Cory Weeds has been a part of the Vancouver jazz scene since early childhood when his father introduced him to jazz and he started learning to play the piano before switching to alto saxophone in high school. Since then he has gone on to graduate from prestigious music program at the University of North Texas and has played with his own band as well as the likes of Paul Anka, Nikki Yanofsky, Lou Donaldson, David Fathead Newman, Charles McPhereson, Harold Mabern, Scott Hamilton, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, and Mike DiRubbo.
As well as being an accomplished jazz musician, Cory is also the owner of The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in Kitsilano which was named as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat Magazine and is often compared to New York’s Vanguard theater for its ambiance and acoustics. The club has hosted the likes of Charles McPherson, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Buddy Montgomery and David Fathead Newman to name a few. But it is booking local Vancouver jazz talent which lies most dear to Cory’s heart which also makes Cory and the Cellar an integral part of the local culture.
Cory will be gracing the Interesting Vancouver stage to talk about Vancouver’s jazz history and give audience members an appreciation for the local jazz scene.