The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year from June 18th through July 1st. Abe Beeson was there June 26-28 to promote KPLU’s jazz streaming service, Jazz24.org.
Over the weekend at the Jazz24 booth in David Lam Park, we met so many wonderful people – existing listeners and new friends. Abe taped interviews with the legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and trumpeter Dave Douglas. He also introduced Pink Martini in front of 2,800 enthusiastic fans of the band at the Orpheum Theatre.
Friday morning: School of Jazz studio session
Abe recorded a studio session at The Farm Studios with the award-winning Point Grey Secondary School jazz band and their mentor, clarinetist James Danderfer, under the direction of Brent Taylor. You can read about it and see photos here.
Friday night highlights
We (KPLU Promotions Director and the wonderful Judie Dahl, Marketing Director for the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society) caught the Bria Skonberg Quintet's set at Performance Works on lovely Granville Island.