The 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival is now underway, with dozens of ticketed concerts, free shows, workshops and more over its eleven days.
Here are five shows to check out at this year’s festival:
1The Boom Booms
Part of the Downtown Jazz free concert series, The Boom Booms (June 25) bring a fusion of ‘70s soul, funk, Afro-beat, R&B, reggae, and Latin vibes.
2Buckman Coe (with Ziggy Marley)
Nominated for 2016 World Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Buckman Coe (June 26) fuses reggae, soul, and world music designed with messages of global unity and social justice.
3Turning Point Ensemble meets Hollenbeck, Nachoff & Houle
Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble brings together three genre-crossing musicians crossing who are eliminating the boundaries between jazz and new music – John Hollenbeck, Quinsin Nachoff and François Houle (June 27). This one-of-a-kind program presents all new work especially written for these three musicians and the Turning Point Ensemble.
4Christopher Fraser Trio
A rising young star in the Vancouver jazz scene, Christopher Fraser (June 30) plays a free concert at the Granville Island Public Market Stage. Along with Mili Hong and Eli Davidovici, his trio explores both Fraser’s original works and new arrangements of jazz standards.
5Brad Turner Quartet
Multiple Juno Award-winning trumpeter, pianist, and drummer Brad Turner (July 2) leads one of Canada’s most potent combos of Bruno Hubert (piano) André Lachance (bass), and Dylan van der Schyff (drums).
The 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival takes place at various locations around Vancouver from June 22 to July 2. Visit http://coastaljazz.ca for tickets and information.