From Paul de Barros’ Friday column:

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which started last weekend and winds up Tuesday, is so diverse and multilayered, six people could have six different but equally wonderful experiences there.

I managed to take in 10 groups the first weekend, including a double dose of European avant-garde favorites; homecoming celebrations by a pair of brilliant Vancouver tenor saxophonists (both coincidentally named Blake); and several free concerts at scenic outdoor venues.

The whole city lights up during Jazz Festival week, and savvy locals know some of the best music can be heard gratis. On Sunday, on the pier behind Canada Place, which juts into the cerulean waters of Burrard Inlet and offers a spectacular view of the towering mountains beyond, New Yorker-turned-Vancouverite June Katz sang a Broadway-to-bop set with throaty sensuality and an easy sense of swing.

Click here to read the complete story at The Seattle Times.

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