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Weeds & Danderfer with TWO FOR GEORGE

Weeds & Danderfer with TWO FOR GEORGE

“(Cory Weeds and) this crew of pro vets know how to cook, just trust they aren’t manqueing around as they all blow from the heart and play jazz the way it was meant to be played—-all in a way newbies, moldy figs and everyone in between can agree on.  Solidly tasty throughout, all you can do here is still back and marvel at the crew doing their thing.  Killer stuff throughout.” ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Reco


Due to new COVID restrictions in B.C. the Weeds with Strings featuring Phil Dwyer show has been cancelled and replaced by TWO FOR GEORGE.

Leading Canadian saxophonist and jazz impresario Cory Weeds teams up with clarinetist & saxophonist James Danderfer to pay tribute to the legendary saxophonist George Robert.

Says Cory Weeds: “To say that George Robert (who passed in 2016) had a profound influence on me would be an extreme understatement. I know that James Danderfer feels exactly the same way. It was his suggestion to do a tribute to our hero, friend and mentor.”

Presented by Jazz Yukon, Cellar Music Group and the Yukon Arts Centre

Learn more about Cory at http://www.coryweeds.com

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A saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, a label owner tirelessly documenting unsung Jazz heroes, one of Canada’s most important Jazz impresarios, the hardest-working man in Jazz business – Cory Weeds is all of these things, and much more.

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 14 years. Weeds built the Cellar to become one of North America’s best Jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the finest Jazz musicians from Vancouver and across Canada performed before it closed in February 2014.

But he wasn’t just the club owner. As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano University, 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. Weeds has also recorded fifteen albums as a leader, including: Live at Frankie’s (with Terell Stafford and Harold Mabern) Explosion (with Gary Smulyan, PJ Perry, Steve Davis and Joe Magnarelli), Let’s Groove (with Mike Ledonne), Dreamsville (with The Jeff Hamilton Trio), It’s Easy To Remember (with David Hazeltine, Joe Magnarelli, Paul Gill and Jason Tiemann, reached #1 on the Jazz Week Charts), This Happy Madness, (with The Jeff Hamilton Trio, reached #1 on the Jazz Week Charts), Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie McLean (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth)., As Of Now (with the Harold Mabern Trio), Let’s Go (with Steve Davis), the Juno-nominated Up A Step (Cory Weeds Quartet), With Benefits (with Lewis Nash and Peter Washington), Just Like That (with the Tilden Webb Trio), The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds (with Joey DeFrancesco), Everything’s Coming Up Weeds (with Jim Rotondi), and Big Weeds (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth).

While the Cellar is now a happy memory, the record label Weeds established in 2001 is alive and well. Rebranded in 2018, The Cellar Music Group has put out over 160 recordings, including many that have spent extensive time on the JazzWeek charts, with many more releases planned. In addition to playing on numerous sessions, Weeds has also served as producer on more than 120 recordings. In 2017 Weeds celebrated a win at the 2017 Juno Awards when Metalwood won for Jazz Album Of The Year: Group.

On the presentation front, Weeds has booked Frankie’s Jazz Club in downtown Vancouver since 2016.  In addition to Frankie’s, Weeds presents music all over the city at various venues including The Italian Cultural Center, Hycroft at The University Women’s Club, Club 45 in North Vancouver and The Emerald.

Beyond Vancouver, Weeds has a strong affinity with New York City. He’s brought so many of the Jazz mecca’s top players to Vancouver, and has performed, toured, and recorded with many of them. Tapping into his insider knowledge of the New York scene, he has led the annual New York With Weeds tour ten times and counting. He leads about 35 Jazz lovers to Jazz clubs off the beaten track, private recording sessions and more.

Finally, Weeds has also worked as an educator, leading the BC Music Educators Association’s Honour Ensemble, giving clinics on saxophone as well as the business of music, and teaching privately. He can also be heard on the airwaves on his show Condition Blue that airs on http://www.jazzcast.ca and www.saveonradio.com

James Danderfer is an award-winning saxophonist, clarinetist and composer who has impressed audiences around the world with his warm sound, melodic compositions and lyrical improvising style. With educational credits including Interlochen World Center For the Arts, Western Michigan University (B.Mus, Jazz Performance), and McGill University (M.Mus, Jazz Composition) James has performed and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in North America including Steve Nelson, Quincy Davis, John Stetch, Brad Turner, Joel Ross, Oliver Gannon, and Don Thompson. Besides composing music for his own large and small ensembles, James is also a LEO award-winning composer for film and enjoys the collaborative nature of this medium. Since 2014, James has had the pleasure of working on many great films, primarily as composer but also as producer and story creator.

Beyond these artistic pursuits, James is also an active educator, teaching clarinet, saxophone, and composition at The VSO School of Music, Capilano University and Vancouver Community College. To hear James’ music visit http://www.jamesdanderfer.com

Conrad Good was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He began his music studies on cello when he was five. At ten, Conrad took a dive into the deep end and started studying double bass. It wasn’t long until he became interested in playing jazz. Conrad continued his classical studies, playing concerto performances with a youth orchestra and his high school symphony. Since graduating from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University with a Jazz Performance degree, Conrad has played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and Phil Dwyer’s Vancouver Island Jazz Fest. Conrad is a winner of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Trust and a scholarship from the Schulich School of Music. 

Jesse Cahill started playing drums at a young age and worked his first professional gigs at 16 in restaurants and clubs in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1993 he moved to Montreal to study music at McGill University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance (with distinction).

While Jesse’s freelance resume boasts an extensive list of Canadian and international names it is his long term musical collaborations with west coast artists that have resulted in his most notable work. He has appeared on dozens of recordings with western Canadian musicians including Jodi Proznick’s Juno nominated CDs Foundations (2007) and Sun Songs (2018), Cory Weeds’ Juno nominated Up a Step (2012), and Jerrold Dubyk’s WCMA Jazz Album of the Year The Maverick (2008). Jesse has also released three albums with his own group The Nightcrawlers and has been a regular member of rockabilly power trio Cousin Harley for nearly two decades.

Jesse is also a dedicated educator and currently enjoys a busy teaching schedule at The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in downtown Vancouver.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020

8:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Main Theatre Seating


Cory Weeds – tenor saxophone
James Danderfer – clarinet & alto saxophone
Tilden Webb – piano
Conrad Good – bass
Jesse Cahill – drums


SelectricityYukon Arts CentreCellar Music Group

SponsorsGovernment of YukonCity of WhitehorseLotteries YukonGovernment of CanadaYukon Arts Centre Air North, Yukon's AirlineCellar Live Hougens Group