Just a couple more shows to tell you about as we enter the home stretch of the 2015 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. And for me, things are about to get very international indeed.

On Saturday June 27th I’ll be playing the late set at Ironworks (11:30pm) with a project called ALL ELLINGTON-NEW DUTCH SWING MEETS VANCOUVER.  Some of my favourite Dutch musicians Eric Boeren (cornet), Wilbert De Joode (bass), and Michael Moore (sax/clarinet) are bringing their monthly Amsterdam Ellington night to Vancouver, and it should be a blast! I’m looking forward to playing this music with them, alongside my Vancouver friends Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums), Jon Bentley (sax), John Paton (sax), and Rod Murray (trombone).

The festival continues into next week, ending on Canada Day, otherwise known as Wednesday July 1st. Which just happens to be the day that I will be playing my final show of the fest at Performance Works on Granville Island with PROLIFERASIAN & THE LITTLE GIANT CHINESE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. The show is free and is an early one starting at Noon. Proliferasian is a Vancouver-based improvising quartet led by Lan Tung (erhu), with Colin Cowan on bass, and Kevin Romain on drums. Oh, and yours truly on trumpet & electronics. For this performance we’ll be collaborating with the Little Giant orchestra all the way from Taiwan! This is a group of amazing young musicians ripping it up on Chinese traditional instruments. Should be an interesting musical experience to say the least!

Cheers, JP