2019 Line-Up 

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Festival Main Stages & Ticketed Events

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Brandon Isaak

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show|Fort Langley National Historic Site
Guitar and Vocals

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Juno-nominated and international touring roots and blues artist, Brandon Isaak captivates his audience and takes them on a journey like a ring master in a circus. He brings a firebrand style of guitar as well as incredibly stirring vocals to his performances. His music is passionate and spontaneity of the blues is second to none.

Artist website: https://www.brandonisaak.ca/

Video: Brandon Isaak Promo

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Dalannah Gail Bowen

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site Vocal Soloist | R&B | Ticketed Event

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African Canadian/Cherokee singer Dalannah Gail Bowen has been making music for forty years on the Canadian blues, rock and soul scene. Her style has been described as “Billie Holiday meets Howlin’ Wolf,” and she’s known for having “a truly spectacular set of pipes…Smoky. Earthy. Soulful. Powerful” (Canadian Musician). Over the years she has worked with many of the blues greats, including BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Taj Mahal, Jim Byrnes, Jerry Doucette, Steve Dawson, and others.

Artist website: http://www.dalannahgailbowen.com/

Video: Delannah Gail Bowen Promo

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Doug Louie & LJ Mounteney

Friday, July 26, 6pm
Dinner Jazz | Rail & River Bistro
Jazz | Free

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Doug Louie is an accomplished pianist who has been performing on the Vancouver jazz and blues scene for more than 40 years. He is a master as a soloist and as an accompanist to well- known local jazz vocalists and knows every song in the book. He has opened for jazz greats such as Ray Brown, McCoy Tyner and Stanley Turrentine. His playing is deeply rooted in the blues and his technique and phrasing is greatly appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz enthusiasts.

Artist website: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.louie.3

LJ combines a bluesy sound, keen musicianship and a commanding stage presence while she takes her listeners through a wide variety of styles rooted in jazz and blues. In a lush, clear voice she weaves magic telling her own truths though the power of song. She produced her first album, Here in the Dark, in 2017 and has been featured as a guest artist in several notable shows including the Strong Women Strong Music series, Spring Fever, The White Album Revisited and Cool Yule Christmas Tour (with Van Django).

Artist website: http://ljmounteney.com/about/

Video: Doug Louie & LJ Mounteney Promo

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James Danderfer’s the Hummingbird Brigade

Sunday, July 28, 11am
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
New Orleans | Soul | Funk | Jazz | Free

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"A meaty, beaty, big and bouncy all-star band" - Georgia Straight. Composer/clarinetist James Danderfer delivers his contemporary big band take on the New Orleans Brass Band tradition, mixing soul, funk and jazz with irresistibly propulsive results! The Hummingbird Brigade is a powerhouse ensemble with James Danderfer (clarinet/bass clarinet/vocals), Chris Gestrin (moog bass), Joe Poole (drums), Chris Davis, (trumpet), Rod Murray, (trombone), Cory Weeds, (alto sax), Eli Bennett, (tenor sax) and Chad Makela (baritone sax).

Artist website: https://www.jamesdanderfer.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HummingbirdBrigade

Video: James Danderfer’s The Hummingbird Brigade Promo

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Joani Bye

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site Vocal Soloist | R&B | Ticketed Event

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Joani has been wowing audiences as a singer, musician and entertainer for many years, performing on T.V., radio, concert and theatre stages and in nightclubs. As one of Vancouver's top studio singers, Joani's powerful voice has been heard on albums by some of the music industry's most popular artists such as Cher, David Bowie, INXS and Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few, as well as on countless commercial jingles. Joani is performing at the festival as a vocalist at the All-Star Blues show and also with the R&B Allstars.

Artist website: http://www.joanibye.com/

Video: Joani Bye Promo

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Mike Van Eyes Big Band

Saturday, July 27, 3pm
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Big Band | Jazz | Free

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This sensational vocalist and showman, Mike Van Eyes brings an A-list of Vancouver’s top musicians to perform a panorama of music, from 1940’s jazz and swing through 1960 and 70’s soul and funk. Featuring music from Johnny Mercer, Miles Davis, Nat Adderley, Joe Henderson, Professor Longhair, James Brown and Tower Of Power to name a few, this big band is made-up of Dave Robbins and Marko Ibarra (drums), Paul Blainey and Billy Mendoza (bass), Tim Porter (guitar), Mike Van Eyes and Diane Lines (piano), Doug Louie (Hammond organ), Jerry Cook, Tom Gould and Dave Say (tenor sax), Bill Runge (alto sax), Gordon Bertram (baritone sax), Rod Murray (trombone) Vince Mai, Chris Davis and Derry Byrne (trumpet), Nick Apivor, (vibraphone and percussion) and Dawn Pemberton, Candice Churchill and Colleen Savage (vocals). This band is guaranteed to knock your socks off!

Artist website:http://mikevaneyes.com/

Video:Mike Van Eyes Big Band Promo

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Sojourners

Sunday, July 28, 7pm
Gospel Show | Chief Sepass Theatre
Gospel | Jazz | Ticketed Event

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The Sojourners are an award-winning popular roots gospel trio, who count Bobby McFerrin and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama among the music legends they have opened for over the years. Marcus Mosely, the group’s leader is a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame ‘Star Walk’ recipient and together with Will Sanders and Khari McClelland deliver some powerful authentic soul and gospel. This is real gospel — blessed with a soul that can’t be faked. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. Singing praise music with their own special ‘stank’, the Vancouver based Sojourners sound just as at home in a roadhouse bar as they do in a revival tent.

