Jeni’s Picks of the Week September 22-27, 2015

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Indeed folks it has been quite gloomy outside some days but there is quite a bit of cheering news… most of you likely know about these 2 announcements already…
The Yale is re-opening as the Yale Saloon featuring country and blues predominantly on the weekends but other genres during the week. I am trying to find out how much programming will be given to jazz and other live music. Actual opening t.b.a.

Frankie’s Kitchen Italian Kitchen & Bar will be hosting live jazz curated by Cory Weeds Thursday-Sunday weekly starting on October 8. As I understand it the cover for 2 sets will be $10 when local artists are featured and $15 for out-of-towners (with a $15 minimum) The good news is that musicians & students can get into the 2nd set for free.

Central Bistro is apparently morphing into Verve and will re-open some time in October. We are told that there will be live jazz there again on Sunday evenings.

I will do my best to add postings as they become available for all the above. Yeah to more music venues!!!!

21st Annual Vancouver Word Festival Sep 23-27 VPL and various venues
100 readings and 150 authors. Authors appearing at this year’s Word Vancouver include John Vaillant, Aislinn Hunter, Ian Weir, Evelyn Lau, Stan Persky, Robert Wiersema, and many more. Events include Canada Writes, Author’s Words, and Poetry on the Bus.
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Vancouver International Film Festival Sep 24 – Oct 9 One of N.America’s largest film festivals. Program guides available at VanCity & other locations. Start planning now!
Tickets, Passes + Ticket Packs ON SALE NOW (online only at
In-Person Advance Vancity Theatre Box Office Sales SEP 12 (Noon – 7pm)






Wednesday Sept 23

SFU Harbour Centre Room 1400 5.30p.m. Free with RSVP
The Revolving City Launch Party: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them
THE REVOLVING CITY is a collection of poetry and short poetic essays where the physical, historical, cultural and linguistic grounds of the urban experience are examined by each poet’s reflection on their own work. The book is co-edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Sakliar. Program activities will include a reception, celebratory cake, book signing opportunities, and readings by Joanne Arnott, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Fred Wah, and Betsy Warland.

51 stories








SylviaHotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Colleen & Ron
Jazz & more with Colleen Savage (vocals) and Ron Thompson (guitar)… plus special guest bassist Dave Guiney in 2nd set.






The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Tom Wherrett Trio
Favourite standards plus some originals with Tom on guitar, James Meger on bass and in town from NYC- Andrew Millar on drums

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Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 9p.m. Donation
The Rossi Gang






Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 8.00p.m. Advance $32.50 & fees (nearly sold out)
Ron Sexsmith (with Kevin Hearn)
Singer/songwriter Ron Promoting his new CD Carousel One.
2015’s Carousel One, however, finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented.





Thursday Sept 24 (Swing night!)

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







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
The Brothers Arntzen feat. Tamar Korn
Born into a musical family steeped in the tradition of New Orleans jazz, Arnt and Evan Arntzen play hot and sweet music for dancers and listeners alike.
With Andrew Millar – drums, Jen Hodge – bass, and special guest from NYC Tamar Korn on vocals







Friday Sept 25

VIFF at Rio Theatre Commercial Drive 6.30p.m.
If you’re lucky enough to snag tickets to this uplifting overview of the best-known Staples Singer—now having a phenomenal career resurgence at 76—don’t book anything else for the rest of the day.
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.





Edgewater Casino 750 Pacific Blvd 8p.m. $10
Blues Concert Series
Jerry Doucette, Murray Porter, Sibel Thrasher and the Rob Montgomery All-Star Band






Saturday Sept 26

Metamorfest Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House 12-6p.m. Free
Live entertainment, food trucks, interactive booths, raffle etc






Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Bob Murphy 5tet
Hugh Fraser, Bill Runge, Miles Foxx Hill, Buff Allen and Bob on the house piano.









Revel Room 238 Abbott St 7p.m. No cover
The Soda Crackers
A menu of music steeped in rootsy rhythms, panfried in traditional country, then stewed in a gumbo of blues, jazz and western swing.









Capilano College 2025 Purcell Way N. Vancouver 8p.m. $35/$32
The Blueshore at Cap
Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Adderly Legacy
The Louis Hayes’ Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band pays tribute to the music of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet, one of the most popular jazz groups of the ’60s and early ’70s. A former member of the original Quintet, Hayes’ muscular style of hard bop drumming has provided the rhythmic drive for a long line of jazz royalty that includes Horace Silver, John Coltrane, and Oscar Peterson. Cannonball’s quintet was that rare jazz ensemble to cross over into pop music territory with a hit single, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Expect the unexpected from this hard boppin’ band.

Louis Hayes Ektron






Enigma 4397 W.10th 7p.m. No cover
Steve Maddock Trio
Dave Guiney on bass, Sharon Minemoto on piano and Steve Maddock on vocals.
Material ranging from Sinatra tunes to scat singing jazz to even a little Motown.

Sunday Sept 27

The Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Suggested music contribution $10
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulele
with her Vintage Jazz Band, ‘Black Gardenia’ Paul Pigat on Guitar, Andrew Smith on Guitar & Ukulele, Chris Davis on trumpet, and Patrick Metzger on Bass







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. No cover Oliver Gannon Trio
Vancouver guitar legend returns to tangent with his trio. A Juno and national jazz award winner, Olly had performed alongside Oscar Peterson and has toured the former Soviet Union.
With Jodi Proznick – bass and Andrew Millar – drums








Monday Sept 28

Lido 518 E.Broadway 9p.m. No cover
One year anniversary celebration Sick Boss
Colin Edward Cowan-basses & vocals, Cole Schmidt- guitar, James Meger-bass, Dan Gaucher-drums and other guests TBA