Jeni’s Picks of the Week June 16-22, 2014

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So much going on that I am sure to have missed some great stuff out there….

2014 FIFA World Cup continues
If you haven’t settled into one location to watch the games yet. Not a totally comprehensive team hangout list but…

Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 20-July 1
Ticketed concert series, Club series, Innovation series, North Shore Jazz series, and loads of FREE music including Downtown Weekend, David Lam Park Weekend , Granville Island on July 1.
Get your brochure and start circling events!
** Some ticketed events selling out so don’t procrastinate**

The Best of Hot Docs Film Festival June 20-27
VanCity Theatre 1181 Seymour St
A week of documentary screenings celebrating the Vancouver premieres of nine outstanding films from this year’s Hot Docs lineup.

Dragon Boat Festival June 20-22
Beginning on Friday afternoon with the colourful Eye-dotting Ceremony and evening opening concert, the festival continues with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food, children’s activities, art installations, the Urban Tea Lounge, shopping, and of course, dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.

Monday June 16

Guilt & Co 1 Alexander Street (under Chill Winston) 9p.m. $5 donation
Bem Bem Beo
FRAN JARE keys, CAMERON HOOD bass, CHRIS HAAS drums, NICK APIVOR vibraphone/percussion, with special guest DAVE SAY sax.
Spicy Latin, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban Salsa-like band. Latin repertoire with some Santana & Ricky Martin-like renditions and some originals.


Tuesday June 17

Princeton Pub, 1901 Powell Street 9p.m. No cover
8th anniversary Party Sandy Bone’s End of the Line Jam
Sandy Bone & Double D will be there as usual with special guests and a full band line up including bass, drums, piano etc

Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 9.00p.m. Small cover
Patsy Klein/Tony Wilson 4tet
Patsy Klein –vocals, Tony Wilson-guitar, Russell Sholberg- bass, Barry Mirochnick-drums
Covers by jimi hendrix to rickie lee jones to buffy st. marie and some instrumental originals.

Wednesday June 18

Guilt & Co 1 Alexander Street (under Chill Winston) 7.30p.m. (followed by late gig at 9.30p.m.)
Jen Hodge All Stars Album release
Debut album – “Guilty Pleasures
The sweet & hot sounds of high energy vintage jazz. Special guests, albums for sale, dancing, drinking, and all manner of good times!

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Cat Toren 5tet
Cat Toren –keys, Kevin Elaschuk – trumpet, Jon Bentley – sax, James Meger – bass, Skye Brooks – drums

Thursday June 19

John Fluevog Boots & Shoes LTD, 65 Water St6.30p.m. Fundraiser
Fluevog Shoes & The Saint James Music Academy
A sole inspiring evening surrounded by music and fine shoes in support of the Saint James Music Academy. 50% of all shoe sales will be donated to the SJMA a free after-school music program for children in the DTES that creates social transformation through the power and love of music. SJMA students perform throughout the evening. Via Tevere will be selling pizzas by donation from its food truck, and drinks for sale from the Juice Truck.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. $8 cover (as part of JazzFest)
Ihor Kukurudza Trio
Ihor-guitar, Eli Davidovici-bass, Mili Hong-drums
Jazz guitar guru Ihor Kukurdza has an expressive, compositional style in which both melodic and harmonic elements interact equally. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this Canadian gem.

Friday June 20

St.Andrews Wesley 1012 Nelson St 12 noon Donation
Gospel comes Home
Joani Taylor-vocals, Bob Murphy-piano, Miles Foxx Hill-bass, Buff Allen-drums, Bill Runge-sax, Hugh Fraser-trombone

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 6p.m. $20
JazzFest presents: Hugh Fraser & the13 piece Purple Haze Orchestra
The music of Jimi Hendrix as arranged by Gil Evans

Followed by official jazz jam at 10p.m. No cover

Sylvia Hotel Lounge 1154 Gilford St  8p.m. No cover                                              June Jazz Nights                                                                                                                   Krystle Dos Santos
Krystle Dos Santos-vocals, Miles Black-piano                    

