Every year, when the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival rolls around, our ever-so knowledgeable jazz music aficionado friend tells us about some awesome Norwegian tenor saxophonist we have to see, or the piano player that toured with Miles Davis for six weeks in 1963, and who can’t be missed.
That’s all well and good, what if we don’t really, uhm, like jazz?
Fortunately, the jazz festival – from June 18 – July 1, at various venues around town – hosts a wide variety of acts, including groups that can be enjoyed even if you don’t have Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue and/or Love Supreme in your record collection (or even if you do, and that’s the limit of the jazz titles in your collection). Here’s a look at seven of them. And, in the interests of fairness, our jazz-loving friend also shares his recommendations.