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Vancouver based arranger/ composer Jill Townsend leads the Jill Townsend Big Band, a seventeen piece jazz ensemble featuring Vancouver's finest jazz musicians.

 

 

NEWS

 

We are happy to return to Pat's Pub!

 

Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 2014

403 E Hastings St.
604-255-4301
7:00 PM - Cover $15

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Townsend Big Band with Denzal Sinclaire - A tribute to Sinatra at the Sands with the Count Basie Orchestra
The fabulously hip and swinging Jill Townsend Big Band along with Canada's preeminent vocalist Denzal Sinclaire, will tribute the 1966 recording, Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie and his Orchestra.


This recording is described as "a blend of superb chemistry, sparkling arrangements, infallible singing and contagious energy" and considered to be "...the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s" by reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

 

Denzal Sinclaire, known for his rich baritone voice and elegant delivery of lyrics, is a multiple Juno nominee and National Jazz Award winner. He was awarded Best Male Vocalist by Jazz Report Magazine for four consecutive years.

 

The Jill Townsend Big Band features several Juno award winning musicians & outstanding soloists including Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Dennis Esson, Dave Robbins, Rod Murray and many more.

 

JTBB received critical acclaim for their CD "Tales from the Sea" and were invited to perform in New York at the 2009 IAJE Conference as Canada's representative. The Jill Townsend Big Band was twice nominated for "Big Band of the Year" in the National Jazz Awards. 

 

Jill Townsend Big Band with vocalist Denzal Sinclaire

Tribute to Sinatra at the Sands

April 4 & 5th, 2014

Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music

7:30 PM

Click on these links for Tickets or Info:

Fri Apr. 4: http://townsend.zoobis.com/

Sat Apr. 5:  http://townsendtwo.zoobis.com/

 

 

 

Our Kickstarter Campaign was a huge success! Thank you to all the contributors for your generous donations!

 

Jill Townsend Big Band records the compositions of Ross Taggart

Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign for a brand new CD.  Your contributions are gratefully and most respectfully appreciated.

 

Please click on the link to contribute and for more info about the project: http://kck.st/1hEWh2l

 

JILL TOWNSEND BIG BAND PLAYS THE MUSIC OF KENNY WHEELER

featuring Brad Turner trumpet, Hugh Fraser piano, Jennifer Scott voice

Fri Aug 30th & Sat Aug 31st, 2013

Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club

3611 West Broadway

604-738-1959     

sets:8:00 & 9:30 PM                                  

http://www.cellarjazz.com

 

The music of Canadian born flugel player/composer Kenny Wheeler has influenced generations of musicians through his unique approach to jazz improvisation and composition. 

 

Having recently celebrated his 83rd birthday, Kenny Wheeler is an international musical treasure. 

 

The band will perform select compositions from the album "Music for Large and Small Ensembles" as well as additional original repertoire written by Bill Coon and Jill Townsend. 

 

Jennifer Scott is one of Canada's premier vocalists and has performed Kenny's music at the prestigious Banff Centre. 

 

Multi award winner and multi instrumentalist Brad Turner has performed with Kenny and played his music on several occasions. 

 

Perhaps no one in Canada knows Kenny's music music better than Juno award winner Hugh Fraser, who as well as performing with Kenny in many different contexts, (including playing trombone on the recording "Music for Large and Small Ensembles") has written a suite featuring Kenny Wheeler and symphony orchestra. 

 

Jill Townsend's musical ties with Wheeler include performing a big band concert featuring Kenny and his music, alongside jazz greats Don Thompson, Mike Murley and Jim Vivian. She later studied jazz arranging with Kenny in London, England. 

  

"His is music of great beauty and beautifully crafted. As you travel your musical path you meet certain musicians who play a significant role in shaping your understanding of musical possibilities. 

I was lucky enough to meet Kenny early in my life and his work as a composer and player has been a source of inspiration since then." - Dave Holland 

  

"I really like your CD “tales from the sea”(Jill Townsend Big Band)…I like all the compositions and compliments to all the soloists"- Kenny Wheeler

 

June 20, 2013 -  Jazz Festival Time! and the Jill Townsend Big Band plays Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club - book early this is an annual sell out!

 

Friday, May 24th, 2013 Jill Townsend Big Band plays Pat's Pub - see you at 8 PM.

 

Monday Nov 26th, 2012 Benefit Concert for Ross Taggart

 

Thursday October 25th, 2012 join the Jill Townsend Big Band as they celebrate the

 

Life and Music of Pepper Adams. Swinging at Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club with two sets, 8:00 and 9:30 pm.  Reservations recommended! 3611 West Broadway, 604-738-1959

http://www.cellarjazz.com/

 

Sunday July 1st and Saturday Sept. 15th, 2012

Join the fabulous 17-piece big band and their outstanding soloists as they perform hip arrangements of original tunes & standards.

