When one door closes, another one opens right? That’s the old saying, but when it comes to Vancouver’s live jazz scene it seems that multiple doors need to be cranked open in order to replace the active calendar that Vancouver’s “jazz home” has presented for 6 nights a week in 12 solid years.
The Cellar Jazz Club closed it’s doors on February 26 but Cory Weeds has created a few new places for hungry jazz lovers. He hosts a new jazz series starting in April at the VSO School of Music’s studio theatre, Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St). The series takes place every weekend and presents high level players from Vancouver and across the world. It kicks off with some pretty big talent that includes Denzal Sinclaire with the Jill Townsend Big Band, PJ Perry, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Gannon and New York vocalist, Champian Fulton. Keeping things downtown, he’s started a duo series at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave) on Wednesday nights (7-9pm no cover), and a Tuesday night jazz series at Seventeen 89 Restaurant & Lounge (1789 Comox St).
Heading eastbound, Vancouver is keeping the jazz spirit alive with a new venue that has been thriving for the past year. Tangent Cafe (2095 Commercial Drive) has been serving up live jazz on Sunday afternoons (4-7pm no cover) and starting in March will host another day on their calendar, Thursday nights (8-11:30pm no cover). Not only does Tangent serve incredibly tasty and reasonably priced Malaysian food, but they have an incredible beer list and a super friendly staff. It’s a cozy, comfortable place to relax and listen to jazz in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. The roster of music ranges from trad to contemporary music without boundaries and the first few months feature Peggy Lee’s Waxwing, Ihor Kukurudza trio, James Danderfer and Jon Bentley’s “The Oddity”.
Weekend afternoon jazz seems to be a new trend for laid back Vancouverites and Pat’s Pub (403 E Hastings) celebrates two years of live jazz at their establishment. The Patricia Hotel, Vancouver’s first home of jazz and Jelly Roll Morton who lived there in the early 1920s, has renovated their bar/restaurant and bought a beautiful grand piano to host jazz in their historic building. Their regular concert series is a mix of straight ahead jazz, fusion, and vocal. It takes place Saturday afternoons (3-7pm no cover), the occasional Friday/Saturday evening, and Monday nights for a jazz jam (8-11pm no cover). Upcoming artists include Bill Coon, Laura Crema, Hugh Fraser and the Night Crawlers.
It’s been an interesting journey watching these new venues open their doors and we hope that this is only the start of more good things to come. For more information on jazz in Vancouver and live concert listings check out the ever faithful website vancouverjazz.com.
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