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Cory Weeds


Corey Weeds (saxophonist) Based in Vancouver, Cory Weeds is a saxophonist, and entrepreneur. He runs Vancouver's Cellar Jazz Club, booking Canadian and International artists. He also runs Cellar Live records, which has released over 75 recordings, including many live recordings from the jazz club.

As a member of popular Vancouver band People Playing Music he toured Canada, the United States and Europe. In 1998 he formed his instrumental band CRASH that he co-led with tenor saxophonist Jerry Cook. The band released its first album entitled "Crash" in 1998 and toured Canada the same year playing at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. The band went back into the studio in 1999 to record their sophomore release "Candyshop." In 2003, the band was booked to back up Hammond B3 organ guru Dr. Lonnie Smith. This chance meeting resulted in the band's third album "The Dr. Is In" on Cellar Live, featuring the renowned B3 Organist. The CD was a huge success and led to several tours of the Pacific Northwest.

Weeds is a member of The Night Crawlers which released their debut album,"Presenting" on Cellar Live in 2007, and was nominated for Album Of The Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2008. The Night Crawlers released their second recording in early 2011entitled "Down In The Bottum,"  which featured a big band. The B3 Kings is a seasonal quartet featuring Denzal Sinclaire on voice / drums, Chris Gestrin on B3 organ and Bill Coon on guitar. Their first full length Christmas CD "You Better Watch Out!" was released in December of 2011.

Corey Weeds has also shared the stage with international superstars such as Lou Donaldson, David Fathead Newman, Charles McPherson, Harold Mabern, Scott Hamilton, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Mike DiRubbo, Paul Anka, and Nikki Yanofsky. He has also shared the stage with locals like Brad Turner, Mike Allen, Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson, Oliver Gannon, Cam Ryga and Ross Taggart.

In January 2008, Weeds recorded his first CD as a leader featuring New York heavyweights guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Mike Ledonne and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The resulting album "Big Weeds" received critical acclaim across the continent. It was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2009 National Jazz Awards and was selected by Jazz Week as one of the Top 100 Releases of 2008. In 2008, Weeds shared the stage with yet another New York heavyweight, trumpeter Jim Rotondi. The band recorded their first CD in January 2009 in New York City, featuring pianist Ross Taggart, bassist John Webber and drummer Willie Jones III. That album, entitled "Everything's Coming Up Weeds," was chosen as one of the Top 100 Jazz Recordings of 2009. Weeds released "The Many Deeds of Weeds" featuring organist Joey Defrancesco and drummer Byron Landham as well as trumpeter Chris Davis. Weeds' recording "Just Like That" features the Tilden Webb Trio. His 2012 release "Up A Step" features Lover Gannon on guitar, Mike LeDonne on B3 organ, and Jesse Cahill on drums.


2013 - JUNO nomination for 'Traditional Jazz Album' for "Up A Step"