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June 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Ladies rule at Vancouver jazz fest | Concert review


Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana with bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. (Photo by Chris Cameron)

With two large stages bookending the stately Vancouver Art Gallery and a student showcase by the Robson Square ice rink — plus a wall of food booths lining Howe Street — the Vancouver International Jazz Festival transformed downtown Vancouver into a fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, attracting an all-ages, urban crowd in sunhats and shorts to a wealth of free shows.

There, and in ticketed events on Granville Island and at Ironworks, a late-night Gastown venue, the 12-day festival stayed true to its mission of presenting a challenging menu of international acts.

For whatever reason, for those first few days, the ladies ruled.


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