Sunday night, The Chan Centre for Performing Arts welcomed The Jazz Epistles : Abdullah Ibrahim with Terrance Blanchard, an evening with the jazz greats plus the band Ekaya.
The Chan Centre was filled with fans ready to get lost the smooth sounds of the eight performers gracing the stage; Ibrahim on piano and Blanchard on Trumpet. The Ekaya sextet features; Noah Jackson (cello/bass), Will Terrill (drums), Cleave Guyton (alto saxophone/flute/clarinet), Lance Bryant (tenor saxophone), Andrae Murchison(trombone), Marshall McDonald (baritone saxophone). Ibrahim took the stage first to set the stage, performing a solo arrangement before being joined by the rest of the players. Throughout the two-hour set each of the other musicians also broke into solos to much applause, culminating in a lengthy minutes-long standing ovation to close the set.
In addition to Sunday’s concert and pre-show talk, Abdullah Ibrahim is giving the Vancouver audience more of his time. Tonight, Monday February 19, 2018, the public is welcome to attend, A Conversation With Abdullah Ibrahim, presented by The Chan Centre and VCC School of Music. The free talk with the artist takes place at 7:30pm at the Vancouver Community College Auditorium at 1155 East Broadway campus.