June 6th, 2012
The 27th Vancouver International Jazz Festival is coming from June 22nd to July 1st, 2012.
Beginning in 1985, the jazz festival has been held every year since, becoming the largest such festival in British Columbia. Over 1000 volunteers help in producing the event, which includes performances in parks, community centres, concert halls, clubs, public plazas, and in streets of various neighbourhoods. In total, the festival includes 400 individual performances, including 130 free concerts, and it draws 460,000 people each year.
This year the Festival features George Benson, preeminent jazz vocalist Dianna Reeves, jazz-fusion super group Spectrum Road, legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet, and Latin-soul kingpins, Los Amigos Invisibles, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to name just a few.
The opening weekend festivities with free concerts will take place in the downtown core, at the site of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square. The large area will allow the use of 3 stages. Local crowd pleasers such as the Dal Richards Orchestra, Maria in the Shower, and Phil Dwyer will appear along with international talents such as French singer and cornettist Mederic Collignon. The downtown location is also very close to the major Jazz Festival venues such as the Commodore Ballroom and the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. All are easy to get to from public transit.
Granville Island is another popular venue for both free and scheduled concerts. And we’ve been saving the best news for last. The Manor Guest House is very centrally located to all venues – for dancing in the street or for enraptured listening in a theatre. It’s a half hour walk to either downtown or Granville Island.
For more information about the Vancouver International Jazz Festival visit their website at www.coastjazz.ca.