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2016 Vancouver Jazz Festival Concerts

Drummer at TD Jazz Festival

The 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival ran from June 24 to July 3 and included dozens of both free and ticketed jazz concerts throughout the city.

In 2017 the event runs from June 22nd to July 2nd. Click TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival for more information.

Jazz Festival Lineup for 2016

Some of the highlights for the 2016 season are listed below (many of which were FREE).

Jazz Fans on Lawns at David Lam Park
Jazz Concert at David Lam Park

Free Outdoor ConcertsFriday, June 24, Jazz Concerts

  • Rossi Gang at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – a BC-based jazz quintet on wind instruments, trumpet, bass guitar, percussion and keyboard. FREE!
  • Ingrid Mapson at St. Andrew’s Wesley at noon. FREE.
  • Evan Parker, Georg Graewe and Torsten Müller at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – a British saxophonist, German Vancouver-based bassist and German pianist jazz trio. FREE!
  • Vahagni at the West Vancouver Memorial Library at 1950 Marine Drive at 7:30 pm – a blend of flamenco guitar, folk, classical and jazz. FREE!
Dal Richards at TD Jazz Festival
The Dal Richards Tribute concert takes place on Saturday, June 25th.

Saturday, June 25, Jazz Concerts

  • Paul Keeling Ancient Lights Quintet at the Robson Street Stage at noon – a Vancouver-based group of jazz musicians featuring a mix of classical tunes and 1970’s rock. FREE!
  • Kristian Braathen Trio at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – Vancouver-based drummer Kristian Braathen and his trio team of Jodi Proznik on bass and Miles Black on the keyboards. FREE.
  • Dal Richards Tribute on the Georgia Street Stage in Vancouver at 12:30 pm – big band tunes by the Dal Richards Orchestra in tribute to their legendary leader who died in December of last year. FREE.
  • Huu Bac Quintet with Jou Tou at the North Vancouver Civic Plaza at 141 West 14th Street at 1 pm – Vietnamese-born Huu Bac Quach with his Andean flute, Chinese fiddle, jazz guitar and quintet team joins Vancouver’s the Jou Tou world music ensemble. FREE.
  • Tom Wherrett’s Evil Three at the Robson Street Stage at 1:30 pm – a jazz and post-rock group featuring Tom Wherrett on guitar, Omar Amlani on drums and James Meger on bass. FREE.
  • Copilots on the Georgia Street Stage at 2:15 pm – a 5-person folk and indie rock band. FREE.
  • Emile Parisien Quartet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – French saxophonist Emile Parisien along with Ivan Gélugne on bass, Julien Tourey playing piano and Sylvain Darrifourcq with the percussion. FREE.
  • Greasy G and the Poole Party at the Robson Street Stage at 3 pm – a trio offering a mix of Latin, afro beat and swing with keyboards, drums and congas. FREE.
  • Cortex at the Georgia Street Stage in Vancouver at 3:45 pm – a four-person band all the way from Norway with their bass, drums, trumpet and sax. FREE.
  • Longhand at the Robson Street Stage at 5 pm – a four-person band including some JUNO Award winners. FREE.
  • Dawn Pemberton at the Georgia Street Stage at 5:15 – a band with their powerfully-voiced lead singer offer a mix of gospel, jazz, funk, R&B and world music. FREE.
  • Gwyneth Herbert Trio at the Robson Street Stage at 6:45 – a trio featuring vocals, piano, ukulele and percussion. FREE.
  • Flat Earth Society on the Georgia Street Stage at 7:30 pm – a 15-piece contemporary big band group from Belgium. FREE.
Jazz Festival Crowds Downtown
Jazz in the plaza from the Georgia Street Stage

