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TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
When: June 24 – July 3, various times
Where: Various venues
For its entire history, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has always presented a wide-ranging mix of music. There are truly sounds for everyone to enjoy at the annual event.
Better yet, the festival has always gone out of its way to guarantee that affordability wasn’t a factor in being able to take in performances.
As the front cover of the festival guide proclaims, there are “over 60 free shows” taking place between June 24 to July 3. It’s possible to have a bang-up festival experience and not be out a single dime. That’s pretty awesome.
Here are five highly-recommended free shows during the run of the festival.
When: June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Georgia Stage, xnq Xwtle7enk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza
Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth of the multiple Grammy-winning fusion band Snarky Puppy focus in on the future funk with this side project. Known to move from Afrobeat and hip-hop right into some near-metal breaks and back again, the band is incredibly dynamic. Naturally, that comes across in the live setting big time.
When: June 26, 4 p.m.
Where: Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Edmonton-based trombone dynamo Ochoa blends in elements of Latin music, swing jazz, pop and more in her music. Her playful style is being recognized across the country and has found her on stages with jazz artists such as Lew Tabackin and Marcus Miller as well as R&B legends the Temptations.
When: June 28, 5 p.m.
Where:The Ironworks, 235 Alexander
Toronto saxophonist Ng is an exciting player who explores the full dynamic range of the instrument. Vancouver bassist Russell Sholberg is a member of JUNO award-winning group Pugs & Crows and Stockholm-based pianist Lisa Ullén is known for her atmospheric approach. The three together should serve up an interesting and spontaneous set.
When: July 2, 11 p.m.
Where: Ocean Art Works Late Night, 1531 Johnston St., Granville Island
Mixing up EDM, hip-hop and other styles, Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, a.k.a. DJ Kookum, is a multimedia artist from the Alexi Nakota Sioux Nation and Cold Lake First Nation. Well-known for touring with the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the busy DJ also has a number of regular residencies and is a regular mentor to rising talents. Kookum is also the music supervisor for the delightful children’s series Coyote Science. Kookum is part of the Spotlight on Full Circle: First Nations Performance Talking Stick @ TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival series.
When: July 3, 1:30 p.m.
Where: David Lam Park Jazz Weekend, Workshops @ The Studio
A major presence in the New York City experimental arts scene, vocalist Kidambi leads the spectacular quartet Elder Ones as well as being a member of guitar star Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl and other groups. Her approach to voice is unusual and intense and can venture into near-operatic art song to spontaneous vocalizations and more. Hearing her discus techniques and motivations should be intriguing.
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