Artist website: http://www.thesojourners.ca/

Video: Sojourners Promo

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The Noxious Obs Society

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28
Strolling Band | New Orleans | Strolling | Youth Artists | Free

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Purveyors of revelry and sonic pleasure since 2018: a party band for all occasions and predicaments, serving the lower mainland. Made up of current and former students of New Westminster Secondary School, this New-Orleans-meets-Balkan-Brass band is a mobile unit that entertains at the drop of a hat. Expect the unexpected!

Artist website: http://noxiousobs.com

Video: The Noxious Obs Society Promo

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Steve Kozak Band

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site
R&B | Ticketed Event

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One of Canada’s finest blues artists and Maple Blues Award winner, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties. When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation -- just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.

Artist website: https://www.stevekozakband.com/

Video: Steve Kozak Band Promo

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VSO School of Music Jazz Faculty Ensemble

Saturday, July 27, 11am
City Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Jazz | Free

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Join bassist Jodi Proznick and the VSO School of Music jazz faculty as they perform a mix of originals and beloved jazz standards. This award-winning ensemble includes pianist Miles Black (piano), Jesse Cahill (drums), James Danderfer (saxophone/clarinet) and Vince Mai (trumpet).

Artist website: https://vsoschoolofmusic.ca/faculty-members/

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Celso Machado

Sunday, July 28, 10am
City Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Brazilian | Jazz | Free

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Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Celso Machado, transports his audiences through the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and beyond. For forty years Celso has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. Considered one of the most versatile and exciting musician/composers of Brazilian music today, his guitar technique is but one of his passions; his gift for making music out of anything and everything around us is his mission in life.

Artist website: http://www.celsomachado.com/

Video: Celso Machado Promo

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Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars

Saturday, July 27, 2pm
City Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Gypsy Jazz | Free

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Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920’s & 30’s and you will experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of the Hot Club of Mars. Enjoy a clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900’s to charming contemporary songs. Deanna weaves her lyrical magic around swing classics, bossa, boogie, tangos and her original compositions. Described as “stand out, unmistakable and smooth as fine whisky” Knight celebrates 18 years with ”multi-instrumentalist and ace luthier Michael Dunn and the Hot Club boys who use their Hawaiian, resonator, and Gypsy-jazz guitars to slice and dice 50 shades of swing with admirable gusto.” Gypsy jazz from traditional to the unusual will unfold before your eyes and ears. Just try to keep your toes from tapping.

Artist website: https://www.hotclubofmars.com/

Video: Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars Promo

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Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site
Vocals & Harmonica Soloist | Blues | Ticketed Event

Saturday, July 27, 4pm
City Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Chicago Blues | New Orleans Jazz | Free

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Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player who has earned a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. The Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band have a unique sound that takes Chicago Blues down to New Orleans. It’s piano driven and often features slide trombone, sax and clarinet. They perform mostly originals, yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, and a lot of originals. This music will move you. Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award.

Artist website: http://www.harpdogbrown.com/

Video: Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Band Promo

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Jen Hodge All-Stars

Sunday, July 28, 4pm
City Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
New Orleans | Swing| Jazz | Free

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Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader and arranger leads this group of talented young musicians with a passion for playing swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements and plenty of spontaneous fun. Think ‘20s, 30s, speakeasies, roadhouses and music of the prohibition-era with a modern twist. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean.

Artist website: http://jenhodgebass.com/

Video: Jen Hodge All-Stars Promo

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Jodi Proznick Quintet with special guest, Christine Jensen (saxophone)

Saturday, July 27, 5pm
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Mainstream Jazz | Free

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Two-time Juno-nominated and National Jazz Award winning bassist Jodi Proznick is one of Canada’s finest mainstream jazz artists. Not only has she released three critically acclaimed albums—Foundations, Triology, and most recently Sun Songs—she has also shared the stage with legends such as George Coleman, Peter Bernstein, Sheila Jordan, PJ Perry, Oliver Gannon, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali, to name a few. She is joined by Miles Black on piano, Jesse Cahill on drums, Katherine Penfold, vocals and special guest, Christine Jensen on saxophones.

Artist website: https://jodiproznick.com/

Video: Jodi Proznick Quintet Promo

Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers.” - Globe and Mail. The two-time Juno Award winning bandleader’s music has been performed by ensembles around the globe. She currently holds the position of conductor of the Orchestre National Jazz de Montréal and is on faculty at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where she is Artistic Director of Jazz Orchestra 1, along with teaching saxophone and composition.

