Arvind talks about his May 29, 2022 gig at Frankie's Jazz Club.
Keeping it loose while staying grounded
5 more interesting stories from this year's BC-based nominees
5 great jazz albums that didn't get nominated
Four audio essays recovered from the now-defunct YouTube channel
Self-titled acoustic blues and roots album both fun and cathartic
Two nights of Bud Powell and attentive audiences
How many artists dropped the J-word in their blurbs
A bonus episode of the podcast
A mystery-adventure with piano and strings
And five Ellington tunes I loved from the setlist
The platform serves 15,000 music creators but isn't growing much.
From a prompt by Jazzfuel
Amanda talks about her upcoming album, New Age Attitudes. She released the title track single on April 22, 2022.
Nine weekends of a new late show at Frankie's
It doesn't equal streams, and it's not constant each month
The tweet by a band called Wednesday about a tour to SXSW
Jancis talks about his first jazz quartet and vocal album, which he released from Richmond on April 8, 2022.
An interview with Dean about his upcoming event in Burnaby
Avoid publicity expenses until someone's asking for it.
Emily talks about her second album, which mixes indie rock, folk, and jazz.
Introducing the 22-part journal from 2021
The Coastal Jazz board is now Julia Ulehla, Michael Matich, Meredith Bates, and Mitchell Edgar.
My review of all 15 nominated albums in the 3 jazz categories
Jamie talks about his first jazz album, Origin Story.
Recruiting the band for the Travelling Goodtime Medicine Show
A full house of Cap combo recitals at Frankie's
We're gaining more jazz series than we're losing.
Angela talks about her second vocal jazz album, Love for Connoisseurs. She released the album on March 25th, 2022.
Karl is a trombonist from Toronto who has me wondering what makes jazz music "heavy".
Estimating the jazzfest title sponsorship's value as it heads toward a breakup.
I wrote the word "Facebook" 11 times in this Update and now feel icky.
Feven goes from free jazz to powerful post-bop in 3 days.
Emily talks about her academic and musical path from Langley to Victoria, Europe to UofT, and violin to musicology.
An interview with Keanu Ienco, a 24-year-old guitarist in Nanaimo
Feven Kidane played free jazz at the newest DIY series in town.
Atley King took the audience at Frankie’s to a rare place.
David Blake's lengthy standards go to my head at the Tangent.
Thad's time is coming; here's the key factor that'll put him over.
Talking about two tunes in the setlist from a composer I admire.
The Espresso was a real place, and this album aims to celebrate the inter-generational impact it had.
An interview with Christian Morrison of Sister Jazz Orchestra
Justice talks about his band Blue J and their first indie rock album, A Sign of Good Luck, on Nettwerk Records.
This quartet, Raagaverse, inspired me last week.
The band played six tunes, one of which is an original by Julian Borkowski.
Sara Kim on vocals, Thomas Hoeller on guitar, Nikko Whitworth on bass, and Jesus Caballero on drums.
Later this year, expect Virginia to record her original material and get ready for a later album release, possibly in 2023.
Ian talks about the return of his Vancouver live music initiative, Locals Lounge, to in-person presentations.
Laura's scat singing prowess kept me tuned in throughout each of the three numbers at a jazz student clinic.
I missed the genesis of a story that would spread to CBC News and The Globe and Mail, a couple months later.
This oboe-accordion duo is the feeling of classical musicians making a 90s-style hip hop album.
Introducing Laura Anglade (vocals) and Virginia MacDonald (clarinet) to Metro Vancouver in two gigs.
Euterpe is a jazz and classical performance non-profit. Catherine is the founder; she’s a concert pianist in Toronto.
Their recordings will be one of the biggest Canadian jazz releases this year; here's the set that started it all.
The drummer returns to Vancouver and keeps paying it forward, from Gen-X to his generation to mine.
The Modern Day Warriors is Tahnee’s Rush cover band. She talks about that, vocal coaching, and more.
This saxophonist's post-bop band, featuring three other musicians from the Tangent generation, is my jam.
