North Shore Jazz Series
June 22 – July 1, 2012
In partnership with the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the NSCU Centre announces it’s 11th year of North Shore Jazz concerts at Capilano University, Presentation House and free shows in the community.
For fans of old school jazz, Daniel Lapp presents his inspired tribute to Chet Baker, the legendary king of West Coast cool jazz. French guitarist Pierre Bensusan brings his world view to the line-up. For aficionados of Brazilian jazz, guitarist/singer-songwriter Marcio Fáraco, who has performed in the main festival program in previous years, returns with his unique blend of bossa nova, samba and other world influences.
Four free shows kick off with Argentinean vocalist Sofia Rei at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, following by outdoor shows at Civic Plaza and Jack Loucks Court with Vince Mai and his high energy Latin beats; a taste of Nola with the New Orleans Ale Stars and Toronto’s mandolin wiz Andrew Collins with his string trio.
Box Office Info
Online: capilanou.ca/nscucentre | By Phone: 604.990.7810 | In Person: Monday to Friday 11 am – 4 pm, located at Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way in the Birch Building (Room 126)
Daniel Lapp Quartet:
A Tribute to Chet Baker and Beyond
Saturday, June 23 @ 8:00 pm
Presentation House Theatre
Canadian fiddle and horn legend, Victoria’s Daniel Lapp is perhaps best known as one of the finest fiddlers and roots musicians in Canada. His skills as a trumpeter are equally impressive. Lapp brings his quartet to the stage with a special tribute to jazz legend Chet Baker, the undisputed king of West Coast cool jazz. The quartet revitalizes the classic ’50s California vibe with a nostalgic yet fresh vitality. Lapp draws largely from the repertoire of the late great American trumpeter (“My Funny Valentine”, “Let’s Get Lost”), adding original tunes and contemporary blues such as Burt Bacharach’s “Close to You” and Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue”. Featuring Miles Black (piano), Joey Smith (bass), Kelby MacNayr (drums) and Daniel Lapp (trumpet/vocals).
Wednesday, June 27 @ 8:00 pm
“No other guitarist shares his strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy.” – Leo Kottke
French acoustic guitar guru, accomplished singer and composer Pierre Bensusan is a diverse and inventive world musician – switching between classical, jazz, traditional and world sensibilities. Bensusan originally made a name for himself as a folk musician in the late ’70s, then branched out to explore jazz and classical forms, creating a virtuosic and highly original style on the acoustic guitar. With an Algerian background, his music demonstrates a fascination for his North African roots and flair for the Celtic folk traditions of Western Europe. He has travelled the globe in his 35 year career winning numerous accolades – Best World Music Guitar Player by Guitar Player Magazine, American Association for Independent Music Award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album, and Grand Prix du Disque Montreux Festival.
Friday, June 29 @ 8:00 pm
“His talents in crafting words and music are prodigious.” – Jazz Times
Based in Paris, France for the last 20 years, Brazilian acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Márcio Faraco’s evocative songs stay true to the traditions of this homeland – the samba, bossa nova, baião and choro – while mixing it up with Portuguese fado, African and Cuban influences. His musical roots run deep, conjuring the great Brazilian masters, including Chico Buarque, Milton Nasimento, João Gilberto and Caetano Veloso. His vocals are effortless, refreshingly reminiscent of his idols, with captivating rhythms, featuring delicate and masterful guitar work. Considered Brazil’s answer to Leonard Cohen, he started his career playing in popular bands Legião Urbana and Capital Inicial. With Philippe Baden (piano).
Friday, June 22, 7:30 pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library
“…integrating diverse influences, from ancient folkloric traditions to modern jazz… Sofia’s all Spanish vocals convey deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions” – Downbeat Magazine
Sofia Rei is grounded in the traditional Latin rhythms of her roots in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now based in New York, she merges these elements with jazz harmonies, electronic sounds, and rich improvisations. Singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Rei’s voice is graceful and sophisticated, tying together her diverse influences in music with great rhythmic complexity. Her ensemble produces a range of textures reflecting their varied cultural roots, an international cast of some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America. Featuring Sofia Rei (vocals and charango), Eric Kurimski (guitar), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Tupac Mantilla (drums and percussion).
New Orleans Ale Stars
Saturday, June 23, 1:00 pm
Civic Plaza (14th and Lonsdale)
Multi-instrumentalist Simon Stribling’s New Orleans Ale Stars serve up authentic, infectious, and swinging trad jazz. Known for their fun and breezy takes on the classic tunes from the Big Easy, the group retools hits from Jimmy Noone, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and more. The Ale Stars feature local talent Simon Stribling (trumpet, reeds, vocals), Michael Wagler (bass), Josh Roberts (banjo, guitar), Lauri Lyster (drums, vocals) and Jens Christiansen (clarinet, tenor sax).
Andrew Collins Trio
Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm
Jack Loucks Court/John Braithwaite Community Centre
Andrew Collins is at the centre of the flourishing Canadian acoustic music scene – a prolific artist, and long-standing member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys. With musical styles blending bluegrass, jazz, and swing, the trio features Mike Mezzatesta (mando family, guitar, fiddle), James Mceleney (bass) and Andrew Collins (mandolin, guitar, fiddle).
Vince Mai Quintet
Saturday, June 30, 1:00 pm
Civic Plaza (14th and Lonsdale)
Local jazz, funk trumpet and flugelhorn player Vince Mai leads his new quintet with a distinctive Latin-groove. The quintet features an ensemble of seasoned performers: Daryl Jahnke (guitar), Darren Parris (bass), Tilden Webb (keyboard) and Randall Stoll (drums).