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August 5, 2007

Festival Vancouver Features Jazz Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jazz Concerts on the Summer Calendar

Festival Vancouver keeps the summer calendar busy as it continues its annual concert series program featuring 55 live classical, world and jazz music events.

Over the next couple of weeks there’s a great selection of jazz concerts and workshops to take in, with a range of local and international talent, in particular from Scandanavia.

Swedish vocalist Jeanette Lindstrom will appear August 7 at the Vancouver Arts Centre with her quartet along with special guest pianist Chris Gestrin (Vancouver). Lindstrom will also perform a free concert at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street plaza that afternoon at 1 p.m., and later in the week offers a free jazz workshop.

Danish husband-wife team of pianist Carsten and saxophonist Christina Dahl will be joined on the bandstand August 13th by Vancouver’s Jodi Proznick (bass) and Dave Robbins (drums) for a concert appearance, and well as a Saturday morning performance August 11th, while Oslo, Norway contemporary jazz pianist Helge Lien brings his trio to the stage August 17th.

Three emerging Vancouver acts will also spotlighted at Cellar Jazz club during the program, including pianist Amanda Tosoff and her Quartet August 5th, saxophonist Eli Bennett in quartet August 12th, and vocalist Colin Story and his quartet August 19th.

Two more free concert presentations include Alan Matheson’s Festival Jazz Orchestra August 8th, and Afro-Cuban quintet Zapato Negro featuring trumpeter Chris Davis August 9th.

FESTIVAL VANCOUVER JAZZ CONCERT SERIES

Sunday, August 5 8:00 PM

Amanda Tosoff Quartet The Cellar Jazz Café

23 year old jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff leads her dynamic young group of Evan Arntzen (saxophone), Sean Cronin (acoustic bass) and Morgan Childs (drums) through an evening of original composition with a fresh, contemporary sound. The Amanda Tosoff Quartet recently opened for legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and pianist Renee Rosnes at the Centre Performing Arts, and has been featured on CBC Radio programs ‘Hotair’ and ‘Jazzbeat’. The group also recently released their debut CD Still LIfe on Cellar Live.

Tuesday, August 7

Jeanette Lindström Vancouver Art Gallery 1:00 PM

Swedish vocalist Jeanette Lindstrom Since her 1995 debut CD Another Country, the singer-composer has earned recognition for her approach to a song — uniquely her own, yet with a nod to those who came before her. Lindstrom performs with her Swedish quartet augmented by Vancouver pianist Chris Gestrin.

Wednesday, August 8

Festival Jazz Orchestra Vancouver Art Gallery 12:00 PM

Conductor – Alan Matheson (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Trumpets: Henry Christian, Robin Shier, Tom Shorthouse, Rachel Stride, Brad Turner
Trombones: Rob McKenzie, Jeremy Berkman, Ken Surges, Jim Tempest
Saxophones: Dave Branter, Bill Runge, Tom Keenlyside, Ross Taggart, Chris Startup
Piano: Sharon Minemoto
Bass: Laurence Mollerup
Drums: Paul Townsend

Thursday, August 9

Zapato Negro Vancouver Art Gallery 1:00 PM

Featuring musicians from Cuba, Venezuela, and Canada, this quintet has rapidly been building a reputation for its own exiting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythm. Its members have played this music at the highest level, making contributions of their own internationally to the music as a whole. Knowing it’s not enough to have talented individuals, Zapato Negro has become a real band through hard work and communication – enabling them to develop an eclectic and exciting concert repertoire that includes original compositions, underplayed jazz standards done in clave, and classics of Latin Music reworked, reharmonized or re-rhythmicized in jazz. Their live debut CD “Zapato Negro” is available on Cellar Live records. “Miguelito” Valdés (trumpet), André Carrasquero (piano), Allan Johnston (bass), Gilberto Moreaux (drums), and Myles Bigelow (congas).

Friday, August 10

Jeanette Lindström (Sweden) Jazz at the Cultch 8:00 PM

Jeanette Lindström is one of Sweden’s most prized jazz singers today. Jeanette has released eight albums, composing and performing her own music and lyrics, and has appeared as a featured vocalist with renowned jazz groups, big bands, chamber and symphonic orchestras. Jeanette Lindström has given concerts and toured extensively throughout the Nordic countries as well as France, Belgium, England, Japan, and Canada. Her latest album Whistling Away the Dark (2006) is her first standards album under her own name, and was recorded at the famed Atlantis studio in Stockholm.

