Cellar Live was founded in 2001 by musician/producer/jazz club owner Cory Weeds. When Weeds purchased The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in August, 2000 he immediately started assembling some recording gear to preserve the incredible music that was being performed on stage every night.
In July of 2001, Weeds had accumulated literally dozens of tapes of spectacular performances and he began listening to them and selecting the best material for a compilation CD. It was at this time that Brian Watson from Maximum Jazz came into the picture and offered Weeds a production and distribution deal for the record. In September 2001, Maximum Jazz presents: Live At The Cellar was released to critical acclaim. This was the beginning of Weeds' producing career.
Since then, Cellar Live has released 33 CD's and that total continues to grow every year. All of Cellar Live's releases thus far have received fabulous reviews and the label has established itself as one of the continent's finest producers of jazz music.
Cory Weeds pretty much covers every role on the Vancouver jazz scene - musician, record producer, radio host, agent, record label owner and jazz club owner. Weeds was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia by a musical family. He attended Capilano College from 1991 to 1994 before heading to the prestigious music program at The University of North Texas on a scholarship. Although his experience at UNT was invaluable, Weeds quickly realized that he wanted to play and perform and moved home after a year to pursue his career as a professional musician. Weeds joined the popular Vancouver band, People Playing Music, where he recorded his first CD Sette. It was with PPM that Weeds started touring; the band toured Canada twice, Italy and The United States. This experience inspired Weeds to start his own instrumental funk band - Crash.
Crash has gone on to record 3 albums, the latest, a collaboration with legendary Hammond B3 Organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith. Titled The Dr. Is In, the CD was recorded on the Cellar Live label. Crash has just completed a tour of the Pacific Northwest and the group, with Dr. Lonnie, will be touring again in January and May of 2005.
Weeds was also a member of the Vancouver funk band Spacious Couch. During which time he received 'star of the show' accolades at The Toronto Jazz Festival.
Spacious Couch recorded two CD's, the band's self titled debut in 2001, and Tonal Vision in 2003 and the sextet toured Australia twice as well as Japan.
This varied experience has allowed Cory Weeds to share the stage with the likes of Hugh Fraser, Tony Scott, Charles McPherson, David Fathead Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Oliver Gannon, to name a few.
In 2000 Weeds purchased THE CELLAR Restaurant/Jazz Club and changed the face of Vancouver Jazz. It has been voted in the Top 100 Jazz Clubs Worldwide by Downbeat magazine four times and is often compared to The Village Vanguard for its ambience and acoustics.
The club has hosted the likes of Charles McPherson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tom Harrell and Buddy Montgomery, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Frank Morgan, Joey Defrancesco and George Coleman to name a few. It is however the local talent that graces The Cellar's stage that makes it such a special place. The Vancouver jazz scene is very rich and diverse with incredible talent. The Cellar is a place where they can come and play their music uninhibited.
The Cellar is located at:
3611 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC
and can be reached by telephone on 604.738.1959 or on the web at www.CellarJazz.com