Here are 5 free shows to see this week at the Vancouver jazz festival

There are many free jazz shows at the Vancouver festival.

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TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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When: June 24 – July 3, different times

Where: Various locations


Throughout its history, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has always presented a broad mix of music. There really are sounds for everyone to enjoy at the annual event.

In fact, the festival has always done its best to ensure affordability was not a factor in hosting performances.

As the festival guide’s front cover proclaims, “over 60 free shows” will take place between June 24 and July 3. It is possible to have a banging festival experience and not lose a cent. That’s pretty awesome.

Here are five highly recommended free shows during the festival’s run.


Ghost Note

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When: June 25, 7:30 PM

Where: Georgia Stage, xnq Xwtle7enk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth of the multiple Grammy-winning fusion band Snarky Puppy focus on future funk with this side project. Known for going from Afrobeat and hip-hop to some near-metal breaks and back again, the band is incredibly dynamic. In the live setting, of course, that comes across enormously.

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Audrey Ochoa Quartet

When: June 26, 4 p.m.

Where: Ocean Art, Granville Island

Edmonton-based trombone dynamo Ochoa mixes elements of Latin music, swing jazz, pop, and more in her music. Her playful style is recognized across the country and found her performing on stages with jazz artists such as Lew Tabackin and Marcus Miller, as well as R&B legends The Temptations.

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Karen Ng / Russell Sholberg / Lisa Ullen

When: June 28, 5 p.m.

Where:The Ironworks, 235 Alexander

Toronto saxophonist Ng is an exciting player who explores the full dynamic range of the instrument. Vancouver bassist Russell Sholberg is a member of the JUNO award-winning group Pugs & Crows and Stockholm-based pianist Lisa Ullén is known for her atmospheric approach. The three together should produce an interesting and spontaneous whole.

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DJ Kookum

When: July 2, 11 p.m.

Where: Ocean Art Works Late Night, 1531 Johnston St., Granville Island

Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, aka DJ Kookum, mixes EDM, hip-hop and other styles and is a multimedia artist of the Alexi Nakota Sioux Nation and Cold Lake First Nation. Known for touring with the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the busy DJ also has a number of permanent residencies and is a regular mentor to emerging talent. Kookum is also the music accompanist of the delightful children’s series Coyote Science. Kookum is part of the Spotlight on Full Circle: First Nations Performance Talking Stick series @ TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Amirtha Kidambic

When: July 3rd, 1:30 PM

Where: David Lam Park Jazz Weekend, Workshops @ The Studio

Singer Kidambi, a major presence on New York City’s experimental art scene, leads the spectacular Elder Ones quartet and is a member of guitar star Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl and other groups. Her approach to voice is unusual and intense, and can venture from almost operatic performers to spontaneous vocalizations and more. It should be intriguing to hear her discus techniques and motivations.

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