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NEW RECORD | Home tour (3 special dates here in Vancouver!)
TX $15 ($20 at the door) | Doors open at 6.30pm, Show at 7:30-10:30pm

After the last 2 sold out shows launching Black Gardenia's new album 'Lucky Star', now #2 in the Canadian national !Earshot charts and #20 in US national NACC, Black Gardenia continues celebrating the release of our second album. We are delighted to be continuing the celebration of this new record in collaboration with The Anza Club. This new renovated venue is fast becoming The place to listen to great quality music, with a cosy atmosphere, reasonable priced drinks list and a lovely listening gig presentation.This show will feature some of Vancouver’s finest musicians. Band: Daphne Roubini, Chris Davis, Andrew Smith, Paul Pigat, Brent Gubbels, with special guest Cameron Wilson.

We look forward to sharing our new tunes and arrangements with you! We will be featuring the tunes recorded on 'Lucky Star' and 'No Moon at All' and adding some of our new favourites for each of the 'home tour' shows! 
(March 18th, April 15th, and May13th). See you there!

Watch a tune from our last show at The Anza Club!

praise for Black Gardenia~
“Daphne Roubini's original tunes bring to mind Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy Jazz with Billie Holiday as vocalist.” Vancouver Sun

“This Jazz/country/folk/blues band filter everything they do through their own special musical time capsule.”North Shore News

“The musical equivalent of taking a bath in a barrel of finely aged bourbon.”Robert Collins, CTV BC

“Black Gardenia features the evocative vocalist Daphne Roubini, who sounds at once retro – think Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux – and yet cheekily modern and on trend.” 
Georgia Mancio, ReVoice! Festival, London, UK.

“A relaxed approach to old school jazz with tinges of blues, country, and western swing, with very fine vocals from Daphne Roubini, and some of the hippest Ukulele that you can hope to hear.”
Ken Pickering, TD Vancouver Intl Jazz Festival

Black Gardenia line-up features
Musicians and instrumentation:
Daphne Roubini ~ Voice & Ukulele
Chris Davis ~ Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Andrew Smith ~ Guitar & Ukulele
Paul Pigat ~ Guitar
Brent Gubbels ~ Bass
Cameron Wilson~ Violin
Read more about Black Gardenia's new record!
New Album from Vancouver’s Black Gardenia:
Lucky Star
CD Release Fall/Winter 2017
BlackGardenia is a different kind of vintage jazz band. Their exploration of the mysterious place where jazz, blues, folk and old country meet has yielded a sound that takes listeners to a time and place where cool was always classy and noir was the norm.
The band’s forthcoming second album, Lucky Star, blends reinterpreted classics with vintage-inspired originals, with an all-star line-up of musical talent refining their distinct sound to deliver their finest work yet.
“For this record we wanted to honour the music we love,” explains bandleader and vocalist Daphne Roubini. “We were excited to mix a bit of Django Reinhardt and Hot Club de France, T-Bone Walker, jazz swing, and our country and folk favourites. These songs came together during our weekly residency in English Bay. Our band would change slightly every week and I became fascinated by how a different bass player or guitarist, or whether we had a trumpet or violin as the feature instrument, would influence the interpretation of the song. Every person playing with us would change the entire sound of our set list. It reminded me of how different the sea looks everyday. It’s the same view yet so different. We love exploring these transient moments and wanted to capture that on this record!”
Black Gardenia’s musical pedigree speaks for itself. In her roles as leader of the band, half of acclaimed ukulele duo Ruby & Smith, and founder of Ruby’s Ukes, the world’s largest ukulele school outside Hawaii, Daphne has been profiled on CBC radio, on Shaw TV and The Province, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Ukulele Magazine, and the Vancouver Courier. On Lucky Star her captivating vocals have been paired with the talents of her musical (and life) partner, guitarist Andrew Smith, along with stellar musicians including Chris Davis (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), Paul Pigat (Cousin Harley), Stephen Nikleva and Jimmy Roy (Ray Condo and the Ricochets and Petunia and the Vipers), Cameron Wilson and Brent Gubbels (VanDjango), and Patrick Metzger (Headwater, Viper Central).
“When Chris Davis agreed to co-produce Lucky Star with me we sat down and picked the songs that really stood out to us, then specifically chose the musicians we wanted to would play on each song,” continues Daphne. “It was an amazing experience to pick the sound and version we wanted first, and then orchestrate those musicians for the sessions. We found we heard things in the same way, which was quite magical.
“For me, Lucky Star is the perfect musical cocktail. I’ll have mine vintage with a twist!”
Track Listing
1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Harry M.Woods)
2. I’m Confessin’ that I Love You (Al Neiburg/Doc Daugherty/Ellis Reynolds)
3. Green Dolphin Street (B. Kaper)
4. I Told You So (C.Wagner) 
5. You’re a Sweetheart (Jimmy McHugh/Harold Adamson)
6. Lucky Star (D.Roubini/A.Smith/P.Pigat)
7. That’s my Desire (Helmy Kresa/Harold Loveday)
8. You’d be so Nice to Come Home To (Cole Porter)
9. I’m Just Waitin’ for Your Call (T-Bone Walker)
10. Green Rocky Road (Trad/B.Kaufman)
11. The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael/Ned Washington)
12. Melancholy Moon (D.Roubini/A.Smith)
13. Bye Bye Blues (Fred Hamm/Dave Bennett/Bert Lown/Chauncey Gray)

We will be playing
Click the ticket link above to purchase your ticket only, or with the new CD! See you there!

Earlier Event: May 12
Open Dex
Later Event: May 14
Pacific Bluegrass CONCERT