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Victoria and Vancouver International Jazz Festivals
General Event Information
Live Music: Jazz
Dates and Times:
June 20-July 1, 12:00-12:00AM; (see websites for complete schedule and more information.)
TD JazzFest will present a culturally and musically diverse program of over 85 stunning performances and five workshop/clinics on nine stages in downtown Victoria. Over 320 musicians in 71 bands from around the world, including artists from Japan, Cuba, Finland, Norway, Scotland, England, Benin, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and across Canada, will be performing in our city during the 30th anniversary edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest. There are 26 free performances in Centennial Square and a Club Series at various venues.
Headliners appearing at the Royal Theatre are Hiromi “The Trio Project”, Bobby McFerrin “spirityouall”, Angélique Kidjo, and Cassandra Wilson. The Cassandra Wilson performance is dedicated to the memory of long-time VJS volunteer Fredi McComb.
Additional headlining jazz artists appearing at a new JazzFest venue, the First Met United Church, include: Christian McBride “Out Here” & Rudresh Mahanthappa Gamak (presented by KPLU), Phil Dwyer Bridge Quartet, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Jill Barber, Laila Biali, and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. The festival will also feature a night of rocking blues on the outdoor stage at Centennial Square with Murray Porter and The 24th Street Wailers.
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 6/20-7/1
Many pundits recognize this festival to be among the most consistent visionary jazz events in the world. Vital and vibrant, the festival continues to portray the global diversity of jazz, improvised music and its genre bending relatives. This year the Festival welcomes the legendary Bobby McFerrin to the Orpheum Theatre for the first time since its inaugural 1986 festival.
Modern jazz legends at the Vogue Theatre include the masterful Charles Lloyd with his quartet, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and the breathtaking Cassandra Wilson makes a rare appearance.
Adding to the sparkle is Vancouver’s own chanteuse Jill Barber; the astonishing Japanese pianist Hiromi, and some gritty funk with the inimitable Maceo Parker and Medeski Sco¬eld Martin & Wood. The lineup at Performance Works this year is rock solid! Kicking the series off is an impressive double bill - John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. A native Vancouverite (residing in Brooklyn), the excitement surrounding JUNO and Grammy-nominated Darcy James Argue is palpable. Armenian pianist Tigran and American trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire are two younger artists that have created a huge buzz on the international jazz scene.
The multi-tiered Innovation Series (Ironworks, Roundhouse) advances the notion that great jazz and cutting-edge creative music can be found all over the globe (Norway, Japan, Chile, UK, USA, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Cuba) and across Canada as well as right here in Vancouver. The Downtown Jazz and David Lam Park Jazz Weekends take it to another level this year. Tons of great jazz and world music make these two weekends essential for any music fan.
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