The 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has blown its last note, plucked its last string and struck its last key.
It’s time to recap the 10 concert moments that took our breaths away and made us gaze in wonder.
June 24 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Is he really playing jazz fest? Indeed he did, putting on a career-spanning set boasting some dazzling musicianship — drummer Doug Yowell is a monster — and most of the big hits. He’s still the man. (SD)
Larry Fuller Trio
June 25 | Frankie’s
Sometimes you can’t beat old-school jazz. Pianist Fuller, in the company of American drummer Lewis Nash and Vancouver bassist Russ Botten, performed parallel lines and ringing chords in a set that ranged from Clifford Brown to Joni Mitchell, closing with a New Orleans second-line rhythm. (MA)
Oliver Jones Trio
June 25 | Vogue Theatre
Legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oliver Jones, 81, capped a career spanning more than seven decades with a masterful performance at the Vogue. From classic cuts by hero/teacher Oscar Peterson to a medley of Gershwin’s works, Peterson played with a fluid, melodic gusto, backed impeccably by bassist Eric Lagace and drummer Jim Doxas. Considering his history, his call for more support for young artists at the end of the show was stirring. (FM)
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