Jeni’s Picks of the Week December 3-7, 2014

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And some late additions ….

Thursday night seems to be on overload lately.. as well as main list you may also want to consider….

Steve Kozak’s weekly Blues ‘n Blues night at Pat’s Pub as this week his special guest will be master harmonica player Keith Bennett.

and a rare appearance by Robert Sarazin Blake and the Put It All Down in A Letters Band from Bellingham at the Libra Room

Sunday night ….sees the return of Dave Guiney’s Swing Aggregation at the Backstage Lounge. Guest musicians this week include Steve Maddock doing swinging arrangements from Ole Blue Eyes, Bobby Darin and others and the fabulous Tom Arntzen on piano.

and also on Sunday …. if you feel like a seasonal trip to Surrey you can join Don Stewart with the Ron Johnston Quintetimage001 at a musical Christmas Celebration.



Lido 518 East Broadway Free 9p.m. December 11
Native North America CD release
An event/gathering to celebrate the release of Light in the Attic Records’ Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 compilation (2-CD/3-LP) featuring a live performance from Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback. Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history.

Firehall Arts Centre December 13-Jan 3, 2015
Chelsea Hotel (return of the smash hit)

Robson Square Ice Rink now open …to February 28, 2015
Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.

York Theatre December 3-28
Cinderella: An East Van Panto

The Cultch December 9-21
Dylan Thomas : Return Journey

Wednesday December 3

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 7.30p.m. $12/15
10th Anniversary Found Footage Festival
One of a kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores!!

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Tyson Naylor Trio
Tyson Naylor – keys, Russell Sholberg – bass, Skye Brooks – drums
“Tyson Naylor has a growing reputation as the go-to pianist on the Vancouver scene.  Naylor (who is also a member of Canadian folk artist Dan Mangan’s band) has an impish sense of humour that shows an affinity for the merrymakers of the ICP Orchestra.  You can hear Misha Mengelberg’s spare, subtle intervals and dry-martini wit in his playing, though it’s Mengelberg filtered through Brad Mehldau.”

Thursday December 4

The Main 4210 Main St 9p.m. Small cover
Laura Crema
The Left Bank 751 Denman St 7p.m. Donation
Wanda Nowicki 4tet







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Darren Radtke & Bill Coon
Two of Canada’s best guitarists in an intimate night of duo music.

Friday December 5

Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 8p.m. $30 (also on Saturday)
Joshua Bruneau/Steve Davis 6tet CD Release
featuring JOSHUA BRUNEAU trumpet, STEVE DAVIS trombone, CORY WEEDS tenor sax, TONY FOSTER piano, ADAM THOMAS bass, JULIAN MACDONOUGH drums
The Joshua Bruneau Sextet hits the Pyatt Hall stage to celebrate the release of their debut release on Cellar Live, Bright Idea. Bruneau, is one of the best jazz trumpet talents to emerge in recent years. The New York-based trumpeter and flugelhorn player is a Hartt School of Music graduate who studied with jazz master Jackie McLean. Bruneau has recorded with Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, and Larry Willis, and toured extensively with trombone great Curtis Fuller. Bright Idea, recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City in March 2014, is a hard swinging session featuring the young trumpeter’s fluid lines and robust tone.


Grace Memorial United Church 803 E.16th Ave 7.30p.m. $13/$18
Concerts at Grace
Frostfire: Vancouver Brass Quintet
Dan Kocurek, trumpet,Kyle Axford, trumpet, Greg Passmore, trombone, Dawn Haylett, horn, Andrew Poirier, bass trombone
When it finally snows in Vancouver, it’s a very magical experience. Celebrate the beginning of winter break with one of the most quintessential sounds of the season- a brass quintet playing the best holiday music they can find.
The Vancouver Brass Quintet boasts past players from the renowned groups I Tromboni and the Dallas Brass, as well as from the Vancouver Trumpet Consort and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.!vancouver-brass-quintet/c1ih

Saturday December 6

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Bruno Hubert Trio

Beaumont Studios 316 W. 5th Ave 8p.m. $20/40
Dancing for Doctors (MSF/Doctors without Borders)
This is a formal event, so don your best dress or most stylin suit!
Details: There are three ticket options. Your $40 ticket includes a fabulous and elegant party featuring musical DJ guest Carlos Mendoza (LawnChair Generals – Seattle) along with other guests, canapes by Johnny Brasco, a drink ticket, and two raffle tickets for some amazing prizes by local businesses.
A small number of $20 tickets will be available for those who cannot afford to come otherwise. Please reserve these tickets for those who truly cannot afford full price.

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is working tirelessly in West Africa to help stop the Ebola outbreak. In fact, they have devastatingly lost 15 of their own volunteers to the disease. MSF doesn’t only work in West Africa, but have missions all over the world to deliver medical aid to low-resource environments.

Sunday December 7

11th Annual Santa Claus Parade
More than 3,500 participants take part in the downtown parade with marching bands, festive floats, and community groups. Parade starts at 1pm at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover
Ken Speller & Bill Coon
Longtime resident of Japan, Ken Speller has a pleasing sound on the alto sax. Joined by the always masterful Bill Coon on guitar.

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St 7p.m. No cover
William Taylor