Artist website: http://www.christinejensenmusic.com/

Video: Christine Jensen Promo

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Marcus Mosely Chorale

Sunday, July 28, 7pm
Gospel Show | Chief Sepass Theatre
Gospel | Soul | Jazz | Ticketed Event

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The Marcus Mosely Chorale of 50 singers, sings in the “Black African Gospel style, fused with soul and jazz, featuring some unique arrangements by artistic director, Marcus Mosely, musical director, Bill Sample and choral director, Darlene Ketchum. Now in its eighth season, the chorale has performed with soloists Dee Daniels, Eleanor Collins (recipient of the Order of Canada), the late Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee, Cayla Brooks, Dawn Pemberton, Leora Cash, Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners (2014 winners of Spiritual Album of the Year). “People may not remember who you are, but they will remember how you made them feel - that's what the music of the Marcus Mosely Chorale is all about. Many voices...one song, all culminating in joy.”

Artist website: http://mmc2011.ca/

Video: Marcus Mosely Chorale Promo

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Mud Bay Blues Band

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site
R&B | Ticketed Event

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For 40 years (and counting) MUD BAY has been electrifying audiences with their unique brand of high-intensity original rock, roots and blues music. The 5-piece group features four songwriters (three of whom are lead vocalists. The music is danceable, featuring original independent roots and blues with vintage rhythm and blues stylings mixed in. Their sound reflects a wide range of influences — classic Chicago blues, country, cajun, rock, soul — all finding common ground inside well-crafted, inventive songs.

Artist website: https://mudbayblues.com/wp/

Video: Mud Bay Blues Band Promo

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R&B Allstars

Sunday, July 28, 3pm
Odlum Brown Stage
Soul | Funk | R&B | Free

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The R&B Allstars are a dynamic 10-piece soul, funk, rhythm & blues show band that is celebrating its 40th year on the Vancouver music scene. The band was formed in 1979 and gained popularity playing at venues like the Town Pump, Buffalo Bills, Richards on Richards and the Commodore Ballroom. The R&B Allstars take pride in their powerful vocals and harmonies, funky soulful rhythm section and fantastic horns. Band members include Tim Porter (guitar/vocals), Billy Mendoza (bass/vocals), Rick Hill (drums), Robbie Buchanan (Hammond), Steve Hilliam (tenor sax), Peter Juric (trumpet/vocals), Colin Weinmaster (trombone) and Bill “Maseo” Abbott (alto sax) Nathen Aswell (vocals) and Joani Bye (vocals).

Artist website: https://rbalive.com/

Video: R&B Allstars Promo

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Wailin’ Al Walker

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site
Guitar Soloist | Blues | Ticketed Event

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Al is well known for his infectious brand of rockin’ rhythm and blues. His stunning electric guitar solos and commanding vocals have been thrilling large crowds for more than four decades. As leader, guitarist and singer of the Wailin’ Walker Band, Al has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, George Thorogood and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. He continues to work with a tight rhythm section... that keeps dance floors packed.

Artist website: www.wailinwalker.com

Video: Wailin’ Al Walker Promo

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Coco Jafro

Saturday, July 27, 1pm
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Funk | Soul | Jazz | Afro Beat| Free

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Vancouver-based but boasting members from all over the globe, Coco Jafro’s hard hitting force is to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They bring together the schools of funk, soul, jazz and afro beat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep-set grooves. With a live show that encourages the freedom to dance and the freedom to exchange culture and energy, it is no surprise that Coco Jafro have become icons in their community. The collective has been playing sold out crowds at festival and venues around the globe and have been recognized for their impact earning a nomination as the ‘Best Live Act' from the Van Isle Music Awards, BreakOut West nomination for Urban Artist Of The Year and CBC Searchlight regional finalist.

Artist website: http://cocojafro.wixsite.com/cocojafromusic

Video: Coco Jafro Promo

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Doc Fingers

Sunday, July 28, 12:00pm
City Stage
Boogie Woogie | Blues | Jazz | Free

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His name is Doc Fingers, but you can call him Doc. It was in the early seventies, during a stint with the Ronnie Hawkins Band that Bruce Gallagher acquired that handle. They initiated him as a “Doctor of Fingerology” and ever since he’s been known as “Doc.” When it comes time for that therapeutic, good time, boogie woogie blues, jazz and rock and roll, there’s no one that can tickle the keys quite like the Doctor. Armed with an astounding repertoire of songs, Doc is ready to stay up all night, mixing musical potions to cure any crowd of the blues. Whether it’s gigging with the boys in Canada or a solo tour of Europe, Doc works a kind of magic taking a room with some people and transforming them into a crowd of happy partiers.

Artist website: https://sites.google.com/view/docfingers/home

Video: Doc Fingers Promo

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Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, July 28, 5pm
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Big Band | Jazz | Free

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Now in its 19th season, this critically acclaimed jazz orchestra features hard swinging, delectable music and sparking arrangements by leader Jill Townsend and guitar sensation Bill Coon. Featuring outstanding soloists like Brad Turner, Dave Robbins, Steve Kaldestad, Cory Weeds, Rene Worst, Dennis Esson, and Rod Murray, this is some world-class swing you can’t miss.

Artist website: https://jilltownsend.ca/jazz-orchestra/

Video: Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra Promo

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Julian Borkowski Quintet

Sunday, July 28, 2pm
City Stage|Fort Langley Community Hall
Jazz | Youth Artists | Rising Young Star Award Winner | Free

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Julian Borkowski is the recipient of the festival’s first annual Rising Young Star Award. As part of the award he will perform with his quintet at the festival with his band, the Julian Borkowski Quintet. The quintet has been playing together for just over a year and includes Julian Borkowski on trumpet, Brodie Jones on saxophone, Matt Franceschini on guitar, Colin Zacharias on bass and Adrian Leung on drums. All band members are jazz students at Capilano University where they meet in the same music improvisation class. The quintet has performed several times in and outside of school and enjoy playing jazz standards as well as each other's compositions, which can be expected in their upcoming performance.

