Jeni’s Picks of the Week February 1-5, 2017

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Dear Picks People… love, compassion, and community Trump fear and hate. Be very good to yourselves during these trying times. Go forth, feed your soul, and stay hopeful.

PuSh International Arts Festival 2017… to February 5
Presenting groundbreaking work in the live performing arts… visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original

Dine Out Vancouver Festival… to February 5
Dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail classes, wine debates,wine & beer tastings, street food markets and special menus at many restaurants










Black History Month February 2017
A month-long celebration of contributions to history and culture by citizens of African and Caribbean descent… music, dance, film, poetry and more



Happy Hour at Frankie’s this week…
February 1 Oliver Gannon Trio
February 2/3 Tom Arntzen

Please check with venues for changes and apologies to any event not listed.

Wednesday February 1

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside 6-9pm No cover
Hip Pocket Quartet
A mix of swinging Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumental. With Adam Rohrlick: electric guitar and tenor saxophone, Tilden Webb: keyboards, Brent Gubbels: acoustic bass & Joel Fountain: drums & vocals

Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour St 7.30p.m. No cover (NEW VENUE)
The Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library presents: Incite, a free reading series.
Join Glenn Dixon (Juliet’s Answer), Zoey Leigh Peterson (Next Year, For Sure) and Jowita Bydlowska (Guy) for an evening of readings exploring the gamut of romantic relationships: from the guileless passion of Shakespeare’s young Juliet, to a couple experimenting with polyamory, to the exploits of your “misogynist next door.”






Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
The Rubber Band
Modern jazz in the traditional dixieland style, and traditional tunes in a more modern style!! With
Nick James – Drums/Vocals
James Meger – Bass
Josh Roberts – Banjo/Guitar
Ben Henriques – Tenor/Soprano Sax


Guilt & Co 1 Alexander St 9.30p.m. Pay what you can
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. With Daphne Roubini on uke/vocals, Andrew Smith on guitar, Paul Pigat on guitar, Chris Davis on trumpet, Brent Gubbels on bass

Evensong at Brentwood

Thursday February 2

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Kevin Elaschuk Quartet
Trumpet player Kevin Elaschuk leads a quartet of some of the west coast’s finest improvisers and composers. His dark, introspective sound is at home exploring the subtle nuances of this drummerless repertoire. With Bill Coon – guitar, Roy Styffe – saxophones and Steve Holy – bass


Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Jazz Guitar Trio
Kelly Brown- guitar, Allan Johnston-bass, Ray Ayotte-drums

Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan St 7p.m. $20 concert only ($40 concert + dinner)
Jazz Night: Dippin’/The Gigolo
There isn’t a musician that legendary Harold Mabern speaks more about than the great Lee Morgan. Harold was under the employ of Morgan from 1965 until his untimely death in 1972. During his time with Morgan he also recorded with two of the most highly regarded tenor saxophonists: Hank Mobley’s ‘Dippin’, recorded and released in 1965, and with Wayne Shorter on Lee Morgan’s ‘The Gigolo’ also recorded in 1965 but released in 1968. Join Harold Mabern (piano) along with guest Brad Turner (trumpet), Cory Weeds (tenor sax), Michael Glylnn (bass) and Julian MacDonough (drums) as they play music from these two great recordings


Friday February 3

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Bill Runge Quartet
Sax player Bill Runge has been a successful performer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator for over 30 years

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20 (sold out I think…. darn!)
Cory Weeds Quartet featuring Harold Mabern
The charming piano master Harold Mabern is an unforgettable performer. He turns every performance into an informal master class regaling audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history and some of the best piano playing you will ever hear.With Cory Weeds on sax, Michael Glynn on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums

China Cloud 524 Main St 9p.m. $15 (includes free download)
Elkhorn Album Release
ElkHorn creates innovative music inspired by guitarist/composer Tom Wherrett’s Nebraskan childhood. Elements of jazz, post-rock, and folk make for an imaginative trip to where the west begins. With Meredith Bates violin/viola, Russell Sholberg bass, Sam Davidson bass clarinets, Mike Magnusson drums. Also with The End Tree (Elliot Vaughan on viola/voice & Martin Reisle on cello/voice)

Saturday February 4

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Vocal Month and first up…
Tom Keenlyside
February is vocal month at The Pat. What’s Tom (flute and sax genius) doing here when its vocal month? Well, he’ll be singing, and playing flute and sax, with Miles Black piano, Darren Radtke bass, Vince Mai trumpet, and Joe Poole drums




Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover                                                                             SiMmeR
Groove based funky jazz with Sharon Minemoto on keys, Rene Worst on bass, and Randall Stoll on drums
Sunday February 5

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
David Blake Trio
Guitarist David Blake plays jazz standards and compositions from his upcoming release “Sometimes I Get To Practice Flying”. With Eli Davidovici – bass and Bernie Arai – drums

Rogue Folk Club 3214 W10th Ave 8p.m. $28/$24
Starman: An Acoustic Evening of David Bowie
Presented as a songwriters-in-the-round format, with lead vocals split evenly among band members


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Vibraphonist Nick Apivor was inspired to perform music associated with the great vibes players after hearing Gary Burton’s album: For Hamp, Red, Bags, and Cal. At the PASIC percussion conference last year, an amazing concert featuring four of the world’s top vibists inspired him further. Craig Scott will co-lead this group on vibes as we present a unique tribute to this instrument and it’s players. With Nick Apivor on vibes, marimba, percussion, Craig Scott on vibes, marimba, drums, Miles Black on piano, Kerry Galloway on electric bass and Joel Fountain on drums



To Marcus with Love February 10
A benefit concert for Marcus Mosely while he recovers from surgery


Winterruption 2017 February 17-19
Music, Arts, Film, Performance, Food on Granville Island


Talking Stick Festival 2017 February 16-26
A 2 week festival exploring Aboriginal Culture through the Arts


Chutzpah Festival 2017 February 16-March 13
The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists