7 things to do this week in the Lower Mainland: The Jazz Epistles, Jake Shimabukuro, and more

The Jazz Epistles

Abdullah Ibrahim with Terence Blanchard

When: Feb. 18, 7 p.m.

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets and info: From $54, at tickets.ubc.ca

In 1959, a sextet was formed for a visiting pianist’s session that featured South African players Hugh Masekela (trumpet), Jonas Gwangwa (trombone), Kippie Moeketsi (alto saxophone) and others. Recruiting pianist Dollar Brand (now Abdullah Ibrahim), the group dubbed itself the Jazz Epistles and recorded one raved-about album before disbanding. That album went on to become legendary and over the years, the members came together in different configurations and kept its brilliant music going. Now Ibrahim and his ensemble Ekaya are joined by five time Grammy Award-winning New Orleans trumpeter Terrence Blanchard to celebrate the Jazz Epistles legacy and to honour Masekela, who died January 18.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro plays Dec. 13 at The Chan Centre. HANDOUT, Live Nation. For 1212 jake s. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

When: Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Where: Vogue Theatre

Tickets: $39.50 at ticketfly.com

There are ukulele players who should stop strumming this minute because, well, yeah. Then there is the rare genius of a player such as Jake Shimabukuro. The Hawaiian born musician fell in love with the instrument at a young age and is now an absolute global star performing everything from viral versions of Beatles’ tunes to Bach.

In Black Lightning Cress Williams plays a former crime-fighting vigilante who reluctantly returns to the fight in middle age.

Black Lightning

Where: Netflix

Remember when super heroes were clean-cut bores like Superman? OK, Superman still is a clean-cut bore. But lately, the comic universe has seen the rise of gritty, conflicted heroes who get down on the bad dudes to soundtracks you might happily have blaring in your headphones. DC’s Black Lightning is certainly one of them, and might represent something of a turnaround for the franchise as it takes on the mighty Marvel. Episodes are coming regularly, and fans are all over this one.

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan.

Tigran Hamasyan

When: Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Academy of Music

Tickets: From $40, at brownpapertickets.com

The Armenian Cultural Association of B.C. presents award-winning composer and pianist Tigran Hamasyan in concert performing his unique fusion of jazz, classical and the traditional folk music of his homeland. A rare solo performance from an artist …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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