Free jazz this weekend on Granville Island

Tonya Aganaba performs Saturday night Feb. 23 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

Catch some free live music this weekend on Granville Island.

Programmed by Coastal Jazz, the folks put on the Vancouver International Jazz Festival each year, Winter Jazz on Granville Island features four free concerts from Feb. 22-24. The music includes improvised jazz, classic jazz, and some funk/soul, all at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) See below for more details.

Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting with Joshua Zubot and Strings (Fri. Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.)—Cellist/composter Peggy Lee is one of Vancouver’s most in-demand musicians. Here, she leads a group of improvisers from the local jazz scene. The group was originally formed for the 2016 Jazz Festival. You can hear Echo Painting on their bandcamp page. Joshua Zubot and Strings open the show.

Eli Davidovici’s Shapes with Malleus Trio (Sat Feb 23 at 1 p.m.)—According to Coastal Jazz, emerging bassist/composer Davidovici and his group Shapes move “from trance-like grooves to shimmering, amorphous textures.” Malleus Trio opens the concert with “a hybrid of improvised music and deep groove.” Both bands play two sets.

Tonye Aganaba with Erica Dee (Sat Feb 23 at 8 p.m.)—After an afternoon of modern jazz (see Eli Davidovici’s Shapes and Malleus Trio, above) come back for a dance party. Soul/neo-folk/hip-hop artist Tonye Aganaba headlines am evening concert that also features funk/soul opener Erica Dee and band.

Erica Dee by Aly Watt.

David Blake Quartet with Sharon Minemoto Quartet (Sun Feb 24 at 1 p.m.)—Two quartets for the price (free!) of one. Pianist/composer Minemoto cites Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler, Stevie Wonder, and Alexander Scriabin as influences. Guitarist David Blake combines traditional jazz with contemporary improvisation and composition. For more info visit

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