Jeni’s Picks of the Week April 21-24, 2016

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My 100th post on this site… a bit late but nevertheless an anniversary edition!

April in Paris April 21-23
10th Annual Festival of Gypsy Jazz
Thursday April 21st to Saturday April 23rd at St. James Hall. Van Django and Company B Jazz Band play on the 21st; Deanna Knight & The Hot Club Of Mars present their annual Cabaret night on the 22nd; and Marc Atkinson Trio and newcomers this year, Black Gardenia (featuring Daphne Roubini and Andy Smith with Paul Pigat and co.) on 23rd.

april in paris








Vancouver World Music Festival April 22/23
At Rio Theatre featuring featuring: Son De Madera (Mexico), En Canto (Brazil/Seattle), Roberto Lopez Project (Colombia/Montreal), Lapis (India/BC), Ostwelve (Stō:lo/St’át’imc -First Nations), Locarno (Mexico/BC), East Van Marimba All Stars – Youth Performance Group (BC), Mazacote (Nicaragua/BC). Weekend pass $45.

van world music festival april






Ireland 2016: Centenary Film Programme April 22-30
Pacific Cinematheque
April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the 1916 Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, a crucial moment in the history of Ireland’s struggle for independence and the ultimate creation of a sovereign Irish state.
This special programme, curated by the Irish Film Institute (IFI), features films by an array of prominent directors, including John Ford, David Lean, Neil Jordan, and Ken Loach. It reveals how the events of 1916-1923 and their aftermath have continued to capture the imagination of filmmakers, both Irish and foreign, who have created a substantial body of work from a range of perspectives.





VanEast Cultural Centre to April 23 (saw it, recommend it)
The Invisible Hand
When playing the stock market means life or death…Directed by Richard Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)’s provocative play follows a kidnapped American trader in Pakistan playing the market for his life. Taut scenarios unfold as the trader works to earn his release while unwittingly handing the tools for financial chaos and political vindication to his captors. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?








Frankie’s Jazz Bar update…
Cory Weeds Wednesday Residency continues. 8p.m. Two sets. No cover. Lots of specials.
This week’s special guest is Chris Gestrin (piano). With Russ Botten on bass and Craig Scott on drums.
April 27 – guests Darren Radtke (guitar) and Nick Peck (organ)
May 4th – Steve Kaldestad Trio
May 11th – closed for private function
May 18th – guest Bill Coon (guitar)

Happy Hour also continues. 4p.m. No cover. Lots of specials.
April 21/22 –  Willie MacCalder
April 28/29 – Jennifer Scott
May 5/6 – Diane Lines
May 12/13 – Sharon Minemoto

Thursday April 21

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Capilano Student Ensembles
This special evening features two up and coming groups from Capilano University’s prestigious jazz studied program. Drummer Jesse Mark and trumpeter David Lavoie lead groups, playing original compositions and standards.
With Jesse Mark – drums, Aaron Andrada – bass and Trevor Whitridge trumpet AND David Lavoie – trumpet, Madeline Elkins- guitar, Carson Tworrow – drums and Derek Maroney – bass

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
The Boys of Benriach
Artful modern jazz band featuring a nice variety of original compositions by trumpeter Kevin Elaschuk along with iconic standards. Kevin cites Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Woody Shaw, Lee Konitz and Don Cherry as major influences. Joining him are long time colleagues Dave Say saxophones, André Lachance guitar, Steve Holy bass and Joe Poole drums.






WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 7.30p.m. $10
Co-op Radio Annual Birthday Bash
The station’s 41st birthday! Co-op Radio CFRO took to the airwaves in April 1975 and is still going strong as Vancouver’s only independent, alternative, non-commercial, co-operative community radio. Viper Central, Red Herring, CFRO DJ’s and more.





Western Front 303 E8th Ave 8p.m. $20/15
Light, Shadow, Fire (tapei london vancouver)
Sound of Dragon and the NOW Society present:
light, shadow and fire, following the painting of Li Tung (Taiwan). With musicians from Taipei, London and Vancouver the programme explores improvisation and new works by Lan Tung, Lisa Cay Miller and Ron Samworth.
NOW: Ron Samworth, guitar; Lisa Cay Miller, piano; Clyde Reed, bass
Sound of Dragon: Lan Tung, erhu and voice; Klaus Bru, saxophone; Shih-Yang Lee, piano, melodica









Friday April 22

Remington Gallery 108 E.Hastings 7p.m. Opening reception
Mess Age (part of Capture Photography Festival)
For the exhibition MESS AGE, photographers Katie Huisman, Mel Yap, and Alex Waber appropriated and visually responded to Lincoln Clarkes’s mid-’90s text pieces. The photographic works invite the viewer to step into a less literal reality, leaving behind ingrained political thinking while suggesting that we reconnect to our own ideological mindset.

mess age






Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $25 (also on Sat 23 and Sun 24)
Tim Tamishiro
Tim Tamashiro is a “drinky jazz” singer. According to Tim, there are only two kinds of jazz: “thinky” and “drinky”. Drinky jazz has a mysterious power that brings even non-jazz fans to the jazz side. Tim promises you three things: great songs, cold drinks and bad jokes. This is the official CD release party for Tim Tamashiro’s new album “Drinky”. Expect special guests. Tim will be joined by Tilden Webb piano, Jodi Proznick bass, and Jesse Cahill drums.







Saturday April 23

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
André Lachance Quatuor
New jazz/improvised/social music
Brad Turner – Fender Rhodes
Chris Gestrin – Moog bass
Joe Poole – Drums
André Lachance – Guitar









****See festivals above for choice of evening events…. 

Blue Martini  1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover                                                                                  Alexander A- Train Boynton jr.                                                                                                                                      A-Train – bass, Adam Rohrlick-guitar/sax, Jason  de Couto- keys,Terry Williams-drums

a train




Sunday April 24

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Matt Choboter Trio
Matt Choboter has spent the last several months traveling the world. His recent studies in India have steered his music in a direction that explores intricate rhythms and nuanced harmonies.
With Cole Birney-Stewart – bass and Andrew Thompson – drums

Rogue Folk Club 3214 W10th Ave 8p.m. $28/24
Mighty String Thing
An eclectic group of string wizards come together to present an evening of ear candy from various roots music traditions.
Mighty String Thing are: Kevin Breit, Doug Cox, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Sam Hurrie, Bill Kirchen, Mark Stuart





Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden 578 Carrall St 7p.m. $13-$22
Jasmine Jazz 2
Canada’s first Chinese music ensemble and some of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians come together for another unique and joyful concert! Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (VCME) joins banjo player/vocalist Arnt Arntzen, bassist Jennifer Hodge and drummer Nicholas James to present Jasmine Jazz 2.





And if you missed them at April in Paris…
Black Gardenia at the Bayside Lounge 7p.m.


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