 Merge N.E. Corner of Clark/Powell (ring the bell downstairs) 9.30p.m. $10
Tubes & Grooves
Anita Eccleston- Vocals & Trumpet, Jim Hopson – Trombone, Timothy Van Cleave – Vibraphone,
Graham Clark – Bass, Graham Ellsworth – Drums
Funk, soul and innovative jazz, originals & covers, vocals & instrumentals

Saturday June 21

24th Annual Strawberry Festival Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay St) & Barclay Heritage Square 1-4p.m.
Join WESN in celebrating the start of the summer.
Live music by Black Gardenia
Bazaar with crafts, books, art, clothes, and other collectible treasures for sale. Lots of activities including OF COURSE strawberry shortcake for $5.

Great Grandview Neighbourhood Garage Sale 10a.m.Rain or shine.
Community wide garage sale. Broadway to the Burrard Inlet. Clark Drive to Nanaimo. Blocks and blocks of garage sales throughout one of Vancouver’s best neighbourhoods.

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Electric Miles
Hugh Fraser-keyboards, Ron Samworth-guitar, Andre Lachance-bass, Dylan van der Schyff-drums, Neelamjit Dhillon-tala/sax, Bill Runge-sax, Bill Clark-trumpet/EWI
Mies Davis’ electric period (68-75) …an amped up combo of rock, funk, hard edged fusion& spacey acid jazz.

and at 6p.m. $10 cover
Hugh Fraser 5tet “Summertime” CD Release
With special guest from Toronto Mike Herriott-trumpet

Followed by official jazz jam at 10p.m. No cover

Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 7.30p.m. $22
Craig Scott 5tet/Oliver Gannon 4tet Double CD release
Craig Scott 5tet…. CRAIG SCOTT vibes, TONY FOSTER piano, CORY WEEDS tenor saxophone, RUSS BOTTEN bass, JOE POOLE drums
Oliver Gannon 4tet… OLIVER GANNON guitar, MILES BLACK piano, JODI PROZNICK bass, BLAINE WIKJORD drums


Sunday June 22

Greek Day on Broadway
West Broadway from Macdonald to Blenheim
Food/beverage vendors, Athenian Agora Marketplace, folkloric performances, live music, Greek dancing lessons and more

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. $6
Adam Thomas/Jillian Lebeck

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 578 Carrall St 7p.m. $15
Jasmine Jazz
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble feat. banjo player/singer Arnt Arntzen
Jirong Huang – erhu, Zhongxi Wu – suona/sheng, Sarah Tan – guzheng , Arnt Arntzen – banjo/vocals,
Jodi Proznick – bass, Bruce Henczel – percussion
A subtly sweet and highly fragrant musical blend, the concert brings together two music scenes. The unusual interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments (led by jazz banjo) makes Jasmine Jazz a special musical experience. Jazz will be interpreted through traditional Chinese instruments; and traditional and contemporary Chinese music will be given a new life through jazz. The programme includes the premiere of new compositions including pieces by two Chinese-Canadian composers, the highly acclaimed Xiaopeng Jiang and young emerging Vancouver composer Alan Lau.

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10 (plus $20 minimum) 604 428 0705 reservations
Black Gardenia featuring Daphne Roubini
Daphne-vocals/uke, Jens Christainsen-clarinet, Chris Davis-trumpet & flugelhorn, Steve Charles-bass, Andrew Smith-guitar/uke

Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St (Granville Island) 8p.m. $12
Dave Guiney’s Swing Aggregation
Vince Mai- trumpet, Dennis Esson – trombone, Bill Runge – tenor & baritone sax, Dave Say – alto sax, Ron Johnston – piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass, with guest vocalist Don Stewart
The music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands from the 1930s to 50s, for dancing and listening

Branas 617 Stamps Landing 6p.m. Donation Reservations (604) 568-6707
Lolo Bianco
Lory White-vocals, Ron Thompson-guitar, Ray Ayotte-drums