Jazz Waves


The WVCAC presents the 18th annual Jazz Waves Festival! Come down to the waterfront for some amazing jazz from the finest local talent. We've got everything from R&B, swing, free jazz, gospel, Dixieland and more!

Download the Jazz Waves 2018 Program.

Tickets $22 General seating
Subscription Pass $120 6 admissions to use throughout Jazz Waves 2018. Save $12!
Membership (for you and each guest) is required for admission

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    • Saturday, May 26, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Drawing on influences from Jacky Terrasson to Bill Charlap, West Vancouver drummer Kristian Braathen’s trio performs superb originals & sophisticated arrangements of jazz standards. With Nick Peck on piano, Russ Botten on acoustic bass.

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    • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Vancouver-based five-piece Black Gardenia's unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk & blues from the 20s, 30s & 40s, takes listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy & noir was the norm.

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    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Join tenor saxophonist & Vancouver jazz impresario Cory Weeds as he leads his all-star quartet through  original compositions & underplayed gems from the jazz history..

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    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble whose music is rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930’s Paris with flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms & boundless creativity on full display in their original compositions & arrangements of classic swingin' jazz.

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    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Vancouver jazz staples, guitarist Bill Coon & pianist Michael Creber, present an evening of music in tribute to the great jazz composer Billy Strayhorn

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    • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Traditional Dixieland Jazz with Blackstick featuring the talented Artnzen family & freinds! Led by clarinetist Lloyd Artnzen with members of the musical Arntzen family alongside swingin' local talent. 

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    • Thursday, July 05, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Rootsy, righteous & real, superstars The Sojourners, Marcus Mosley & Will Sanders, & special guest vocalist Candus Churchill take us to church with an exhilarating evening of acapella gospel!

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    • Saturday, July 07, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    One of Canada’s premiere jazz saxophonists, Mike Allen & his band pay tribute to legendary Canadian Jazz composer Sonny Greenwich. Joining Mike in performing Greenwich's lyrical & lush compositions are pianist Miles Black, bassist Steve Holy & drummer Dave Robbins.

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    • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Jazz Waves Special Morning Concert
    Vocalist Helen Hansen
    performs jazz standards from familiar repertoire to lesser known gems, drawing on tunes by such composers as Irving Berlin, Louis Alter and Cy Coleman. Joing Helen are 3 of Vancouver's finest: guitarist Bill Coon, Bassist Jodi Proznick & pianist Nick Peck.

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    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Celebrated for her lush & unique voice, vocalist Laura Crema & her quintet play a diverse mix of pop infused jazz originals, Bossa Novas & repertoire from the American songbook. With Sharon Minemoto on piano, guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Paul Rushka & drummer Paul Townsend.

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    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Cayla Brooke & her band perform songs from her debut cd, Plush Red Chair, a hybrid of jazz, blues, roots & rock along with their take on jazz favourites. With Bill Sample on piano, Miles Foxx Hill on bass, Steve Hillam on saxophone & Buff Allen on drums.

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    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
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    Jennifer Hodge, the ever in-demand Vancouver-based bass player & arranger, leads a stellar quartet in a concert of high energy traditional jazz. Joining Jen are Brad Shigeta on trombone, Joseph Abbott on reeds & vocals, & guitarist Josh Roberts.

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