Jeni’s Picks June 24-July 3, 2016 ..low cost or no cost Jazz Festival options

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Dear Pickers….If big ticket concerts are not within your budget, here are some low cost and free options to jazz it up! Not a definitive list. That can be found at

Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in June/July FREE
June 24 -Diane Lines
June 29 – Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Bruno Hubert (piano)
July 6 – Cory Weeds Trio featuring Nick Peck (organ)
July 13 – James Danderfer Trio
July 20 – Steve Kaldestad Trio
July 27 – Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Ron Johnston (piano)

Late Night Jazz Jam at Frankie’s June 24-July 3 FREE
(admittance space permitting)
Every night at 11pm until the wee small hours, join saxophonist Mike Allen, a rotating band of hot local players, and surprise mystery guest festival artists for this nightly jam. You never know who will show up!

Tangent Jazz Festival Schedule June 24-July 3 $10
Tangent Cafe 2095 Commercial Drive will be presenting 7 concerts during the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, highlighting national and international talents!
All performances have a $10 cover charge and are from 8-11pm.
Friday June 24 Two Much Guitar!
Saturday June 25 Steve Kaldestad Trio
Sunday June 26 *from New York* Nobuki Takamen Trio
Wednesday June 29 *from Toronto* Autobahn
Thursday June 30 Victor Noriega Quartet
Saturday July 2 Anger Management
Sunday July 3rd Meghan Gilhespy Trio
Schedule below..

Libra Room Jazz Festival (moved to Cafe Roma 1510 Commercial Drive) June 23-July 4 Donation
The Libra Room is still closed for renovations but the show must go on… and will, just down the street at Cafe Roma. Each night 8p.m. June 23-July 4 by donation,
See schedule at link below


Gospel Comes Home and Jazz Vespers at St. Andrews Wesley

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Downtown Jazz Weekend June 25/26 12-4p.m. Outside around VAG.

SATURDAY: A Salute to Dal Richards • Paul Keeling Ancient Lights Quintet • Copilots • Tom Wherrett’s Evil Three • Cortex • Greasy G and the Poole Party featuring JACKITO! • Dawn Pemberton • Longhand • Flat Earth Society • Gwyneth Herbert Trio

SUNDAY: Steve Hill • Only a Visitor • Debra-Jean & the Dreams • Jacques Kuba Séguin: Litania Project • James Danderfer’s Hummingbird Brigade • André Leroux Quartet • WDF (Warren Dean Flandez) • ElkHorn • Busty and the Bass • Jen Hodge All Stars.
PLUS Sound of Youth Stage presented by Tom Lee Music Canada and Anthem Properties ,

Performance Works Afternoon on Granville Island (various dates)
Shows 2:30-4:30 PM
Evan Parker/Georg Graewe/Torsten Müller- Fri, June 24
Emile Parisien Quartet- Sat, June 25
Marianne Trudel Quartet ft. Ingrid Jensen-Sun, June 26
Donkey Monkey-Mon, June 27
Equilibrium- Tue, June 28
Tyson Naylor’s Tribute to Paul Bley- Weds, June 29
Quatuor André Lachance- Thurs, June 30
Jennifer Scott Quartet ft. Dave Sikula- Sat, July 2
Paul Rushka Sextet- Sun, July 3

Public Market Stage (various dates)
Shows noon-2 PM
Rossi Gang- Fri, June 24
Kristian Braathen Trio- Sat, June 25
Cole Birney-Stewart Quartet- Sun, June 26
Malleus Trio- Mon, June 27
Julian Jayme Quartet- Tues June 28
Geoff Claridge Quartet- Wed, June 29
Hildegard’s Ghost- Thurs, June 30
Jesus Caballero’s Solo Picnic- Sat, July 2
Sarah Kennedy Quintet- Sun, July 3

Ironworks Innovation Afternoon Sessions (various dates)
Shows 5:00 PM
Cat Toren/Peggy Lee/ Sam Davidson-Mon, June 27
Dylan van der Schyff/John Paton/Georg Graew-Tues, June 28
Kenton Loewen/Giorgio Magnanensi/Chris Kelly/Sam King-Wed, June 29
Sissel Vera Pettersen/Viviane Houle/Lee Hutzulak- Thurs, June 30

Tom Lee Music Hall Workshops (various dates)
Show 1:00-2:00 PM
Mats Eilertsen Trio- Mon, June 27
Alexander Hawkins Trio- Tues, June 28
Tord Gustavsen Interview- Wed, June 29
Sissel Vera Pettersen & Viviane Houle- Thurs, June 30

HAPPY CANADA DAY July 1 .. all day jazz on Granville Island
Railspur District on Canada Day
Robin Layne Quartet-12:30-2:30 PM
Speeding West- 3:00-5:00 PM
Anita Eccleston- 5:30-7:30 PM
BigFate- 8:00-9:00 PM
Ron Basford Park Stage on Canada Day
Arnt Arntzen- 12:00-2:00 PM
Brejera- 2:30-4:30 PM
John Korsrud’s Latin Ensemble- 5:00-7:00 PM

Performance Works on Canada Day
The Boys of BenRiach- 12:00-1:15 PM
Benoit Delbecq with François Houle / Gordon Grdina / Kenton Loewen- 2:00-3:15 PM
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and Anat Fort- 3:45-5:00 PM
Christine Tobin- 7:00-9:00 PM
Laila Biali- 9:30-11:00 PM
Market Stage at the Public Market on Canada Day
Trevor Whitridge Quintet- 12:00-2:00 PM

David Lam Park Jazz Weekend July 2/3
12 noon – 10 p.m.
The outdoor stage plus events in the Roundhouse hall, performance centre and studio.
See schedule at link below…

North Shore Free Jazz Series
Fri, Jun 24 @ 7:30pm – Vahagni at West Vancouver Memorial Library
Sat, Jun 25 @ 1pm- Huu Bac Quintet with Jou Tou at Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale)
Sun, Jun 26 @ 1pm- Brickhouse at Lynn Valley Village
Sat, Jul 2 @ 1pm- Sweet Papa Lowdown at Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale)

Jeni Mastin




  1. Performance works on July 2 is also free – my quartet plays there at 2:30pm. Rene and I are sorry we didn’t make your picks this time, but are hoping it’s an omission not a judgment! Cheers & blessings,
    Jennifer Scott

    1. Hi Jennifer. Unless I missed something (and that is quite likely!) I see you listed on my last post at Performance Works on July 2 at 2.30p.m. May have lost of some of your comment as not sure what you are sorry for! Hoping you both are having a great festival.

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