Cory Weeds may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 13 years, but he wasn’t just the club owner. As a saxophonist, who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano College, Weeds spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman. He held his own when performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride.
“In my 35 years of playing professionally in the Vancouver music scene, I would consider Cory to be the most successful and important promoter and producer of Canadian Jazz in the Vancouver area” (Oliver Gannon, Jazz Guitarist).
The charming piano master, Mabern, is an unforgettable performer. He turns every performance into an informal master class regaling audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history and some of the best piano playing you will ever hear. His music is marked by unmistakable purpose and harmonic authority, and he employs a powerful technique and deep insight into a wide range of repertoire from the Great American Songbook to his own soulful originals.
Mabern’s piano style has been described as being “aggressive, very positive, crashing out chords that drop like pile drivers and warming up and down the keyboard with huge, whooping bursts of action,” while, at the same time, he shows “a keen sensitivity” as “an extremely perceptive accompanist (John S. Wilson, The New York Times). He has played and recorded with a who’s who of jazz including Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean and Wes Montgomery to name just a few.
Born in Seattle, bassist Michael Glynn has been performing professionally since the age of 16. Called, “a total monster player,” by trumpet virtuoso Bobby Shew, Glynn’s music has taken him across North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to leading his own groups, he has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jon Hendricks, Bud Shank, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
Julian MacDonough is very active as a freelance musician. Primarily hired as a jazz drummer up and down the west coast, he has also spent a lot of time in recording studios with over 40 CDs under his belt. MacDonough has had the pleasure of performing with such notables as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, and Brian Lynch. As well, MacDonough enjoys his teaching position at Western Washington University as part of the Faculty Jazz Collective.