Jeni’s Picks of the Week May 13-18

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Hello all…. Apparently the Libra Room has new owners… small renovations are taking place and the “stage” is now in the centre of the restaurant. I hear the donation jar is abolished in favour of a small cover for the live music added to the bill. More information to come once the new music schedule is posted.
Enjoy the sunshine and the upcoming long weekend everyone.

rEvolver Theatre Festival VanEast Cultural Centre May 13-25
The latest evolution in Upintheair Theatre’s ten-year history of Festival production. rEvolver: presents adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated new work by emerging companies and artists

Tuesday May 13

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10 (plus $20 minimum) 604 428 0705 reservations
Davi Sikula Trio

Dave Sikula-guitar, James Danderfer-clarinet, Andre Lachance-bass

Wednesday May 14

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a singer and pianist born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She specializes in jazz, blues, and world music. She is considered one of the more important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation

Ted Crosby – sax and clarinets, James Meger – acoustic bass, Omar Amlani – drums
Some seriously potent, next-generation modern jazz

Thursday May 15

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Holly Burke
Holly Burke-flute/vocals, Bill Runge-sax, Dimitri Gristsaenko-piano

TANGENT CAFÉ 2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 8.30p.m. No cover
Square Heart

Tom Wherrett – guitar, Sam Davidson – clarinet, Jillian Lebeck – piano, James Meger – Bass, Omar Amlani – drums
Guitarist and composer Tom Wherrett leads this quintet of improvisers through his engaging and melodic originals.

Friday May 16

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10 (plus $20 minimum) 604 428 0705 reservations
Cory Weeds presents Blues Night at 1789
Paul Pigat Trio
Paul Pigat –guitars, Jeff Gamon-bass, Jesse Cahill-drums, with guest Cory Weeds-sax

Backspace 1318 Grant St (back lane entrance) 8p.m. $20 (tickets at Highlife)
Rodney Decroo & Herald Nix Live

2 great singer/songwriters in alternating sets. Small & intimate venue. Limited number of tickets

MERGE N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 9.30p.m. $15 at door
WABI (piano/drum duets)

Chris Gestrin – Piano, Bernie Arai – Drums
Music of Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Carla Bley, as well as some improvisations, originals, and jazz standards
DENSABI-(music from another world)
Chris Gestrin- analog synthesizer / sound explorations and visuals, Bernie Arai- digital electronics and sound exploration, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos – Shakuhachi and FX
Switching from the acoustic realm into the world of electronics.

Saturday May 17

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Bob Murphy 5tet

Bob Murphy (keyboard), Hugh Fraser (trombone), Bill Runge (saxophones), Miles Hill (bass), Buff Allen (drums)
A Vancouver legend and first on the list when the Jazz at The Pat series started.

8.30p.m.$15 at door
Take Two with Karin Plato & Laura Crema
Bill Coon guitar, Miles Black piano, Jodi Proznick bass
Two of the city’s finest vocalists, with an A-list trio

Sunday May 18

Campbell Ryga Trio

Campbell Ryga –sax, Jodi Proznick-bass, Andrew Millar-drums
Multiple Juno, Grammy and National Jazz Award winner Campbell Ryga marries a sweet and soothing sound to a fire-y bebop approach. Any opportunity to hear Campbell play in an intimate setting is best taken

Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St (Granville Island) 8p.m. $12
Dave Guiney’s Swing Aggregation

Derry Byrne – trumpet, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor & baritone sax, Dave Say – alto sax, Ron Johnston – piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass, with guest vocalist Steve Maddock
The music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands from the 1930s to 50s, for dancing and listening

ANZA Club 3 W.,8th Ave 8p.m. $15 (at Highlife) or $20 at door
Sudanda “Tomorrow’s Dream” CD release

Alaaeldin Abdalla – oud/vocals, Earle Peach – guitar, Jane Kalmakoff – accordion, James Griffiths – trumpet, Ken Tabata – bass, Gary Wildeman-drums.
World music band Sudanda was formed in 2004 by Alaaeldin Abdalla, a composer, singer and oud player from the Sudan. He writes beautiful, richly melodic, uniquely rhythmic music (based on traditional Sudanese forms) to the words of Sudanese poets.
The CD is dedicated to Alaaeldin’s family, his brother, Abdal Munaem, who disappeared in 1996.
*Singer/songwriter Landof Deborah opening*

Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 9p.m. $8 advance $10 at door (also on 19,25 & 26)
Only Lovers Left Alive

The latest from American indie legend Jim Jarmusch, (DOWN BY LAW, DEAD MAN, NIGHT ON EARTH), ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St 7p.m. No cover Reservations (604) 689-4527
William Taylor