The Shadbolt Jazz Walk
presented by CORY WEEDS, THE CELLAR MUSIC GROUP and THE SHADBOLT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

On Sunday, December 1st Cory Weeds and The Cellar Music Group along with The Shadbolt Center for the Arts will take over The Shadbolt Center For The Art’s in the beautiful city of Burnaby. The Shadbolt Jazz Walk will feature eleven different groups, including international headliners such as organist Chris Hazelton, drummer Roy McCurdy and tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Stephen Riley as well as local groups led by Brad Turner, Dave Robbins, Jill Townsend and more. Travel from room to room and hear some of everything or hang out in one room and enjoy a whole set!  In addition to performances there will be round table discussions by the likes of archival record producer extraordinaire, Zev Feldman.

All in one day, all under the same roof! Mark your calendar as The Shadbolt Jazz Walk is where you’ll want to be on December 1st, 2019
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The Shadbolt Jazz Walk
presented by CORY WEEDS, THE CELLAR MUSIC GROUP & THE CITY OF BURNABY

On Sunday, December 1st Cory Weeds and The Cellar Music Group along with The City Of Burnaby will take over The Shadbolt Center For The Art’s in the beautiful city of Burnaby. The Shadbolt Jazz Walk will feature 11 different groups including international headliners such as organist Chris Hazelton, drummer Roy McCurdy and tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Stephen Riley as well as local groups led by Brad Turner, Dave Robbins, Jill Townsend and more. Travel from room to room and hear some of everything or hang out in one room and enjoy a whole set!  In addition to performances there will be round table discussions by the likes of archival record producer extraordinaire, Zev Feldman.

All in one day, all under the same roof! Mark your calendar as The Shadbolt Jazz Walk is where you’ll want to be on December 1st, 2019

Schedule of Performances

Maya Rae

11:30 – 12:45, room 103

Prodigious young talents performing jazz music and the American Songbook have gone back to the beginnings of the genre – artists like Ella Fitzgerald and even Judy Garland were blowing away listeners of all ages with their talent, incredible tone and sense of swing from their teenage years and beyond.

In her short career as a performer, 17-year-old singer and songwriter Maya Rae has found that balance and is becoming a meaningful storyteller on the stage.

Maya’s first album, Sapphire Birds, recorded when she was just 14, was released to huge acclaim on Cellar live, in 2017. She is in studio now, working with a team of musicians and co-writers to complete her sophomore album, for release later in 2019.

Two albums of original songs and fresh arrangements of jazz and pop standards, all by the age of only 17. Maya is a young artist who is at the beginning of an incredible journey in music.

www.mayaraemusic.com

Dave Robbins Sextet

11:45 – 1:00, Studio Theatre

Jazz drummer Dave Robbins has spent his career performing and recording with the finest jazz musicians in Canada and has always loved writing. The 20-year-old Dave Robbins Sextet was formed to spotlight this aspect of his musicianship, with a classic hard bop formation and exciting sound that also incorporates African and rock-infused jazz styles. The sextet released their second CD, Joan Of Art in June, 2019.

With Rod Murray – trombone, Mike Allen – tenor saxophone, Brad Turner – trumpet, Chris Gestrin – piano, Steve Holy - bass

www.daverobbins.com

Lusine Yeghiazaryan

12:00 – 1:15, James Cowan Theatre

Lucy Yeghiazaryan was born in Armenia to a family of artists. Since immigrating to the United States in 2001, she has been an active member of the jazz community in and outside of the country. As a teenager she attended NJPAC's Jazz for Teens programs under the direction on Don Braden on a full scholarship. She graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Jazz Performance.

In addition to her work as a straight-ahead jazz vocalist, Lucy plays violin and sings in the acapella group YY Sisters who perform medieval Armenian/ modern folk music and enjoy wide recognition within the Armenian community. Lucy served as a resident vocalist for the National Armenian Jazz Orchestra for various performance seasons and was one of the ten finalists selected for the prestigious International Monk Jazz Competition in 2015. Her debut record Blue Heaven came out on Cellar Music in July, 2019.

With Grant Stewart – tenor saxophone, Paul Rushka – bass, Oliver Gannon – guitar, and Joe Poole drums

www.lucywhy.org

Dawn Pemberton Quartet sings Etta Jones

1:30 – 2:45, room 103

Vibrant WCMA nominee Dawn Pemberton’s deep musicality and powerful voice beats a soulful path from gospel and R&B, to jazz, funk and world music. The quartet will celebrate A Soulful Sunday: Live at the Left Bank, a previously unissued live recording of the under-appreciated songstress Etta Jones. It features the Cedar Walton Trio with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins recorded in 1972 at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, Maryland. It appears on Reel To Real Recordings Ltd.

With Sharon Minemoto – piano, John Lee – bass, and Joe Poole - drums

www.dawnpemberton.ca

Brad Turner Quintet 

1:45 – 3:00, Studio Theatre

Formed 24 years ago, the JUNO-nominated Brad Turner Quartet has been a mainstay of the Vancouver jazz scene while garnering international attention as an ensemble of keen interactive sensibilities, formidable improvisational skills, and a strong and varied repertoire built over their years together as a group. The quartet has performed with such artists as Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. In 2018 the quartet re-united with tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake to record Jump Up on Cellar Music.

