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Cory Weeds

Saxophonist Cory Weeds has been a professional musician for the better part of 15 years.

As a member of popular Vancouver band People Playing Music he toured Canada, the United States and Europe and recorded was a key part in the success of the band's Sette CD released in 1997. In 1998 he formed his instrumental band CRASH that he co-led with tenor saxophonist Jerry Cook. The band released its first CD entitled Crash in 1998 and toured Canada the same year playing at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. The band went back into the studio in 1999 to record their sophomore release Candyshop. In 2003 the band was booked to back up Hammond B3 organ guru Dr. Lonnie Smith. This chance meeting resulted in the band's 3rd CD The Dr. Is In on Cellar Live featuring the renowned B3 Organist. The CD was a huge success and led to several tours of the Pacific Northwest.

Weeds is a member of The Night Crawlers which released their debut CD, Presenting on Cellar Live in 2007, and was nominated for Album Of The Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2008. The Night Crawlers released their second CD/Record in early 2011 titled Down In The Bottom featuring a big band. The album won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Album Of The Year. The B3 Kings is a seasonal quartet featuring Denzal Sinclaire on voice / drums, Chris Gestrin on b3 organ and Bill Coon on guitar. The band recorded a CD that was released in 2005 that has been a hit worldwide and their first full length Christmas CD You Better Watch Out! was released in December of 2011. The band continuously sells out venues in Western Canada during the Christmas season. Weeds is a charter member of Melody Diachun's EQ that released their debut CD in 2008 and Jennifer Scott's Brasiliera. They will be releasing a CD in mid 2012.

In 2006 Weeds was a member of the saxophone section that backed up Paul Anka and has also graced the horn section with singing sensation Nikki Yanoffsky. Weeds has also shared the stage with international superstars such as Lou Donaldson, David Fathead Newman, Charles McPherson, Harold Mabern, Scott Hamilton, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Mike DiRubbo. He has also shared the stage with locals like Brad Turner, Mike Allen, Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson, Oliver Gannon, Cam Ryga and Ross Taggart.

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Album Review

Cory Weeds: Home Cookin'

Read "Home Cookin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Home Cookin', his second recording with an eleven-piece “little big band," tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds is doing the best he can. Really. As Weeds writes in the liner notes, the plan was to rehearse the band for two nights at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada, home to Weeds and most of the band's personnel, then to convene at the Warehouse Studio on Sunday to record. Arriving at the club on Friday evening, Weeds found to his dismay that ...

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Cory Weeds: Home Cookin'

Read "Home Cookin'" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Cory Weeds, a prominent figure in the contemporary jazz scene, has made a remarkable statement with his Little Big Band's latest album Home Cookin'. The session showcases a vibrant collection of compositions/arrangements carefully curated to resonate with his personal journey, including those by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Oliver Nelson, which are essential to him for a variety of reasons. The band comprises ten of his favorite world-class Vancouver, BC-based musicians. These previously mentioned influential tracks ...

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Brad Turner Quintet: The Magnificent

Read "The Magnificent" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If the title of Canadian trumpeter Brad Turner's latest album, The Magnificent, sounds a trifle self-absorbed, rest assured it does not refer to him but to another “magnificent" horn player, the late Thad Jones. The honorific, however, would not be unwisely used if applied to Turner himself, who not only excels on the trumpet but also plays tasteful piano and wrote every one of the album's generally engaging themes. Although the group is listed on the album ...

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Brad Turner Quintet: The Magnificent

Read "The Magnificent" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Brad Turner's album The Magnificent is a sonic gem on which he invites listeners on a musical journey which effortlessly balances tradition and innovation. Comprising a wish-list of stellar musicians, including guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Neil Swainson, drummer Quincy Davis and, on four tracks, tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, the band gathered together to record a session to breathe life into nine Turner compositions. The opening track is “You're OK," in which Turner's trumpet takes center stage ...

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Nightcrawlers: Get Ready

Read "Get Ready" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The common thread between the Nightcrawlers and nightcrawler earthworms is that they both come out at night, and while the former is at home in a jazz club before a live audience, the latter is feeding on decaying organic material. Some may say that is a distinction without a difference. Nevertheless the latest nightly ritual for the Nightcrawlers is called Get Ready and it was recorded live at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver B.C. This confident sextet is centred around ...

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Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Jack Bowers


The late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was well-known in western Canada and elsewhere for his brilliance—but as player, not a writer. In fact, according to MacPherson's son Guy, who wrote the excellent liner notes to From the Pen of..., his father wrote barely a dozen or so original compositions, almost all of which are included on this superlative album with performances by a who's who of well- known jazz artists from Canada and other countries. Considering what ...

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Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was an original. Although he was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, he moved to Vancouver early in his career where he remained throughout his working life. He began to build his reputation as a Lester Young-influenced player, and in the mid '70s recorded his first trio album for West End Records with guitarist Oliver Gannon and bassist Wyatt Ruther. This album was picked up by Concord Records in the late '70s and released in the U.S. ...

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First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

Source: All About Jazz

A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz & Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00am to 6:30pm with an after party scheduled at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen following the conference. The one-day conference will represent a gathering place for musicians, industry professionals, and educators ...

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Jazz This Week: Thomas, Whitaker, Hayward and Warfield; Chris Hazelton and Cory Weeds; Oikos Ensemble; and More

Jazz This Week: Thomas, Whitaker, Hayward and Warfield; Chris Hazelton and Cory Weeds; Oikos Ensemble; and More

Source: St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman

This week's schedule of live jazz and creative music includes a diverse group of musician/educators brought together here by a returning St. Louisan; visiting players from Kansas City, Vancouver and Mississippi; the debuts of two new ensembles featuring some top local musicians; and more. Let's go to the highlights.... Tonight, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performs at First Unity Church of St. Louis, 4753 Butler Hill Rd in south county. On Thursday night, the Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis ...

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Coming Attractions Include Larry Brown Jr's Marvin Gaye Tribute, Chris Hazelton and Cory Weeds, Marco Benevento

Coming Attractions Include Larry Brown Jr's Marvin Gaye Tribute, Chris Hazelton and Cory Weeds, Marco Benevento

Source: St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman

Recent days have brought details on three more upcoming shows of interest to St. Louis jazz fans: Guitarist Larry Brown Jr., a native of Venice, IL and graduate of SIUE who's now working in Chicago, will return home to perform “I Remember Marvin: A Jazz Tribute to Marvin Gaye" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.  The performance is  part of The Sheldon's “Notes From Home" series. Brown will be joined for the concert by fellow ...

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Jazz Tour of NYC with Cory Weeds, March 2012

Jazz Tour of NYC with Cory Weeds, March 2012

Source: Jeff Turner

COME TO NEW YORK WITH CORY WEEDS A Jazz Filled Exploration of the Big Apple! March 24 -31, 2012 Turner Music and Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club (Vancouver, BC, CAN) are pleased to announce the dates for New York With Weeds 2012. This year's tour will begin on Saturday, March 24th and end on Saturday, March 31st, 2012. Eight days & seven nights in the city that never sleeps. The tour will include visits to the ...

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B.J. Jansen Interviewed Cory Weeds on the Jazz Life Show

B.J. Jansen Interviewed Cory Weeds on the Jazz Life Show

Source: JM Creative

B.J. Jansen interviewed Cory Weeds, Saxophonist, Club and Record Label Owner of Cellar Jazz in Vancouver, BC, Canada on The Jazz Life show. This interview is Part 2 of Jansen's Jazz Industry Talks, exploring the future of the Jazz Industry behind the music. Jansen created his show, “The Jazz Life," to bring audiences to the next generation of jazz artists who struggle to receive airplay in the United States. The programming format ...

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Home Cookin'

Cellar Records
2024

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Get Ready

Cellar Live
2023

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The Magnificent

Cellar Music group
2023

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Just Coolin'

Cellar Records
2022

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Just The Contrafacts

Cellar Records
2022

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Jackpot

Cellar Live
2022

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