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Black Gardenia |Concert

Ruby's Ukes Ukulele School

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Black Gardenia |Concert

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Black Gardenia | Concert only Dec 9, 2018 CA$15.00 CA$1.93
Black Gardenia | Concert plus 'Lucky Star' album Dec 9, 2018 CA$30.00 CA$2.84

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The Anza club and Black Gardenia 
Evening of Vintage Jazz
Black Gardenia  | 
continues celebrate the launch of 
their new Record "Lucky Star"
whilst continuing to explore a new set of repertoire for their next album!

Sunday December 9th 2018 
Doors at 6.00pm Show at 7.00pm

$15 in advance   
$20 at the door
19+ Event
band: Daphne Roubini, Andrew Smith, Stephen Nikleva, Brent Gubbels, 
with special guest Cameron Wilson.

After the last sold out shows in the Spring and launching Black Gardenia's new album 'Lucky Star',  #2 in the Canadian national !Earshot charts and #20 in US national NACC,  Black Gardenia continues celebrating the release of our second album. We are delighted to be continuing the celebration of this new record in collaboration with The Anza Club and look forward to sharing our new tunes and arrangements with you! We will be featuring the tunes recorded on 'Lucky Star' and 'No Moon at All' and adding some of our new favourites for each of the Fall 2018 'home tour' shows!

As featured in The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier, Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader, Edmonton Journal, North Shore News, Monte Cristo magazine, Midwest Record, The Source, and Ukulele Magazine. And on  CBC Michael Enright Early Edition, CBC radio 1 "Hot Air" and regularly on radio stations throughout Canada and the US, as well as Australia, and Europe.


praise for Black Gardenia~

“Daphne Roubini's original tunes bring to mind Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy Jazz with Billie Holiday as vocalist.” Vancouver Sun

“This Jazz/country/folk/blues band filter everything they do through their own special musical time capsule.”North Shore News

“The musical equivalent of taking a bath in a barrel of finely aged bourbon.”
Robert Collins,  CTV BC

“Black Gardenia features the evocative vocalist Daphne Roubini, who sounds at once retro – think Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux – and yet cheekily modern and on trend.” 
Georgia Mancio, ReVoice! Festival, London, UK.

“A relaxed approach to old school jazz with tinges of blues, country, and western swing, with very fine vocals from Daphne Roubini, and some of the hippest Ukulele that you can hope to hear.”
Ken Pickering, TD Vancouver Intl Jazz Festival

Black Gardenia line-up features 
Musicians and instrumentation: 

Daphne Roubini ~ Voice & Ukulele
Andrew Smith ~ Guitar & Ukulele
Stephen Nikleva ~ Guitar
Brent Gubbels ~  Bass
Cameron Wilson ~ Violin


Read more about Black Gardenia's new record!  

New Album from Vancouver’s Black Gardenia: 

Lucky Star

CD Release Fall/Winter 2017


BlackGardenia is a different kind of vintage jazz band. Their exploration of the mysterious place where jazz, blues, folk and old country meet has yielded a sound that takes listeners to a time and place where cool was always classy and noir was the norm.

The band’s forthcoming second album, Lucky Star, blends reinterpreted classics with vintage-inspired originals, with an all-star line-up of musical talent refining their distinct sound to deliver their finest work yet.

“For this record we wanted to honour the music we love,” explains bandleader and vocalist Daphne Roubini. “We were excited to mix a bit of Django Reinhardt and Hot Club de France, T-Bone Walker, jazz swing, and our country and folk favourites. These songs came together during our weekly residency in English Bay. Our band would change slightly every week and I became fascinated by how a different bass player or guitarist, or whether we had a trumpet or violin as the feature instrument, would influence the interpretation of the song. Every person playing with us would change the entire sound of our set list.  It reminded me of how different the sea looks everyday. It’s the same view yet so different. We love exploring these transient moments and wanted to capture that on this record!”

