Vancouver jazz impresario Cory Weeds fronts a world class 11 piece "Little Big Band", in an ambitious recording at Bryan Adams' "Warehouse" studio in Vancouver's Gas Town neighbourhood.
Weeds and his guests speak to the important collaboration between the visiting artists - Gary Smulyan, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Davis and PJ Perry - and the Vancouver players who host them.
Weeds' prolific activity, in particular pairing top tier New York musicians with local Vancouver players, has helped build Vancouver into a vibrant jazz city, with a deep well of skill. Although Weeds' live club The Jazz Cellar shuttered years ago, the associated label Cellar Live continues on with a vibrant and regular slate of recordings, and Weeds' work with the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society (managing Frankie's Jazz Club) keeps him at the nexus of all action.
In this film, we hear some sincere testimony on what Weeds does best - producing a swinging, exciting project that enriches the scene around him. The symbiosis between artist and producer survives in Weeds' world, with an appreciative nod in both directions.
01 Minor Mishap
03 East Of The Village
04 Park Avenue Petite
05 My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me
06 Canadian Sunset
07 KD's Motion
08 Please Send Me Someone To Love
09 Ready And Able
Cory Weeds tenor saxophone
GARY SMULYAN baritone saxophone
STEVE KALDESTAD tenor saxophone
PJ PERRY alto saxophone
JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet
CHRIS DAVIS trumpet
STEVE DAVIS trombon
ROD MURRAY trombone
CHRIS GESTRIN piano
PAUL RUSHKA bass
JESSE CAHLL drums