The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club has established itself as the top jazz venue in Vancouver and one of the top jazz clubs in the world. In an ambitious undertaking, Cory Weeds bought the establishment in the summer of 2000 and quickly turned it into the premier jazz venue in Vancouver.
In its first five years the room saw visits by every major player from Vancouver and across Canada. Cory Weeds has recently brought many major names on the international scene to the club, including David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Tom Harrell, Charles MacPherson, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ed Thigpen and Monty Alexander, either with their own band or to join forces with the best musicians the Vancouver jazz community has to offer.
Cory Weeds, owner of The Cellar, musician, record producer, radio host, and agent, was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He co-leads The Night Crawlers and the hard bop jazz ensemble the Weeds/Minemoto Quartet. Cory has performed with Hugh Fraser, The Jill Townsend Big Band and groups lead by Chris Gestrin, Bill Coon and Denzal Sinclaire.
After listening to night after night of incredible music at The Cellar, Cory released a compilation of live performances. Inspired by rave reviews he began releasing full albums recorded live at the club under his record label, Cellar Live. His talents as a producer were recognized with a nomination for Producer of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2004 at the National Jazz Awards.
The focus of the club and the label is to showcase and promote local Canadian music like Vancouver’s stalwarts Oliver Gannon, Bruno Hubert, Sharon Minemoto, Chad Makela, Jodi Proznick and James Danderfer, who all had their debut recordings on the Cellar Live label.
Amanda Tosoff’s Still Life and The October Trio’s Day In were released in 2006 by Cellar Live ‘Futures’, the first label in Canada and perhaps in North America dedicated to the release of CDs by young emerging talent. Both albums were received warmly throughout the country.