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Discover Jazz Vancouver: 4 Concerts to Ignite Your Jazz Appreciation Month

Discover new musical events this Jazz Appreciation Month and listen to the best Jazz Vancouver has to offer! Also referred to as "JAM", April is a month-long celebration declared by the National Museum of American History in 2001 created to honour and rejoice in the remarkable legacy and narrative of the Black American art form known as “jazz”.

The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is excited to participate in Jazz Appreciation Month 2024 by showcasing upcoming concerts that exemplify the fusion of musical genres. We believe that music has the power to bridge cultures, and we are proud to feature fearless fusion musicians who celebrate their cultural richness through the lens of jazz. These concerts promise to be a delightful experience for both enthusiasts and curious listeners.

4 Incredible Jazz Vancouver has to Offer

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Moneka Arabic Jazz Thursday, April 18th, 2024 Show: 7:30 pm Venue: The Hollywood Theatre 3123 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC Get your tickets in advance: $30 (plus taxes & fees)

Experience the transcendence of Ahmed Moneka‘s rich life and artistic voyage from Baghdad to Toronto. This thrilling musical endeavour blends traditional Iraqi melodies with vibrant African rhythms inherited from the Moneka Family. Jazz and blues serve as the perfect canvas to unite Ahmed’s Afro-Arabic roots with the talents of Toronto musicians, creating a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Iraqi stories and contemporary realities, Ahmed crafts soul-stirring, dance-inducing compositions that resonate locally and internationally. Ahmed’s life story unfolds as he bears witness to the enduring spirit of humanity, igniting conversations about heritage, resilience, and the universal quest for freedom. Moneka Arabic Jazz:

Ahmed Moneka – vocals

Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudan) – bass, vocals

Demetri Petsalakis (Greece) – guitar, oud

Majd Sukar (Syria) – clarinet 

Selcuk Suna (Turkey) – sax

Max Senitt – drums

With an opening solo set by Juno award winning Oud / Guitarist, Gordon Grdina.

This is the ensemble’s premier concert in Vancouver – you won’t want to miss out.

Jazz Vancouver Event East of the Sun

East of the Sun

Friday, May 3rd, 2024 Show: 7:30 pm Doors: 6:30 pm Venue: The Anvil Theatre

Saturday, May 4th, 2024 Show: 7:30 pm Doors: 6:30 pm Venue: Annex

Experience the exhilarating blend of Korean, Chinese, and Western jazz influences in a spectacular concert. Prepare to be enthralled by SE:UM, the Korean ensemble making their much-anticipated Vancouver debut.

They are a renowned Korean ensemble that masterfully combines traditional Korean folk melodies with shamanistic rhythms, creating a sound that transcends borders. Celebrated for their innovative approach, SE:UM brings their globally acclaimed performances, featuring tracks from their latest albums, "The Sense of Water" and "Korean Breath: Ten Thousand Waves". SE:UM Musicians:

Joon Lee, music director, gayageum/ Korean percussion

Jaeha Lee, contrabass/ electric bass

Jongsang Park, trumpet/ flugelhorn

Minhyung Lee, Korean percussion/ voice

Hachul Song, alto/ soprano saxophones

Sharing the stage is the 2023 Westcoast Music Awards Instrumental Artist of the Year, Jasmine Jazz. This unique ensemble blends traditional Chinese instruments with the vibrant rhythms of contemporary jazz. The result is a mesmerizing east-meets-west experience, with a repertoire that seamlessly weaves together jazz standards, traditional Chinese folk music, and innovative original compositions. Jasmine Jazz Musicians:

Jodi Proznick, bass 

Tristan Paxton, guitar

James Danderfer, clarinet/ bass clarinet

Jirong Huang, erhu 

Sarah Yusha Tan, guzheng

Zhongxi Wu, suona

with guest artist Liam MacDonald, percussion

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness the fusion of Korean and Chinese music with Western jazz. A night that promises not only a cultural celebration but an exploration of beautiful harmonies and memorable musical dialogues.

Book your tickets now and be a part of this transcendent musical experience!


Need more? If you’re looking for other Jazz Vancouver concerts to fill your cup this Jazz Appreciation Month, here are two exciting shows to check out presented by local jazz presenters Tyrant Studios and The Infidels Jazz:

Presented by Tyrant Studios

Jazz Vancouver Event

Los Duendes - Psych Latin Fusion Saturday, April 6th, 2024 Show: 9:30 pm Doors: 9:00 pm Venue: Tyrant Studios More info Get ready for an electrifying night of Cumbia, Salsa, Jazz Fusion and Psychedelia! Los Duendes return to Tyrant for their first local show of the year, and it's going to be a party! Los Duendes is Vancouver’s very own Psych Latin Fusion group! Infectious tropical rhythms intertwined with spicy Latin melodies designed to make people feel uplifted and groove. Featuring Sangito Bigelow, Lily Towers, Seb Chamney, Alan Ruiz, Gordy Li, Johneil Vinas


Presented by MODO LIVE & Infidels Jazz

Jazz Vancouver Event

Ibrahim Maalouf with special guests Monday, April 29th, 2024 Show: 8:00 pm Doors: 7:00 pm Venue: The Hollywood Theatre

In 16 albums, Ibrahim Maalouf has gone from being the winner of the world's greatest international classical trumpet competitions to the most popular jazz artist on the French music scene. Filling the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul, the Lincoln Jazz Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2016 he became the first jazz musician in history to sell out France's largest concert hall, the Accor Arena in Paris Bercy.

Spotted by living legend Quincy Jones and described as a "Virtuoso" by the New York Times, Ibrahim has collaborated in recent years with Wynton Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo, Melody Gardot, the Chronos Quartet, Trilok Gurtu, Josh Groban, Marcus Miller, Salif Keita, and many others.

In 2021 he appeared on Stephen Colbert's Late Show with Jon Batiste, who introduced him as a living jazz legend.

Whether you're a seasoned jazz aficionado or just beginning to explore the genre, we've got something for everyone to enjoy. Treat your senses to a new musical adventure this jazz appreciation month - join us for some musical exploration!


More Vancouver Jazz Music Events

Can't make it to the Jazz Appreciation Month shows? 

Be sure to check out one of the following jazz presenters and promoters for exciting local jazz shows year-round! Coastal Jazz []


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