Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

Articles | Popular | Future

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ECM looming so large on the jazz horizon, it is always nice to know that the mainstream remains solidly represented Trinom3

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds Quintet: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, this is saxophonist/master of all livelihoods Cory Weeds' quintet, the year is 2018, and the group is beyond a doubt Live at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. But close your eyes, open your ears and it's the unapologetic re-creation of a quintessential hard-bop session from the historic Blue Note / Prestige years of the 1950s-60s. Indeed, to underscore the point, the quintet's pianist is the venerable Harold Mabern who actually performed and/or recorded back in the day ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The size and makeup of a “little big band" depend above all on what the leader has in mind. In this case, leader Cory Weeds patterned his ensemble (four brass, four reeds, three rhythm) after similar groups led by tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Gene Ammons, and what he had in mind was a mid-sized unit that would generate as much range and power as a full-sized orchestra. Weeds chose the bill of fare scrupulously, as ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Renaissance Man Cory Weeds has the Midas Touch. Since attaining Vancouver-local escape velocity with his Cellar Jazz Club and then his record label with the same imprint, the musical entrepreneur has parlayed his notice worldwide with excellent recordings of himself and other noted artists. Weeds' Cellar Jazz focus is what would be defined as an “Arbors Jazz for Hard Bop." He is very much the keeper of the flame of the last great jazz genre-period to grab the “mainstream" designation. ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to the mainstream, specifically. Emmet Cohen Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Emmet Cohen featuring Ron Carter and Evan Sherman Cellar Live ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds: Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire

Read "Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When last heard from, Canadian Cory Weeds was wielding a mean neo-swing tenor saxophone with the superb Jeff Hamilton trio on the albums Dreamsville and This Happy Madness. On Let's Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Weeds moves from tenor to alto (with no loss of merit) alongside tenor and fellow Canadian Steve Kaldestad, Hammond B3 maestro Mike LeDonne, guitarist Dave Sikula, drummer Jason Tiemann and (on four tracks) percussionist Liam MacDonald. This is the ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five on Cellar Live

Read "Five on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Corey Weeds' Cellar Live label is dedicated to the most organic of jazz: small ensemble acoustic performance. In 2000, Weeds had opened his Cellar Jazz Club, originally located at 3611 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. A year later followed the inauguration of the Cellar Live imprint. In spite of the club's closing in 2014, the label remains a durable and vibrant outlet for modern mainstream jazz recording, having released more than 120 well received performances to date. Considered here are five ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio: Dreamsville

Read "Dreamsville" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the substance and framework of jazz are constantly changing and evolving, the music's bedrock--marked by spontaneity and free-wheeling swing--remains essentially unimpaired and secure. And when it comes to swinging, it's hard to eclipse the irrepressible pulse of the tenor saxophone, an instrument whose long and enduring ties to jazz and swing have been epitomized by such masters as Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane ...

RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Cellar Live Records: The Finest in Live Jazz Recordings

Read "Cellar Live Records: The Finest in Live Jazz Recordings" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Cellar Live Records is a contemporary jazz label located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jazz saxophonist and producer Cory Weeds founded the label in 2001, one year after purchasing The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club (later renamed Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar). Since that time, Cellar Live Records has released over seventy albums. Performers at Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar are some of the most important names in Canadian jazz, as well as major international artists. These include Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds: Everything's Coming Up Weeds

Read "Everything's Coming Up Weeds" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Everything's Coming Up Weeds, the 50th release from the Cellar Live stable, is a stellar recording featuring an extraordinary quintet. At first blush, it recalls the energy and fervor of wonderful Benny Golson bands and, if the memory can be stretched a wee bit further, also some memorable sessions of The Jazztet--or even a Jazz Messengers middle passage. The date is led by the big tenor sound of Cory Weeds--saxophonist, broadcaster, jazz impresario extraordinaire and owner of Canada's leading West ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Cory Weeds: Big Weeds

Read "Big Weeds" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Big Weeds could well herald the return of the big, bad saxophone. Its protagonist, Cory Weeds, blazes his masterful way through a monstrous set, alternating on tenor and alto. And in one fell swoop, Weeds joins the ranks of the instrument's great storytellers. On tenor he is as bold and dramatic as Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. On the smaller and more sensuous alto, he is a younger version of (when he is racy) David “Fathead" Newman or, at times, ...