Saturday, August 11

Jeanette Lindström Jazz Masterclass Christ Church Cathedral 11:00 AM

see above

Christina and Carsten Dahl Longhouse at UBC 11:00 AM

Carsten Dahl has become a multi-talented force in Northern European jazz circles as a pianist, an in-demand sideman and a leader of various ensembles. His wife Christina Dahl (saxophone) has a successful solo career in her own right. As they bring their smooth, sinuous groove to the Longhouse, enjoy the inspired juxtaposition of graceful space and airy sound.

Philomela (Finland) Longhouse at UBC 1:00 PM

Philomela is a 30-member women’s choir from Helsinki, Finland. The choir is known for its energetic and memorable musical performances which often deal with a woman’s life, its joys and sorrows. Many of PhilomelaÕs performances originate from Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. Philomela uses human voice in all possible ways from sweet to coarse, soft to loud, and uses also movement and the available acoustic space in multiple creative ways. The critics have described Philomela’s performances as never-seen-before and touching. During its 20-year career Philomela has performed in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Japan and the United States in addition to many European countries. The performances have touched and moved audiences all over the world.

Sunday, August 12

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Mainstage Chan Centre 8:00 PM

Recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles and winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, the L.A. Guitar Quartet is one of the most charismatic and versatile groups performing today. Popularly known as the LAGQ, these four virtuosi bring a new energy to the concert stage with their eclectic programs and dynamic musical interplay. Their inventive, critically-acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. The Quartet has just recorded their fourth CD for Telarc (due for release September 2007) and the LAGQ continues to set new standards for the guitar quartet medium. John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif, Scott Tennant

Eli Bennett Quartet Cellar Jazz Cafe 8:00 PM

At age 17, Vancouver award-winning tenor saxophonist and composer Eli Bennett has already performed with over a dozen music legends including Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, and James Moody. In February 2007, the Grammy Foundation selected Eli to perform with the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, while in 2006 he played first tenor in the Grammy Big Band. Eli has performed at jazz festivals across Canada, and won many awards and scholarships including the 2007 Fraser MacPherson Scholarship. He is currently a finalist for the International Songwriting Competition for his composition Mistaken Perception. In addition to performing on half a dozen film scores, Eli is featured on TV and radio shows such as ET Canada, MTV, CTV’s Canada AM, and CBC Radio, and currently tours with the twelve piece band Five Alarm Funk.

Monday, August 13

Carsten and Christina Dahl Jazz at the Cultch 8:00 PM

see above

Wednesday, August 15

Rajaton (Finland) Sold Out! Mainstage Chan Centre 8:00 PM

The six-piece a cappella group has performed around the world at concert halls, churches, and jazz festivals. Founded in Helsinki in 1997, Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone). All members have vastly different musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to folk, pop, and rock. Gaining recognition and earning rave reviews across Europe, in recent years the group has also made headway into the Canadian and the U.S. markets.

Friday, August 17

Helge Lien Trio Jazz at the Cultch 8:00 PM

There are plenty of track listings for bop-era classics on the Helge Lien Trio’s five CDs. What’s exciting about these three players is the way they’re able to unravel the familiar compositions and then imaginatively recreate them in a new and engaging style. All three musicians offer unique strengths. Pianist Helge Lien is known for his lyrical and understated touch, bassist Frode Berg is the extrovert of the trio, and drummer Knut Aalefjær brings versatility, with extensive experience in classical and contemporary forms. All three combine solid technical skills with a free, exploratory approach to the music at hand. Come and see why Norwegian jazz fans rate this ensemble at the very top of the contemporary crop! Helge Lien (piano), Frode Berg (bass), (Knut Aalefjær (drums)

Sunday, August 19

Colin Story Quartet Cellar Jazz Cafe 8:00 PM

Barely out of his ‘teens, Colin Story is already a veteran of Canadian jazz festivals, and has opened for no less than McCoy Tyner. His quartet has been characterized as “a hard swinging ensemble, mature beyond its years, including some of Canada’s best young players” (Cory Weeds). Colin Story (guitar), Max Zipursky (keyboards), Derek DiFilippo (bass), Mike Ardagh (drums)

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