 

The Jill Townsend Big Band returns to the Cellar on Sunday January 8th, 2012!

Join the fabulous 17-piece big band and their outstanding soloists as they perform beautifully crafted compositions and arrangements.

The Cellar Jazz Club has gift certificates!  JTBB makes an excellent "night out" as a Christmas gift for your favourite jazz fan, and the new menu at the Cellar is delectable!

As always, our CD's and cookbooks will be available for purchase at the performance.

Be sure to reserve early as this event sells out regularly!

Sunday January 8th 2012

The Jill Townsend Big Band returns to the Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club!

   3611 West Broadway, 604-738-1959

sets:8:00 and 9:30pm

$15

July 2011 -Paul Rushka As It Happens CD Release!!

Sunday July 10th @ Cellar Jazz Club

3611 West Broadway

604-738-1959

sets 8pm and 9:30pm

Pagetown Records proudly present their 5th CD release:

paul rushka quintet- as it happens

with:

Paul Rushka double bass

James Danderfer clarinet

Jillian Lebeck piano

Dave Sikula guitar

Joe Poole drums

 

April 2011 - New work for Trombone Quartet now available for purchase at Cherry Classics!

Vancouver publishing company, Cherry Classics, is now selling The King's Trio (for Trombone Quartet), composed and arranged by Jill Townsend.

 

April 2011 - Coming soon!  

Pagetown Records proudly present their 5th CD release:

paul rushka quintet- as it happens

with:

Paul Rushka double bass

James Danderfer clarinet

Jillian Lebeck piano

Dave Sikula guitar

Joe Poole drums

 

Sunday, Nov 28th 2010 -Jazz Vespers

Join JTBB for an hour of great music, and engaging dialogue with the fabulous Rev Gary Patterson in this beautiful and historic church.  It's a relaxed and inviting scene and a great setting to enjoy the sound of Big Band music. Donation by collection plate

 

 

Sunday Dec. 12th 2010 - Cellar Jazz

Join the Jill Townsend Big Band for an evening of great jazz, smokin' hot soloists and magnificent compositions! Now in their tenth season, the JTBB has maintained an active performance schedule including concerts with international guest artists, jazz festival performances, ongoing engagements at the Cellar Jazz Club, a critically acclaimed CD, two nominations for “Big Band of the Year” in the National Jazz Awards, and the prestigious invitation to represent Canada at the 2007 IAJE Conference.  Cover $15  Reservations recommended

 

Wed June 16th 2010

The Jill Townsend Big Band returns to the Cellar!!

Join the fabulous 17- piece big band and their outstanding soloists as they perform beautifully crafted compositions and arrangements. 3611 West Broadway, 604-738-1959,

8:30 and 10:00 pm.

 

March 7th 2010

Join the Jill Townsend Big Band for Jazz Vespers, 4:00 pm

at St. Andrews Wesley United Church, located at Burrard & Nelson, Vancouver.

 

September 2009- September 2010
Jill Townsend Big Band 10th season anniversary!

 

May 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 National Jazz Award winners on the west coast!

Bill Coon-Guitarist

Jodi Proznick-Bassist

Ross Taggart- Instrumentalist

Brad Turner- Trumpeter and Producer

Ian McDougall- Big Band

Hugh Fraser-Trombonist

Cory Weeds-Cellar Live Record Label

Phil Dwyer-Saxophonist

Jesse Zubot- Violinist

Joe Coughlin -Vocalist

Eli Bennett- Rising Star

Vancouver Jazz Festival

 

March 27th  Jiggs Whigham will be performing with the Jill Townsend Big Band.

Birch Theatre, Capilano University. 

 jiggswhigham.com

 

 

 

 

 

Pagetown Records CD Release

Jazz artist Sharon Minemoto released her new trio CD

"I can see the ocean from here" with bassist Paul Rushka and drummer Paul Townsend.

 

Jill Townsend Big Band was nominated for the 2008 National Jazz Awards.

 

Jill Townsend Big Band invited to perform at the prestigious International Association for Jazz Education Conference (IAJE) in New York, Jan/07

with Marty Summers, (President IAJE Canada), and Brent Campbell, (Executive Director, IAJE Canada).

The Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra is proud to bring Jill to Seattle as the featured composer and conductor for this special concert, Sept/06. SWOJO

 

 

 

EVENTS

Jill Townsend Big Band

Pat's Pub

Sunday, Nov. 23/14

403 E Hastings St.
604-255-4301
7:00 PM - Cover $15

See you there!

 

 

 

 

Past Performances