Vancouver entertainment aficionados, listen up! Also, Vancouver online casino players take notice! Because some of the very best names in Vancouver holiday season entertainment are coming to you next month, December 14, 2016, for one night only, beginning at eight o’clock in the evening.
And who is the musical sensation of which I speak, you might ask? Well, I’m excited to say, I’m talking about the B3 Kings, featuring Denzal Sinclaire. The name is a play off the popular Christmas song “We Three Kings”, along with the type of organ used in the band, the Hammond B3.
But despite the name’s reference to the ephemeral #3, this popular band includes four main musical men, including Denzal Sinclaire on drums and vocals, as well as Bill Coon on the Guitar, Chris Gestrin on the Hammond B3 Organ, and Cory Weeds on Saxophone.
B3 Kings are not only some of the best and well-known names in Vancouver entertainment world, but also, some of the best players in the Canada and even international Jazz scene.
A Bit About the Band
The B3 Kings is a highly skilled quartet that comes together once a year, taking a night off during the holidays from all their other respective projects to perform stunningly well-arranged and executed Jazz renditions of popular Christmas and holiday tunes.
So whether you’re a regular out and about town in the Vancouver music scene, or whether you typically like to stay home and get your Vancouver online casino and musical entertainment at home, this is a once-in-a-year treat, and definitely worth dressing up and going out on the town for.
The B3 Kings first came together as a project in 2002, for a Christmas concert at the popular Vancouver venue Cory Weed’s Cellar Club, and quickly gained such popular acclaim that they soon were doing shows all over BC and in Alberta as well. They recorded CDs in 2004 and 2008 (A Cellar Live Christmas; You Better Watch Out!) to critical acclaim, and are slated to release their third CD soon.
During the year, the B3 Kings breaks out into individual and collaborative performing entities, some of whom work together on other musical collaborations. But together, the B3 Kings bring the art to new heights!
Denzal Sinclaire, on Drums and Vocals, was born in 1969, and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at McGill University in Montreal, where he studied Piano. He met Bill Coon at that time, the band’s guitarist, and they forged a 16-year strong musical collaboration that we the public are benefitting from to this day.
This collaboration has included performances as all major Jazz festivals in Canada, a Juno nominated CD (I Found Love), as well as with ensembles from small to large, from string quartet, to orchestral arrangements, and countless radio and television appearances. Most famously, they are known for their Nat “King” Cole tribute work including the 23-piece Bill Coon Orchestra.
Individually, Sinclaire played at the Du Marnier Jazz Festival in Vancouver in 1995, which led to him taking up residence in the city, and he has been a pillar in the city for the past two decades. He has garnered a strong reputation from his performance work on CBC Radio, as well as receiving recognition as best Male Jazz Vocalist in the Canadian magazine Jazz Report four-years in a row.
Just last year, 2015, he was featured as Guest Artist in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Big Band for the Holiday’s Tour. This, and his smooth baritone and impeccable work on various instruments including Piano and Drums has earned him a great reputation from both inside and outside of Canada, and recognition from both inside and outside of the Jazz world.
Bill Coon, on Guitar, has not only collaborated for the past 16 years with Denzal Sinclaire, but brings with his 25 years of experience with some of the best known Jazz artists in the industry, including Jimmy Heath, Chuck Israels, Fred Stride, Brad Turner, Campbell Ryga, Eddie Daniels, PJ Perry, Louis Stewart, Dee Daniels and Karin Plato.
Coon has been commission by the BC Arts Council to compose of four movement suite for The Jill Townsend Big Band and his quartet opened at the Orpheum for Dave Brubeck. His arranging has been featured on the rap artist K-os’s Juno winning album Joyful Rebellion as well as in the television documentary Burning to Shine, and he been on the receiving end of critical acclaim for his CDs Speakeasy and Two Much Guitar.
Chris Gestrin, on the Hammond B3, was born in Vancouver, and has been featured in numerous albums, including After the City Has Gone:Quiet, Trio, Stillpoint and The Melody That Is. These have been released by popular record labels Maximum Jazz, Songlines, Cellar Live and Phonometrograph.
Chris’s been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievements in Music for his work in the movie “Songs She Wrote About People She Knows” and also wrote original music for the short film, “The Bar”, and feature film “American Conjuring.”
Last, but far from being the least of these great players, Cory Weeds, on Saxophone, studied as University of North Texas and Capilano College. He ran the well-known Vancouver Jazz Club “Cory Weeds’ Cellar”, for thirteen years, until it closed it’s doors in 2014.
The club housed not only shows by Jazz’s “greats”, such as David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton and more, but also served as the home of Weeds’ record label “Cellar Live”. Started in 2001, the label has put out over 100 recordings, documenting Vancouver’s unsung Jazz heroes, some staying for many weeks on the JazzWeek charts.
A solid bandleader and sideman, Weeds has played on many of these recordings, and plans many, many more for the future.
Show and Ticket Details
The B3 Kings show will take place Decemeber 14, 2016 at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, which is easy to find at 2055 Purcell Way, in North Vancouver. Tickets are a steal and will cost $27 in advance and $32 at the door.
Obviously, Vancouver entertainment with this much raw Jazz acumen will sell out weeks in advance, so go straight to their site and get your tickets today!!!