The NOW Orchestra performing at 1067 on Granville last August. The NOW was founded in 1987 by Coat Cooke, who performed—along with Rob Frayne, Gregg Simpson, Brad Muirhead, Bill Clark, Scott White, Graham Ord, Claude Ranger, Roger Baird, and Ron Sanworth—at the very first session of "Jazz at the Gallery," which took place on December 2nd, 1987, the evening after the opening of Jackie Crossland’s Toyland exhibition at grunt gallery.
From December of 1987 to the spring of 1988, grunt gallery—then located at East 6th Ave—hosted a series of jazz concerts that took place every Wednesday night. Entitled “Jazz at the Gallery,” the series was organized in collaboration with members of the Vancouver jazz community with the aim of providing a forum for local musicians to develop and perform “non-commercial music.”* Unfortunately, documentation of the series could not be found in grunt’s archives. Over the next few days, we will be posting works performed in other venues by select artists involved in “Jazz at the Gallery” instead, by way of providing a sense of the talent that congregated under grunt’s roof for the program.
*From a 1987 grunt galley press release for “Jazz at the Gallery”