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KILLER GIGS (and a bday) COMIN UP!!

Hey folks!  Filling the calendar with tons of great stuff in the coming months.  Stoked!  Starts this Friday @Glen 67 with Dylan Van Der Schyff and Tommy Babin.  Check the latest email mailout below for deets!

Greetings Fine Music Folk!!

Been a long while… While joining The Facebook has been a benefit in many ways ( –  if you wanna roll by and say hello), it has also channelled a bunch of my promotional type time into event creating and friend inviting….  That’s all fine, but it has minimized how much weird matter ends up getting pooted forth while I’m sitting at my laptop.  This, to me, anyway, is a sad development.  Well, I’ve got some shows coming up I’m pretty stoked about, so in the spirit of anticipation and the liberation of the brain/fingers/qwerty power trio, here’s a bunch of stuff upcoming, some blurbery on the nature of anticipation, and some info.

Here’s hoping this email finds you all super excited about whatever you’ve got rolling as October approaches!!!


2 sets of trio improv with 2 of the best improvisers you’ll find anywhere on the planet.  Glen67 is at 1115b East Hastings, but the door is around the side at 360 Glen Drive.  Doors 10pm, music 10:30-1am.

THURSDAY, OCT 3 – KOGGING (from Amsterdam) w/ JEFF YOUNGER @ El Barrio/X-Site (2270 East Hastings) as part of NoSchMo Presents
I met some crazy and hilarious jazz musicians from Amsterdam at the Banff Centre a few years ago.  Turns out they’re totally killing musicians and like to tour Canada!  They describe their music as Indie-Jazz with a singer/songwriter heart, inspired by artists like Brad Mehldau, John Mayer and David Linx.  They’re playing 2 sets, I’ll be sitting in on some tunes, and it may or may not be the start of my birthday weekend…  Norbert Kögging – Voice, Folkert Oosterbeek – piano, Tobias Nijboer – Bass, Felix Schlarmann – drums
9pm – 12pm, By Donation

(EARLY SHOW/LATE PARTY)SATURDAY, OCT 5 – THE DEEP END @ THE FAN CLUB (aka jgy jet fuel bday party) @ Fan Club 7:30pm
I haven’t decided how old I’m turning this year, but I have decided to rip it up at this gig in the classic, sweaty funk birthday extravaganza style.  That’s what birthdays are for, right??  Our little 7-piece funk juggernaut, led by the amazing vocalist Dawn Pemberton, is playing 2 early sets, starting at 8pm, then there’s some sort of film wrap party happening at the club after with more live music, so we’ll pack up our gear and get down to partying right after the 2nd set.  I’m really looking forward to hanging with my good friends and celebrating my luck in that I can actually call them that.
Doors 7:30, 2 sets starting at 8pm, good times all night long.

Ok, so as I await the awesomeness of the next week and a half… this whole ANTICIPATION thing…

It’s an important water banana slide of emotional preparation for a human type person.  I mean, it reminds us to enjoy the moment, fear an outcome, look closer at the expiration date on tub of sour cream, and sets us up for surprises.  It can also make an afternoon of teaching Call Me Maybe to drippy nosed guitar kids a bit more bearable, and reminds us that the heart and the stomach have different functions when playing pattycake with our brains.  Sometimes, though…  you get set up for something that doesn’t unfold with as much benevolent grace as one would hope…

MOM:  It’s OK, Jeffrey, I’m sure the donkey will come back.

JEFFREY (after 20 minutes of intense staring with his nose pressed against the inside of the shopping cart):  There’s no donkey.

MOM:  Well maybe it’s going to send the puma instead.

JEFFREY(20 minutes later):  Here it…!  No, wait, that’s Papa in an otter mask.

MOM:  Well, you know, they say that if you’re visited in the middle of the night by a man in an otter mask, you’ll have 8 months of good luck!

JEFFREY (8 months later):  Please tell Papa to take off the otter mask.

PAPA:  Mmm, mmm, mmm, these shellfish sure are yummy!  I’m sure that broken leg will heal up real soon, kiddo!

JEFFREY (the following Tuesday afternoon):  I shouldn’t have asked for Vengeful Robot Karate Puppy for Christmas.

VENGEFUL ROBOT KARATE PUPPY:  Well kid, they auto ship the new model from the factory every year, so you only got 342 days before all your dreams come true, right?  (under his metallic doggy breath)  Man, I can’t wait to get the hell away from this kid’s sweaty feet and panting “heeya!”… “heeya, wheeze… heeya, wheeze…  heeya… wheeeeeeeze…”  That’ll be the day…  That’ll be the day… That will be the day.

If you managed to make it this far, in the spirit of gifting, the first person to email me saying so gets a copy of each cd (that I still have copies of) from my original catalogue.  I think that’ll be 5 discs in total, including the still unreleased Jeff Younger’s Devil Loops . volume two.

Thanks for reading and supporting creative music in Vancouver!!  Very much appreciated.  If you wish to be removed from this email list, just reply with “Heeya!” in the subject field and it will be done, no hard feelings.

Cheers, thanks, and all the best!


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