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Kamasi, Morgan, Moor Mother + Miles @ The Jazz Festival

Today marks the start of the 2018 Coastal Jazz Festival and stages across Vancouver will be buzzing with all sorts of interesting musicians, visiting and Vancouver-based.

The Marquee Series at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre includes Kamasi Washington – the hottest of hot saxophonist whose award-winning 2015 album – The Epic – came in at three hours and to great praise. He has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Chaka Khan and Run the Jewels. His Harmony of Difference EP started as a multimedia piece at The Whitney.

Here is Washington featured in Deathless with Ibeyi.

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Kamasi performs on June 24th, the same night that Morgan James is singing at Performance Works. James is a Broadway artist who has appeared in Motown: The Musical, Godspell… Her recent album, Reckless Abandon, features twelve tracks which she co-wrote, providing her own back-up vocals. James is also You Tube renowned for her covers. Here she is singing Eric Clapton’s Lay Down Sally.

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On June 28th at The Ironworks, you can hear Mother Moor, the Philadelphia-based musician and poet who describes her work as “slaveship punk” and “project housing bop.” Also known as visual artist Camae Ayewa, her 2016 Fetish Bones album was named #3 album by The Wire. You’ll see her innovative use of sampling and spoken word in the Sonic Origins short below.

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Vancouver is home to hard-working, talented jazz musicians whose names you see over and over again across different groups and genres of jazz. Pianist and composer Miles Black is one of those omniplayers who is much respected by audiences and fellow artists.

In true form, Black is playing multiple times at The 2018 Jazz Festival. On the 25th, you’ll find him at Frankie’s Jazz Club with vocalist Joani Taylor, PJ Perry on alto saxophone and Neil Swainson on bass. Friday, June 29th, it’s Miles Black and Keith Bennett on harmonica paying tribute to ‘Toots, Stevie and Beyond.’ Then, on Saturday June 30th, the Miles Black Quintet – John Lee on bass, Joel Fountain on drums, Cory Weeds playing tenor saxophone, and Vince Mai trumpet and flugelhorn – will be giving not one, but two, concerts with 16 year old jazz talent: Maya Rae.

Here’s the Miles Black Trio and Keith Bennett honouring Stevie () with Too High.
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These are just a few of the great choices available over the 10 days and 35 venues of the Coastal Jazz Festival. Note the many free concerts.

2018 Jazz Festival Guide

Written by Elizabeth Newton
www.creatorsvancouver.com

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