Sunday, June 26, Jazz Concerts

  • The Universal Gospel Choir at St. Andrew’s Wesley at 4 pm. FREE.
  • Cole Birney-Stewart Quartet at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – A four-person group of Vancouver musicians including Birney-Stewart on bass, Tom Wherrett on guitar, Jesse Cahill on percussion and Chad Makela on sax. FREE.
  • Only a Visitor on the Robson Street Stage at noon – a five-person Vancouver group. FREE.
  • Steve Hill on the Georgia Street Stage at 12:30 – a JUNO Award winning one-man band from Montreal. FREE.
  • Brickhouse at Lynn Valley Village at 1233 – 1277 Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver at 1 pm. FREE.
  • Jacques Kuba Séguin: Litania Projekt at Robson Street Stage at 1:30 pm – a Montreal-based musician and quartet with their mix of Northern European jazz and electronics. FREE.
  • Debra-Jean & the Dreams at the Georgia Street Stage at 2:15 – an 8-piece band offering an eclectic mix of crooning, country swing, soul, rock and folk ballads. FREE.
  • Marianne Trudel Quartet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – a JUNO-nominated pianist and modern jazz musician from Montreal accompanied by Vancouver-born trumpeter Ingrid Jensen as well as Morgan Moore on bass and Jim Doxas on drums. FREE.
  • André Leroux Quartet at the Robson Street Stage at 3 pm – a saxophone quartet led by Montreal-based André Leroux. FREE.
  • James Danderfer’s Hummingbird Brigade on the Georgia Street Stage at 3:45 pm – a sixteen-member New Orleans-style brass band with elements of soul, jazz and funk led by composer and clarinetist James Danderfer. FREE.
  • Elkhorn at the Robson Street Stage at 5 pm – a string, bass, clarinet and percussion quintet offering a combination of jazz, folk and post-rock. FREE.
  • WDF on the Georgia Street Stage at 5:15 pm – R&B musician Warren Dean Flandez offers urban-infused gospel accompanied by the 20-member Topline Vocal Collective Choir. FREE.
  • Jen Hodge All Stars at the Robson Street Stage at 6:45 pm – Vancouver’s Jennifer Hodge on bass and her team offer the city some sassy jazz. FREE.
  • Busty and the Bass on the Georgia Street Stage at 7:30 pm – a nine-piece electro soul group offering music to dance to from Montreal. FREE.
  • Lauryn Hill at 8 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton Street – a Grammy Award-winning musician. Cost is $79.

Monday, June 27, Jazz Concerts

  • Leora Cashe at St. Andrew’s Wesley at noon. FREE.
  • Malleus Trio at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – a trio of Vancouver artists including Geordie Hart on bass, Dominic Conway on sax, and JUNO Award-winner Ben Brown on drums. FREE.
  • Donkey Monkey with Eve Risser and Yuko Oshima at Performance Works at Granville Island at 2:30 pm – the duo of French Eve Rissler on piano and Japanese-French Yuko Oshima on drums. FREE.
  • Sarah McLachlan at 8 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton Street. Cost is $79.

Tuesday, June 28, Jazz Concerts

  • The Good Noise Gospel Band at noon at St. Andrew’s Wesley. FREE.
  • Julian Jayme Quintet at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – a Lower Mainland-based guitarist accompanied by his friends on saxophone, keyboards, drums and bass. FREE.
  • Equilibrium at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – a European trio of jazz and folk musicians featuring Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, Norwegian Sissel Vera Pettersen on sax, electronics and vocals, and Belgian Joachim Badenhorst on sax and clarinet. FREE.

Jazz Bass Player on Granville Island

Wednesday, June 29, Jazz Concerts

  • The City Soul Choir at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at noon. FREE.
  • Geoff Claridge Quartet at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – featuring Geoff Claridge on sax and clarinet accompanied by Lower Mainland pianist Brad Turner, bassist Andre Lachance and percussionist Bernie Arai. FREE.
  • Tyson Naylor at Performance Works at Granville Island at 2:30 pm – a tribute to Canadian pianist Paul Bley by JUNO Award-winner Tyson Naylor on keyboards. FREE.

