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George Benson, Chick Corea and Martha Wainwright to perform at Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Edith Piaf (pictured above) provided inspiration for Martha Wainright's set at the upcoming International Jazz Festival

The TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 25 - July 4 2010, will feature outrageous talent this year. I expect it will attract many fans from different parts of Canada and the US.

Some highlights of the lineup include:

Joshua Redman - Fully professional American saxophonist, composer and improviser.

Chick Corea - Legendary pianist and keyboardist who has been performing for over 30 years; notable for solo work and recordings with Return to Forever. I saw Chick perform in Toronto at Massey Hall alone on a grand piano and I will never forget the energy of his tangential sequences. For a good sample of Chick Corea playing a Fender Rhodes listen to Captain Marvel from Return to Forever's 1972 fusion album 'Light As A Feather'. Chick will be performing with Terry Clarke Trio June 27th at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.

Bill Frisell - American guitarist heavy on sound manipulation through effects processors. Highly respected in the Jazz community and performing alongside Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer-- some of whose recordings on 'Khmer' (1997) can be described as trip-hop. This show scheduled for June 28th is sure to be creative to the point of experiment.

George Benson - Get down to the groove of George Benson June 26th at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Benson is best known for his 1976 triple-platinum album and its title track 'Breezin''. Benson has been produced by Quincy Jones and first started recording in 1964. Talk about persistence in the industry.

John Scofield - "Sco" is coming to you from Dayton, Ohio. Some of his music can only lead to one description: serious fun! Ideofunk off The John Scofield Band's 'Uberjam' is a perfect example of Rock 'n' Funk...or Funk 'n' Roll, however you choose to call it. You'll find some guitar lessons from this master floating around online. 

Martha Wainwright - Performing one of her favourite artists, Edith Piaf, Wainwright has the kind of natural urgency in her voice to produce a successful impression.

Visit the homepage of Coastal Jazz & Blues Society for tickets and more information.


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