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Joy of Jazz Concerts

 A series of unique concerts curated by artistic director Karin Plato with 2 concerts at Pyatt Hall in the heart of downtown Vancouver and 4 concerts at Hood 29 on Main Street. 


The Pyatt Hall Concerts (September 7 & January 10) Tix $30.00 each available through



September 7/2018 


The Karin Plato Quintet featuring clarinetist James Danderfer, pianist Chris Gestrin, bassist Laurence Mollerup and drummer Joe Poole perform a special album release concert for This Could Be The One; a new recording of vocalist Plato’s originals and arrangements of pop and other material. It's been almost a decade since Karin has released any new music and this is her ambitious project which was recorded in the famed Warehouse Studio in Vancouver by engineer Sheldon Zaharko. The music will be available on vinyl and CD. 

 "Plato's confident, tuneful phrasing and hip articulation stands out as she weaves a music spell." The Edmonton Journal.




January 10/2019 


Grammy nominated Kate McGarry will make a return appearance to Vancouver with guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace presenting music from their 2018 recording The Subject Tonight Is Love. This is a rare opportunity to hear three exceptional jazz artists perform together. The audience in 2015 were mesmerized as Kate and Keith made their debut Canadian appearance. Now Vancouver welcomes them back in this new format.


"Kate McGarry's voice conveys an innocence and intimacy that is a perfect match for the rich music and profound words present in this project. Ganz and Versace, for their part, contribute a delicacy and fluidity that make this music linger in your head. This is a deceptively powerful meditation on all meanings of love and an early pick for one of the best albums of 2018.” Jerome Wilson ALL ABOUT JAZZ


The Hood 29 Concerts (Wednesday evening concert series October 24, November 28, December 12 and February 20)


This is Karin’s mini-invitational concert series which this season features primarily (though not exclusively) Voice & Bass combinations. 2018 marks the year that acclaimed American vocalist Sheila Jordan turns 90 and we’ll pay tribute to this inspiring and incredible artist throughout the season. Sheila is the first jazz artist to truly embrace Voice & Bass work and she’s made many recordings in this format. She continues to be a musical force to be reckoned with in stages around the world, energetically touring and spreading her love of jazz based music.


These concerts take place on the stage of Hood 29 (formerly The Cottage Bistro) the perfect place for the audience to experience the artistry and nuance of a wide range of musical styles under the jazz umbrella. 

 We respectfully request that concert attendees refrain from conversation during these concerts

 Hood 29 is located at 4468 Main Street in Vancouver. Admission for each of these concerts is $15.00 cash at the door. Concerts start at 7:30 PM - Please arrive by 7:15 PM.


EARLY AUTUMNKarin Plato, Laura Crema & Conrad Good

October 24/2018


Laura Crema ~ Laura’s warm vocal tone brings depth and meaning to songs she inhabits. Her repertoire includes some gorgeous bossa nova songs sung in Portuguese and she has composed several intriguing songs of her own. Laura has toured in Canada and in Europe and continues to make new fans with each new appearance. Her latest recording “Blue Shadows On The Trail” has been receiving rave reviews.


Conrad Good ~ Conrad began his music studies on the cello. By age 10 he turned to the bass; studying and performing classical music. Soon after he dove deeply into jazz, completing a Jazz Performance Degree at McGill University. He resided in Ontario for a few years and now he’s back in his home city of Vancouver where he is becoming  a commanding jazz player and in high demand.


YOU’RE MY THRILLKarin Plato, Steve Maddock & Paul Rushka

November 28/2018


Steve Maddock ~ Steve is a musician’s musician and he performs with ease and skill and expertise. He is fearless on stage and deeply committed to singing jazz although he is well versed in singing musical theatre, pop and classical music. He sings with the vocal ensemble musica intima and has also appeared as a soloist with the VSO and with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. And oh yes, this man can SING!!


Paul Rushka ~ Paul is a well-respected and acclaimed Vancouver bassist who is often found performing on stage with international touring artists. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia and he appears many recordings. Paul obtained his Doctor of Music Degree from McGill and returned home to Vancouver continuing his work as a performing artist, composer, arranger and educator.


EXACTLY LIKE YOUKarin Plato & Guido Heistek

December 12/2018 


Guido Heistek ~ When Guido plays his uke and begins to sing a room becomes hushed and still. This is because Guido invites an audience to gently step into the songs he sings. Nuanced and deeply connected, he is a superb musician with great skill on the ukulele and guitar. Guido has a website called where he shares many ideas and lessons about playing the ukulele.


Karin Plato ~ Karin is a Vancouver based musician; a jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. In 2018 she will release two new recordings which feature original songs and arrangements of jazz, pop and country standards. Karin continues her appreciation and study of music of various styles, with a fondness for music existing under the jazz umbrella. She is a collector of songs and song books.


HOORAY FOR LOVEKarin Plato, Natasha D’Agostino & Brent Gubbels

February 20/2019 


Natasha D’Agostino ~ Natasha has quickly become an artist to watch and listen to and she has many devoted fans who will sing her praises. Her 2018 recording “Endings Rarely Are” reveal a true jazz artist on which she shares original compositions as well as arrangements of heart felt jazz standards. Her wide-ranging voice is dynamic and flexible, and her improvising skills are impressive and exciting.


Brent Gubbels ~ Brent is a member of the acclaimed gypsy swing group Van Django as well as being the bassist for Black Gardenia and for Hip Pocket. He is a versatile and skilled musician; a chameleon who plays folk, roots, jazz and latin based music. He has performed and recorded with many with artists including Oscar Lopez, James Keelaghan, The Hard Rubber Orchestra, Gypsalero and many others.




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