Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 18-22, 2015

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I know that we are all shocked and saddened by recent horrific news, but I do hope you will find time to go out to at least one event this week. Not only to seek a little solace from a world gone mad, but because, at a dark, difficult, and depressing time like this, the Arts have the power to link and unite us, and to help us to recapture something of what it means to be human.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
Mahatma Gandhi

The origins of Jazz in Vancouver… great article for your reading pleasure









Interurban Art Gallery 1 East Hastings 8p.m. Nov 18-29 $20/$17
12 Angry Jurors
Based on the play/film of “12 Angry Men” Theatre in the Raw’s exciting production of “12 Angry Jurors”! Relocated in time to a hot summer day in late 1970’s New York City, and featuring a gender and racially mixed cast,”Twelve Angry Jurors” crackles with all the excitement found when a group of ordinary citizens are thrown together to decide the ultimate fate of a boy accused of murder. It is spring-loaded with tension, full of surprises, sprinkled with humour, and moves relentlessly toward an explosive and emotional finale.









19th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl Nov 19-22
A four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival receiving more than 20,000 visitors to 400+ artists in their studios across 78 buildings in the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront in Vancouver,




Wednesday Nov 18

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Tyson Naylor Trio
Tyson Naylor – keyboards, electronics,,Skye Brooks – drums, Russell Sholberg – bass
Made up of three seasoned Vancouver improvisers, the Tyson Naylor Trio moves freely between original pieces and free group improvisation. Sincere, yet playful, the music is inspired by Dutch Pianist Misha Mengelberg’s concept of “Instant Composition” as well as the joyous spirit of South African Jazz.

tyson naylor







Thursday Nov 19

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. Donation
Daniel Kane vs Hugh Fraser
Two veterans of the Vancouver jazz scene go head to head. Hugh Fraser on trombone, Daniel Miles Kane on saxes. With brave souls Tom Wherrett on guitar, Al Johnston on bass & Don Powrie on drums. It will be wild!

hugh vs daniel








The Kettle Friendship Centre 1725 Venables 5-7p.m.
12th Annual Art Against Stigma Opening Night Reception (and on 20, 21 & 22 as part of Eastide Culture Crawl)
The Kettle Society is pleased to present “Art Against Stigma” a gallery style art show and sale. There will be 1,000 pieces of art by 60 artists living with a mental health disability. Many of the artists are well-known in Vancouver’s art scene and 100% of the art sales proceeds go directly to the artists. This is the only show of its kind in the city that makes this a principle. Refreshments by Take Five.









Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Formed in 2008 and fashioned after the great early jazz trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson, Triology features a talented ensemble of Canada’s most sought after jazz musicians—Bill Coon guitar, Miles Black piano, Jodi Proznick bass—performing wonderful arrangements of classic standards and original tunes.






Vancity 1181Theatre Seymour St 9p.m. $11 (still recommending)
Very uplifting overview of the best-known Staples Singer—now having a phenomenal career resurgence at 76.
The filmmakers show scant interest in Mavis’s private life, apart from her intense relationship with her gentle father, the late guitarist-singer Pops Staples, who held the family band together as long as he could. This gospel outfit was the first to cover Bob Dylan, who asked her to marry him (she declined), and here joins Bonnie Raitt and others to talk about her wide-ranging influence. Also aboard is Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who helped oversee her comeback, and exciting new material alternates with old performance footage—all of it imbued with equally inspiring vitality.





Friday Nov 20

Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School, 525 Seymour Street, Doors 6.30p.m. $15/$20
Ruby & Smith Ukelele Duo
Intimate ukelele concert with Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith featuring tunes from new CD “A Ukelele Album” and more! (includes complimentary Tea, & Cookies!)

Intimate Ukulele Concert with Ruby and Smith.psd








Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Andrea Superstein CD release
Montreal-born Vancouver-based artist Andrea Superstein teams up with Juno-winning producer Les Cooper to create a quirky, arty, pop-jazz tour de force. Her 2015 release What Goes On, released on Vancouver’s esteemed Cellar Live imprint is a collection of standards, originals and unique pop songs, marked by nods to jazz, trip hop and modern indie.  Super, as she is known has the technique and skill to impress vocal jazz aficionados and the heart and soul to reel in music loves abound. Think Amy Winehouse meets Portishead meets Sarah Vaughan. With Mary Ancheta piano, Noah Walker guitar, Wynston Minckler bass, Niko Friesen drums.







Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 8p.m. $42 (also on Saturday)                                                Jeff Hamilton                                                                                                                     Versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton (Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Clayton Brothers) is one of the best in the business. Over several appearances at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club Weeds and Hamilton developed a dream of Weeds making an album with Hamilton’s trio.The release of This Happy Madness will coincide with this engagement. The Jeff Hamilton Trio featuring Christoph Luty bass and Tamir Hendleman piano will perform music from the trio’s previous three CDs. Weeds will join the group for the second set and play music from their new joint release.

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Saturday Nov 21

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Jon Miller 4tet
Next up, some cross-pollination. From Victoria, the Jon Miller 4tet with special guest (from Edmonton, Toronto and now Vancouver) pianist George McFetridge.

jon miller






Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Incognito (with Nadine States)
Incognito is a Vancouver-based blues and soul band. Bandleader and guitarist Rob Montgomery has been a mainstay on the Vancouver music scene. Known for his lively energy he is joined by one of Canada’s best soul singers Nadine States and top session musicians, Steve Webicki keyboards, Dave Barton bass, Doug Lechinsky drums.









Sunday Nov 22
Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 1.30p.m. $10
Life Off Grid
A film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results. Filmed over two years of travel throughout Canada, LIFE OFF GRID shows how “off-gridders” have disconnected their houses while maintaining a familiar sense of home. Filmmaker Q&A to follow the screening.

life off grid




Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Dan Gaucher Trio
Juno award winning drummer Dan Gaucher has been involved in some of Vancouver’s best known jazz and improvised music groups. With Dave Sikula on guitar and James Meger on bass.

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Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 9.30p.m. Donation
The Rossi Gang
Local jazz with soulful flare. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia and New Orleans, this young septet are keeping the good name of bebop alive and well with their own brand of ‘Grease Jazz’.