The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society will present three days of live streamed performances next month as part of its annual Winter Jazz event.
Kicking things off on Friday, February 19, are DJ Kookum with Sierra Baker. Kookum is an open-format Indigenous DJ from the Cold Lake First Nations who grew up listening to EDM and hip-hop music. She'll be accompanied by movement artist Baker, who combines circus arts and contemporary dance with First Nations values and protocols. DJ Kookum's set will be followed by a performance by Missy D, an emcee who fuses hip-hop, rap, and R&B styles.
Saturday afternoon (February 20) will see two performances by the Jamie Lee Trio, led by drummer and composer Jamie Lee, and also featuring pianist James Dekker and bassist Marcus Abramzik. Also performing two shows on the afternoon of the 20th are the Bruno Hubert Trio with Brad Turner. Pianist Hubert pilots medley-like journeys through jazz standards, soul, rock, and pop-influenced pieces, while Turner's talents as a trumpeter have made him one of Canada’s most in-demand horn players.
The evening of the 20th will feature a concert by the Gordon Grdina Trio, which will have Juno-winning guitarist and oud player Grdina in the company of bassist Tommy Babin bass and drummer Kenton Loewen. Grdina's career has been a constant exploration of avant-garde jazz, free-form improvisation, contemporary indie-rock, and Arabic music, and the members of his trio have collaborated with such improvisers as Fredrik Ljunkgvist, Mats Gustafsson, Samuel Blaser, Colin Stetson, Michael Blake, Fred Longberg-Holm, Eric Boeren, Michael Moore, and Oscar Noriega.
The final day of Winter Jazz (February 21) will include two afternoon performances by Alvaro Rojas’s Gran Kasa. Rojas is a Vancouver guitarist-composer whose latest project, Gran Kasa, features an all-star lineup of Canadian musicians from the jazz, improv, and world-music scenes. Those players include violinist Meredith Bates, cellist Peggy Lee, bassist James Meger, keyboardist Chris Gestrin, drummer Sam Cartwright, and percussionist Liam MacDonald. Following Gran Kasa will be two afternoon performances by Dalannah Gail Bowen, a singer of African-Canadian and Cherokee heritage who has been a fixture on the Vancouver music scene, making blues, rock, and soul music for over 40 years.
All Winter Jazz performances are free, and you can find more details at www.coastaljazz.ca.