Lloyd’s 90th Birthday Hot Jazz Festival

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Lloyd Arntzen is Vancouver’s undisputed Grandfather of Jazz and this year he is turning 90! To celebrate Lloyd and his life in jazz, the Vancity Hot Jazz Society, with contributions from the Vancouver Dixieland Jazz Society, is throwing a giant Birthday Party. Come join us on October 1, 2017 for an afternoon party with the Three Generations of Jazz, an evening party with Blackstick, or both! 

Born in Saskatchewan, Lloyd discovered a love of jazz at an early age. Playing with many great musicians, he is one of the founding fathers of the Vancouver traditional jazz scene. From Dixieland Express to Blackstick, Lloyd has been everywhere sharing his love of traditional New Orleans jazz. His children and grandchildren have followed in his footsteps, many of whom have become musicians themselves.

Lloyd’s influence reaches far and wide across the Swing Dance and Jazz communities. He has been a powerful presence in the lives of many jazzers, dancers, and musicians. In honour of his contributions to the swing dance scene in Vancouver, Lloyd recently was the first person inducted into the Lindy Bout Hall of Fame and also is the most recent recipient of the Spirit of Lindy Bout Award. Join Lloyd and his family, along with special musical friends, as we celebrate!

The Afternoon Party will feature Lloyd with Three Generations of Jazz from 2pm to 5pm, while the Evening Party will highlight Lloyd’s love of the music of Sidney Bechet with the one and only Blackstick from 8pm to 11pm. Whether you enjoy soulful ballads, toe-tapping dance tunes, or technical improvisation, you will hear it all at Lloyd’s Birthday Party. There will be lots of space for dancing, a refreshing bar, ample free parking, and amazing Jazz.