Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club to leave current location in
*Concert series coming in the New Year*New venue down the road
*Some exciting events to say farewell to 3611 W. Broadway
Featuring Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band
Jan. 9 -11
Featuring the Jennifer Scott Quartet with special guest Peter Bernstein
Jan.17 – 19
Featuring New York baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and his nonet: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Featuring The Weeds / Minemoto Quartet with guest Chris Davis playing the Max Roach/Clifford Brown songbook
and MUCH MUCH MORE
Details at www.cellarjazz.com
Cory Weeds’ venerated Cellar Jazz Club will leave its current location on February 24, closing the door on the first, thirteen-year-long chapter of the club’s history and opening the door to a future that includes both a concert series that will begin immediately in March, and, ultimately, a brand new venue. The move does not affect the Cellar Live record label or New York with Weeds, which will carry on business as usual.
The club’s lease expired in June, 2013 and Cellar owner Cory Weeds and the club’s long-time landlord were struggling to agree on renewal terms. This week, they instead struck a deal to part ways amicably, allowing the Cellar to leave on a high note: The club has plans to go out in style with several fantastic events planned between now and the end of February.
“I’ve always believed things happen for a reason,” says Weeds. “This agreement gives me a chance to take everything I’ve learned about running a business over the past 13 years – sometimes the hard way – and start fresh with the benefit of all that wisdom behind me. It also allows me and my team to focus on what we do best, which is to create first-class listening room experiences for fans and intimate performance spaces for musicians that allow them to really feel the energy of the crowd.”
An award-winning saxophonist and Capilano College jazz program graduate who studied music on scholarship at the University of North Texas, Weeds launched the Cellar in 2000, armed with sizeable loans from a handful of investors, including his dad, and a rudimentary business education from BCIT.
From those humble beginnings, he has deftly guided his venue onto Downbeat magazine’s list of the world’s greatest jazz clubs, while also operating a companion Cellar Live record label on which he releases music from many of the club’s performers. In the process, Weeds has earned heaps of goodwill from musicians across Canada and around the world for providing them with so many quality opportunities to showcase their work. In some cases, those musicians have, in turn, invited Weeds into their musical collaborations, resulting in career-high events such as Weeds’ January tour and recording session with iconic New York trombonist Steve Davis.
The economics of running a jazz club are notoriously tough, and the Cellar has survived where many celebrated venues – such as Toronto’s Top O’ the Senator and Montreal Bistro – have not.
Weeds emphasizes that the Cellar continues to thrive and will into the future, notwithstanding its current process of transformation.
Weeds is currently converting the club’s 2014 bookings into an expansive concert series, after which he will look farther down the road toward the Cellar’s next incarnation.
Updates will be posted on the Cellar’s web site at www.CellarJazz.com