Check out this cool Jazz Shed “streeter” with Cory Weeds down at the Coastal Jazz and Blues office on a sunny summer day in Vancouver. The Juno Award winning Jazz Fusion power quartet Metalwood has just released its first new album in a long time. The Jazz Shed was honored to receive an early promo copy of Twenty and we love it! Twenty is available on Cellar Live and Metalwood performs live at Frankie’s Jazz Club on September 9th, 10th, and 11th.Tweet
Champian Fulton brings a charm and excitement to the contemporary jazz scene, primarily because she is a fantastic and swinging musician. She has some pretty serious keyboard chops and a confident and dynamic vocal offering in the tradition of Dinah Washington.
The Jazz Shed had the distinct privilege of an extensive conversation with Ms. Fulton at Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver, prior to her two night engagement on March 4 and 5, part of the Women in Jazz series presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues. She is has just embarked on an international tour promoting her latest album release After Dark.
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If you were feeling blue about the closure of one of Vancouver’s all-time greatest Jazz venues, the legendary Cellar, well fear not, it has been reincarnated (sort of) in the new Frankie’s Jazz Club which launched late in 2015. And who else but the multifaceted Cory Weeds would be the driving force behind this exciting new venue which has already presented a stellar cast of jazz greats both local and from abroad.
I caught up with Cory, Jazz Impresario extraordinaire, leading tenor sax man, record label owner, producer, etc., etc., down at the new jazz club in December (2015) to stretch out on many subjects. Cory shared the back story around the launch of Frankie’s (a joint venture, if you will, between Cory, Coastal Jazz, and Frankie’s Italian Restaurant), his thoughts on jazz music, the old Cellar, his record label (Cellar Live) and much more.
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy this very candid and revealing conversation with “the hardest working man” in jazz. I believe it!Tweet
The Jazz Shed took advantage of a free Saturday afternoon on the calendar of Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt during a two night stint (Jan 8-9) at Frankie’s, the newish Vancouver Jazz venue next to BC Place Stadium, at the heart of this city’s nightlife.
Mr. Pelt took to the stage with some of NYC’s heaviest cats; Bill Stewart on drums, Peter Washington on bass, Steve Nelson on vibes, and Danny Grissett on piano. The Power Quintet cooked up a swinging brew of mostly original tunes with a decidedly post-hard-bop influence. All but two tunes of the two set offering were written by Pelt himself with a few from pianist Grissett. The packed house at Frankie’s, local musicians in abundance, were not disappointed as the band delivered high energy, immaculate, yet often daring variations on the contemporary but ‘feel good’ compositions of Messrs Pelt and Grissett.
In the following interview, Jeremy Pelt shares his thoughts on Jazz music, his plans for the future. Please enjoy, and feel free to comment.
The Jazz Shed sat down with Cory Weeds, Jazz Impresario extraordinaire, at the newly launched Frankie’s Jazz Club in downtown Vancouver, to stretch out and talk all things Jazz. Enjoy this part 1 clip of our discussion where Cory talks about how and why he decided to make a career around playing, presenting and recording Jazz music. Stay tuned for more of our extensive conversation coming very soon.Tweet