It’s rare for indie rock songs to appease both advanced musicians and mainstream music audiences.
Is old music killing new music? The answer isn’t what you think: let’s talk about why it’s actually worth celebrating.
Evan Cheung proves, on his first R&B EP, that he is a self-starter who knows the value of a good collaboration.
Alex & Tess talk about their indie rock band, Sugarfungus; and the band's first EP, Letting Go, Moving Still.
This album, recorded in 1989, is like going down to hear a jazz legend and wanting to savour the gig for all it’s worth.
Different audiences want to hear different things, and I think this story is a brilliant PR move by all sides.
2 things I’ve never done: produce theatre shows, and deep dive on the music of Taiwan. Andie’s done both, and much more.
This nu-disco single put me in the mood to start my year off right. Comparing it to Niki’s back catalogue surprised me.
Alex made a singer-songwriter EP with Josh Eastman under the name LxTox. The title track, “Adult Skin”, is the standout.
Jonny’s jazztronica music is a soundtrack to optimism. He’s hitting his stride in 2022 with his fourth album, Together.
Carman’s second album, 10 years after his first one, is an eloquent jazz vocal album featuring Bill Coon and Rene Worst.
Ted plays trombone in McGill’s classical music program. At age 18, she has wise insights on where motivation comes from.
Music Heals is where Cindy works, but she’s also played key roles in events like Jazz at Presentation House and TinyVic.
Todd played jazz drums as a sub with the Brad Turner Quartet on December 15, 2021 at Numbers Cabaret. He talks about it.
I remix Chuck Marohn’s ideas into a Strong Towns music paraphrase, where it’s all about musical life.
Did you see those tweets by Wendy MacNoughton? Making content 2x/week is not what emerging artists need to do.
Mary’s first book about her creative life, stories, and practices is Inspire. She’s my mother, and she sure inspires me.
On October 17, 2021, Bobby played drums with the Domi Edson Trio at Frankie’s, arriving in Vancouver for one night only.
He helped me stay serious.
This Christmas song for which Anita wrote music and lyrics, sang, and played trumpet is similar to Stella by Starlight.
Ava Janzen, aka: velours, played at the 2021 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and also made CBC News for cancelling a big gig.
As a keyboardist and as a person, Jonny seems more comfortable than ever on his most-popular jazztronica single to date.
Bill & Darlene, a couple each with great careers, drop a new album and show us what collaboration deserves to feel like.
I'm worried about what I've been up to.
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble is a nonprofit youth music program, and Claude led it, as co-founder, for over 20 years.
How often do you get to hear a conversation between a band’s original member and the new musician who replaced them?
Streaming is like selling software; once you're in the black, it's pure profit.
Alvin’s friends regard him as an expert musician, but his expertise grows in wanting to be the worst player in the room.
“Dollarama” is one of my favourite pop songs of 2021, and all four of these music videos moved me. Sad boy vibes abound.
Tons of artists are sleeping on email marketing.
This album updates the original project that Francis released in 2020. It’s conscious hip-hop with a key personal story.
John’s conscious, avant-garde music took off on Bandcamp through his Tao 20 Tree Temple project after this conversation.
The first album from daysormay Just Existing released on October 6, 2021.
I thought when his bio says, “since 1957”, that this was Vest’s birth year. No, that’s when his career started.
This album features the late Hugh Fraser and the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation: VEJI, pronounced like veggie.
The best price for selling digital music is always this.
Two albums by Hugh Fraser (1958-2020) released to Bandcamp on October 1, 2021. This one features his quintet.
Jamie Lee launches a new project with Chad Galpin called UJUSUN, starting with this electronica single.
The Vancouver band Actors released their album Acts of Worship on Friday, October 1, 2021 with Artoffact Records.
Jonathan Baylis talks about being a lifelong learner and becoming an improvising jazz double bassist.
I've done bad: Peach Pit are one of our Vancouver success stories, but I’ve never listened to a song by them until now.
I’m new to this band — but I’ll tell you right now, I’m in. Being a folkie at heart, I got into this sound right away.
