Yet another picks starting out with an RIP…2016 has been a tough year already for untimely departures of iconic and influential musicians.
This time the all too early passing of Prince. So sad.
Celebrate his life and catch Purple Rain at the Rio on May 14 (tickets selling fast)
and a lovely cover tribute here of Purple Rain live by Gregory Porter courtesy of the BBC
Frankie’s Jazz Bar
Cory Weeds Wednesday Residency continues. 8p.m. Two sets. No cover. Lots of specials.
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 28/29 – Jennifer Scott
May 5/6 – Diane Lines
May 12/13 – Sharon Minemoto
FYI…The Libra Room has a notice posted that it is closed for 4-6 weeks and music programming has moved to Grant Street Social House at 1510 Commercial Drive until further notice.
Wednesday April 27
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Dogs Do Dream
Dogs Do Dream – a rich and evocative suite of musical settings of imagined dreams of dogs. Text and music by Ron Samworth
Ron Samworth – Guitar and effects
Peggy Lee – Cello
Tyson Naylor – Keyboard, Piano, Accordion
James Meger – Acoustic and Electric Bass
Skye Brooks – Drums
Barbara Adler – Narrator
VPL 350 W. Georgia 7.30p.m. Free
Discover writing tips and literary gems with a remarkable panel as part of Vancouver Writers Fest’s Incite reading series. Anne and Nicholas Giardini share writing wisdom from their close kin, Carol Shields, in Startle and Illuminate. Joining them for a discussion of craft are two authors of short fiction, Elizabeth McLean (The Swallows Uncaged) and Laura Trunkey (Double Dutch)
Thursday April 28
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Multi-instrumentalist Brad Turner leads a new band that explores his original music in a slightly different context than usual. As the name implies, expect furiously explosive improvisation.
With Brad Turner – drums, Chad Makela – saxophone, David Blake – guitar and Andre Lachance – bass
Friday April 29
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Paul Pigat & the Daily Special
You’d never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man’s sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo’s soul, there aren’t many genres of music that don’t pull at Pigat’s wayfaring imagination like a magnet. Over the last several years this unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business.
VanCity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 5p.m. $11 (also other dates/times to May 5)
The Pearl Button
One of the most respected and admired documentary filmmakers in the world, Patricio Guzmán explores the Patagonian Archipelago and its meaning in Chilean history—from its use by Chile’s Indigenous peoples to its function as a grave site for Pinochet’s desaparecidos. Rightfully earning the film “Best Script” at the Berlinale (the rarest of awards for a documentary), Guzmán’s eloquent, entrancing narration familiarizes us with the film’s remarkable setting while drawing connections and dispensing heady concepts. With soundtrack by Son Bohemia.
Saturday April 30 International Jazz Day
Get out and hear some music!!
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Dave Say 4tet
The Pat kick’s off a month’s worth of saxophone shows with the Dave Say 4tet. Dave and his bandmates tackle tunes from John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson. With George McFetridge piano, Bernie Arai drums, and Paul Blaney bass.
Kino Cafe 3456 Cambie St 1-5p.m. Donation
International Jazz Day with Verbrugge
Angela Verbrugge-vocals, Jim Hopson-trombone, Graham Clark-bass, Bill Piggot-keys
Enjoy mellow vintage jazz classics, sweet trombone solos, and swingin’ rhythms
Winsor Gallery 258 E1st Ave 2p.m. Free
Andy Dixon- Expensive Things (art opening)
Each reference-rich painting by Andy Dixon presents a tantalizing opportunity to launch into an art historical rolodex.
Sponsored by Four Winds Brewery
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $25
Albert “Tootie” Heath Trio
Part of a highly musical family (along with brothers Jimmy Heath and Percy Heath), 80 year old legendary drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath has graced some of the most esteemed recordings in jazz history. Mr. Heath’s resume is impressive. He has recorded with John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Bobby Timmons, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Billy Taylor, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, J.J. Johnson and countless others. Joining Heath are Randy Porter piano and Tom Wakeling bass.
Sunday May 1
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Saul Berson 4tet
Brandishing a highly burnished tone, Vancouver-based Saul Berson is one of the city’s most sought after alto saxophonists. He has performed widely throughout Canada, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa while releasing five recordings in the process. The quartet will play a mix of original compositions and compelling jazz standards. With Miles Black piano, Steve Holy bass, and Bernie Arai drums.
15th Annual Doxa Documentary Film Festival May 5-15
85 eye-opening documentaries from 26 countries