Thursday, June 30, Jazz Concerts

  • The Top Line Vocal Collective at noon at St. Andrew’s Wesley. FREE.
  • Hildegard’s Ghost at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – featuring Roisin Adam on keyboards, Elisa Thorn on harp, Jeff Gammon on bass and Mili Hong on drums. FREE.
  • Quatuor André Lachance at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – a quartet with guitarist André Lachance, Brad Turner Rhodes, Chris Gestrin Moog and drummer Joe Poole. FREE.

Canada Day Events

Friday, July 1, Canada Day Jazz

  • Marcus Mosely Chorale at St. Andrew’s Wesley at noon. FREE.
  • The Artnt Arntzen Quintet at the Ron Basford Stage on Granville Island at noon – Arnt Arntzen on banjo and his team offer a mix of jazz, Dixie, country and blues. The venue can be found in the park at the southeastern tip of Granville Island. FREE.
  • The Boys of Benriach at Performance Works on Granville Island at noon – a quintet featuring both traditional jazz and original work by trumpeter and composer Kevin Elaschuk. FREE.
  • Trevor Whitridge Quintet at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – a mix of traditional, funk, fusion and Latin jazz with Vancouver’s Trevor Whitridge on trumpet as well as saxophonists Rowan Whitridge and Ben Henriques, drummer Ethan Honeywell and bassist Eli Davidovici. FREE.
  • Robin Layne Quartet at the Railspur Stage on Granville Island at 12:30 pm – a mix of Latin, Jazz and African music by percussionist Robin Layne, bassist Wynston Minckler, saxophonist and flutist Colin Maskell, and drummer Justin James. FREE.
  • Benoit Delbecq and François Houle and Company at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2 pm – a collaboration by French pianist Benoit Delbecq, Vancouver clarinetist Francois Houle, guitarist Gordon Grdina and percussionist Kenton Loewen. FREE.
  • Brejera at the Ron Basford Park Stage at Granville Island at 2:30 – a Lower Mainland-based group offering Brazilian-style tunes as well as a bit of funk and rock on samba instruments. FREE.
  • Speeding West at the Railspur Stage at Granville Island at 3 pm – a mix of Western swing, country jazz and rockabilly with Luca Benedetti on guitar, Scott Smith on guitar and pedal steel, Jeremy Holmes on bass and Nino DiPasquale on percussion. FREE.
  • Anat Fort and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb at Performance Works on Granville Island at 3:45 – an Israeli duo offering a mix of avant-jazz, French Chanson and both Jewish and other Middle-Eastern traditions. FREE.
  • John Korsrud’s Latin Ensemble at the Ron Basford Park Stage on Granville Island at 5 pm – a Canadian jazz orchestra playing music by Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo. FREE.
  • Rachel Therrien Quintet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 5:30 – Montreal International Jazz Festival 2015 TD Grand Jazz Award-winner Rachel Therrien along with pianist Charles Trudel, bassist Simon Page, saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps and drummer Alain Bourgeois. FREE.
  • Anita Eccleston at the Railspur Stage on Granville Island at 5:30 pm – a septet featuring Anita Eccleston on both trumpet and vocals with tunes including everything from traditional jazz to soul, funk, blues, Motown, reggae and pop. FREE.
  • Christine Tobin at Performance Works on Granville Island at 7:30 pm – a trio featuring Irish singer Christine Tobin offering a blend of jazz, folk and twentieth-century classical tunes. FREE.
  • BigFate at the Railspur Stage on Granville Island at 8 pm – a recently-formed Vancouver group offering a mix of modern jazz, R&B and other genres featuring Mary Ancheta, trumpeter Malcolm Aiken, saxophonist Dominic Conway, keyboardist Ian Coxs and drummer Daniel Klenner. FREE.
  • Laila Biali at Performance Works on Granville Island at 9:30 pm – a jazz and modern pop trio featuring award-winning Vancouver-originating but now New York-based vocalist and keyboardist Laila Biali along with drummer Ben Wittman and bassist George Koller. FREE.
Granville Island Jazz Crowds
Jazz at Granville Island

