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September 1, 2007

Coastal Jazz & Blues Announces Concert Series

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jazz Concerts Feature Wide Array of Styles

The Coastal Jazz & Blues Society has announced their upcoming concert season this past week. A fine roster of Canadian and international jazz in a wide range of styles is scheduled for the months ahead.
Below is a listing concerts up till December, all will take place in a variety of venues throughout Vancouver, BC.

Thursday, October 11 @ 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street
New York’s ‘Slammin’ the Infinite’—Steve Swell trombone, Sabir Mateen reeds, Matt Heyner bass, Michael Wimberly drums—is one of the most exciting working groups in jazz today. The music is exuberant, celebratory and sophisticated—free and at times breathtaking, without sacrificing melody or charm.

Wednesday, October 17 @ 8 PM
Cellar Jazz Café
3611 W. Broadway
Velvet-toned electric guitarist David Occhipinti from Toronto has made an impact on the national jazz scene with his appealing combination of lyricism and cutting-edge sensibility. With Kevin Turcotte trumpet, Andrew Downing bass, Terry Clarke drums.

Saturday, October 20 @ 8 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard Street
Toronto-based Molly Johnson is one of the finest jazz/pop vocalists around. “Flashes of Dinah Washington, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday colour the naturally warm textures of her voice.”—Toronto Star. With Lisa MacDougall piano/electric piano/vocals, Mike Downes bass, Mark McLean drums.

Tuesday, October 23 @ 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street
Led by San Francisco-based drummer Scott Amendola (Madeleine Peyroux), this band featuring guitarists Nels Cline (Wilco) and Jeff Parker (Tortoise), violinist Jenny Scheinman, and bassist John Shifflett, moves from hard-hitting grooves to lush ballads and from original material to covers by Jimi Hendrix, Fela Kuti, and Nick Drake.

Friday, November 2 @ 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street
Acclaimed bass player Michael Bates leads a hot New York contingent whose music draws from the traditions pioneered by Ornette Coleman and ’60s-era Miles Davis, while reflecting twentieth-century classical music (Prokofiev, Shostakovich) and Middle Eastern flavours. With Quinsin Nachoff saxophones, Russ Johnson trumpet, Jeff Davis drums.

Friday, November 16 @ 8 PM
St. John’s College Lounge
2111 Lower Mall, UBC
Exhilarating jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, improvisation, klezmer, and twentieth-century classical music.

November 16-17
Times: TBD
St. John’s College Lounge
2111 Lower Mall, UBC
Improvised and creative new musics have been on the upswing in recent years, but listeners, critics, and scholars have said little, so far, about the relationships of the various forms and practices of improvisation to gender and sexuality. A variety of papers, panel discussions, and artist talks will be presented. Speakers include Sherrie Tucker, Matana Roberts, and Marilyn Lerner.

Saturday, November 17 @ 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street
Chicago-based saxophonist Matana Roberts has performed with Burnt Sugar, Vijay Iyer, Eugene Chadbourne and others. For this collaborative trio gig Vancouver-based drummer Dylan van der Schyff and bassist Tommy Babin will join her.

Thursday, November 22 @ 8 PM
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
1895 Venables Street
A killer double bill.
Heavyweight saxophonist and Qualicum Beach, B.C. native Phil Dwyer is a Canadian jazz giant. Drummer Bernie Arai and bassist André Lachance are mainstays on the Vancouver scene.
Toronto-based bassist Rosemary Galloway’s quartet includes some of the finest musicians in the country: Pat LaBarbera saxophones, Gary Williamson piano, Terry Clarke drums.

Saturday, November 24 @ 8 PM
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
This trio of international improvisers includes Amsterdam-based pianist Achim Kaufmann, German multi-reeds player Frank Gratkowski and Dutch bassist Wilbert de Joode.

Sunday, December 9 @ 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street
An international improv summit featuring British saxophonist John Butcher and Vancouver-based Torsten Müller bass and Dylan van der Schyff drums.

for more info visit www.coastaljazz.ca

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