With Jon Bentley – tenor saxophone, Bruno Hubert – piano, André Lachance – bass and Dylan van der Schyff

Grant Stewart Trio

2:00 – 3:15, James Cowan

Grant Stewart plays as much tenor saxophone as anyone, anywhere. The 45-year-old Toronto native, who has lived in New York since 1990, has become a veritable tenor colossus, and an unswerving force on the New York scene. He could be the reincarnation of the Sonny Rollins of the fifties, but he has parlayed this into his own distinctive sound. His muscular approach and deft use of space are enhanced by his unique sense of swing. He has released two records on Cellar Live; TRIO in 2015   and Roll On in 2017

With Paul Rushka – bass and Jesse Cahill – drums

www.grantstewartjazz.com

Cory Weeds Quintet featuring Roy McCurdy

3:30 – 4:45, Room 103

This marks the release of a historic recording from the late Cannonball Adderley.  Released on Reel To Real Recordings Ltd. Swingin' In Seattle: Live At The Penthouse finds the quintet at the height of its powers mere weeks before they would go into the Capitol Studios and record Live At The Club, that yielded the hit Mercy, Mercy Mercy. Weeds has assembled a hard swinging band including the drummer on the Swingin' In Seattle date and the only living member of the original quintet, drummer Roy McCurdy to celebrate this historic release

With Cory Weeds - alto saxophone, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, Brad Turner on piano, Michael Gynn on bass and Roy McCurdy - drums

www.coryweeds.com

Steve Kaldestad / Grant Stewart Play Lockjaw & Griffin

3:45 – 5:00, Studio Theatre

Local saxophonist Steve Kaldestad teams up with New York saxophonist Grant Stewart to celebrate the release of a 1962 recording by Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin, live at The Penthouse in Seattle Washington.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, Jodi Proznick’s quartet, and many other groups. Steve has released 3 CDs on the Cellar Live label to great acclaim including Straight Up featuring the Mike LeDonne Trio in 2014 and  New York Afternoon with the Renee Rosnes Trio in 2015.

With Steve Kaldestad and Grant Stewart on tenor saxophones, Nick Peck on piano, John Lee on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums

www.stevekaldestad.com

Alyssa Allgood

4:00 – 5:15, James Cowan

Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been described as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine). Her debut album, Out of the Blue, was released in Fall 2016 to wide critical acclaim. The album reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. It received a 4-star review from DownBeat Magazine and was named a “Best Release of 2016” by seven different publications including The Huffington Post and All About Jazz and a “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Allgood’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing. Her sophomore album, Exactly Like You, was released in November 2018 on Cellar Live.

With Chris Hazelton – organ, Dave Sikula – guitar and Joel Fountain - drums

www.alyssaallgood.com

Stephen Riley / Ernest Turner

6:30 – 7:45 and 8:30 – 9:45, Studio Theatre

Tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley has one of the most distinctive voices in modern jazz.  He has absorbed much of jazz saxophone history and has created from it a unique approach that is eloquent and fluid, structured and liberated. At times you can hear influences as diverse as Warne Marsh, Lucky Thompson, Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter, and more - yet they all sounded contained within a personal sound and musical conception - Stephen Riley expresses his own identity

Pianist Ernest Turner's mantra is "searching for the ever elusive musical truth." This search began for the North Carolina native with piano lessons from his mother at the age of 4 and ultimately led him to study jazz in New Orleans where he received his bachelors in jazz studies from Loyola University and master's from University of New Orleans.  His professional career has spanned for twenty years and has included performances with many great artists, including: Adonis Rose, Brice Winston, John Ellis, Frank Foster, Neal Caine, Jeremy Davenport, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis; the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Heath Brothers, Ron Blake, the late Paul Jeffrey, Nneena Freelon, Eve Cornelious, Christian Scott, Vincent Gardner, Ron Westray, Russian pop sensation Alsou, Carolyn Malachi and many others.

After their Jazz Walk performance they will be recording an album for Cellar Music.

Chris Hazelton / Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra play Jimmy Smith Christmas Cookin’  and more!

7:00 – 8:15 and 9:00 – 10:15, James Cowan Theatre

Join the critically acclaimed JTJO for a very special evening of hard swinging and delectable music, featuring sparking compositions and arrangements by Jill Townsend and guitar sensation Bill Coon. The band will join forces with Kansas City organist Chris Hazelton!

Some things in life are just meant to be.  The first time Chris Hazelton experienced a real Hammond B-3 organ, he knew instantly that it was the instrument he was destined to play.  At the request of his college professor, the then-underage aspiring musician snuck into a dark Kansas City jazz club called Bobby’s Hangout to hear the man behind the console, jazz organ master Everette DeVan.  After several weeks of coaxing, Mr. DeVan agreed to take Chris on a student, showing him the ins and outs of the complex machine. With a background in string bass and piano, Chris’ transfer to organ was a natural one.

The Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra features several Juno award winning musicians and outstanding soloists including Bill Coon, Steve Kaldestad, Rod Murray, Cory Weeds, Dave Robbins, Dennis Esson, and more. The band's recent recording on Cellar Live, Legacy, featuring the music of Ross Taggart was voted #1 in CBC’s “Top Ten Outstanding CD’s of the Year”.

The band will perform a varied program of material including selections from organist Jimmy Smith’s Christmas Cookin’ recording from 1966.

*lineups subject to change