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September 18, 2006

Cellar Jazz Club 6th Anniversary With George Coleman

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news


George Coleman and Eric Alexander
Cellar Jazz Club’s 6th Anniversary
September 22, 23

Legendary Tenor Saxophonist in Vancouver Sept 22, 23

Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club turns six this this weekend and marks the event with a rare appearance by legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman.

George Coleman, who has performed with a who’s who of jazz including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Max Roach, Chet Baker among them, will appear during the two-night sold out engagement with hard bop giant Eric Alexander, and Vancouver greats Jodi Proznick (bass), Ross Taggart (piano), and Jesse Cahill (drums).

The group underscores the focus of the club with its hybrid of international and Canadian artists coming together in what is sure to be a weekend of stellar jazz, the perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of the club’s continued success.

Presenting live music nearly every night of the week, over its six years of operation the Cellar Jazz and Restaurant Club has become the premiere live jazz venue in Vancouver and one of the top jazz clubs in the world. (One of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs Worldwide (2002, 2003, 2004) – The Downbeat International Jazz Club Guide)

Started by local saxophonist Cory Weeds in the summer of 2000, the focus of the club was to promote local Canadian music. The Cellar stage has hosted performances by every major player from the Vancouver scene and across Canada, as well as many international artists, who often join forces with the best of the Vancouver jazz community.

As a musician, record producer, radio host, agent, record label owner and jazz club owner, Weeds brings a mountain of knowledge and experience to the table, and has been the single greatest ingredient to the success of the venture.

The Vancouver native attended Capilano College and the University of North Texas before returning home to persue his career as a professional musician. In 2000 Weeds took a leap of faith and bought the Cellar Jazz Club and has since turned it into Vancouver’s only full time jazz venue.

Inspired by the great music he heard in the club, in 2001 Weeds formed Cellar Live, a label that has to date released over 20 albums, most of them recorded live at the club. Jazz giants Charles MacPherson, David ‘Fathead’ Newman and Lonnie Smith along with Vancouver stalwarts Oliver Gannon, Bruno Hubert, Sharon Minemoto, Chad Makela, and James Danderfer are some of the notables found in the catalogue.

As a player, Weeds is as busy as ever and can often be heard at the club, as co-leader of local funksters Crash and the hard bop jazz ensemble the Weeds/Minemoto Quartet. He has also performed with Hugh Fraser, The Jill Townsend Big Band and groups lead by Chris Gestrin, Bill Coon and Denzal Sinclaire.

Currently Weeds is looking at doing a live broadcast from the club, another venture into the furthering of jazz and a sign that the future of Cellar Jazz is bright and hopeful.

for information visit www.cellarjazz.com

Friday September 22, 23
George Coleman and Eric Alexander (tenor saxophones), Jodi Proznick (bass), Ross Taggart (piano), Jesse Cahill (drums)

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