Jeni’s Picks of the Week September 28-October 2, 2016

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Hello Picks People… back in the post surgery saddle. Not yet at galloping speed but ready to trot out to immerse myself in some culture. Lots on offer to start the fall off right!
2016 Vancouver International Film Festival Sep 29-Oct 14
Expand the Frame. The Vancouver International Film Festival enters its 35th year with a fresh approach to programming and a renewed commitment to the best two weeks in a cinephile’s calendar. Plan ahead as many films sell out!



For the foodies out there… 13 Food Events in Vancouver this October

And from the best of the Straight…best Jazz/Blues venues.
(No comment re the Yale Saloon!)

Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour 4-6p.m. No cover
September 28         Chris Sigerson Trio
September 29         Jennifer Scott

And, as usual, please check with venues to ensure that there have been no changes and apologies to any event not listed.

Wednesday September 28

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 4:30 – 7:30pm no cover
Adam Rohrlick’s Hip Pocket Quartet
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Plus great appies and 135 wines by the glass!

hip pocket





Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
The Soda Crackers
The Soda Crackers entertain with their eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, jazz and swing.
** They also have a dinner gig on Octonber 1 at Gallery B istro in Port Moody**



Blue Martini 11516 Yew St 8p.m. also on Thursday Sep 29
Tony Foster Trio
An absolute treat to hear , from the soul to the cerebral ,classic jazz Mr. Foster will take you there . Originally from here he now resides in Seattle

tony foster


Belgard Kitchen 55 Dunlevy Ave 7p.m. $12 (for a flight of wine)
Wine & Oils Night: Scents of Self
Sometimes self discovery doesn’t go beyond your nose. One of your fundametal senses is also a powerful tool in centering, managing stress and finding comfort. Whether your enjoying the fragrance of an amazing meal, a beautiful wine or a bouquet of flowers, your nose always steals you from whatever distractions there are in a day, and brings you home. A mini lesson on the aromatics of wine from Sommelier Genevieve Rainey and Esssential Oils education with Marisa Rainey and Aimee Decaigny. Email Marisa at marisclare@gmail. com to reserve.

wine and oil

Thursday September 29

sake festival

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Wynston Minckler Quartet featuring Chelsea McBride
Bassist Wynston Minckler and Toronto saxophonist Chelsea McBride explore original tunes and lesser known jazz compositions. With Alvaro Rojas – guitar, Sam Cartwright – drums

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Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Mike Allen Quartet
Vancouver saxophonist Mike Allen is “an accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital” (Jazz Journal International), whose “true strength is his ability to pace and phrase his solos in a way that draws a listener into the music” (Planet Jazz). He will be joined by his longtime musical compatriots, Miles Black piano, Steve Holy bass and Dave Robbins drums.

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Cabrito Tapas & Bebidas 2270 Commercial Drive 8p.m.
Stephanie Pedraza Trio
Latin Groove night with Andre Stepanian guitar and Lyndon Dewitt percussion







Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 8p.m. No cover
Impressions Big Band
A 17 piece jazz band directed by band leader and educator Jill Townsend, with a repertoire that includes Jazz standards along with fresh interpretation of contemporary charts.



Friday September 30

Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Ave W. Van 8p.m. $52 (also on Sat Oct 1)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Last year’s re-imagining of the Rolling Stones’ Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! featuring some of Vancouver’s best musicians was a big hit. This year, in honour of the monumental loss of rock icon David Bowie there will be two nights celebrating The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars, once again featuring a selection of BC’s most celebrated musicians who will be interpreting the music from this classic album in new and exciting ways. The line up features Alex Cuba, Jim Byrnes, Ralph Shaw, Ndidi Onukwulu, Roy Forbes, Khari McClelland, Dustin Bentall, Rich Hope, John Reischman, Keri Latimer and more, all under the leadership of Steve Dawson and the Black Hen House Band. Ziggy Stardust, featuring a bisexual alien rockstar, has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time, with Rolling Stone magazine ranking it the 35th greatest ever.



St James Hall 3214 W10th Ave 8p.m. $20 (tickets at Highlife)
Marin Patenaude & The Follow Through – Album Release
A night of songs honest in nature and creation, poetry and heart featuring Marin Patenaude with celebrated músicos Cole Schmidt, Kenton Loewen, Darren Parris, Tyson Naylor, Peggy Lee, Scott Smith and Jenn Bojm. With special guest Cole Patenaude.

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Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. ($10 cover on weekends)
Vince Mai
As a trumpeter, Vince has appeared on hundreds of recordings for TV, feature films, commercials and albums. He is also an award winning composer.

vince mai








Saturday October 1

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Oliver Gannon Quartet
BC’s guitar legend, Oliver Gannon with all-star colleagues Jodi Proznick bass, Miles Black piano, and Craig Scott drums

Fei & Milton Wong Theatre at SFU Woodwards 149 W.Hastings 8p.m. $22
Hard Rubber Orchestra
John Korsrud’s 18 piece jazz powerhouse with special guest Rene Lussier (Quebec)
René Lussier is back in Vancouver for the premiere of his new work We Will See and an exclusive performance with Hard Rubber Orchestra! Hard Rubber Orchestra will premiere Lussier’s new work as well as excerpts from “Le Vaisseau d’Or”, a piece the composer wrote for the Orchestra almost 20 years ago. The program will include an opening group of Vancouver’s world-class improvisers: cellist Peggy Lee, pianist Paul Plimley, drummer Dylan van der Schyff and JP Carter on trumpet and electronics.

Hard Rubber
MERGE N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell 10p.m. $10  (also at Frankie’s Oct 2)
Worst Pop Band Ever (with guest Meredith Bates)
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Deerhoof to J Dilla to Levon Helm, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based quintet that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz music and “Pop” music. Often compared to Medeski Martin Wood or the Bad Plus, the W.P.B.E like to think of themselves as the ugly love child of Radiohead and Miles Davis, the quintet is celebrating its 10th anniversary by touring their latest album “Blackout” .
Chris Gale (sax), Adrean Farrugia (keys), Michael Herring (bass), LEO37 (turntables) and Tim Shia (drums).
Sick Boss will also be playing.

worst pop band


Sunday October 2

Cottage Bistro 4488 Main St 4p.m. $20
Dear Leonard: The Cohen Collection
Vinyl Cafe regular Reid Jamieson shines his light with an incredible voice and magical melodies. DEAR LEONARD: The Cohen Collection features 7 stunning covers plus an original open letter to the master himself. With special guest Meghan Engel on fiery fiddle.

dear leonard


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Saul Berson Trio
Saul -sax, Nick Peck-keys, Joe Poole-drums

saul berson


St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Christie Grace Quartet





Vancouver Writers Fest October 17-23
Some tickets sold out already!!!