Artist website: https://www.facebook.com/lucia.borkowski.7/videos/10157272253213023/

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Maya Rae Band

Sunday, July 28, 1:00pm
Odlum Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Vocal Jazz | Youth Artist | Free

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Vancouver-based, 17-year-old Maya Rae is already a long way down the road of a phenomenal music career, CBC named her one of the “35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35”, calling her “a supremely gifted artist who’s able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell.” Inspired by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and The Beatles, and modern-day artists like Jamie Cullum, Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, and Adel, Maya’s sublime originals brush shoulders with jazz standards and modern tunes her classmates might find familiar. Maya has performed on many stages and venues including the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz Vespers, Pyatt Hall and Blue Frog Studios.

Artist website: https://www.mayaraemusic.com/

Video: Maya Rae Band Promo

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Murray Porter

Friday, July 26, 7pm
All-Star Blues Show | Fort Langley National Historic Site
Piano/Vocalist | R&B | Ticketed Event

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Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of North America, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 35 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.

Artist website: https://www.facebook.com/MurrayPorterMusic/

Video: Murray Porter Promo

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RazzMaJazz Ensemble

Saturday, July 28, 9:30am and 10:30am
Fort Langley Farmer’s Market & Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Traditional Jazz | Strolling | Free

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The RazzMaJazz ensemble is a popular and entertaining band that performs traditional jazz creole and Dixieland music. The ensemble started its musical journey performing on a riverboat on the Fraser River in 1998 and has since played at many festivals, conferences, special events and dance halls. Featuring top professional jazz musicians, the six-piece band includes multiple horns and a swinging rhythm section. This highly entertaining and energetic band performs acoustically to lead an entourage of people, and as a headliner act. Band members include Dave Quinn (clarinet), Glenn Tremblay (trumpet), Rod Murray (trombone), Steve Toren (tuba), Scott Roberson (drums) and Mike Hobbs (banjo).

Artist website: www.razzmajazz.ca

Video: RazzMaJazz Ensemble Promo

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Swing Aggregation with guest vocalist, Steve Maddock

Saturday, July 28, 7pm
Fort Langley Community Hall
Big Band | Swing | Jazz | Ticketed Event

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Frank Sinatra’s impact on jazz is undeniable. The leader of the Rat Pack enjoyed big band jazz from a young age, and it helped shape his musical path for his entire career. Jazz vocalist extrodinaire Steve Maddock joins the little big band, Swing Aggregation as they pay tribute to the classic sounds of Frank Sinatra. Band members are Dave Guiney (leader/bass), Derry Byrne (trumpet), Rod Murray (trombone), Vince Mai (trumpet), Ron Thompson (guitar), Dave Say (alto & soprano sax), Bill Runge (tenor & baritone sax), Tom Arntzen (piano & vocals), Buff Allen (drums) and Theresa Riley (vocalist). Get you dancing shoes on and enjoy an evening to be remembered.

Artist website: http://www.swingaggregation.com/

Video: Swing Aggregation Promo

Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio. Steve is an instructor at Capilano University and ta faculty member of the VSO School of Music.

Artist website: http://stevemaddock.com/

Video: Steve Maddock Promo

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Wild Blue Herons

Saturday, July 27, 12pm
Odlum Brown Stage | Fort Langley Community Hall
Jazz | Free

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Wild Blue Herons are Bill Sample and Darlene Ketchum and a whole lot of incredible musicians. As the Ketchum and Sample Quintet, they played Frankie’s Jazz Club, Pat’s Pub, Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and the Vernon Jazz Club. Their music, a combination of funky jazz with soulful ‘smoky’ ballads, has a social conscience and is filled with themes of love. "I had the great pleasure of getting to hear my dear friend and colleague, Bill Sample, and the band a couple of months back. It was a treat from beginning to end.” – David Foster (Grammy award winning producer) They recently released their first album “On the Outside” in early 2018.

Artist website: www.wildblueherons.com

Video: Wild Blue Herons Promo

 

Pop-Up Stages

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Ashley Pater
Saturday, July 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm | Bedford Plaza
Sunday, July 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm | Fort Park Stage
Jazz |Youth Artist | Free

Edan Stasiuk Trio
Saturday, July 27 1:30pm - 3:30pm| and Sunday, July 28 10:30am - 12:30pm | CNR Stage
Jazz |Youth Artist | Free

Ju Trio Plus One
Sunday, July 28, 1:30pm - 3:30pm | River Stage
Jazz |Emerging Artist | Free

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Bedford Plaza Stage sponsored by Site Lines Architecture and van der Zalm + Associates https://www.sitelines.ca/

Fort Park Stage Stage sponsored by Bez Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com

Ashley Pater - Vocals and Guitar

Connor Neidig - Lead Guitar

May Wilsdon - Bass

Travis Regnier - Drums

CBC Music named Ashley Pater one of the top 10 young musicians you must hear. Ashley is a 15-year old singer/songwriter from Surrey, BC who has been performing since the age of nine and fronts her band, "Destination Unknown". With country roots, and influences of jazz, Destination Unknown refuses to be pigeon holed into one genre. They play a unique blend of folk, pop, jazz and rock. Ashley has been featured in Starbeat magazine, Business in Vancouver, Cloverdale Reporter, Hope Standard Newspaper, Surrey Now Newspaper, and many more. Her goal is to share her stories with the world through song, and touch the heart through the ear of the listener.

