piano Solo
(4pm – 6, no cover, lots of specials)
Jan 6 – 9, Ron Johnston
Jan 13 – 15, Bruno Hubert
Jan 20 – 22, Brad Turner
Jan 27 – 29, Paul Keeling

Late Night
(11pm – 1am, $5 cover)
Jan 2, Steve Kaldestad Trio
Jan 8/9, Kristian Braathen
Jan 15/16 , Cory Weeds Trio with special guests
Jan 22/23, Bruno Hubert Trio
Jan 29/30, Adam Rohrlick Trio

Firehall Theatre 280 East Cordova $33/28/23 … to Jan 9
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (highly recommended)
Another special run of the Firehall’s smash hit musical! Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer.







Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Jan 8-11 $15/20
The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson
A stageplay which reimagines the 1914 Vancouver Trial of Mewa Singh 101 years later, at the same venue it originally took place.”The Undocumented Trial” revisits the Vancouver Provincial Courthouse in October of 1914 and re-examines the trial of Mewa Singh, who is put on the stand to answer for the assassination of a prominent Canadian Immigration Inspector. An unexpected defense from Mewa Singh’s attorney takes the proceedings from an open-and-shut case, to a surreal debate of conscience.
“The Undocumented Trial” will be having six public showings over the four days of January 8-11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.





Italian Film Festival Jan 8-14 at VanCity Theatre
The Italian Film Festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival, a collaboration involving Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, blends contemporary and classic films from Italy’s significant cinematic repertoire to create a unique festival experience. Contemporary films from the past two to three years are merged with Italy’s rich patrimony of classic avant-garde, and neo realism cinema.





Saturday January 2

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Ben Henriques 4tet
Playing original, contemporary jazz. Start 2016 off right by hearing this killer band play some wacky jazz.
David Blake – Guitar, James Meger – Bass, Daniel Reynolds – Piano,
Dan Gaucher – Drums, Ben Henriques – Saxophone(s)

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Fairview Pub  W. Broadway 4.30-7.30 $6
Willy Ward’s Revenge
Get on your dancing shoes…

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Sunday January 3

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Maria Ho 4tet with Jack Stafford
Maria -vocals, Jack Stafford-sax, Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6-9p.m. Donation
Julian Jayme Trio
Talented young guitarist and composer leads this group through original compositions and classics from the Jazz cannon. With James Meger – bass and Miles Wong – drums

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Verve 1072 Denman 8p.m. No cover
Don Stewart 4tet
Don-vocals, Ron Johnston-keys, Cameron Hood-bass, Buff Allen-drums

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Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20                                                                                             The Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake
Boptarts are back! Lauren Falls and Vickie Yang’s co-led ensemble weaves songful melodies and savvy orchestration with bold improvisation. They are excited to perform new music with Seamus Blake tenor saxophone, Brad Turner trumpet, Steve Kaldestad alto saxophone/flute/clarinet, Carsten Rubeling trombone, Tristan Paxton guitar and Trevor Falls drums.






China Cloud 524 Main St 9p.m. $10
Gordon Grdina Trio
One more show before Tommy takes off to San Diego again!! First show of 2016!! Gordon Grdina-Guitar, Oud, Tommy Babin- Bass, Kenton Loewen- Drums






Tuesday January 5

Blue Martini Jazz Cafe  1516 Yew St 7p.m. No cover
Adam Thomas Tuesdays
Some originals, some of Adam’s favourite music, and sometimes a guest.

Wednesday January 6

The Emerald 555 Gore 9p.m. Donation
The Joe Blow Trio
The Joe Blow Trio lays it down and seriously stretches out with some funky jazz in a 1960’s Blue Note vein. Mesmerizing grooves and soaring solos. The Blow consists of Paul Keeling keys, Bernie Arai drums and James Meger on bass.

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Thursday January 7

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. Donation
Ken Speller
A longtime resident of Japan, Ken Speller has a particularly pleasing sound on the alto saxophone. With André Lachance – bass and Bill Coon – guitar

Blue Martini Jazz Cafe  1516 Yew St 7p.m. No cover (also on 8/9)
Bill Runge 4tet
with Hugh Fraser, Kerry Galloway & Bernie Arai









Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Kate Hammet-Vaughan 5tet
A performing and recording artist for three decades, and one of the west coast’s best-known instructors of the art of jazz singing, Kate’s eclectic musical projects include jazz groups. improvising ensembles, and performance art.









Friday January 8

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $62 (includes 2 course dinner) also on Sat 9
Power Quintet
A collective of five of the most sought after names on the New York jazz scene—Jeremy Pelt trumpet, Steve Nelson vibraphone, Danny Grissett piano, Peter Washington bass and Bill Stewart drums—come together as The Power Quintet. This all-star band features new arrangements and challenging originals played with undeniable chemistry, fire and power creating an indelible musical journey that audiences will no doubt enjoy.

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Saturday January 9

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Brad Turner 5tet

Sunday January 10

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6-9p.m. Donation
Geoff Claridge 4tet CD release
Talented saxophone and clarinetist, Geoff Claridge, channels influences that range from Jimmy Giuffre to Seamus Blake. His original compositions are rich and deeply thought provoking. Join him for the release of his debut album! With Brad Turner – Rhodes, André Lachance – bass and Bernie Arai – drums







Studio Records 919 Granville 7p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation
Check out the swingin’ sounds of the 8-piece “little big band”, featuring a special tap dance performance by Brendan McCooey!