Vancouver Jazz Community

Creating experiences with jazz

Opportunities to explore and create experiences with jazz, to explore the jazz community in Vancouver, and create a future for jazz in our community.

The experience of jazz

This film on the mid-twentieth-century jazz scene in Toronto, which was regarded as the third-largest jazz centre in North America, features prominent performers from that time including the Lenny Breau trio, the Don Thompson Quintet and the Alf Jones Quartet with an inside look at the creativity, hard work, improvisation, and stylization of these talented musicians.

Toronto Jazz (1963) National Film Board – 27 minutes
Clem Hambourg
The House of Hambourg
The Hambourg Conservatory of Music

The House of Hambourg with three floors of live jazz open until three in the morning was part of my early experience of jazz and my appreciation for Canadian jazz musicians.

Creating a future for jazz

Who wants to create a future for jazz? What kind of future would we like to create? What could we do to contribute to creating the future for jazz and for our jazz community in Vancouver? How could we increase appreciation for the experience, the roots, the contributors, and the contribution of jazz in our world?

Coastal Jazz and Blues Society

Canadian jazz-pop singer-songwriter Nikki Yanofsky answers three questions about jazz at the 2013 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Where do you think the two worlds of jazz and pop meet? What are the similarities?
You have worked with so many amazing musicians. What are some of the best pieces of advice you have received?
What is influencing your new sound, your experiences, new records you are listening to?

Nikki Yanofsky – Vancouver Jazz Festival Interview – Film
Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
Redbud Films

The Heritage of Jazz
Exploring the evolution of jazz

Exploring the experience of jazz, the evolution of jazz, and the contribution of jazz to our creative experience, to our creative evolution, and to our ability to create connections with our heritage and our culture.

A Heritage Vancouver experience

Exploring the roots of jazz in the Americas and the contribution of jazz to our creative and cultural evolution.

Exploring the heritage of jazz in Vancouver and the contribution of jazz to the heritage and evolution of our city and our Vancouver jazz community

Exciting our communities in creative community enterprise exploring ideas and opportunities to create a future for our heritage and create a heritage for our future.

We are creating heritage experiences

Creating heritage experiences with jazz around the live experience of jazz. Introducing people to live jazz experiences by exploring the heritage of jazz.


Increasing our understanding and appreciation and exploring the contribution of our heritage and our experiences, and our creative ideas, and our creative contribution, and our creative evolution

Exploring the experience of jazz and creating experiences with jazz. Creating experience around the heritage of jazz in heritage places in Vancouver to excite interest in exploring the roots of jazz and the contribution of jazz to our creative and cultural evolution and the roots and contribution of our heritage in Vancouver in our evolution as a community.

Creating connections between the Vancouver Heritage Community and the Vancouver Jazz Community and the Jazz Community Network and the Heritage Community Network around exploring the History of Jazz in Vancouver, – an opportunity for creative community enterprise for Creative Vancouver.

The History of Jazz from the Vancouver Community Media Centre, created by Vancouver musicians, Vancouver film-makers, Vancouver music producers, Vancouver story-tellers, and the Vancouver Jazz Community brought to you from Vancouver heritage places.

Brought to you by business and community enterprises who contribute to and benefit from increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of our heritage and our heritage resources, our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of jazz and blues to our creative and cultural evolution,  and from creating connections and communities without borders contributing to creating possibilities for the future of our creative and community resources. Profits invested in Heritage Vancouver and our contributors to our heritage community and our common enterprise.

Heritage Vancouver
Creating a future for our heritage

Exploring the history of jazz

The History of Jazz in Old Vancouver
Opening January 26, 2013
A Heritage Vancouver Event

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Patricia Hotel and the contribution of jazz to the evolution of the City of Vancouver and celebrating and exploring the history of Old Vancouver, Vancouver’s heritage
Opening celebration at Pat’s Pub, Saturday January 26, 2014

Opportunities for the Vancouver Jazz community to explore the history and heritage of jazz, explore possibilities for the future of jazz in Vancouver, and create connections for our community and with our community.
Opportunities for hot spots in Old Vancouver to become part of the exploration of Vancouver’s Heritage Now
Opportunities for storytellers and broadcasters and filmmakers to create Vancouver’s Heritage Now

Although currently known as Pat’s Pub, the pub was originally known as The Patricia Café. Established in 1914 The Patricia Café was run by Will Bowman and was one of Vancouver’s jazz hotspots at the time. Pat’s Pub is thick with jazz history; some of the musicians who played at the Patricia Café at the time were influential in the transition between ragtime and jazz piano styles. Most notably is Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton who at the age of 28 made Vancouver his home during August 1919 thru to January 1921. During his time in Vancouver “Jelly Roll” Morton performed in the Patricia Café as well as roomed in the Patricia Hotel. To this day the Pub’s original wood floor exists as a reminder of its history.

