November 10, 2019
It's been a busy fall season and it's about to get busier with the holidays rapidly approaching.
Next weekend, November 15-17, brings the West Coast Big Band Festival and I'm delighted to be one of the featured clinicians. You can read more about the festival here.
December 1 is the debut of a new project brought forth by Cory Weeds and the Cellar Music Group in collaboration with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC: The Shadbolt Jazz Walk. This all-day festival features many outstanding jazz musicians from Vancouver in addition to visiting artists from New York City, Chicago and more. I will be performing in two separate sets; the first under the leadership of vocalist Lusine Yeghiazaryan, and the following with tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart. This is sure to be a fantastic day; please come out and support it so that it can become an annual event! For more information about the Shadbolt Jazz Walk, click here.
In the New Year, I'm very much looking forward to performing a weekend at Frankie's February 14 & 15 with Bill Coon's majestic Double Quartet.
Please check the performance page for more information and I hope to see you out and about!
May 20, 2018
Lots of great upcoming shows I'm super excited about. First up is a concert with European pianist Emil Viklicky presented at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. Check out arwibo.com
for more info.
After that, a busy June sees a variety of shows, including a short tour with Kristian Braathen, and local concerts with Cory Weeds, Vince Mai, & Steve Kaldestad. There's also some great concerts in the jazz festival, including Bill Coon's Double Quartet, Natasha D'Agostino, Jillian Lebeck, & Sam Taylor's group featuring famed tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Check out my performances page for all the details, and I hope to see you out and about.
January 6, 2018
I am proud to announce that I have been appointed Instructor of Double-Bass at Vancouver Community College (VCC). I am honoured to join the music faculty at VCC and I'm very excited to make a contribution towards moulding the next generation of Canadian bassists.
September 10, 2017
I don’t know what happened, but it’s September already! I feel like I blinked and summer was over. Fortunately, I have some wonderful shows coming up that are making me feel very excited about Autumn.
Bill Coon's Double Quartet CD Release
Frankie's, September 15
It is an honour to be a member of this unique ensemble. Bill put this group together probably 10 years ago, coupling a jazz quartet & string quartet, and writing some beautiful pieces specifically for this project. This is no pedestrian jazz + strings ensemble where the strings are an afterthought; this is very much a band in the truest sense of the word. We did the recording in March of this year and the music came off very well; please come and check it out.
Natasha D’Agostino Quartet
Frankie’s, September 24
I can’t say enough about this wonderful vocalist and improvisor that I only met a couple of years ago and have been playing with for about a year. She’s grounded in the jazz tradition but is also versatile, open, and interested in moving the tradition forward. We recently spent a day in the studio together with guitarist David Blake and drummer Bernie Arai that went really well, and will be returning to record some more tracks on the Tuesday following our Frankie’s gig. If you don’t know Natasha, please introduce yourself, and keep your eyes peeled for a new record from her in early 2018.
Oliver Gannon Quartet
Frankie's, September 27
I think if the Vancouver jazz scene has a godfather, it must be Olly. This incredible musician has played with everyone and has made the whole city better with his musical wit, sophistication and swing. It will be a pleasure to share the stage with him and another important member for the older generation, the fantastic drummer Blaine Wikjord.
Paul Rushka Trio
Tangent, October 1
I'm going to have a ball playing with two of my favourite musicians - trumpeter Brad Turner and guitarist Tristan Paxton - at Tangent Cafe. We will be featuring some original works by each musician as well as select favourite standards. Come by for the music, and enjoy some great food and drink at this East Vancouver institution.
Eric Alexander Quartet
Frankie's, October 27 & 28
I'm definitely excited to have the opportunity to perform two nights with New York tenor saxophone titan Eric Alexander! Known for his high-octane energy and bravura technique, this will be an animated, hard-swinging affair.
Cory Weeds Little Big Band Explosion
Frankie's, November 10 & 11, ACT Theatre November 12
This is a project sure to excite! When I lived in Montréal, I spent a lot of time playing and writing for what they call there a 'Chamber Jazz Ensemble.' Basically, it's a pared down big band with 3 saxophones, 4 brass + rhythm section. This project, put together by Cory Weeds, has the added bonus of combining some of the best and brightest jazz musicians from Vancouver & New York City, for a sound that will definitely blow the roof off! Featuring from the East - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet, Steve Davis - trombone, & Gary Smulyan - baritone saxophone. Featuring from the West - PJ Perry - alto saxophone, Steve Kaldestad - tenor saxophone, Chris Davis - trumpet, Rod Murray - trombone, Chris Gestrin - piano, Jesse Cahill - drums, & yours truly on bass. Extra special bonus - the arrangements will be written by our own Jill Townsend!
March 28, 2017
I'm excited to have the opportunity to perform four concerts in the next two months with my Present Past ensemble, which celebrates the music of Canadian jazz icon Kenny Wheeler. This group features the amazing Jon Bentley on soprano and tenor saxophone and the fabulous Tristan Paxton on guitar, along with yours truly on bass. The repertoire is mostly drawn from Wheeler's nearly 4-decade-long recording career, but also features a few obscure gems, as well as some of my original pieces directly inspired by Wheeler's music. Our first show is this Sunday at Frankie's. Please come by and say hello! Check out the performances page for more info.
March 14, 2017
This weekend! It's going to be a pleasure to share the stage at Frankie's with the incredible New York-based guitarist Peter Bernstein. This legendary musician has been on the international jazz scene since 1989 and has performed with many jazz luminaries, including Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, and many more. This is sure to be a swinging affair. With the fabulous Tilden Webb - piano, and Jesse Cahill - drums. For more info, go to:
July 17, 2016
CBC has posted an article on its news site related to my Hot Air broadcast yesterday. Please check it out at
July 14, 2016
This week I am the featured guest on CBC's Hot Air program in advance of my sextet show at Frankie's on Sunday, July 17.
I'll talk a bit about my music and some important musical mentors, and of course, have the chance to play lots of great jazz. Please take a moment to listen in: Saturday, July 16 from 5-6pm PDT, 88.1 FM in Vancouver.
February 12, 2016
I am proud to announce that I've joined the faculty at the VSO School of Music. I'm very excited to join a faculty that includes Vancouver's finest musicians as well as to teach in its state-of-the-art facilities. Please check it out at www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
January 29, 2016
The last couple of years that I was in Montréal, I played a lot with Lara Driscoll, a wonderful pianist/composer. She just put some videos of her Master's grad recital up, featuring yours truly and the wonderful Dave Laing on drums. If you would like to check it out, please click here
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