Artist website: http://www.ashleypater.com

Video: Ashley Pater Promo

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Jeep Jazz Band
Saturday, July 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm | CNR Station Stage
Groovy | Jazz |Standards |Youth Artist | Free

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Justin Phang on Drums

Ethan Birnie on Sax

Attila Kollar on Bass

Peter Madari on Piano

Jeep Jazz is a local jazz quartet of enthusiastic young musicians yearning to share their sound with the world! They perform a wide array of jazz genres, complete with impressive improvisation and marvelous melodies packed into every song. Jeep Jazz are looking to step into the music community, bringing a fresh taste to classic standards, inspiring themselves through the styles they play.

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Pedro Mota
Saturday, July 27, 10:30pm - 12:30pm |

Fort Park Stage
Vocals |Roots | Free

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Stage sponsored by Bez Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com/

Pedro Mota was born in Mexico City and now resides in Vancouver. His multi-instrumental ability and wide vocal range has opened doors to be a part of great musical projects, some of the most important being Locarno, the BC World Music Collective, Worship Central Canada and FARO. Pedro is the lead music instructor for the Mirror Arts Program at Bez Arts Hub in Langley.

Artist website: https://www.pedro-mota.com

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Tony Tavares & Ricky Escuta
Saturday, July 27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm| Bedford Plaza Stage
Sunday, July 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm | Mavis & Church Street Stage

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Stage sponsored by Site Lines Architecture & van der Zalm + Associates https://www.sitelines.ca/ and https://vdz.ca/

Tony and Escueta performed at the first annual Fort Langley Jazz & Arts festival and this year will be performing at two locations.

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Lisa Dunn Trio

Saturday, July 28, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Bedford Plaza Stage
Jazz | Vocal Soloist | R&B | Free

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Stage sponsored by Site Lines Architecture & van der Zalm + Associates

Lisa has made a name for herself, singing with some of Vancouver's finest musicians. She was the powerhouse that fronted Hell's Gate Blues band between 2012 – 2018 and was also in The Freakin' Groovies and Blue Mistral. “Vocalist Lisa Dunn is the kind of singer any blues group would love to have as she can go from vulnerable (This Attraction) to growling (Love or the Booze) and shines on all the tracks she takes lead on." Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun.

Artist website: http://www.lisadunnmusic.com/

Video: Lisa Dunn Promo

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Stage sponsored by Site Lines Architecture & van der Zalm + Associates https://www.sitelines.ca/ and https://vdz.ca/

Ben Boardman - Bassist

Edan Stasiuk - Piano

Julian Ferrer - Drums

Edan Stasiuk is a jazz pianist who began studying music classically at age six. Edan achieved Royal Conservatory Music grade 8 before transitioning into jazz. His passion for the genre is reflected in his ongoing involvement and commitment to the local jazz community. He was awarded the Best Senior Piano Player Award as well as the Best Surrey Senior Jazz Combo Award at the Surrey Schools Jazz Festival 2018. He is studying with Miles Black and will be attending Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program in the fall.

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Max Holmes
Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm| River Stage
Sunday, July 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm| Bedford Plaza Stage
Jazz Piano |Vocals |Youth Artist | Free

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Stage sponsored by Conwest Group https://conwest.com/

Max Holmes is a 13-year old jazz pianist and singer from Langley. His studies cover wide range of music but jazz is his forte. Max’s musical style range from the swing of the early 1920’s to the bebop style of the 1940’s, all the way to the soulful ballads of the 1960s. He also tries to emulate the styles of Diana Krall, Jon Batiste and Frank Sinatra. He has performed at multiple venues including Porters Bistro and the Pacific Academy Hall. He has also taken part in the University of British Columbia’s annual Jazz Camp which invites thriving young jazz musicians to perform and work with the likes of Fred Stride, Kat Toren and Bernie Arai. Max studies under noted jazz pianist Dennis Enns and has been playing piano since the age of 6. He is also an active actor and debater.

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Russ Rosen
Saturday, July 27, 3:30pm - 5:30 pm| Fort Park Stage
Bluesy Roots | Free

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Stage sponsored by Bez Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com/

Russ is a well-travelled singer songwriter and his story driven bluesy roots and world beat music may just start a party in your soul. With many Canadian and international tours, a dozen albums to his credit, the very successful Christmas Tales show, Russ is a veteran. If you've celebrated the Santa Claus parade or Canada Day in Vancouver in the last ten years you may have danced with Russ and his musically infectious band at the parade finale.