Pat’s Pub –

The History of Hastings Mill & Brewhouse

A Walk back in time in Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood –

Presenting partners

Jazz Hotspots then and now in Old Vancouver
Jazz Musicians then and now to celebrate

The wisdom of jazz elders

Miles Davis once said that, “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”

Jazz itself has now been around for a long time, a century or more. It’s an art form that values tradition, and honours those who have built on its rich heritage through the years.

Though many jazz artists from the early days succumbed to the historic occupational hazards of late nights, incessant travel and substance abuse, there are also many jazz elders who continue to make music with loads of style and gusto. These artists are inspiring audiences everywhere with their music, and sometimes with their words as well.
The wisdom of jazz elders

Exploring the experience of jazz

Arts Hour – Exploring the creative experience

Opportunities to explore

Coastal Jazz, British Columbia’s biggest music presenter and producer of the acclaimed TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, is pleased to announce the launch of a new music initiative at FRANKIE’S starting October 8, 2015. Centrally located in downtown Vancouver at 765 Beatty Street, Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar will present live jazz and blues continuously on weekends (Thursday – Sunday) with 10 bands scheduled in October and more to be announced for the upcoming months.

“The addition of Frankie’s to the jazz landscape will provide Vancouver with a full time club presenting jazz and blues music,” say Cory Weeds, who will oversee the artistic direction for the space. “A hub is something that has sorely been missed since The Cellar closed its doors almost two years ago.”

Frankie’s will play host to many of the region’s top jazz and blues artists and on occasion will feature touring national and international groups. The room has a capacity of 100 and is designed for maximum listening pleasure. Patrons will be asked to keep conversations to a minimum and at a whisper. The house piano—the Steinway B—is from The Cellar.

Connections – exciting creative community enterprise – creating a future for our heritage – exploring the creative experience – creating connections with our heritage – creating community with jazz – creating connections with jazz – exploring jazz in Canada – creating a future for jazz


Muscle Shoals
Proceeds to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Foundation


What is jazz

It is America’s music, – born out of a million American negotiations: between having and not having; between happy and sad, country and city; between black and white and men and women; between the Old Africa and the Old Europe, which could only have happened in an entirely New World

It is an improvisational art, making itself up as it goes along, – just like the country that gave it birth. It rewards individual expression but demands selfless collaboration. It is forever changing but nearly always rooted in the blues. It has a rich tradition and its own rules, but it is brand new every night. It is about just making a living and taking terrible risks, losing everything and finding love, making things simple and dressing to the nines. It has enjoyed huge popularity and survived hard times, but it has always reflected Americans, – all Americans, – at their best.

“Jazz” the drummer Art Blakey liked to say, “washes away the duat of everyday life.” Above all, it swings.

Ken Burns
From the preface to Jazz , A History of America’s Music

Hot Air – exploring the experience of jazz
Hot Air, broadcast from Vancouver on CBC Radio since 1947, explores jazz from all eras with a particular interest in B.C. artists.
Host – Margaret Gallagher

Harlem Nocturne – Burlesque Classic
Blue Morris
Guitar player, teacher, bandleader of Pink Flamingo Burlesque

Pink Flamingo Burlesque

Jim Byrnes
I am so grateful to be alive, to be able to share my love of music and hope that it helps people along the way, the way it has helped me through the hardest times and the way it has helped me celebrate the best of times. One of the great things about the work I do is its diversity, the vastly different situations you find yourself in, the variety of people you work with and deal with on so many levels, and the opportunities to travel to so many places.

