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Longtime Burnaby resident Cory Weeds spearheads the festival Feb. 11-13 at the Shadbolt Center

Serious and gigging musicians have to walk through walls for this to work best.

The last two years have not been the best.

So, despite a case of pandemic blues, Cory Weeds makes lemonade with the lemons given to him.

The longtime Burnaby resident is spearheading the upcoming Jazz @ the ‘Bolt festival February 11-13, 2022 at the Shadbolt Centre, a weekend-long exhibition featuring over 75 jazz musicians from across North America. North.

This will be Weeds’ first serious musical kick since the festival first ran two years ago.

“If we have people enjoying the festival, that’s a win, especially considering what we’ve been up against for 20 months,” said Weeds, a horn player who also serves as the festival’s artistic director. “It’s going to be a colossal collection of musicians from all over BC, New York, Toronto and across Canada under one roof, making great music.”

Weeds kicks off the festival’s opening night with Mike LeDonne and the Groover Quartet plus a Big Band. From there, he’ll connect with over a dozen other musicians across a handful of other bands over the three-day festival.

He will be, as seasoned musicians do, wearing many different hats, with many different people.

“It’s probably a bit too much but I just have to do it,” Weeds said. “I’ve always had a knack for multitasking.”

Multitasking has been the order of the day for anyone with a musical bent in the time of COVID. Weeds has been busy hosting live streams, participating in live streams, and running his jazz label, Cellar Live.

Provincial and federal grants also helped keep the boat afloat.

“I just tried to keep my head above water and managed to get out of it. I’m very grateful because not everyone was so lucky,” Weeds said. “I feel like over the past 20 months the music has taken care of me. Not that I think the music owes me anything, but it has certainly paid me back during that time. .

Like Weeds, New Westminster drummer Jesse Cahill has been a musical COVID aberration in that his career hasn’t fallen off a cliff. He continued financially via live streams, grants, teaching lessons, and landing the odd recording gig that fell to his knees when foreign musicians were unable to travel.

There is a bit of survivor’s guilt.

“I feel a little guilty, but I did pretty well,” Cahill said.

And just like Weeds, Cahill will be multitasking like there’s no tomorrow in February. He will perform six sets on February 12 and 13 alongside the Jesse Cahill Trio with Nicole Grover, the Tilden Webb Trio and the Nightcrawlers, among others.

A drummer for over 30 years, Cahill will no doubt draw on his chops to see him play so many sets. But the free-for-all nature of jazz doesn’t hurt either.

“I was drawn to improvisation and didn’t have to do the same thing all the time,” Cahill said. “It’s a special kind of music, it’s music that’s kind of in everything. Especially with drums, if you go back far enough, you always talk about a jazz drummer.

Some of the other acts included in the three-day bill include The Ostara Project, a septet featuring some of Canada’s top female musicians; the Mike LeDonne and Groover Quartet from New York; The Blue Moon Marquee Aboriginal group and dozens of others.

The full festival list, along with set times, is online here.

Buy tickets online or call 604-205-3000.

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