Let's Do It
THE MUSIC OF COLE PORTER
Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Bill Coon, Conrad Good
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Kate Hammett-Vaughan possesses improvisational instincts and ease with all manner of material that set her apart from many of her contemporaries. Her highly personal and expressive vocal style incorporates the breadth of her musical interests, from straight-ahead soulful ballads to hard-swinging grooves and improvisational adventures. Her approach is fresh and invigorating, paying tribute to the jazz tradition while interacting, exploring, and seeking to express herself in the moment.
Bill Coon is one of Canada's most highly respected musicians. He is a Juno nominee and winner of the 2009 National Jazz Awards, 'Guitarist of the Year'. Performing professionally for over thirty years, he has played with many significant jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sheila Jordan, Hugh Fraser, P.J. Perry, Campbell Ryga, Ian McDougall, Phil Dwyer, Dave Restivo, Brad Turner, Carol Welsman, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, and Rebecca Kilgore.
Conrad Good began his music studies on the cello. By age 10 he turned to the bass; studying and performing classical music. Soon after he dove deeply into jazz, completing a Jazz Performance Degree at McGill University. He resided in Ontario for a few years and now he's back in his home city of Vancouver where he is a commanding and exciting jazz player and always in high demand.
BOSSAS, BLUES AND BEYOND
Karin Plato, Miles Black,
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Tom Keenlyside has had a career spanning four decades, featuring performances and recordings throughout North America and Europe. His saxophone and flute playing have been featured with a wide variety of groups at many major festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival. He has performed with many of the biggest names in the music business: Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme and Tom Jones. In November 2006, Tom was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Miles Black is a highly respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry. He is known as one of Canada's most accomplished jazz pianists, and is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter and musical theatre director. For the concert series Miles will be playing guitar.
My Heart Stood Still
BALLADS AND BEBOP
Karin Plato, Cory Weeds,
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Karin Plato is a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator as well as the curator of this series. Karin continues her appreciation and study of music of various styles, with a fondness for music existing under the jazz umbrella. She is a collector of songs and song books. A self-professed "reluctant performer" she nonetheless looks forward to sharing the stage with all the wonderful artists of the 2019/2020 concert series.
Cory Weeds is a saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in jazz tradition, a label owner tirelessly documenting unsung jazz heroes, one of Canada's most important jazz impresarios, the hardest-working man in jazz business – Cory is all of these things, and much more. As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano University, he spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman. He held his own when performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. Weeds has also recorded fifteen albums as a leader.
David Blake is a jazz guitarist who strives to connect his deep passion for the jazz tradition to his fascination with contemporary improvisation and composition. His penchant for harmonic nuance and melodic discovery is well suited to the trio of guitar, acoustic bass and drums. His trio has performed at jazz festivals across Canada, including a performance at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival, where David was nominated for best emerging artist as well as best emerging composer.
AN ODE TO SPRING
Karin Plato, Laura Crema,
Dave Sikula, Paul Rushka
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Laura Crema is a vocalist who possesses a lush, unique instrument with great depth and resonance. Her influences are broad and diverse as she blends jazz with popular and classical music and improvisation. Laura has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in Canadian jazz, country, roots and new and improvised music. She has toured across Canada and Europe.
Dave Sikula is an engineer, producer and guitarist. He is active as guitarist with his own trio and quartet, Dan Gaucher's "Monk's Music", Jesse Cahill's "Nightcrawlers" and "Inhabitants" and is also in demand as a guitarist in other ensembles. While researching Dave's career one can certainly find him on youtube in many ensembles where he demonstrates what a versatile and exceptional musician he is. We're honoured to have be part of the Joy of Jazz series.
Paul Rushka is a well-respected and acclaimed Vancouver bassist who is often found performing on stage with international touring artists. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia and he appears many recordings. Paul obtained his Doctor of Music Degree from McGill and returned home to Vancouver continuing his work as a performing artist, composer, arranger and educator.