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7 shows you can't miss at the final week of the Vancouver Jazz Festival

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 25, 2015 7:44 am

As with all good things, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is quickly coming to an end. You have less than a week to see a show before FOMO anxiety sets in.

Here are our picks for the hottest shows you really got to see. Most artists on this list are in town for one performance only, making these shows some of the most exclusive tickets in town.

1. Banda Magda (free!)

When: Saturday, June 27 at 5:15 p.m.
Where: Roundhouse – David Lam Park Stage
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Greek singer-songwriter Banda Magda has collaborated with Louis CK. She’s got to have one wicked sense of humour, and it shows in her music – light and springy like a perfect summer day. And what better to hear it lying in the sun of David Lam Park?

2. Antonio Sanchez & Migration

When: Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
Where: Performance Works
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Antonio Sanchez composed the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Birdman. Has he got your attention now? Sanchez’s most recent work, The Meridian Suite, is “inspired by the imaginary lines of latitude and longitude that divide and define our relationship to our known universe.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, so you should go and find out.

3. Zaki Ibrahim (free!)

When: Sunday, June 28 at 8:45 p.m.
Where: David Lam Park
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Electro-pop, soul, dance and world beat: not many can combine it all the way Zaki Ibrahim does. The Canadian-born, South African singer/songwriter is a special feature for Jazz Festival’s South Africa Now! series, which shows off the diversity and innovation of international artists like Ibrahim. Led by Ibrahim and her band at David Lam Park, it’s going to be one massive outdoor party. Be there.

4. Dave Douglas & High Risk

When: Sunday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Where: Performance Works
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Electronica, meet trumpet. Dave Douglas has an astounding 40 albums under his belt, and more awards and fellowships than we can list. If you like new-age musical improvisation, then you’ll love Douglas: electro beats, sonic textures and all that bass – anything goes!

5. Chris Botti

When: Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: River Rock Casino
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You may be in a casino, but you certainly won’t be gambling on Chris Botti. Botti is the largest-selling American instrumental artist, with a big following usually reserved for pop artists. Grammy-winning, with more than four million albums sold to date, Botti is a world-class act that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

6. Phronesis

When: Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Performance Works
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U.K.-based Phronesis are a bundle of nervous energy, known for time changes and odd meters in one dashing rush to the finish line. Now imagine that on every single song. Complex but accessible, the trio will hold you enthralled for the entire night with their devilish playing and musical chops.

7. The Roots

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 8 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theatre
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Four-time Grammy Award winners The Roots are hip-hop royalty. You may know them best as the official house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but these gentlemen are so much more than that. Recently named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, The Roots have released 11 studio albums to date.


The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 18 to July 1. Select venues across Vancouver. Full program and tickets at


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