When I got the new collaborative album from Barney Bentall & Geoffrey Kelly called RanchWriters, I fell into a trap.
These words can and should point to two separate identities.
This first EP by Avery Sloane starts with the strumming pattern that you learn first on the acoustic guitar.
On the single “I’ll Leave The Porch Light On” by Justine Lynn, yes, there’s a truck. And there are tumbleweeds.
Tim Reinert talks about what it means to be a jazz fan, hosting a radio show in a local scene, and starting a label.
It’s the deepest and most rewarding international jazz project I’ve heard all year. Dig in.
Curiosity opens up conversations and possibilities; assumptions do the opposite.
I started making an easy stir-fry to use up a bunch of veggies that filled the fridge, and then this album came on.
Laynah talks about learning to produce her own music as a singer-songwriter while moving between BC and Montréal.
Steve dropped his vocal-forward Vancouver jazz album, The Blues Project, with Cellar Music on September 3, 2021.
Want to hear a duo of fingerpicked acoustic guitar with French horn in the Mixolydian mode?
Simplify decision-making by asking your people.
Rich has a jazz musician name, but he’s a self-produced punk rocker on his single “High School Can’t Last Forever”.
The great cover art for the latest Chin Injeti single “Sparrow” is the work of Injeti’s son, Julian.
Amber Tsang talks with me about her eventful year 2021, including her album Autumn Nocturne with Alvin Brendan.
This single from Adrienne Nye, “Lonely Days”, reminds me of my soft spot for an Emmylou Harris song.
Shawn opens his latest single with the lyric, “Streets of this town ain’t paved in gold but there’s a Texaco star”.
Artistic work is best paired with high-trust commerce.
Steve talks with me about moving from Regina to Montréal, then to London, and finally to Vancouver as a saxophonist.
Will C. & Will C. discuss three classic problems: being too hard on yourself, work-time balance, and avoiding burnout.
Not everyone's music catalogue will appreciate.
Meet You At The Light is the title of Desirée Dawson‘s seven-track EP.
David & Carson released their first full album on July 23, 2021, with David living in Calgary and Carson in Vancouver.
My breakdown of the four main vocations for independent musicians.
Who is an artist? Someone who doesn’t know they can fail.
Jay talks with me about the band Early Spirit, where he is the guitarist and singer-songwriter and I am a former member.
This album marries Syrian musical storytelling with modern jazz sentimentality.
Deanna Drudge unpacks her new album titled Killing Time.
I have an idea to replace it.
After relocating from Alberta to British Columbia, the 19-year old rapper-producer continues his leap of faith.
Marina Hasselberg meets me on the occasion of her shows at the Vancouver jazz festival.
The Vancouver jazz legend shared some reflections on the new album called Saskatchewan Suite.
Anita's influences range from Amy Winehouse to Brad Turner, and from Radiohead to Dolly Parton.
All traffic is worth paying for.
Just under a year since the release of his first EP, Stvrk revisits his love of conceptual albums with RGB (Deluxe).
I present 6 of my most expensive mistakes in a long-form version of an upcoming PechaKucha presentation.
I’ve parted ways with Early Spirit, the band I co-founded with Gabriel Dubreuil, Ben Kelly, and J. Knutson.
The latest release, “Fringes”, from Edmonton-based quartet Good Information paints their hometown in a romantic light.
Chin Injeti takes a break in-studio to join me on the occasion of his single “Golden (feat. Thieves Like Us)”.
I have some intel to prove it.
Seven Studios brings together local creatives and charities with their latest venture, UNCVRD Vancouver.
Debuts can be tricky—they’re just like first impressions.
Want to heal your soul but don’t know where to start? Put on 9202 by Conquering Alexander for guidance.
The pre-save experience provides your audience with no unique value.
I take questions from my jazz music audience with Victoria Cowan of Wordplay Creative.
David Blake pays tribute with me to the first 7-year run of jazz at the Tangent Café in Vancouver.
Emily talks about her research at McMaster University and contrasts learning folk music traditions with music education.