Black Gardenia’s musical pedigree speaks for itself. In her roles as leader of the band, half of acclaimed ukulele duo Ruby & Smith, and founder of Ruby’s Ukes, the world’s largest ukulele school outside Hawaii, Daphne has been profiled on CBC radio, on Shaw TV and The Province, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Ukulele Magazine, and the Vancouver Courier. On Lucky Star her captivating vocals have been paired with the talents of her musical (and life) partner, guitarist Andrew Smith, along with stellar musicians including Chris Davis (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), Paul Pigat (Cousin Harley), Stephen Nikleva and Jimmy Roy (Ray Condo and the Ricochets and Petunia and the Vipers), Cameron Wilson and Brent Gubbels (VanDjango), and Patrick Metzger (Headwater, Viper Central).

“When Chris Davis agreed to co-produce Lucky Star with me we sat down and picked the songs that really stood out to us, then specifically chose the musicians we wanted to would play on each song,” continues Daphne. “It was an amazing experience to pick the sound and version we wanted first, and then orchestrate those musicians for the sessions. We found we heard things in the same way, which was quite magical.

“For me, Lucky Star is the perfect musical cocktail. I’ll have mine vintage with a twist!”

Track Listing

1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Harry M.Woods)
2.  I’m Confessin’ that I Love You (Al Neiburg/Doc Daugherty/Ellis Reynolds)
3.  Green Dolphin Street (B. Kaper)
4.  I Told You So (C.Wagner)  
5. You’re a Sweetheart (Jimmy McHugh/Harold Adamson)
6. Lucky Star (D.Roubini/A.Smith/P.Pigat)
7. That’s my Desire (Helmy Kresa/Harold Loveday)
8. You’d be so Nice to Come Home To  (Cole Porter)
9.  I’m Just Waitin’ for Your Call (T-Bone Walker)
10. Green Rocky Road (Trad/B.Kaufman)
11. The Nearness of You  (Hoagy Carmichael/Ned Washington)
12. Melancholy Moon (D.Roubini/A.Smith)
13. Bye Bye Blues (Fred Hamm/Dave Bennett/Bert Lown/Chauncey Gray)


Full Press Reviews:

Fresh and Local: Georgia Straight

"Black Gardenia's sophomore effort is built on a brave idea. Mixing jazz and blues standards with a number of original tracks, the record could have easily been a mismatch of quality. Band leader Daphne Roubini, however, makes sure that's not a possibility. Lending her Billie Holiday-esque lilt to classics like T-Bone Walker's gruff 'I'm just waiting' for your call" and adding a folk twist to "You'd be so nice to come home to", Roubini expertly ties the covers together with her rich velvety vocals. Transporting listeners back to a time of martinis, lounge suits, and hazy cigarette smoke. all with an audio clarity that eludes remastered editions of jazz classics. Black Gardenia offers authoritative modern versions of those staples. The fact that Roubini's originals are indistinguishable among the stacked line-up is the biggest compliment of all."


Black Gardenia: Lucky Star | Stuart Derdeyn  (The Province, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, The Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Herald, and Regina Leader.)

“Mining the music of an era that just keeps on delivering, Vancouver quintet Black Gardenia features the marvellously jazzy vocals of singer/ukulele ace Daphne Roubini and her life partner guitarist Andrew Smith leading an A-team of local players through less-familiar tunes from the canon by the likes of T-Bone Walker (I’m Just Waitin’ for Your Call) or Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington (The Nearness of You), as well as a few originals. Where many groups that mine this well can be too reverential, this group manages to show respect for the music without being too reverent. Roubini has a lovely Jo Stafford-esque set of pipes and with the combined guitar skills of Smith, Cousin Harley’s Paul Pigat, Stephen Nikleva and Jimmy Roy (Petunia and the Vipers), as well as violinist Cameron Wilson and bassist Brent Gubbels (Van Django) and Patrick Metzger, the group is assured lots of swinging interplay. But the one who really gives the material the extra oomph is trumpeter Chris Davis whose inspired and subtle blowing just colours the set with the kind of warm quality that makes you want a good cocktail, an intimate cabaret and a tux. Classy sounding stuff.”








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Anza Club
3 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC v5y 1m8

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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