Artist website: http://www.russrosen.ca

Video: Russ Rosen Promo

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Noxious Obs Society
Strolling Band | New Orleans | Strolling | Youth Artists | Free

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Stage sponsored by Site Lines Architecture & van der Zalm + Associates https://www.sitelines.ca/ and https://vdz.ca/

Purveyors of revelry and sonic pleasure since 2018: a party band for all occasions and predicaments, serving the lower mainland. Made up of current and former students of New Westminster Secondary School, this New-Orleans-meets-Balkan-Brass band is a mobile unit that entertains at the drop of a hat. Expect the unexpected!

Artist website: http://noxiousobs.com

Video: The Noxious Obs Society Promo

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River Stage Stage sponsored by Conwest Group https://conwest.com/

Djudju Hartono - Piano

Tim Stacey - Bass

Gord Hembruff - Sax

Zoltan Kollar - Drums

JU TRIO PLUS ONE is dedicated to honouring the music and making each piece of music we play memorable. Our repertoire is a mix of Djudju’s originals and jazz standards. Djudju Hartono on piano graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Master of Music Contemporary Performance magna cum laude. He studied privately with jazz guru, Charlie Banacos in Boston. Music is his greatest lifelong passion. Djudju’s original compositions are strongly influenced by the works of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Barry Harris (just to name a few).

Video: Ju Trio Plus One Promo

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Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks
Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm- 3:00pm | Fort Park Stage
Jazz |Standards |Swing| Free

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Stage sponsored by Bez Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com/

Linda Szentes - Vocals

Djudju Hartono - Piano

Johan Worst - Bass

Zoltan Kollar - Drums

Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks is a jazz ensemble made up of friends who are also dedicated improvising musicians.Linda is a vocalist that has a lyrical and consistent swing style and the group performs classic jazz standards, swing era tunes with roots in American popular song/Tin Pan Alley, blues-inflected jazz, latin/bossa, bop, and 70’s funk.

Artist website: https://lszentes26.wixsite.com/linda-szentes

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Sandy Geddes Trio
Sunday, July 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Fort Park Stage
Piano | Vocals | Free

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Stage sponsored by Bez Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com/

Sandy Geddes - Vocals & Piano

Kevin Andrews - Flute/Drums

Miles Hill - Bass

Sandy Geddes is a Canadian singer songwriter, artist, writer and educator. A prolific artist of art, word and song, Sandy is on a journey of lifelong wonder focusing on endless beauty, joy and hope as her inspiration. Her art is an invitation to delight.

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Will Clements Quartet
Sunday, July 28, 3:30pm - 5:30pm | Fort Park Stage
Jazz | Vocals | Standards | Youth Artist | Free

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Stage Sponsored by BEZ Arts Hub https://www.bezartshub.com/

Will Clements - Voice

Francis Henson - Guitar

Max Zhang - Bass

Clem Pytel - Drums

Will Clements at 20 years old, is a bilingual French-Canadian jazz vocalist who’s performed with several auditioned ensembles including the BC Music Educators Association, Envision Rep, and NiteCap jazz choirs. He was granted a full scholarship towards the Drayton Harbour Festival Camp in Washington in 2016, and gigs frequently with his jazz trio for local restaurants, conferences and private functions. Having performed for several years as a touring vocalist, Will is no stranger to the microphone. Will has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Dee Daniels, Maria Schneider, Ineke Van Doorn, Colin Maskell, Dawn Pemberton, Steve Kaldestad and more as part of his studies at Capilano University. Will's debut album, 'THE BOY NEXT DOOR' will be coming out later this summer.

Artist website: http://willclemmusic.weebly.com/

Video: Will Clements Quartet Promo

 

JazzFest AfterParty

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Doc Fingers

Friday, July 26, 9pm
AfterParty | Beatniks Bistro
Boogie Woogie | Blues | Jazz | Free

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His name is Doc Fingers, but you can call him Doc. It was in the early seventies, during a stint with the Ronnie Hawkins Band that Bruce Gallagher acquired that handle. They initiated him as a “Doctor of Fingerology” and ever since he’s been known as “Doc.” When it comes time for that therapeutic, good time, boogie woogie blues, jazz and rock and roll, there’s no one that can tickle the keys quite like the Doctor. Armed with an astounding repertoire of songs, Doc is ready to stay up all night, mixing musical potions to cure any crowd of the blues. Whether it’s gigging with the boys in Canada or a solo tour of Europe, Doc works a kind of magic taking a room with some people and transforming them into a crowd of happy partiers.

Artist website: https://sites.google.com/view/docfingers/home

Video: Doc Fingers Promo

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Jen Hodge Trio

Friday, July 26, 9pm
AfterParty | Trading Post
New Orleans | Swing | Jazz | Free

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Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader and arranger leads this group of talented young musicians with a passion for playing swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements and plenty of spontaneous fun. Think ‘20s, 30s, speakeasies, roadhouses and music of the prohibition-era with a modern twist. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean.

Artist website: http://jenhodgebass.com/

Video: Jen Hodge All-Stars Promo

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Doug Louie & LJ Mounteney

Friday, July 26, 9pm
AfterParty | Mangia e Scappa
Jazz | Free

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Doug Louie is an accomplished pianist who has been performing on the Vancouver jazz and blues scene for more than 40 years. He is a master as a soloist and as an accompanist to well- known local jazz vocalists and knows every song in the book. He has opened for jazz greats such as Ray Brown, McCoy Tyner and Stanley Turrentine. His playing is deeply rooted in the blues and his technique and phrasing is greatly appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz enthusiasts.

