Jeni’s Picks of the Week March 30-April 3, 2016

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Hello Picks People. So much to choose from this week resulting in a long instalment but definitely not a definitive list.

As usual please check with venues as all is subject to change and apologies to anyone/any event I may not have included.

New at Frankie’s…a residency starting on Wednesday March 30th. Every Wednesday from 4pm – 6 Cory Weeds will be there with a quartet featuring a different special guest.  There is no cover and there are lots of happy hour specials.
March 30 – guest Ron Johnston (piano)
April 6 – guest Oliver Gannon (guitar)
April 13 – guest Chris Gestrin (piano)
April 20 – guest Russ Botten (bass)
April 27 – guests Darren Radtke (guitar) and Nick Peck (organ)

Plus … Happy Hour continues at Frankie’s and please note that this week is the start of 3 – set Fridays and Saturdays. The third set starts at 11:00 and there is NO COVER.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 24-April 17
Several community events including Cherry Jam Concert on March 24 featuring Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Haiku Mime with Yayoi Hirano and Holly Burke, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, and The Carnival Band!







10 Vancouver events worth checking out in April

and 36 Concerts in Vancouver in April

And sadly another one bites the dust… less and less venues in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre March 30/31 (** coming to Rio Theatre April 8 also)Born to be Blue
Less a conventional biopic than a bittersweet, melancholy tone poem, Robert Budreau’s portrait of an artist hovering between greatness and oblivion, love and despair, is very possibly the finest jazz movie of the decade. As the avatar of West Coast cool, Ethan Hawke has never been better: his Chet Baker is charismatic, charming, sensitive, and oblivious to the wreckage he leaves in his wake.






Rio Theatre April 3-8
Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next
To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer. He visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues. From cafeteria food to sex ed, Moore looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland and Slovenia. In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. In Portugal, Moore notes the effects of the decriminalization of drugs.

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Wednesday March 30

VPL Central Library 350 W.Georgia 7.30p.m. No cover
INCITE (hosted by Rachel Rose)
National Poetry month begins early with the beauty of well crafted verse.
In his new collection of poems, Deaf Heaven, Garry Gottfriedson compels us and Heaven to listen to the challenges facing First Nation communities today. In Let the Empire Down, Alexandra Oliver reflects on issues of exile, memory and identity, while traveling back into her own past. Forecast recovers early work by Governor General’s Award-winning poet John Pass. The poems engage potentialities—travel, evolving relationships, house-building, becoming a poet and husband and father.









The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Isnotisnot is a tight knit group of kindred spirits whose work together spans years. Their unique rapport is based on their willingness to challenge each other as improvisers, drawing on a personal approach to melodic and textural improvisation. Expect to hear a diverse array of compositions that draws on a long list of musical influences, including jazz, swing, free improvisation, folk-song and electronica.
Isis Giraldo – Piano, Voice (Montreal, Simon Millerd – Trumpet (Montreal), Matt Daher – Drums (Detroit), James Meger- Bass

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St. 7p.m. No cover
Andrea Superstein
Quirky jazz.

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Thursday March 31

Pendulum Gallery HSBC Bldg 885 W.Georgia 6p.m. Free
National News Pictures of the Year Nominees Group Exhibition
Opening Reception hosted by News Photographers Association of Canada
Great photos tell stories. They transcend language and cultural barriers and speak to basic human nature. A great photo is a snapshot of time that can reveal the world’s most profound tales of heartbreak, joy and reality with one single image. More than 2,000 photographs along with 25 multimedia productions from across Canada were entered in this year’s competition, representing a spectacular body of work.







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
*From Montreal* Conrad & The Goods
The 4tet began playing together as students at McGill. Now some of Montreal’s most in demand improvisers, they explore the rich tradition of the chord-less 4tet. Mike Bjella-sax, Simon Millerd-trumpet, Conrad Good-bass, Matt Daher-drums.

