Live at the Cellar : Vancouver's iconic jazz club and the Canadian co-operative jazz scene in the 1950s and '60s /

Publication Type:



Jago, Marian,


Vancouver :, Canada, p.xxi, 339 pages : (2018)



Call Number:

ML3509 C28 V22 2018


1951-1960, 1961-1970, British Columbia, Canada, History and criticism., Jazz


Text in English.Includes bibliographical references and index.Are you in or out? The nature of the "scene" -- Laying the groundwork : the early history of jazz in Canada -- The making of a jazz scene : Vancouver's Cellar Club -- No room for squares : the cellar as artistic hub -- In the swing of things : growth, maturation, and mingus -- Altered chords : new blood and the end of an era -- Co-ops from coast to coast : Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax."In the 1950s and '60s, co-operative jazz clubs opened in response to new forms of jazz expression emerging after the war and a lack of performance spaces outside major urban centres. Operated by the musicians themselves, these hip new clubs created spaces where jazz musicians practised their art. Live at the Cellar looks at this unique period in the development of jazz in Canada. Centered on Vancouver's legendary Cellar club, it explores the ways in which these clubs functioned as sites for the performance and exploration of jazz as well as for countercultural expression. Jago combines original research with archival evidence, interviews, and photographs to shine a light on a period of astonishing musical activity that paved the way for Canada's vibrant jazz scene today."--