Jeni’s Picks of the Week March 2-5, 2017

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A few things from the long list of events on around town this week.

Please check with venues in case of changes and apologies to any event not listed.

Chutzpah Festival 2017 February 16-March 13
The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists


100 Concerts in March

Kino Cafe in March


Happy Hour at Frankie’s This Week

March 2 Willie MacCalder
Mar 3 Adam Thomas

Thursday March 2
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Steve Kaldestad Quartet
Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad plays soaring improvisations, deeply informed by the traditions of jazz yet always pushing into exciting new territory.
With David Blake – guitar, Jesse Cahill – drums and bass- t.b.a.
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Chris Gestrin plays Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard
Vancouver-based pianist Chris Gestrin is unquestionably one of the major jazz talents in the country and is in high demand as a musician, composer, and producer. With an ear for texture and subtlety, Gestrin also swings hard and is equally comfortable playing straight-ahead jazz and free improv. This fantastic trio, which features bassist André Lachance and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, seamlessly combines original compositions, jazz standards and free improvisation


Friday March 3

Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 7.30p.m. $25 at door
Ruby’s Ukes presents the 7th Annual Vancouver Ukelele Festival
Featuring Ukulele performances by:
Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, San Diego, California
Gerald Ross, Detroit, Michigan
Aaron & Nicole Keim, ‘The Quiet American’,  Portland, Oregon
Daphne Roubini & Andrew Smith, ‘Ruby & Smith’, Vancouver, BC
Timothy Tweedale, Vancouver, BC


Festival du Bois March 3, 4 & 5 6
28th annual at Mackin Park, Mallairdville & French Cultural Centre
It’s a weekend celebration of francophone and French Canadian culture – the largest in BC. Come for amazing music and dance, great traditional food, shows for kids, entertaining activities, and so much more.


Saturday March 4

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
**Unforeseen circumstances prevent Steve Holy from performing this Saturday. Miles Black will take over band leader duties and there will be an excellent substitute bassist. Improvisation differentiates jazz from other kinds of music… this gig will be a prime example. Come hear the magic unfold**
With Mike Allen sax, Rod Murray bone, Kevin Elaschuk trumpet, Miles Black piano, and Dave Robbins drums


Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 7p.m. $35/$25
Itamar Erez
To capture the essence of Itamar’s music is to be taken on a journey where different cultures meet in harmony. Itamar’s music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own.


Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave 7p.m. No cover
Wanda Nowicki Trio
Rare appearance in Vancouver by Wanda… with Steve Bagnell, Mark Bender, and Ken Dagliesh


Academie Duello 412W.Hastings 8.30 $15
Gentle Party Album Launch
Celebrate the release of Gentle Party’s debut album, Jouska! Gentle Party’s first full length release pioneers a unique, expansive approach to chamber pop that speaks to the quartet’s West Coast roots. The album features the hauntingly evocative voice of Jessicka layered on beds of luscious strings. The ensemble of multiple award-winning musicians, Meredith Bates, Shanto Acharia, and Elisa Thorn, on violin, cello, and harp, respectively, provides a strong and beautiful melodic, rhythmic, and textural foundation.
Followed by Moondle and dancing to DJ Ford Pier


Sunday March 5

Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway $12
The Salesman (Oscar winner)
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) was recently awarded his second Best Foreign Language Oscar (this time in absentia, out of solidarity for those whose movement into the US has been compromised) for the politically subversive THE SALESMAN. In keeping with his growing body of exceptional work, this film too moves quietly and capably into the realm of the profound. THE SALESMAN is a tension-filled revenge film centered on a young couple in Tehran whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

** followed by Oscar nominated Toni Erdmann (6.30) and award winner La Land (9.35)**


St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Bob Liley Jazz Quartet

Fairview Pub 898 W. Broadway 4.30p.m. $10
South Van Big Band with special guest Ikuko


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Jessica Toplak Trio
Wonderful vocalist Jessica Toplak plays standards and contemporary jazz with a trio of old friends. Her groups explore the interplay between improvising and story telling.
With Lyle Hopkins – bass and Chris Fraser – guitar

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Michael Creber Quartet
The Michael Creber Quartet brings together four of Vancouver’s finest musicians focussing their energies together in an eclectic evening of hard swinging standards, exciting Latin flavoured originals and lyrical ballads. This group brings joy and playfulness into their collective conversation, always seeking the highest level of musical expression. With Michael Creber piano, Karen Graves sax and flute, Rene Worst bass and Buff Allen drums



March 6, 7 & 8

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $30 (tickets sell out fast.. act now!)
In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March for the 11th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coast’s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society

Tuesday March 7

The Heatley 696 E.Hastings 8p.m.ish Donation
Adventures in Steel Guitar #4: Lloyd Green
The fourth installment of “Scott Smith’s Adventure’s in Steel Guitar” will pay tribute to the pedal steel player they called “Mr. Nashville”, the imcomparable Llloyd Green. Known for his beautiful tone and impeccable touch, Green was one of the busiest session players in Nashville – it’s estimated that he played on more than 5000 recording sessions. A short list of some the artists he recorded with are Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Don Williams, Johnny Paycheck, The Byrds, and Paul McCartney. Guest singers including Rich Hope, Ben Rogalsky, Kathleen Nesbit, Barb Wilkins, Rupert Lindsay, Alex Degrass, Trevor Murray, and Ben Laborie.
Scott Smith – pedal steel
Paul Pigat – guitar
Jeremy Holmes – bass
Leon Power – drums