Jaelem Bhate’s 45th Ave Jazz Band
Director: Jaelem Bhate Saxophones: David Yu, Ryan Hashimoto, Nicholas Hallett, Jerry Sun, Alexander Fetherstonhaugh Trombones: Kevin Jackson, Zane Kistner, Nafeesa Dewji, Sean Lavigne Trumpets: Kurt Hermann, Max Cronk, Jay Robinson, Ashley Ashrafian Rhythm: Andrew McDonald, Paul Belzner, Emilio Suarez, Ethan Honeywell
The band is big. The band is jazz. And we got our start on W. 45th Ave in Vancouver. We started as a 6 person collective rehearsing in a basement, making music for each other. It didn’t matter what we played or whether people liked it–all that mattered was that we played honestly and passionately. That was Summer of 2013. 6 people limited what we could play, and the early days were a lot of trial and error, but something clicked. This summer project could become a big band, and with the vision, leadership, and music of director Jaelem Bhate, a band to be reckoned with. A lot has changed since then. 18 of the best up and coming musicians from the Lower Mainland meet every week to push themselves and each other as musicians. The folders have been filled with original music from Jaelem’s pen as well as current and brand new compositions and arrangements. Folks ended up liking what they heard, and the band now produces a number of shows between September and May. But one thing remains; our commitment to bringing quality, exciting, and fresh live big band music to as many people as we can.