Saturday, July 2, Jazz Concerts

  • Jesus Caballero’s Solo Picnic at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – original jazz and prog rock works by Jesus Caballero and Lower Mainland-based vocalist Emma Postl, guitarist Jared Burrows, trumpeter Bill Clark and bassist Clyde Reed. FREE.
  • Sweet Papa Lowdown at the North Vancouver Civic Plaza at 14th and Lonsdale Avenue at 1 pm – a four-man band offering a mix of country string blues and classic jazz. FREE.
  • Jennifer Scott Quartet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 – a jazz foursome featuring pianist/vocalist Jennifer Scott, drummer Dave Robbins, saxophonist Cory Weeds and bassist Rene Worst, plus special guest Dave Sikula on guitar. FREE.
  • David Ward and the Golden Future Orchestra at the David Lam Park Main Stage at noon – a mix of art-rock, R&B and funk by the London England-based musician and his team. FREE.
  • Star Captains at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 1:45 – the groove, funk and hip-hop-playing quartet of NaRai on vocals, Jim Black on guitar, Gavin Youngash on bass, Daniel Klenner on percussion and Max Zipursky on keyboards. FREE.
  • Khari Wendell McClelland and the Unsung Heroes at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 3:30 pm – gospel and other music led by local vocalist Khari Wendell McClelland. FREE.
  • Wil Campa y su Orquesta at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 5:15 pm – a thirteen-member Cuban band led by vocalist Wil Campa offering Afro-Cuban music and a night of dancing. FREE.
  • Banda de los Muertos at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 7 pm – a lively multi-membered Mexican-flavoured brass band led by Oscar Noriega on clarinet and Jacob Garchik on sousaphone. FREE.
  • Roots Roundup at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 8:45 pm – a multi-member 1980s and 1990s Vancouver band offering a fun mix of rock, funk, reggae, ska, punk and folk music. FREE.

Sunday, July 3, Jazz Concerts

  • Sarah Kennedy Quintet at the Granville Island Public Market Stage at noon – a tribute to music icons Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus by Vancouver singer Sarah Kennedy along with bassist Michael Rush, saxophonist Ben Henriques, pianist Dan Reynolds and percussionist Sam Cartwright. FREE.
  • Paul Rushka Sextet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm – award-winning Paul Rushka on bass along with Jon Bentley, Jillian Lebeck on piano, James Danderfer on reeds, Dave Sikula on guitar and Joe Poole on percussion. FREE.
  • Camaro 67 at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 1:45 pm – a popular young 10-member heavy-funk band. FREE.
  • Bernie Arai’s Goat Logic at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown at 2:30 pm – a bass, saxophone and drums quartet with Bernie Arai, Skye Brooks, Tommy Babin and Chad Makela. FREE.
  • Candus Churchill at St. Andrew’s Wesley at 4 pm. FREE.
  • Cory Weeds Quintet at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 3:30 pm – a jazz quintet featuring saxophonist Cory Weeds, bassist Michael Glynn, pianist Miles Black, drummer Julian MacDonough and contemporary jazz musician Terell Stafford on trumpet. FREE.
  • The 24th Street Wailers at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 5:15 pm – a JUNO-nominated electric blues and boogie rock group featuring Lindsey Beaver on vocals and percussion, Jon Wong on saxophone, Michael Archer on bass, Marc Doucet on guitar and Jesse Whitely on piano. FREE.
  • Wooden Horsemen at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 7 pm – a local nine-member group with a mix of Latin, Afro, folk, psych-funk and electronic tunes. FREE.
  • Delhi 2 Dublin at the David Lam Park Main Stage at 8:45 pm – a popular 10-year-old Vancouver band that offers an eclectic mix of Celtic, Bhangra, dub reggae, hip hop, breakbeats, electronica and rock. FREE.
Delhi 2 Dublin Drummer and Fans
Delhi 2 Dublin Drummer and Fans

For more information on the festival, see the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. For more details on the concerts in 2016, see the official TD Vancouver Jazz Festival website.

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