Jeni’s Picks of the Week Oct 28-Nov 1, 2015

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A very sad week for losses of musical giants last week….


Bob Murphy

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Leon Bibb









Mark Murphy

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******Friends of Bob Murphy******
There will be a Celebration of Life for our dear friend, extraordinary music artist piano player, Bob Murphy this Thursday, October 29th at 1:00 pm. It will take place at the Unitarian Church located at 949 W 49th Ave, the corner of Oak and 49th. A reception will follow at the Vancouver Curling Club which is in the Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver.

(Apologies for late posting above.  Just came from the Celebration of Life.  A fitting tribute with music from many of Vancouver’s finest)

Selection of this week’s offerings. Sorry no cinema, but I know there are lots of good films on out there.

Wednesday October 28

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Monk’s Dream Trio featuring Dominic Conway
Chris Potter – Piano Dave Chokroun – Bass Kevin Romain – Drumset Dominic Conway – Tenor Saxophone
This band has been on the Vancouver Jazz scene for 6 years. From “Straight No Chaser” to “Round Midnight” Monk’s Dream Trio “ plays all the sweet dissonance that characterizes Monk compositions

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Tangent Cafe 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m.
Hot Jazz Night
Don Ogilvie – guitar, Joe Abbott – clarinet, Michael Wagler – bass,
and myself, Josh Roberts – guitar (that’s right, two guitars!)








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with special guest ….Murray Porter

Thursday October 29

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Miles Wong’s Outland
21 year old drummer Miles Wong is quickly becoming one of the cities finest drummers. His new group, Outland, brings together a myriad of influences ranging from contemporary jazz to new electronic music.
With Ben Frost – trumpet, Saul Alviar – vibraphone and Stephen Edwards – Drums

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (with minimum)
Jaclyn Guillou
With Eli Bennett tenor saxophone, Tristan Paxton guitar, Eli Davidovici bass.
Jaclyn Guillou explores jazz standards, popular music and original tunes in a voice that is uniquely her own drawing inspiration from legendary jazz vocalists she has studied with Nancy King, Sheila Jordan and Kate McGarry, Jaclyn has a freely expressive approach with mature depth, vocal range and personal experience.








Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 7p.m. Donation
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars

Friday October 30

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (+ minimum) (also Oct 31)
Oliver Gannon 4tet
“Fingers” as he is often referred to, is fresh off the release of his third record as a leader. The critically acclaimed “Easy Sailing” on Cellar Live spent 10 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts. Guitarist Oliver Gannon cites Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery as formative models, horn players as conceptual influences, and Art Blakey’s music as a favourite direction. His fluid swinging style is rooted in 50’s and 60’s bop. He is a generous leader allowing the band members lots of room to contribute. With Miles Black piano, Jodi Proznick bass, Blaine Wikjord drums.





Zend Conscious Lounge 1130 Mainland 8p.m. No cover
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’.

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Merge NE corner Clark & Powell ring the bell 9.30p.m. $10
Chad Makela Band
Chad Makela – Sax, Rod Murray – Trombone, Tom Wherrett – Guitar,
Cole Birney-Stewart – Bass, Bernie Arai – Drums, Dave Robbins – Drums
Hard hitting jazz from some of Vancouver’s finest!






Spooky Saturday October 31 (Happy Halloween)

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Jennifer Scott’s Brasiliera
Jennifer Scott – piano and voice, Rene Worst – bass, Liam MacDonald – percussion, Nino DiPasquale – drums, Bill Coon – guitar, Tom Keenlyside – sax and flute.









Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton St 8p.m. $30
Afro-Cuban Dimensions
The Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre is proud to presents
Afro-Cuban Dimensions: A Musical Journey From Cuba to Canada.
This music and dance spectacle presents the musical history of Cuba, focusing on the fusion of rhythms brought by the African slaves and the musical traditions of the Spanish settlers.
The results of this cross-cultural interchange have had, and continue to have, a profound influence on contemporary popular music. The Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk  as well as the Caribbean’s on-going contribution to the many beats of popular dance  all reflect the musical roots that Afro-Cuban Dimensions will explore.
BC artists:
Israel Toto Berriel (voice & percussion)
Pablo Cárdenas (piano)
Peter Dowse (bass)
Miguelito Valdés (trumpet)
Danay Sinclair (voice)
Mario Allende (percussion)
Paul Bray (percussion)
Salvador Ferreras (percussion)
Ilhan Saferali (piano)
Danais Yera Guerra (dance)

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China Cloud 524 Main St 9.30p.m. $10
Sun Ra’s Star System presents Ralloween
This SPECIFICALLY STARRY NIGHT will be a Star System harvest like no-other previously witnessed. Prepare for a realm you’ve only dreamed of. Planet China Cloud will be STAR SYSTEMed from top to bottom. Dress accordingly (think Sun Ra, Cosmos, Egypt, or classic Halloween.. full combination of all thematics considered optimal when aboard this Mother Ship)
Tyson Naylor – keys, Colin Edward Cowan – bass, Daniel Gaucher – drums, Tony WIlson – guitar,
Skye Brooks – percussion, Sam Davidson – winds, John Paton – winds, Christopher Kelly – winds, Ben Henriques – winds, Lee Hutzulak – electronics
+Live dubbing from David Sikula

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Parade of Lost Souls 2015 (in East Vancouver) Free
This year’s theme: Trickster’s Treat. Come for the parade! Come to the after party! Celebrate the dark and light, love and loss, life and death!
The Parade will take place on October 31, 2015 – All Hallows’ Eve. In keeping with tradition, the parade route will be a secret, announced at midnight the night before. Keep checking website and social media feeds for updated information, a parade route map, and other exciting surprises!
Celebrations continue at the Lost Souls After-party at The Hall (Astorino’s), 1739 Venables Street (see details below). After party tickets can be purchased online or at a parade info booth – buy your tickets in advance, as they will not be available at the door.





Sunday November 1

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation (free parking underneath)
Jazz Vespers
Flora Scott Sextet
Featured with Flora on guitar/vocals are Nick Apivor on vibes and percussion, Sharon Minemoto on piano, Brad Turner on trumpet, Graham Clark on bass and Buff Allen on drums.






Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover

Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St 6.30p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation at Atomic Swing
Check out the swingin’ sounds of the 8-piece “little big band”… Come early for the dance lesson and stay late for all the fun on the dance floor!
Doors: 6:30 PM
Beginner Swing Dance Lesson: 7:00 PM
Band: 8:00 PM
Bar until 12:00 AM







Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (with minimum)
James Danderfer Trio
At times sultry, at times jubilant, but always classy, clarinetist James Danderfer’s swinging trio transports the listener back in time to the small 1930s cabarets of New Orleans and Chicago. Reminiscent of the great Benny Goodman and Jelly Roll Morton trios, this ensemble performs classic repertoire as well as James’ original music inspired by the genre.With Miles Black piano, Joe Poole drums.

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