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Watch: KNKX's International Jazz Day 2021 Studio Session with the Cory Weeds Trio

Parker Miles Blohm

KNKX and Jazz24 presented a live streamed studio session with the Cory Weeds Trio on International Jazz Day—April 30, 2021. The Vancouver, B.C. based saxophonist was joined by bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Tilden Webb, performing from Will and Norah's. The event was hosted by Abe Beeson. We were  excited to cross the Canadian border (virtually) to bring you one of that country’s most important jazz impresarios—a musician who possesses an expressive sound rooted in jazz tradition, a composer and educator, and a record label owner who tirelessly documents unsung jazz heroes.

Cory may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 14 years. He built the Cellar to become one of North America’s best jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the finest jazz musicians from Vancouver and across Canada performed, before it closed in February 2014. But he wasn’t just the club owner. As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano University, Cory spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman. He held his own when performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. Cory has recorded 15 albums as a leader and produced more than 120 recordings, including the 2017 Juno Award winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Group for his release, Metalwood.

Cory has booked Frankie’s Jazz Club in downtown Vancouver since 2016, and he also performs in venues all over the city. He can also be heard on the airwaves on his show Condition Blue that airs on and Save On Radio.

KNKX hosted a Studio Session with Cory in 2019, celebrating a new release of sax great Cannonball Adderley’s concerts around the Puget Sound recorded by KNKX’s Jim Wilke in the 60’s. Cory was joined in-studio by Roy McCurdy, who was Adderley’s drummer during that period; and Seattle jazz superstars, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and bassist Michael Glynn.