Jeni’s Picks of the Week June 29-July 3 2016

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Greetings Pickers… I have seen lots of you at jazz around town this past week so good to know you are getting out to events. Here is a short list of some things on this week. Wishing everyone a lovely long weekend!

As usual please check with venues as all things are subject to change (especially at Cafe Roma I hear, but those stalwart musicians are trying to work around the barriers and provide you with the expected line-up though I read on Coastal Jazz website that it has been “cancelled”.)

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 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!!


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.




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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Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
The summer musica series is happening again 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. This week.. June 28 Carla Sax and June 30 NovaSol-Jan Deny

Wednesday June 29

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.
Tilden Webb-keyboards, Brent Gubbels-acoustic bass, Joel Fountain-drums & vocals with special guest David Say-tenor saxophone.
provence marinaside

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Braveheart + 1
Tristan Paxton: guitar, James Meger: bass, Omar Amlani: drums, Ted Crosby: winds
Come on out for a last hurrah, good music and a good hang!

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 8p.m. No cover
The Forward Motion Jazz Orchestra
Sometimes 8, sometimes 12 including….
Saxophones…Daniel Séguin (Leader), Greg Kennedy, Karen Graves, Terry Linberg, Ken Abel..
Trumpets…Kevin Lee (Lead), Keith Woodward, Malcolm Aiken, Greg Hurst.
Trombones…Kevin Tang (Lead), Greg Passmore, Andrew Clark, Ryan Crawford.
Rhythm section…Blair Lewis (Guitar), Jason DeCouto (Piano), Graham Clark (Bass), Alex McKechnie (Drums)
Singers…Karyn Way, Carman J. Price


Thursday June 30

Wise Hall 1882 Adanac St 8p.m.
The Burnt Banjos Benefit Show (& silent auction)
A Benefit Show & Sale to help Pharis and Jason Romero rebuild after a devastating fire which destroyed their banjo shop.Pharis and Jason are working musicians well known for their Juno-award winning duet, their active involvement as teachers and talented players, but also for their fully handcrafted banjos.
Featuring an ALL STAR lineup of fabulous musicians and top notch shopping!!









Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. No cover
Jazzstock presents: Paul Keeling ‘Ancient Lights’ Quintet
Paul Keeling – piano, Brad Turner – trumpet, Jon Bentley – tenor sax, André Lachance – bass, Bernie Arai – drums
Pianist Paul Keeling performs his new album Ancient Lights with a stellar quintet. Nominated for a Western Canada Music Award, Ancient Lights is a dynamic mix of earthy hard bop and stratospheric luminosity, grooving, soulful, and melodically memorable.



Friday July 1 CANADA DAY!!

canada day


Crab Park Festival 1-4p.m. Free
Crab-Water For Life Society, Radio Bandcouver & Northern Electric Records present The 28th Annual celebration of the park as a much needed greenspace for the people of the downtown eastside to enjoycrab park

29th Annual Canada Day at Canada Place from 9a.m. Free
The popular daytime festival, the evening parade through downtown Vancouver, and the simultaneous two barge fireworks spectacular, This year’s event will feature special memories of Expo 86 including ‘80s fashion, arcade games, pogo sticks, and Red Robinson’s Expo Theatre

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $20                                                                                                Jazzstock presents: VEJI
Hugh Fraser’s Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisers – Vancouver’s powerhouse big band – makes a rare appearance at The Pat. Get ready for a musical explosion.



China Cloud 524 Main St 9p.m. $15
Gord Grdina Trio w/Oscar Noriega & Jim Black Duo (from New York)
For the improv lovers out there…..
Set 1 Gordon Grdina & Jim Black 9:30pm
Set 2 Gordon Grdina Trio with Oscar Noriega 10:30pm

Saturday July 2

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Brad Turner Trio
Darren Radtke – bass, Bernie Arai – drums, Brad Turner – piano
Multi-instrumentalist Brad tuner sits at the piano for this session with his trio and plays a variety of tunes, including original compositions.


followed by at 8p.m. Free
Hugh Fraser Quintet
Campbell Ryga – saxes, Danny Kane – more saxes , Blaine Wikjord – drums, Al Johnston – bass, Hugh Fraser – piano & trombone



Fairview Pub 898 W.Broadway 4.30p.m. $6
Willy Ward’s Revenge
Willy Ward – vocals/trumpet, Gary Bowman – guitar Gunther Klaus – sax, Cameron Hood – bass, Loren Etkin – drums


Rio Theatre 1680 E.Broadway 4.15p.m. $10/12
The Amazing Nina Simone
She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness. But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave voice to people of all colors facing oppression, and continues to empower today with its unrelenting appeal for justice.


Local Loft Cafe 295-2083 Alma St 7.30p.m. $10 July 2/3
Theatre in the Raw presents Rattle Bag
A one-act play minifest. Three original plays, two of which are winners of the TITR Biennial Play Writing Contest.


Sunday July 3

The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. Donation
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. Plus sometimes special guests.