For live music fans, this is a very exciting time of year. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival - probably the city’s premier music festival – kicks off on Friday, June 24. Over the next 10 days, fans are treated to 400 separate concerts featuring big-name jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica and world musicians from around the globe.
Among the ticketed headliners at this year’s festival is trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, performing with the 15-piece Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Orpheum on June 26. Another legend is Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who will be playing with his band at the Orpheum on July 3.
Now, tickets to either of these concerts won’t come cheap. But, as any true Jazz Festival fan will tell you, one of the real highlights each year are the free performances. This year, there will be around 150 free concerts.
Free Concerts at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival: June 24-July 3