Rob Weaver’s deceptively lazy keyboard stylings along with vocalist Laura Werth’s smoky renditions of original and standard jazz tunes take audiences on a tour that features bebop, swing, Afro-Cuban, jazz rock, funk, and hip hop beats. Weaver and Werth are joined by Rick Kilburn, bass player and music producer, who has provided the driving, downbeat for jazz legends such as Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, and Flora Purim, as well as local Vancouver legends, Dee Daniels and Kenny Coleman. David Say, saxophone player—tenor, soprano, and baritone—who has accompanied everyone from Michael Bublé to Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation to Hard Rubber Orchestra to the Supremes adds his sweet, sexy, and sassy tones. This foursome, together for 15 years, have attracted a revolving cast of stellar musicians including drummer Dan Brubeck who has appeared on BBC jazz programmes, been nominated for a Grammy award, and toured the international jazz circuit for more than two decades with his unique drumming style and odd time-signatures. (More from Werth, Weaver, and the band can be heard on Werth’s Watchin’ the World go by CD.) Coupling cool rhythms to fiery vibes, the Weaver/Werth Band delivers quintessential West Coast jazz.
The band’s configuration does change but Rob and Laura are constants. Reservations are required. (Full disclosure: I wrote the band description.)