Jeni’s Picks of the Week Dec 6-11, 2016

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Hope you are all surviving the blast of winter weather. Lots here to help ward off the chill…

Mistakes can be made and events change so please double check with venues.  Apologies to any event not listed.

Where to see Holiday Lights in Vancouver

Dec 8-11
Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Nutcracker









now until Dec 31                                                                                                                                            East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood
RECOMMENDED (opening night was a hoot!)
Here she comes! Little Red Riding Hood is bombing down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny. Easy, right? Not in the East Van Panto where everything gets real wacky, real fast! Cheer Little Red along as she battles everything from bike thieves to distracted drivers to The Big Bad Wolf. And what the heck are Three Little Pigs doing here?!



Dec 8 & 10
Vancouver Opera presents Hansel & Gretel
with Old Trout Puppet Theatre


Dec 9 & 10
Universal Gospel Choir – Sing Joy!


Happy Hour at Frankie’s … this week
December 7 Cory Weeds with guest Bill Coon
December 14 Chris Sigerson Trio
Kino in December

Tuesday Dec 6

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 8p.m. $15
Karin Plato’s Joy of Jazz: Baby It’s Cold



The Heatley 696 E.Hastings 8p.m. (Could be small cover or donation)
Scott Smith’a Adventures in Steel Guitar: Ralph Mooney
Playing music that featured the influential Bakersfield steel guitarist Ralph Mooney. In other words, lots of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings as well as some of the great instrumentals from the Ralph Mooney/James Burton album “Corn Pickin and Slick Slidin”. Some very talented friends will be dropping by to sing some Merle and Waylon favorites
Scott Smith – steel guitar
Paul Pigat – guitar
Jeremy Holmes – bass
Liam MacDonald – drums


Wednesday December 7

Provence Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 6- 9pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet
Hip Pocket Quartet plays a mix of swinging Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Jump Blues
Adam Rohrlick: electric guitar and tenor saxophone, Diane Lines: keyboards & vocals, Brent Gubbels: acoustic bass & Rob Ferguson: drums and background vocals

Book Warehouse 4118 Main St 7p.m. Free
Vancouver in the Seventies (hosted by Greystone Books)
Kate Bird introduces “Vancouver in the Seventies” with a visual presentation and book signing.
Fresh out of the freewheeling sixties, the seventies was a decade of immense change for Vancouver—a time of protest, political upheaval, economic boom, and cultural evolution. Through it all, the Vancouver Sun’s award-winning photographers chronicled the city’s metamorphosis.


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8p.m. No cover
The Rubber Band
A high-energy, traditional jazz band with a healthy disdain for authenticity. Playing tunes that span the past 100 years in the New Orleans style but with their own unique perspective.
Ben Henriques, Josh Roberts, James Meger, Nick James & many special guests.. which may well include Alan Matheson’s VCC Pre-Bop Band. Get there early for a seat.


Imperial Theatre 319 Main Street doors at 8p.m. Show 9p.m. no tickets online.. try Highlife)
Lee Fields & the Expressions
American soul/R&B legend, on tour to support his latest release “Special Night”



Thursday December 8
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jodi Proznick Trio
Bassist and band leader, Jodi Proznick, is one of Canada’s busiest musicians. Her talent has been heard in performance and on recording with musicians such as George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Peter Bernstein and Seamus Blake.
With Bill Coon – guitar and Craig Scott – drums

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.30p.m. $12 (also on other dates)
The Violin Teacher
After failing to be admitted into the renowned São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Laerte, a talented violinist, is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil. His path is full of difficulties but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students open the doors into a new world. Based on a true story.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Laura Crema sings Billy Strayhorn
The evening will focus on Billy Strayhorn compositions with some Ellington gems included.  With Laura Crema voice, Sharon Minemoto piano, Jon Bentley sax, Jeff Gammon bass, and Dave Robbins drums





Friday December 9

Rickshaw Theatre 254 E.Hastings 8p.m. $20 (tickets at Highlife.. going fast)
Cousin Harley & The 24th Street Wailers
Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul Pigat and his excellent band playing classic honky tonk, western swing, and classic jump blues.
The 24th Street Wailers play sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn, whether radiating it from behind his kit or working on any number of musical and educational projects.  With his sextet Turboprop, Cervini flexes his arranging muscles, creating a vast landscape of musical textures, and moods on which these monster musicians can play.  The band’s sound is reminiscent to the hard swinging Jazz Messenger bands of Art Blakey, although they tackle a wide range of music; from Charlie Parker to Claude Debussy to Radiohead, plus originals from all the band members. With Joel Frahm on tenor saxophone, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Dan Loomis on bass and Cervini on dums, plus Tara Davidson on alto saxophone and William Carn on trombone.







Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $10
The Big Band Series with West Coast Swing Band







Saturday December 10

4th Annual East Van HAM (Holiday Artist Market) 11a.m.- 6p.m.
At 1739 Venables St, just off the Drive…live music, food and refreshments. A cozily curated selection of gifts and goods from local artisans and collectors.


Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Jazz @ The Pat has yet to surrender to Christmas music and instead offers the music of Thelonious Monk as rendered by the Monkoholics:
Tony Wilson – guitar
Kevin Elaschuk – trumpet
Dave Say – sax
Peggy Lee – cello
Dylan van der Schyff – drums
James Meger – bass
Tony says the group will be “doing all Monk, some straight ahead and some not so much.”


Sunday December 11

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Dan Gaucher Trio
Explosive drummer and dynamic improviser, Dan Gaucher, has been a mainstay on the Vancouver jazz and improvised music scene for many years. A prolific band leader, his many groups pay homage to jazz titans such as Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra. His long time trio explores these composers as well as compositions from the group.
With David Sikula – guitar and James Meger – bass

Cafe Deux Soliels 2096 Commercial Drive 7p.m. $6 at the door
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars
The return of Deanna and the Hotties to the Drive.After several years of a regular gigs at The Libra Rm (flooded / under renos / no idea when it will reopen) and a stint at the Roma Cafe (sports bar / lost live music license/ closed) they have now landed at the ever popular Cafe Deux Soleils. If all goes well they plan to make this a monthly gig.


Every Monday until Dec 26
The Wise Hall & Lounge (downstairs)
Petunia & the Vipers playing 2 sets starting at 8p.m.


Tuesday Dec 13
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (all proceeds to Bruno)
**Make a reservation**
We Love Bruno! (A fundraiser for Bruno Hubert)
One of the most-loved misfits of the Vancouver jazz scene is undergoing a surgery in December that will keep him out of action for 3 weeks.1st set the The Brad Turner Quartet, and 2nd set The Bruno Hubert Trio…possibly with a guest appearance by Cory Weeds.