Jazz Club Bows Out

For appreciators of old-style jazz, Vancouver is about to become a ittle less interesting. For the past two decades, the Hot Jazz Society has operated its Hot Jazz Club at 2120 Main Street, showcasing swing, big-band, and Dixieland jazz for an audience that found few other outlets for those styles. Unfortunately for those die-hards, the building that houses the club has been sold, and the new owners have decided to quadruple the rent, effectively forcing the Hot Jazz Society out. According to president Jean Longmore, the society has had trouble finding a new home that it can afford. "We've been looking, but everything's so expensive," she told the Straight. "So, unless somebody can come along with something... Or else we'll just maybe book something for once a week somewhere. But it would be nice to have a permanent location." The Hot Jazz Club will say farewell with a closing party on Saturday (November 13), featuring a performance by the 17-piece Bruce James Orchestra and a guest vocalist. For more information, call Longmore at 604-986-9490 or visit www.hotjazzsocietybc.com/.