It’s sometimes difficult to find that healthy work-life balance, as there is little consistency in the day-to-day life of an actor or musician. It seems that we are either swamped with projects, places to be and people to see or we are waiting for the phone to ring and hoping that is not the wolf at the door. As time goes by you learn to deal with the ups and downs and you realize you will be disappointed, but you mustn’t get discouraged.

I suppose every positive thing that I have achieved is a reflection of my mother and dad. They were always there for me and stood by me through thick and thin. No matter how badly I screwed up, after the reprimand there was always a pat on the back and the admonition to ‘keep your chin up, buddy’.

Source: Internet Movie Database

Jayleen Stonehouse

Jame Danderfer’s Great Gatsby Night
This week on Hot Air at 5.00 pm…an escape into the world of The Great Gatsby. James Danderfer plans on turning a Vancouver nightclub into a 1930’s speakeasy complete with prohibition era food and of course, hot jazz. He’ll join us to share some of his favourite swing tunes and tell us if it’s really a clarinet in that case he’s always packing.
James Danderfer

The Dinah Washington Story – Vancouver Fan Club
Celebrate the career of the Blues Queen on the 50th anniversary of her passing

New Orleans and All That Jazz
Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2014 for our 5th annual gala fundraiser for The Cultch inspired by the exotic, mystical, and steamy romance of New Orleans. History beckons as we embrace the passion of music, food, and revelry in the style made so famous by those who know and love New Orleans.
Hosted by CBC’s Margaret Gallagher and Fred Lee
Featuring David C. Jones as auctioneer

Tickets: $200 inclusive of all food, drink, and taxes(receive a $150.00 tax receipt) and can be purchased online or by phone through The Cultch Box Office at 604 -251-1363.
Our fabulous evening includes:
* Welcome reception with canapés, raw bar (shrimp & oysters) and music
* Plated dinner service on the stage of our Historic Theatre
* Extraordinary entertainment including The James Danderfer Trio, The Whitridge
Brothers, Trio of the Hot Club of Mars, and other unexpected, surprise guests
* Silent and live auction
* Dancing

St. Louis Blues – 1958 Film – the story of W.C.Handy
W. C. Handy – Wikipedia


featuring LOUIS HAYES drums, VINCENT HERRING alto sax, JEREMY PELT trumpet, RICK GERMANSON piano and DEZRON DOUGLAS bass

For more than forty years, drummer Louis Hayes has been a catalyst for energetic, unrelenting swing in his self led bands, as well as in those whose respective leaders reads like an encyclopedia of straight ahead post-bop modern jazz. Hayes himself an authentic architect of post-bop swing, began his professional activities at the tender age of 18. He started with tenor saxophonist, flautist and oboist Yusef Lateef who like Hayes is a Detroit native (other jazz luminaries hailing from the “motor city” include the Jones brothers, Elvin, Hank and Thad, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan and many others). After the stint with Lateef, Hayes went on to rhythmically propel groups led by pianist Horace Silver, legendary saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Oscar Peterson. These positions were augmented by countless recordings on the Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside and other labels with the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and the list goes on. For the past 20-plus years, Louis has led or co-led some of the most uncompromisingly swinging groups in all of jazz. Each unit has displayed tight-knit harmonic cohesion and hard-driving consistency as part of its signature. With so much activity in his past, Louis could easily rest comfortably on his laurels. But, being a forward-thinker and doer, Hayes operates “in the present!” His story, still being told, contains a glorious past, a vibrant present and an ever-promising future. With so much activity in his past, Louis could easily rest comfortably on his laurels. But being a forward thinker and doer, Hayes operates “in the present!” His recent groups boasts some of the cream of jazz’ recent crop. Saxophonist Louis Hayes poses an embarrassment of riches. His story, still being told, contains a glorious past, a vibrant present and an ever promising future.

Brought to you in part by the Hard Rubber New Music Society and the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society

Led by conductor/trumpeter John Korsrud and featuring a Who’s-Who of leading Canadian jazz and New Music players, the legendary Hard Rubber Orchestra has been at the forefront of cutting-edge composition for 20 years.

