Jeni’s Picks of the Week June 21-26, 2016 instalment #1

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Hello picks people… because there is SO much going on during the next couple of weeks, and in order to keep the lists manageable and readable, I have decided to do 2 separate mail outs.
The first one below is basically about all things non-International Jazz Festival related (though, obviously, it includes some jazz!!).
I am now compiling a 2nd list of low-cost and free Jazz Festival events which will follow in a couple of days.

I hope these picks lists are helpful in plotting your path through the plethora of wonderful events on offer this summer. Certainly this is only a fraction of what is actually out there.

And the usual reminder to double check venues, times, prices etc and apologies to anyone unintentionally left off the list.

Enjoy, and think SUNSHINE for the myriad of outdoor events.




31st Annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 24-July 3
Hundreds of performances in dozens of different venues ranging from big ticket concerts to Club Series, Innovation Series, N.Shore Jazz Series etc etc and of course, free Jazz. This is includes Downtown on June 25/26, Canada Day on July 1 on Granville Island,afternoon sessions at Performance Works and Ironworks all week, and in David Lam Park on July 2/3. Grab a brochure or go online and get planning!!


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival to September 24
27th season outdoors in Vanier Park which includes The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Pericles and more.

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June at Mountainview Cemetery
The Little Chamber Music Series that Could with a unique, reflective program program exploring life and death through art at the Celebration Hall and in the surrounding park.

23rd Annual Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden June 30-Aug 25
One of the city’s most magical places to catch a concert (and the option of a gourmet pre-show picnic). A live stage for fiery trumpets and spacious flutes, mainstream jazz and swing tunes, funky folk-jazz and classical piano tunes.








Vancity Theatre June Jazz & Blues film series
From the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou to a fascinating journey alongside jazz’s greats from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday, June is hitting all the right notes for jazz music fans with four films that touch on the musical roots of jazz in some shape or form.






10 outdoor movie screenings in Vancouver (including Purple Rain!)

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park

Tuesday June 21

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 7-11p.m. No cover
Matt Choboter’s Full Fathom Trio
CD release party unleashing “Samskaras”
Matt Choboter -piano, compositions, Cole Birney-Stewart-bass, Andrew Thomson-drums

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National Aboriginal Day Trout Lake

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Wednesday June 22

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. $10
Pugs ’n Crows CD release “Everyone knows Everyone Pt.1”




















Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie Street in Yaletown 4:30 – 7:30pm No cover
Hip Pocket Quartet 
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues on a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. “Tappy Hour” daily tapas and wine specials from 3-5pm.
Adam Rohrlick-electric guitar & tenor saxophone, Tilden Webb-keyboards, Brent Gubbels-acoustic bass and Joel Fountain-drums & vocals.
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Thursday June 23

Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
The summer musica series is starting up again this June on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too.
Siobhan Walsh Group
“Siobhan Walsh has been hitting the Vancouver music scene in style with her soulful, gospel approach. Weaving through neo-soul, fusion, jazz and blues, Siobhan delivers a captivating and powerful performance that will leave you wanting more.
With Siobhan Walsh Vocals, Jason De Couto Keyboards, Adam Rohrlick Guitar and Sax, Cameron Hood Bass and Jamie Fraser Drums.”  Coastal Jazz









Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Tom Wakeling/Andrew Millar Trio featuring Miles Black
In town from Portland and New York City respectively, Tom Wakeling and Andrew Millar will be co-leading a trio with local hero Miles Black in a pre-jazz festival warm-up show.

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. No cover
Jazzstock presents: Van Django
Budge Schachte – guitar, Cameron Wilson – violin, Finn Manniche – guitar, Brent Gubbels – bass
As usual, Van Django will play a mixture of originals, standards and arrangements that cross a lot of boundaries. Get ready all you swing dancers!









Friday June 24

Gallery Cafe at VAG 4-8p.m. No cover
Sangre Morena
Latin music with Elsa Rojas Marquez on vocals and Jose Giminez on guitar

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. No cover
Jazzstock presents: Steve Kaldestad Quartet
Steve Kaldestad 4tet
Steve Kaldestad – saxophones, Tom Wakeling – bass,
Jesse Cahill – drums, Nick Peck – piano
Portland-based bassist Tom Wakeling joins some of Vancouver’s finest players for a very special session at The Pat.







Saturday June 25

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Nick Peck Quintet
Len Aruliah – Saxes, Jared Burrows – Guitar, Nick Peck – Piano, Paul Rushka – Bass,Joel Fountain – Drums
Relatively new on the Vancouver scene, Nick Peck is making his presence known in a big way. Come hear what’s grabbing everyone’s attention.









followed by

Jazzstock presents: Cole Birney-Stewart Quartet 8p.m. No cover
This innovative group plays original modern jazz that incorporates disparate stylistic influences.
Chad Makela – Saxophones, Tom Wherrett – Guitar, Cole Birney-Stewart – Bass, Compositions,
Jesse Cahill – Drums


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Gallery Bistro 2411 Clarke St Port Moody 8p.m. dinner $13/ concert $12
The Soda Crackers
Vintage country, bluesy jazz, roots’n rhythm. Sue Malcolm-guitar & vocals, Don Fraser- lead guitar/resophonic guitar & vocals, Stu MacDonald- upright bass & vocals








Sunday June 26

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
*from New York*
Nobuki Takamen Trio
Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.
Nobuki Takamen – Guitar Jodi Proznick – Bass Jesse Cahill – Drums

The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m.
Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. With special guest this week… Nick Apivor on percussion.









MERGE, NE corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 9p.mish Donation
Tony Wilson’s 57th Birthday Bash
For the last three years , Tony has been celebrating his birthday at Merge with musical friends. This year’s muscians will be…
Peggy Lee – cello, Ron Samwoth – guitar, Dylan van der Schyff – drums, Tony Wilson -guitar.
There may be an opening set by Patsy Klein and Tony Wilson …
and I may make it there as Tony and I (and Evan Arntzen) share the same birthday!!

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38th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 15-17
60 acts from 18 countries on 7 stages in a spectacular setting!

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