Chris discusses handling many projects, growing pains in the arts, and the physical demand of musicianship.
Francis and I unpack the journey up to the point of his third solo album, Boy Pacific.
Ilhan Saferali talks about coming-of-age in the Vancouver jazz community.
I read a short story called “The Tale of Terry Murphy”, about the music industry in 2020, to launch the podcast.
In April 2021, 17-year-old Kalyan Rath made a song for his graduation project. His mission? Get 10,000 streams.
Dee performed at Frankie’s with Tilden Webb on piano, Bill Coon on guitar, Miles Hill on bass, and Paul Clark on drums.
This album is at times vulnerable and heavy, other times playful and sardonic.
Seth's response is great food for thought as you navigate all the stories around Spotify this year.
They say “play what you know” and, for a debut project, Thiessen seems to know a lot about himself already.
The Montreal-based octet released a short but sweet EP that is guaranteed to get you grooving.
On customer acquisition cost for music audiences.
Released independently by percussionist Curtis Andrews on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 is the album Speaking Hands.
Laz felt the need to create a body of work that could speak to the Black population of British Columbia.
Once you find enough whales, you can leave Spotify or YouTube if you want.
R&B has often been a way for the heartbroken to get their feelings off their chest.
Al Muirhead, on his album Live at Frankie’s and the Yardbird, spends time in Vancouver with a quintet.
Three principles I came up with last year.
The first release that I checked out in 2021 was the debut single “All I Got” from an indie soul quartet, Earth Tones.
Selling CDs has nothing to do with the music.
You could make $120,000 a year if you try this.
The Jamie Lee Trio performed as part of Winter Jazz, the festival presented by Coastal Jazz and Granville Island.
Side Door streamed this live showcase on behalf of Winter Jazz, presented by Coastal Jazz and Granville Island.
Gordon Grdina performed at Winter Jazz, an online festival presented by Coastal Jazz and Granville Island.
Matt Young and Arianna Bernas make the best of their distance with online collaboration.
Francis Henson kicked off 2021 with the release of his album Boy Pacific, which dropped on Sunday, January 31.
The Saskatchewan-raised R&B artist shows just how committed he is.
David Restivo grew up in New York, Vermont, and Toronto, but he now lives in Nelson, BC.
Playing duo is much like operating a waterbound vessel.
Noxious Obs is a student group, and Escape from the 2020 Dumpster is their latest EP.
What happens when a global pandemic hits, multiple lockdowns ensue, and artists have a ton of time on their hands?
Laynah is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has lived in both Metro Vancouver and Montreal.
Jess talked with me about her 2020 alt-Christmas single.
Carson Tworow and Luke Fantom met in Metro Vancouver. Fantom now lives in the UK.
Talking Drums is Wiens’ first album as a bandleader, recorded at the University of Northern Colorado in one day.
The R&B duo is self-produced and released this single from White Rock.
I’m a self-proclaimed classical music fan who is coming out of the closet, because classical music slaps!
Jonny Tobin, The Drum Temple, and Kapok are from Vancouver; BrandonLee Cierley is in Portland.
Jenny Xu, Ben Feldman, and Kofi Shepsu released an instrumental jazz trio album as the band Friendship.
Missing Love is an R&B song by Tissa from her second EP. Braeden “Pockets” Rangno is the producer.
My promise is to include thoughtful, respectful coverage of artists I love.
I had a massive crush on Vancouver jazz as a teenager. Then, I called the whole thing off. But now, I know it’s love.
Here are 3 reasons why Instagram sucks for musicians.
We’re so lucky to be artists in this time and not in other times.
In a Tweet from 2018 he said, “For 55 million streams of, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, I got $1,700.” Here's the whole story.
If you have local artists in your life that you support and root for, join me in rooting for Drake to make this move.
Many friends, family, and colleagues have co-signed and influenced my music career. Have I let them down?
I don’t know yet whether or not they’re addressing a brilliant insight about today’s streaming stores.
I grew as a young person because of the community that my band teachers held together every single week.