Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds is a Renaissance jazz man

Posted 4 January, 2013 in Seattle Jazz - Comments Off comments

Thursday, January 10
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from The Seattle Times:

Most parents discourage their children from going into the arts, but when Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds graduated from high school, his father promised to pay his first year of tuition — if he went to music school.

“Usually, it’s the other way around,” says the 39-year-old jazz man, who’s playing at Tula’s Thursday.

But Weeds’ dad loved jazz and could see his son had talent.

“I think he had designs that I would become a band teacher,” says Weeds. “If he had known that later I would be going into business, he probably wouldn’t have paid.”

The business Weeds refers to is Vancouver, B.C.’s, longest-running venue devoted exclusively to jazz, the Cellar. But that’s just one of the hats this Renaissance jazz man wears. He has a thriving career as a touring musician, heads a record label and hosts his own radio show.

“Jazz is my life,” he says.

When Weeds started the Cellar 12 years ago, he was pretty sure it would spell the end of his playing career. But his two vocations turned out to be symbiotic. In 2003, through booking the club, he met Hammond B-3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith, and they wound up touring and recording together.

“The Doctor Is In” was recorded at Weeds’ club, on his label, Cellar Live. So in one fell swoop, Weeds was launched — as a musician, club owner and label head.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

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