Celebration of Life for Hugh Fraser Sunday, October 17 @ 1:30 (doors open at 12:30) at the Vogue Theatre, Granville St. Vancouver, BC If you would like to attend, please see the link below and request your ticket (no cover). Please note you need to enter a separate email address for each ticket. There will be beautiful musical tributes by Jimi James, The Hugh Fraser Quintet culminating with VEJI and all kinds of very special guests! https://admitone.com/original/615b7fc8ba12200016a5b47e https://admitone.com/original/615b7fc8ba12200016a5b47e

Hugh Fraser Quintet Live Recording!

The legendary Juno Award winning Hugh Fraser Quintet  presents “GASTOWN CHRONICLES“ as three nights of recording for Cellar Live!  An evening of fresh new compositions and some of the quintet’s classics featuring Hugh Fraser, piano/composer; Campbell Ryga saxes; Cory Weeds sax; Dave Robbins drums; Ken Lister bass; at Frankie’s on October 25, 26 & 27 starting at 8 pm and the celebration of Hugh’s 61st birthday!

Hugh has inhaled a deep breath, ignited a fire in his belly and will be featuring his Gastown Chronicles which is a series of compositions he has been writing through his whole health ordeal and his happy to present, for the first time in public, these optimistic and energized fresh new compositions over these three nights and invites you to be an active creative participant through your presence in the evolution of not only the spirit and mutual shared experience of the pure joy of a live improvisational jazz based performance, but help the sound alchemy that will lead to a recording on Cellar Live for reflection and inspiration for all!  
Hugh has refined this process after spending time with one of his many mentors, McCoy Tyner in NYC who divulged Coltrane's recording process of performing new works as much as possible, recording them and moving on to new music once released!

This will be a solid, risk taking energized night with five master musicians that are devoted to individual and collective communication through the beauty of this thing we call jazz!  Hope to see you there!
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Hugh Fraser's VEJI

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Blueshore Theatre - Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Join the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (“VEJI”) in an explosive evening of communal sonic joy! This will be the first concert since the passing of our fearless leader, Hugh Fraser.

Blazing ensemble barrages will set the scene for the incredible collection of 16 veteran creative improvisors to explore their individual and collective experience which will surely be an inspiring and uplifting experience for all present. Legendary CBC broadcaster and creator of Hot Air, the late Bob Smith upon hearing the brash bunch in performance in 1980 said "VEJI is more akin to a gang than a band!" This sense of infectious fun is more tempered and focused after hundreds of concerts, six albums, guest appearances with Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Julian Priester, Kenny Wheeler, and Chucho Valdez.

VEJI is now celebrating 44 years of changing the cultural fabric of Canada!

This will be a joyous reunion and sound celebration not to be missed!

VEJI will feature: Bill Clark - Conductor Campbell Ryga - Soprano/Alto Sax Chris Startup - Alto/Tenor Sax Bill Runge - Tenor Sax Chad Makela - Bari Sax Derry Byrne - Trumpet Brad Turner - Trumpet Henry Christian - Trumpet Lorae Murphy-Farrell - Trumpet Dennis Esson - Trombone Rod Borrie - Trombone Brad Muirhead - Bass Trombone Jimi James Fraser - Piano Steve Wallace - Bass Jack Duncan - Percussion Dave Robbins - Drums

$50 General Admission and $40 Student plus ticket fees


Hugh Fraser Trio

Gordon Smith Gallery, 2121 Lonsdale Ave, Vancouver, BC


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