Jeni’s Picks of the Week October 21-26, 2014

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Some suggestions for this week…

Watch for new series, “Live in the Backroom”, curated by Cole Schmidt upcoming at end of October at Emerald.
Also “Joy of Jazz” concert series at St. James Hall kicking off in November.

2014 Vancouver Writers Festival Oct 21-26
Tickets now on sale! Events selling out quickly.
100 writers and over 60 events.
Tuesday October 21

On your own!!
Wednesday October 22

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Reach for the Sky
Tony Wilson-guitar, Debra Jean Creelman-vocals, Tyson Naylor-keyboards, Scott Smith-pedal steel guitar, Jeremy Holmes-bass, Liam MacDonald-drums
Two major creative talents (Tony & Debra) unite over a shared love of old gospel, soul & country.

Thursday October 23

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave (on the False Creek seawall) 7p.m. No cover
Saul Berson/Sharon Minemoto
Saul on sax/clarinet/flute & Sharon on keyboard

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jaclyn Guillou Trio
Dynamic jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou leads a trio through originals, improvisations and standards. Playing new music from her new album.
With Darren Radtke – bass, David Blake – guitar

Friday October 24

Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 8p.m. $30 (also on Saturday)
From NYC: Eric Alexander/David Hazeltine Quartet
Eric Alexander-tenor sax, David Hazeltine-piano, Ken Lister-bass, Jesse Cahill-drums
How good is tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander? When he competed in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, he placed second behind Joshua Redman and ahead of third-place finisher Chris Potter. Alexander has been incredibly prolific as a recording artist, releasing 35 satisfying albums as a leader, including his latest Chicago Fire, which pays homage to Windy City sax greats such as Eddie Harris and Von Freeman. He has performed and recorded with McCoy Tyner, Pat Martino, Harold Mabern, and One For All (with Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth), among many others.
David Hazeltine has successfully forged his own distinctive style out of the accumulated weight of jazz piano tradition. His influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. Hazeltine’s playing hits the sweet spot between tradition and innovation.has worked with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Louis Hayes, Marlena Shaw, and many others.
Hazeltine and Alexander have an especially close rapport, having made sublime music together for years.

Seven Dining Lounge 53 W. Broadway 9p.m. $10
Mashed Poetics
(This month’s album is Up to Here by the Tragically Hip)
A night of spoken word and music mash up. Poets create a new work based on songs from the album and the cover band, The Opiates, play the album live inbetween the readings. 11 songs and 11 poets including Timothy Shay, RC Weslowski, Robbie “Chops” Walker, Heidi Greco etc
Saturday October 25

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Ron Johnson Quartet
Ron Johnson-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, Dave Say-sax, Buff Allen-drums
Legendary pianist Ron Johnston takes on the grand piano!

Chan Centre 6265 Crescent Rd UBC 8p.m. $46-$82
Diego El Cigala (first ever performance in Vancouver)
Diego El Cigala’s earthy, exultant and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of the century. He is well known for the highly celebrated album Lágrimas Negras, recorded with legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, and his gravelly voice has captured the hearts of millions. The Gitano singer from the Lavapiés district of Madrid is one of the great interpreters of the classical flamenco song – the cante jondo – as well as an innovator and bridge-builder to other traditions. In Cigala’s voice, flamenco, tango, Latin jazz, bolero and son meld into a warm musical world without borders
**pre-concert film screening of NFB documentary Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada (1999) will take place at 6:30pm the the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre prior to Diego El Cigala’s performance, free for ticket holders

Sunday October 26

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7P.M.No cover (Note: return to winter hours)
Miles Black Trio
The name Miles Black instantly inspires respect and admiration among his contemporaries. Such esteem has led to collaborations with the likes of Lee Konitz, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Paul Horn, Max Roach and Maynard Ferguson. With Jodi Proznick on bass and Andrew Millar on drums.

Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Ave West Van 8p.m. $45/$36/$25
Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano
featuring Lawrence Fields-piano, Linda Oh-bass & Joey Baron-drums
It’s been over 10 years since Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano graced a Vancouver stage and this time he’ll be joined by two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas. Each masters of their respective instruments in the world of modern jazz, they continue to lead the way in jazz improvisation and composition while fully embracing the work of the masters from the past.