Jeni’s Picks of the Week February 3-8, 2015

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We are in February already and inching closer to spring!! Some February calendars not posted yet so there could be an addition later in the week. But for now….

Wine Recommendation under $20

Mourvedre .. a forgotten grape

Tried a bottle of 2011 Les Cepages Oublies Mourvedre from Pays D’Oc Rhone Valley ($18.99 from Everything Wine).


Mourvedre is only grown in a few regions on the world and is usually used as a blending grape so I was curious as to how it would stand up on its own. It did, admirably! Nice crimson colour with lots of dark fruit, black olive, spices, aromatic herbs and a mere hint of sweetness. Maybe not full-bodied enough for a steak but a perfect pair with chicken or that cheese tray.




Winterruption Feb 19-22
3 day festival on Granville Island with something for everyone – art, music, theatre, food & fun

Tuesday February 3

Vancity Theatre Seymour St 6.10p.m. (also on 4, 17 & 18) $11  (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Black History Month presents Keep on Keepin’ On
Meet “the happiest sound in jazz” – and maybe the brightest mentor, too. Clark Terry was Dizzy Gillespie’s favourite trumpet player, but he’s also an inspirational teacher – the antithesis of the character played by JK Simmons in Whiplash.
Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, Keep On Keepin’ On depicts the remarkable story of the 93-year-old legend. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry – a mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones – is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the 1960s he broke the colour barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on “The Tonight Show”. Today, after a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents.
Keep On Keepin’ On highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Kauflin’s work on the film’s score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story that spans decades, lifetimes and the entire history of modern Jazz, complete with firsthand anecdotes from Jones and Herbie Hancock. Keep On Keepin’ On is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks – another former student of Terry’s – a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity.
Wednesday February 4

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Paul Rigby/Skye Brooks Duo
Paul Rigby – Guitars, Skye Brooks – Drums
Paul and Skye play sonically adventurous improvisations, deconstructions of familiar tunes and original compositions. The music will be both intimate and expansive.

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave (on the False Creek seawall) 7p.m. No cover
Saul Berson/Sharon Minemoto
Local jazz saxophonist Saul Berson has a song list reminiscent of the classy days of years gone by, and bring those eras to vivid life once again. Certain songs never lose their shine and he’s crafted his set list to reflect this. Saul will be accompanied by Sharon Minemoto on keyboards.

Thursday February 5

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave (on the False Creek seawall) 7p.m. No cover
Fran Jaré Trio
Fran on piano with Steve Smith on acoustic bass and Dave Say on sax execute some tasty standards and a few originals.

Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 7p.m. $12 (**saw it, recommend it)
The Girls in the Band
Documentary about female jazz and big band instrulemtalists from the late 1920’s to present.
They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers…and they did it all, just to play the music they loved.
The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 20’s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

Vogue Theatre 918 Granville St 8p.m. $20-$45
Electric Guitar: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern

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Guitar heroes Mike Stern and Eric Johnson join forces in this incredible all-star dream band that features Chris Maresh on bass and Anton Fig drums.
One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has blown away the competition over a four-decade career that includes stints with BS&T, Miles Davis and The Brecker Brothers, as well as 16 recordings as a leader. An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his bluesy string-bending prowess, Stern always burns the house down.
One of the most outstanding rock instrumentalists, Texas axeman and Grammy Award winner Eric Johnson “plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colourful vibrancy that’s more real than life” (New Age Music Guide). Rolling Stone included him in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 21st century.
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Ben Henriques 4tet

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Ben on sax with Tristan Paxton – guitar, James Meger – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums
Some original music by Ben and some other music not by Ben!



Skinny Fat Jack’s 3475 Main St (back alley) 9p.m. Donation
Sinead Sanders featuring Sandy Bone & Double D
An intimate living room-style night of tunes, featuring your pals Sinéad Sanders, Sandy Bone, & Dave “Double D” Dykhuizen. Sandy & Double D will start off the night as a roots & blues duo After a short intermission Sinéad present a set of her own tunes, backed by Sandy on percussion & DD on lead guitar.
Note: small venue with limited seating

Friday February 6

Imperial 319 Main St 8p.m. $18 at Highlife, Red Cat Zulu
Petunia & the Vipers (with Miss Quincy & the Showdown)
a modern musical enigma, Petunia’s rich high & lonesome vocals, ferocious screams, perfect pitch, and extraordinary cast of musicians, (including his band The Vipers) captivates an audience like no other can. The new release, Inside Of You is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2012 self-titled Petunia & The Vipers debut. While keeping in true Petunia form with western swing, rockabilly and a punk twist, Inside of You delves further into the darkness than it’s predecessor, pulling European flavors and gritty rock out from the corners of inspiration.

Saturday February 7
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
February is vocalist month..this week Sandra-Mae Luykx

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Someone newish on the scene, saxophonist / vocalist Sandra-Mae sings in English and Portuguese and plays great sax solos



Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St Granville Island 8p.m. $25
Las Cafeteras

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East LA meets Mexico in an intoxicating blend of fresh and edgy urban-Cali sound created from Son Jarocho, a musical style popularized by Ritchie Valens’ 1958 hit “La Bamba”. From humble beginnings in a Son Jarocho class, the musicians met, formed a band and soon captured the hearts of audiences in LA and beyond, leading them to open for bands such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Hip and modern, yet traditional and authentic and most of all, downright fun. We dare you to stay in your seats for the closing night of Club PuSh.

Ironworks 235 Alexander St 8p.m. $18
Thumbscrew is a new collective band comprising three giants of the New York creative jazz scene—guitarist Mary Halvorson (Anthony Braxton, Jason Moran), bassist Michael Formanek (Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard), and drummer Tomas Fujiwara (Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts). “Halvorson’s precise, hardscrabble guitar playing is just plain bad-ass,” declares Downbeat, while Formanek has been an important, grounding force on the scene for over 30 years, and Fujiwara, an impressively nuanced drummer. Fusing jazz, rock and improvisational styles, the trio has developed an original book of music that buzzes, crackles, burns and croons.

Speakeasy Bar & Grill 901 W.Broadway 6p.m. Donation
Don Jones Benefit Bash

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Sunday February 8

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7 p.m. No cover
Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst
St.Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Alan Matheson (piano and cornet) and Finnish acoustic bassist Wade Mikkola have been crossing oceans to work together since 1988.

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St 7p.m. No cover
Krystle dos Santos