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Don Stewart 5tet
Don-vocals, Ron Johnston-keyboard, Dave Guiney-bass, Kelly Brown-guitar, Buff Allen-drums









Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Karen Graves 4tet
After a trip around the world where she experienced multiple cultures Karen has a renewed outlook on music. Motivated by a strong melody, a good story and some je ne sais quirkiness, her group covers the musical spectrum from Monk to Funk and Abbey Lincoln to Joe Zawinul. The Quartet is also a showcase for Karen and Miles’ original compositions. Karen Graves, vocals & brass, Miles Black piano, Rene Worst bass, Bernie Arai drums.

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Friday April 1

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
Cory Weeds 4tet with Harry Allen
Join Allen and Weeds for tenor madness! The inventive, swinging tenor saxophonist Harry Allen has graced countless stages and recordings over the past 25 years both as a sideman and a leader. He’s made more than 40 albums under his own name for the Japanese market alone and any attempt to patch together a résumé would be a futile exercise. With Tony Foster piano, Russ Botten bass and Joe Poole drums.

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Imperial 319 Main St 8p.m. $20
Stop the Pipeline Start the Music
An evening in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp featuring Five Alarm Funk, The Boom Booms, Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron, and Ta’Kaiya Blaney. MC: Priscilla Michell of the Unist’ot’en Clan

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MERGE NE Corner Clark & Powell (ring the buzzer) 10p.m. $10
Matt Choboter Trio + Tom Wherrett
An evening of original material that explores rhythmic experiments, hauntingly optimistic melodies and jarring harmonies. Campfire singalong style! With:Matt Choboter-piano, Tom Wherrett – guitar, Cole Birney-Stewart – double bass, Andrew Thomson – drums

Saturday April 2

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Saul Berson 4tet celebrates Phil Woods









Tangent Cafe 2095 Commercial Drive 8p.m. Donation
Lloyd Arntzen Trio
Lloyd Arntzen, the master of melody and the zeitgeist of zest, will be playing at the Tangent Cafe on Saturday April 2nd! Enter Lloyd’s world, where traditional jazz played on acoustic instruments has never gone out of style. With Jen Hodge on bass and Arnt Arntzen on banjo and guitar.

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Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
Alex Goodman 5tet
Alex Goodman was recently honored as the first Canadian to ever win first prize at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition in Switzerland. In addition to his last CD “Bridges” being nominated for a JUNO in 2013, he has played and/or recorded with the likes of Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, Ari Hoenig, Dick Oatts, John Riley, Rich Perry and many more. With Matt Marantz saxophone, Rick Rosato bass, Jimmy Macbride drums.







Sunday April 3

Trout Lake Community Centre 11a.m. $25
East Van Gogos Musical Brunch with Pearl
Feast on yummy home made brunch items, while enjoying the harmonies and humour of ‘Pearl’ (Kathy Francis and Andrea Smith) to benefit the East Van Gogos in support of African grandmothers caring for AIDS orphans. Tickets $25. Advance reservations a must! Contact Sharon at 604-254-4071 or







Cottage Bistro 4470 Main St 4.30 $10
Heather Soles & Westcoast Charisma
Heather-vocals, Jillian LeBeck-piano, Bill Runge-sax , Rene Worst-bass

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
*From Montreal* Ted Crosby Trio
Tenor saxophonist Ted Crosby has a warm and lyrical voice on the instrument. Exploring a vast repertoire that includes free improvisations, and Duke Ellington compositions, Ted is at home in the chord less trio format.
With James Meger – bass and Matt Daher – drums

Chan Centre UBC 3p.m. $30 and up
Early Music Vancouver & Pcific Baroque Orchestra present Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks
The members of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra join forces with the UBC Baroque Mentorship Orchestra and representatives from the Baroque string programme at the University of Washington to perform Handel’s suite for wind band written for the fireworks celebration commemorating the end of the War of Austrian Succession in April of 1749. More than 40 musicians playing period instruments.






***Upcoming Fundraiser April 5th**
Dalannah Gail Bowen Blues Benefit @ Fairview 7p.m. $15

Dalannah benefit