Sadly have consigned my 2015 Vancouver International Jazz Festival brochure to the recycling. Hope you all had an excellent time. Though I enjoyed everything I attended, I think my favourite was my very first outing of the festival to the Stanley Clarke Band at the Vogue. Amazing chemistry on stage with Beka Gochiashvili, a 19 year old piano player from Georgia (not the U.S. one), and 20 year old drummer Mike Mitchell. I strongly recommend it if he ever returns with this band… have a listen and you will know why.
Also thanks once again to the stalwarts who turned out to Pat’s on Saturday last for the Ron Johnson Trio. If you left early you missed rafter-raising vocals from Don Stewart who came and sat in during the last set. Even the loud talkers from the back of the room moved forward and paid full attention!
This week the choices are endless but here are a few that may interest you….
Bard on the Beach to Sept 26
The new take on a Comedy of Errors is getting good reviews…
VLAFF Latin American Week
Get out of the heat and watch a good foreign film!
Pacific Cinematheque Film Noir Series
Vancouver International Film Festival Year Round Showcase
Check link for what is playing this week at VanCity Theatre
Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe 750 Hornby 4-8p.m. to Sept 11 no cover
Lovely place to sit outside and have a cold libation while listening to live music! Here is the schedule….
July 3 JACLYN GUILLOU TRIO
July 7 ANDREA SUPERSTEIN
July 9 KARLA SAX
July 10 SANGRE MORENA
July 14 ANDREA SUPERSTEIN
July 16 SHARON BRYSON
July 17 JACLYN GUILLOU TRIO
July 21 JACLYN GUILLOU TRIO
July 23 KARLA SAX
July 24 SANGRE MORENA
July 28 ANDREA SUPERSTEIN
July 30 SHARON BRYSON
July 31 SANGRE MORENA
CBC Musical Nooners July 3-Aug 21
The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their sixth year!
These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson).
Carnaval del Sol Pacific Place July 11/12 10a.m. to 10p.m. Free
Latin American style fiesta. Food, music and soccer!
Tuesday July 7
Fresh Air Cinema Stanley Park at Dusk
The Evo Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Series in Stanley Park is back!
This week “Pitch Perfect” (the singalong version)
Main seating on the field for over 5,000 of your friends is completely free!
For VIP seating with comfy lawn chairs and goodies, buy your exclusive tickets for $20 here… www.picatic.com/pitchperfect
Otherwise show up with your own blanket at Ceperley Meadow.
Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway starts tonight to July 10
James Bond Week
Dr. No, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, & more.
Nobody does it better!!
Wednesday July 8
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Cat Toren Trio
Cat Toren – keyboards, Tommy Babin – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums
Pianist Cat Toren is on the rise in the jazz scenes of both Vancouver and New York. She will be performing mainly original compositions off her new album Inside the Sun with a stellar rhythm section featuring Dan Gaucher on drums and Tommy Babin on bass.
Thursday July 9
MERGE n.e.corner Clark & Powell upstairs (ring the bell) $10 8.30p.m. (also July 10)
Coco Love Alcorn
Rare appearance of Coco!
part 1: 8:30pm – 9:30pm – Coco show! One power set of Coco songs old and new. Probably some guests on stage. Woot!
part 2: 10:15ish – Jam session! Looper curated, invitational, improvisational, collaborations!
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Phil Boniface Trio
Bassist Phil Boniface has become an important part of Vancouver’s jazz scene since moving here from New Zealand. As well as running the Pat’s Pub jam session, he also leads his own groups.
With Alvaro Rojas – guitar and Joel Fountain – drums
Friday July 10
SFU Goldcorp Centre 149 W.Hastings 6p.m. $15 or $20 double bill
(part of Indian Summer Festival)
The Ever After: Canadian Lit Stars on Memories, Silences, Traumas
How do you go on when tragedy strikes? How do you heal wounds the size of a nation? In this special event co-presented with the Banff Centre, Padma Viswanathan and Jaspreet Singh, two of Canada’s most brilliant literary stars, venture into territory people most often wander alone in conversation with Devyani Saltzman, Banff Centre.
Padma Viswanathan’s Giller Prize nominated novel The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is set among families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing. In Helium, Jaspreet Singh leads us into a fictional exploration of one of the most shocking moments in the history of the modern Indian nation, the anti-Sikh pogroms of 1984.
Followed by In the Driver’s Seat: Stories From The Cab 8p.m.
Meet a panel of writers who are linked by the fact that they once drove (or still drive) taxis. Whereas the interaction between driver and passenger usually happens through a reflection in a sliver of glass, this is a chance to get to know the lives and work of a group of keenly observant and gifted storytellers.
Beaconsfield Park 3075 Slocan Street approx 9.30p.m. Free
Italian Movies in the Park
This week… I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Maddona Street)
Saturday July 11
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Continuing with piano trios… this week the Paul Keeling Trio (replacing Nick Peck)
Khatsalano Music & Art Festival 11a.m.-9p.m. Free
On 4th Ave between Burrard & MacDonald. More than 50 artists on 8 stages.
Enigma Restaurant 4397 W. 10th Ave 7p.m. No cover
Flora Scott Trio
Flora- guitar/vocals, Nick Apivor-vibes/percussion, Laurence Mollerup-bass
Sunday July 12
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. No cover
Andrew Skepats Trio
After finishing his first year studying at City College, New York guitarist Andrew Skepats leads a trio. With Eli Davidovici on bass & Matt Skepats on drums.
And don’t forget, upcoming …