Jeni’s Picks of the Week Jan 13-17, 2016

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RIP to the iconic David Bowie… it has all been said already and much better than I could say it, but thanks David for the legacy of your brilliant music and your creative genius.

Final photo released to his website on his birthday January 8, 2016 just 2 days before he died.

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New happenings in 2016… at Frankie’s 765 Beatty
Happy Hour Piano Solo
(4pm – 6, no cover, lots of specials)
Jan 13 – 15, Bruno Hubert
Jan 20 – 22, Brad Turner
Jan 27 – 29, Paul Keeling

Late Night
(11pm – 1am, $5 cover)
Jan 15/16 , Cory Weeds Trio with special guests
Jan 22/23, Bruno Hubert Trio
Jan 29/30, Adam Rohrlick Trio

Italian Film Festival Jan 8-14 at VanCity Theatre
The Italian Film Festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival, a collaboration involving Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, blends contemporary and classic films from Italy’s significant cinematic repertoire to create a unique festival experience. Contemporary films from the past two to three years are merged with Italy’s rich patrimony of classic avant-garde, and neo realism cinema.






14th Annual Dine Out Vancouver Jan 15-21
Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, 275+ participating restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38.







Wednesday January 13

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Julian Jayme Quintet
Eli Bennett – Tenor Sax, Cole Schmidt– Guitar, Nick Peck – Piano, Cole Birney-Stewart – Bass, Miles Wong – Drums
Back for the holidays from the Berklee College of Music, jazz guitarist Julian Jayme leads a quintet of musicians he admires and respects in an evening of primarily his original music.

Thursday January 14

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Meghan Gilhespy Quartet
On the cusp of her debut CD release, Meghan is a singer who is equally adept singing beautiful standards as she is exploring Avantgard improvisation. Her upcoming album features a mix of vocalese free-for-alls and lyrical melodies.With David Blake – guitar, André Lachance – bass and Jesse Cahill – drums








Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Paul Rushka Trio
Award-winning double-bassist Paul Rushka pays tribute to one of his formative influences, the great trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler in this new project featuring Jon Bentley saxophones and Tristan Paxton guitar. Material is culled from Wheeler’s nearly four-decade recording career.

paul rushka






Friday January 15

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 6.30 p.m. $10/$12 (also on 16, 17,18 & 19)
Based on William Shakespeare’s timeless play, MACBETH is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought down by ambition and desire. Director Justin Kurzel’s thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times reimagines wartime for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, whose all-consuming passion and ambition eventually drives him to madness. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine.






Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $62 (includes dinner) also 16 & 17
Steve Davis 7tet plays the music of J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson Trombonist Steve Davis returns to celebrate his critically acclaimed release Say When—a tribute to Davis’ hero, trombone icon, J.J. Johnson. Davis has established himself as one of the most accomplished and lyrical improvisers on his instrument as well as a prolific composer. The all-star sextet includes Eric Alexander tenor sax, Joshua Bruneau trumpet, Tony Foster piano, Ken Lister bass, Jesse Cahill drums.









Saturday January 16

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
PK3 (Kristian Braathen Trio)
With Jodi Proznik – bass, Miles Black – piano, Kristian – drums

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Gold Saucer 211-207 W. Hastings 8p.m. No cover
Echoes (cello music) with Marina Hasselberg
Echoes is a short program (under 1h) of new music for solo cello (modern and baroque) alternating between acoustic, lightly amplified, and electronics.
Cello music :), drinks available, great location (Gastown), cozy new venue (Gold Saucer), Post-concert Reception!









Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 10.30p.m. $8/$12
Love: Bowie – A David Bowie Dance Party (encore presentation)
Last Saturday there was a very special event to celebrate the music of David Bowie on his 69th birthday. The night was full of carefully selected tracks, amazing visuals, a Bowie make-up booth, and live performance. In short: a magical evening. The next day, the devastating news of his death was released, and the memories of the night before suddenly felt oh so bittersweet.There will be an encore edition of last Saturday’s evening, because the man is irreplaceable. He deserves at least a second night.





Sunday January 17

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Colin Maskell

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Ben Henriques and friends from Quebec
Gifted saxophonist and band leader, Ben Henriques, spent a decade living in Montreal, where he studied, performed and recorded with some of the cities finest! Now some of them are reuniting in Vancouver for this special evening.With Ben Henriques – saxophone, Dave Laing – drums, André Lachance – bass, David Blake – guitar and special guests!