Artist website: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.louie.3

LJ combines a bluesy sound, keen musicianship and a commanding stage presence while she takes her listeners through a wide variety of styles rooted in jazz and blues. In a lush, clear voice she weaves magic telling her own truths though the power of song. She produced her first album, Here in the Dark, in 2017 and has been featured as a guest artist in several notable shows including the Strong Women Strong Music series, Spring Fever, The White Album Revisited and Cool Yule Christmas Tour (with Van Django).

Artist website: http://ljmounteney.com/about/

Video: Doug Louie & LJ Mounteney Promo

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Mike Van Eyes

Friday, July 26, 9pm
AfterParty | Eighteen27
Boogie Woogie | Blues | Jazz | Free

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Mike Van Eyes is Vancouver’s premiere boogie woogie rock ‘n’ roll piano player. His music is loved by young and old and everyone from hipsters to seniors love the great boogie woogie and blues played with the fervor, passion and skill that Mike brings. They’ve headlined numerous festivals in recent years as well as packing most of Vancouver’s acclaimed music haunts such as the Railway Club and The Yale. Mike’s band includes some of Vancouver’s finest rockers – Howard Rix (Trespassers, Scramblers), Ron Scott (Shanghai Dog), Steve Taylor (Ray Condo) and revolving door of very special guests.

Artist website: http://mikevaneyes.com/

Video: Mike Van Eyes Promo

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The Blue Voodoo

Friday, July 26 and Saturday July 27, 9pm-12pm
After Party | Fort Langley Pub & Grill
Blues | Free

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With guitar tones, dirty rustic vocals and the groove of a well seasoned oiled machine by its members, TheBlueVoodoo touches on just about all styles of blues, from dirty south to clean and smooth as well as some of that harder blues rock music vibe. The band has shared stages and played with Bo Diddley, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Leon Russell, Sean Costello, Marcia Bell, David Gogo and have played at many blues festivals including the Maple Ridge Blues Fest, Pender Harbour Jazz Fest, Merrit Mountain Fest and Vancouver Folk Fest. Band members include Ted Tosoff (vocals/guitar), Rick Dalgarno (vocals/guitar), Gerry Berg (bass) and John McCreath (drums).

Artist website: http://thebluevoodoo.com/

Video: The Blue Voodoo Promo

 

Jazz Around Town

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Al Foreman

Saturday, July 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
River Stage | Dinner Jazz
Jazz | Piano | Vocals | Presented by Rail & River Bistro

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Stage sponsored by Conwest Group https://conwest.com/

Al Foreman is a respected presence on the Vancouver Music Scene. In 1968 he played with Night Train Revue and the 6 year as the house band at Jake O Grady’s

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Laura Crema & Sharon Minemoto

Friday, July 26, 3:00pm
Jazz Happy Hour | Saba Cafe & Bistro
Jazz | Vocals | Piano

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Presented by Saba Cafe & Bistro http://sabacafe.ca/

Laura Crema Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Laura Crema performs regularly, both as a singer and a multi-disciplinary artist in both her hometown of Vancouver and around the country. The depth and resonance of her voice as well as the singularity and discipline of Laura’s artistic vision has opened many doors for her. She has toured and performed across Canada and Europe and has played at The National Art Centre in Ottawa, The Yardbird Suite, Ironwood Stage and The Whitehorse Jazz on the Wing Series, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and nAarhus Jazz Festival. Laura has also been featured and recorded on CBC radio’s Studio One Jazz Series during The Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Artist website: https://www.lauracrema.com/

Video: Laura Crema Promo

Sharon Minemoto Vancouver based pianist and composer, Sharon Minemota is world class. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano College in North Vancouver. While she was a student there, she was selected from applicants across North America as the pianist for the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) College All-Star Band. More recently, she has been working with her new quartet which includes Jon Bentley on saxophone, bassist Adam Thomas, and drummer Bernie Arai.

Artist website: https://www.sharonminemoto.com/

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Cannery Row

Saturday, July 27, 8pm
AfterParty | Beatniks Bistro
Roots | Blues | Latin | New Orleans | Free

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Cannery Row's music evolves from the roots and blues of Memphis to Mississippi, the bayou rhythms from New Orleans and central Louisiana, the latin percussion, piano and guitar sounds of Cuba, and the east coast of Canada for some fiddle jigs. You’ll hear a diversity of instruments played... from piano, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, washboard, lap steel, percussion drums, three-part vocal harmony, sometimes tenor banjo or harmonica and the list goes on. Cannery Row features the unique and individual talents of Gary Comeau, Tim Hearsey and Chris Nordquist who bring their collective focus together in a humorous and highly entertaining presentation. There's nothing like a night of Cannery Row.

Artist website:http://www.canrowmusic.com/

Video:Cannery Row Promo

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Nick Apivor’s Latin Flavours

Sunday, July 28, 11:00am
River Performance Stage | Sponsored by River & Rail Bistro
Latin | Jazz | Free

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This trio of vibraphone, bass, and drums explores some of the vast range of Latin music Nick has played over the past 25 years. Playing, touring and recording with such groups as Rumba Calzada, Ache Brazil, John Gilliat Group, Drum Syndicate, Victor Yong’s Electric Carnival, Palo de Rosa, Deborah Ledon Group, Corcovado, and others, he has lent his vibraphone, marimba, and percussion playing to many groups in Vancouver’s Latin music scene.

