Canadian Jazz from Vancouver 2005
From the git-go, Vancouver's broad programming has been its claim to fame -- a state-of-the-art global perspective of jazz and improvised music.
The original festival grew out of a "Jazz Forum," a program on listener-supported Co-op Radio, CFRO. Ken Pickering, John Orysik and Robert Kerr from "Jazz Forum" organized the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, now active year round. All three of the founders are still deeply involved. What a challenge to JazzSet -- to start a festival!
Some highlights: Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint with New Orleans horns, Tony Bennett, Bobby Hutcherson Quartet featuring Renee Rosnes, Paquito D'Rivera, McCoy Tyner, Andy Bey, the Campbell Brothers' gospel, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Baaba Mall from Senegal, E.S.T. from Europe, Marilyn Crispell, Mike Stern and so much more.
This week, JazzSet drops in on two wonderful Canadian artists performing at Vancouver 2005. Jane Bunnett from Toronto has made more than 50 trips to Cuba. Earlier this year Jane won a Juno, the Canadian Grammy, for the CD Radio Guantanamo. But her Vancouver set is a departure from all of that. It's traditional folksongs from central Canada, the Navajo people, and Japan for the Jane Bunnett Quintet and the Penderecki String Quartet. Jane's positive musical energy shines through.
The Vancouver vibe lured singer/pianist Denzal Sinclaire to relocate from Toronto to western Canada. Host Dee Dee Bridgewater met Sinclaire at an Ella Fitzgerald tribute at the Hollywood Bowl. In the words of a blogger on the internet: "This guy has got it all going on -- stunning good looks, a powerful and silky smooth voice, and an amazingly graceful and accommodating disposition." We think you will agree.
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