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.

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Free jazz this weekend on Granville Island

Free Music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1

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The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 22-July 1) is the city’s biggest music and culture event of the year, with 300 concerts, 1,800 performers and a half-million spectators.

The annual fete – now in its 27th year – brings in big name jazz and blues stars from around the globe.  This year’s festival features 10-time Grammy-winning guitarist George Benson, legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter and blues rockers Robert Randolph and the Family Band, just to name a few standouts.

The best part?  Many of the acts throughout the 11-day festival are absolutely free.  Here’s a rundown on where to find top names and local talent free of charge at this year’s event:

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Free Music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1