Artist website: http://nickapivor.blogspot.com/

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Professor Douglas Fraser - The History of Jazz

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27
History of Jazz | Langley Centennial Museum | Free

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Musicologist, Douglas Fraser performs and discusses popular songs from 1840-1939

Doug Fraser is the leader of “The Genuine Jug Band”, a three piece hot jazz band that preserves the image and memory of long forgotten jazz pioneers, players whose contribution to music through the instrumentation of jug bands provided inspiration and entertainment to millions.

Saturday. July 27, 11:30 am - 12:00 noon 1840 to 1908 Smokey back water saloons, mining camps,the creation of ragtime, minstrel shows and jug bands.

Saturday.July 27, 3:00 - 3:30pm 1910 to 1920 First blues hit song, jazz explosion, WWI, the death of ragtime, vaudivile and burlesque.

Sunday, July 28, 11:30am - 12:00 noon 1920 to 1929 Commercial radio, prohibition, Tin Pan Alley, crooner and big bands emerge.

Sunday, July 28, 3:00 - 3:30pm 1930 to 1939 The Great Depression, swing, the stage microphone

Artist website: http://www.thegenuinejugband.com/solo.html

Langley Advance Times Article: https://www.langleyadvancetimes.com/entertainment/musicologist-keeps-historical-tunes-alive/

Video: Douglas Fraser Promo

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Karla Sax

Friday, July 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Beatniks Bistro
Pop | Sax | Jazz | Presented by Beatniks Bistro

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Karla Sax is an international artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She plays live sax over tracks (jazz, top-40, and house/lounge) for private parties and special events. She was recently featured in the New York Couture Fashion Week, and opened for John Legend at a private event in Reno. Find her in London, Mallorca, Cabo, The Cayman Islands, New York, Reno, and all of Vancouver's hottest clubs, hotels, and private parties.

Artist website: http://www.karlasax.com/

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IIhan Saferali Trio

Saturday, July 27, 11:00am - 1:00pm
River Stage | Jazz Brunch
Jazz | Youth Artist | Presented by Rail & River Bistro

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Presented by Rail & River Bistro http://railandriverbistro.com/

Stage sponsored by Conwest Group https://conwest.com/

Ilhan has played with Grammy award-winning musicians such as Chucho Valdes and Kamasi Washington. Ilhan is also a budding composer, winning the TD Vancouver jazz festival composition contest with his original composition “Euphoria”. His sound is very mature and his soloing is undoubtedly complex for his age. Ilhan regularly gigs around town with students from the Capilano University jazz program.

Artist website:https://ilhansaferali.com/

Video:IIhan Saferali Promo

 

Children's Stage

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Ginger and Snap

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday
July 28, 11:00am/2:00pm Children’s Stage
Free

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Children’s entertainers, Ginger and Snap will entertain families with their fun, high energy performances geared towards young children, but appealing to all ages. With their assortment of original and classic kids tunes, awesome props for the kids to rock out with, children and adults alike will love to sing, dance, laugh and clap along with Ginger and Snap.

Artist website: https://www.gingerandsnapmusic.com/

Video: Ginger and Snap Promo

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Milton Randall’s Afro-Brazilian Drum Experience

Saturday, July 27, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm
Sunday, July 28, 10:00am, 3:00pm

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Millton Randall began drums for socials and weddings at 13 years old. He received a B.Mus.Ed. from the University of Texas at El Paso(1985) and a M. Ed. from the University of Texas.Between degrees, Milton performed with the Winnipeg Symphony and giggled regularly around Winnipeg. He has studied with drummer Godwin Agbeli in Ghana on a scholarship from North Texas State University. He will be assisted by percussionist Elliot Polsky with Groove Masters Percussion.

Artist website: http://www.gmpercussion.com/

Video: Milton Randall's Promo

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Penny Pom Pom

Sunday, July 28, 1pm
Children’s Stage Free

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Fun! Music! Theatre! These are only a few aspects of the Penny Pom Pom show. Penny is a colourful ball of energy who loves to share her stories by singing songs that will have children and parents singing and dancing along.

Artist website: https://www.facebook.com/pennypompomshow/

Video: Penny Pom Pom Promo

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Langley Ukulele Ensemble

Sunday, July 28, 8am
Fort Langley Lions Club Pancake Breakfast | Children’s Stage
Ukulele | Youth Artists | Free

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The Langley Ukulele Ensemble is now in its 37th year under the direction of Peter Luongo and for the past five years, under the direction of Paul Luongo. The ensemble is internationally renowned and considered to be one of the top ukulele performing ensembles in the world. The 20 ensemble members range in age from 13 to 18 years who perform in 50 to 70 concerts each year. They have performed in Canada, Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, the Pacific Northwest, Japan and most recently, returned from their annual tour to Hawaii. The group’s motto is “Enriching Lives through Music”.. They hope to leave audiences with a sense that there is reason to be hopeful about the future of today’s youth.

Artist website: https://www.langleyukes.com/

Video: Langley Ukulele Ensemble Promo