Source: Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
Hard Rubber New Music Society
Hard Rubber Orchestra


featuring JAMES DANDERFER clarinet, MILES BLACK piano, JOE POOLE drums The Swing Era still evokes visions of a golden time of hot jazz in small clubs and Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club is very pleased to present a special evening of great Swing-era food and jazz on December 13th & 14th. The acclaimed James Danderfer Trio will light up the room with a classic 1930s repertoire inspired by the small combo swing of Benny Goodman and Jelly Roll Morton while Two Chefs and a Table will recreate their Great Gatsby pop-up menu with authentic period dishes that would have appeared on the menus of supper clubs of New York and Chicago. James Danderfer is the perfect choice to play an evening like this, having performed for audiences around the world. He was recently commissioned by CBC Radio to compose a suite of trio music dedicated to Jelly Roll Morton, who actually spent years playing in Vancouver. Just as Danderfer has made his tribute to Early Jazz a key part of his repertoire, the cuisine of the early 20th Century is something of a specialty for Two Chefs & a Table. Over the course of several Prohibition-themed dinners and a month-long Great Gatsby pop-up restaurant, they’ve added a wide range of recreating period dishes like Beef Wellington, Waldorf Salad, Rillettes, and Crab Louis to their repertoire of favourites.

About Gigspace Ottawa

The Gigspace

Exploring the evolution of jazz

Rick Kilburn
Jim Byrnes
Murray Porter
Doug LouieAudition
William Taylor
Dalannah Bowen

Aoki Legacy Fund Fundraiser
Vancouver Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander
Nov 5, 3-6 pm

Come to the Aoki Legacy Fund Fundraiser featuring the well known jazz guitarist Henry Young’s Quartet and percussionist Themba Tana. The event will honour and support the legacy of their dear friend, the late GVJCCA Vice-President, fellow musician and antiracism activist Harry Aoki. It is one of several events this year which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of Canadians of Japanese descent.

About Henry Young
From “Musical Occasions”
Henry Young is one of Vancouver’s most enduring jazz musicians who has played alongside legends like Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Roberta Flack and Little Richard. Henry has performed and entertained in clubs and venues in New York, Paris and London. 
Not only is Henry a superb guitarist, he is also an accomplished composer, arranger and musical director. Henry’s talent encompasses the spectrum of R&B, Rock & Roll, Big Band and Jazz. His entire career, guitarist Henry Young has been involved with crafting music of the highest calibre. A previous Juno nominee, Henry’s work has drawn praise from the likes of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis. As a former principal member of Nina Simone’s superlative band, he has received international critical attention, having performed at the prestigious Montreux, African and Newport Jazz Festivals.

About Harry Aoki
Composer, recording artist, conductor, impresario, orchestral arranger, band leader, advocate for social justice and pioneer in the field of world music—Harry Aoki managed to squeeze several lifetimes worth of experience into his 91 years on this planet. When he passed away on January 24, 2013, he had only recently been forced to give up playing music due to declining health.
Harry was born in Cumberland in 1921 to parents who had been sent by the Japanese government to set up Japanese language schools in B.C. From early childhood, he showed promise as a violinist and harmonica player, but when his family was uprooted and dispersed with 22,000 other Japanese Canadians in 1942, the course of his life changed forever. Throughout the terrible hardship of labouring with his family on an Alberta sugar beet farm, Harry continued to demonstrate his talent as a musician. Instead of lashing out at the world after the internment experience, he channelled his energy into cross-cultural communication through music and dialogue, thus becoming a proponent of social justice. Over his career spanning some sixty years, Harry played the harmonica and bass, entertaining radio, TV and live audiences all over the world. With an academic’s knowledge of musical history combined with a musician’s ear for what styles can blend together, at the age of eighty he took an active role in bringing musicians together by starting the First Friday Forum. A monthly gathering of like-minded musicians from various musical and ethnic backgrounds, the First Friday Forum continues to be held on the first Friday evening of every month at Tonari Gumi, 42 West 8th Avenue.

About the Aoki Legacy Fund
Through a generous gift from Harry, his friends established the Aoki Legacy Fund in 2008 in partnership with St. John’s College, an international graduate college at the University of British Columbia that emphasizes international understanding and exchange. The purpose of the Fund is to further his vision of intercultural harmony and social justice by equipping younger global citizens for a multicultural world. With Harry’s creative work in mind, the Fund will support programs that encourages dialogue among artists, musicians, scholars, students and community members.

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