The Jazz Epistles
Abdullah Ibrahim with Terence Blanchard
When: Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets and info: From $54, at tickets.ubc.ca
In 1959, a sextet was formed for a visiting pianist’s session that featured South African players Hugh Masekela (trumpet), Jonas Gwangwa (trombone), Kippie Moeketsi (alto saxophone) and others. Recruiting pianist Dollar Brand (now Abdullah Ibrahim), the group dubbed itself the Jazz Epistles and recorded one raved-about album before disbanding. That album went on to become legendary and over the years, the members came together in different configurations and kept its brilliant music going. Now Ibrahim and his ensemble Ekaya are joined by five time Grammy Award-winning New Orleans trumpeter Terrence Blanchard to celebrate the Jazz Epistles legacy and to honour Masekela, who died January 18.
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.
An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro
When: Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre
Tickets: $39.50 at ticketfly.com
There are ukulele players who should stop strumming this minute because, well, yeah. Then there is the rare genius of a player such as Jake Shimabukuro. The Hawaiian born musician fell in love with the instrument at a young age and is now an absolute global star performing everything from viral versions of Beatles’ tunes to Bach.
In Black Lightning Cress Williams plays a former crime-fighting vigilante who reluctantly returns to the fight in middle age.
Remember when super heroes were clean-cut bores like Superman? OK, Superman still is a clean-cut bore. But lately, the comic universe has seen the rise of gritty, conflicted heroes who get down on the bad dudes to soundtracks you might happily have blaring in your headphones. DC’s Black Lightning is certainly one of them, and might represent something of a turnaround for the franchise as it takes on the mighty Marvel. Episodes are coming regularly, and fans are all over this one.
Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan.
When: Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Academy of Music
Tickets: From $40, at brownpapertickets.com
The Armenian Cultural Association of B.C. presents award-winning composer and pianist Tigran Hamasyan in concert performing his unique fusion of jazz, classical and the traditional folk music of his homeland. A rare solo performance from an artist in demand the world over for his stunning chops.
Lunar New Year pop-up
When: From Feb. 16
Where: Nordstrom Vancouver
Just in time for Lunar New Year (Feb. 16 — March 25), the ever-changing Pop-In@Nordstrom space will honour all things dog with exclusive apparel offerings, artist collaborations, pup-themed accessories and more starring everyone’s favourite Peanuts pup, Snoopy. The space will boast toys, treats and accessories to spoil your four-legged friends, too.
When: Feb. 18, 8 p.m.
Where: The Cobalt
Tickets: $10, at showpass.com
Violinist and backing vocalist in the well respected Montreal post-rock unit Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, composer Moss is also a founder of the more outside Black Ox Orkestar, and a solo artist. Her most recent album Pools of Light came out on the wonderful Constellation label last year, and is a delightful mix of looped bowing, vocal drones and more broken down into something almost like a series of suites. Her show should be fascinating.
Livin’ Oblivion LP Release Show
When: Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Where: Rickshaw Theatre
Tickets and info: $15, showpass.com
The classic double guitar work that kicks 0ff the opening track Two of These Nights should be a clear message to all that one of Vancouver’s finest metal bands is back with another killer disc of music that will remind you of such giants as Paul Di’anno-era ‘Maiden, Thin Lizzy and — dude — even a bit of Budgie droppings can be heard in the grinding boogie. With Mean Jeans, Dead Quiet, Waingro, Killer Deal, DJ Elliot Way andn DJ Joel Loewen, be sure to pace yourself at this party.