Jeni’s Picks of the Week August 24-28, 2016

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Dear Picks People … can’t believe it is almost the end of August. Yikes! Where did the summer go? At least there are still a few outdoor events to be enjoyed.

Please note.. I won’t be doing a list next week as I am having some surgery. I hope to be back at it in a couple of weeks.

And, as usual, please check with venues to ensure that there have been no changes and apologies to any event not listed.

The Fair at the PNE
102 years old!
With hundreds of NEW performances and exhibits and more than 50 thrilling rides & attractions, and all that food. Free concerts every night at 8.30p.m. with price of admission.
















Vancouver 14th Annual Latin American Film Festival Aug 25-Sep 4
A six-film retrospective of celebrated Brazilian director Anna Muylaert plus plenty of other international box-office hits from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, and more. Also includes “The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park” by filmmaker Juan Manuel Sepulveda.



Artful Sundays 2016 August 7- Sep 4
In Napier Greenway (at Britannia Community Centre) 12-5p.m.
Outdoor multi-media visual arts market. Local artists, workshops, live music, tea leaf readings and more!









Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in August 4-6p.m. No cover                                                                 August 24           Cory Weeds Trio with guest Russ Botten (bass)
August 25/26     Jennifer Scott
August 31           Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Steve Kalestad (tenor sax)

Wednesday August 24

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 4:30 – 7:30pm no cover
Adam Rohrlick’s Hip Pocket Quartet
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Plus great appies and 135 wines by the glass!

hip pocket



Roedde House 1415 Barclay St 4-7p.m. Donation
Welcome Wednesdays
Join Jaclyn Guillou on the front porch.


Jazz in Coal Harbour Park Jervis & Hastings 6.30p.m. Free
Astrid Sars
Join Astrid on top of the Coal Harbour Community Centre. With Jamie Carter, Tim Sars and guest Nathan Detroit Barrett.




Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Miles Black Trio play Gene Ammons .. w/guest Cory Weeds + Maya Rae
Gene “Jug” Ammons was one of the tenor giants of his era. He had a big, deep tone that was perfect for everything from warm ballads to groove-intensive blues, or sweet swing. He could blow with the best, too. Ammons’ record label, Prestige, allowed him to record prolifically in the ’50s and early ’60s because he was so popular.  Boss Tenor, recorded in 1960, was arguably his most well known album. Join pianist Miles Black and his trio: André Lachance –bass and Joel Fountain – drums and special guest Cory Weeds – tenor saxophone, as they re-create this album and other Gene Ammons tunes! An opening set by Maya Rae with the above quartet will get you warmed up.

Miles Black









Thursday August 25

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Dubly Sound System
This classic power trio plus one plays music from the ancient jazz tradition of two electric guitar players playing with really loud amps and lots of pedals.
With Paul Rushka – bass, Tristan Paxton – guitar, Bernie Arai – drums and David Blake – guitar

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 6p.m. Could be a small cover.
Kelly Brown Trio…. Roaring Back to the 20’s
Attire: Roaring 20s, Flapper Era, Jazz Age. If you haven’t tried the Glance Pay mobile app, download it and receive $10 off your first order at the Blue Martini Jazz Cafe!









Friday August 26

Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
Andrea Superstein
The summer musica series on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too…






PAL Studio Theatre 581 Cardero St 8p.m. $20
Blue Tango Project
María Volonté combines the earthiness of Edith Piaf with the sassiness of Eartha Kitt.
Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is a ground-breaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer.

blue tango
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $20
Benefit for Hugh Fraser with VEJI and P.J. Perry
Hugh has made had an incredible impact on the Canadian jazz scene, as a bandleader, composer, performer and educator. He is currently going through chemo and radiation for colorectal cancer and will not be able to work for some time to come. The 16 piece Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) has continuously contributed to contemporary large ensemble jazz since 1980. Don’t miss this exciting big band as they host a benefit for Hugh featuring some of Canada’s best musicians including sax legend P.J. Perry – recent recipient of the Order of Canada!



Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour 6.30p.m. $11 (also lots of other dates)
Miss Sharon Jones
“They said I was too fat, too black, too short and too old,” said Sharon Jones. “Well look at me now!”
The “100 Days, 100 Nights” R&B and soul star has been compared to James Brown, Mavis Staples, and a human dynamo. She’s been strutting her stuff for more than 20 years (and before that, working blue collar jobs – she was a corrections officer on Rikers Island), but she only started getting her due in the last five or six years. And then, when she finally seemed to have cracked the big time at the age of 57, Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer. But there is another adjective people used in connection with Sharon Jones: indomitable.
After months of chemo, with a new recording to promote and tour with her band, the Dap-Kings, Jones is determined to get back on the road and prove she’s still got what it takes…


















Saturday August 27

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Last of summer piano series…
Jillian Lebeck Trio
Jillian Lebeck piano, Paul Rushka bass, Miles Wong drums



Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Blossom Time with Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy will be performing the music of Blossom Dearie, joined by Nicolas Peck (piano), David Blake (guitar), Michael Rush(bass), and Mili Hong (drums). You will be delighted and surprised at the accuracy of Sarah’s Blossom impression: you’re allowed to giggle. Blossom Dearie was a Brooklyn born jazz singer, pianist and composer, who became famous for her unique sound. In contrast to more full-bodied, sultry vocal jazz styles, Blossom’s voice was girlish and mousey. Her interpretations abounded with tongue-in-cheek humour whilst displaying musical mastery.

sarah k


Sunday August 28

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Leo Bae Quartet
Gifted pianist and thoughtful composer, Leo Bae, leads a quartet before heading to Oregon to peruse a masters degree in jazz composition. His sophisticated sense of harmony is evident in his masterful pieces. His long time rhythm section evokes piano led groups such as Bill Evans trio or Keith Jarrett’s quartets.
With David Blake – guitar, Eli Davidovici – Bass and Mili Hong – drums

The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. No cover Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. Plus weekly guests….




















Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Nancy Harms
In this project, Ellington At Night, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist­/composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio.

nancy harms


the flame












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