When Cory Weeds released his very first recording on Cellar Live in 2001, featuring the late great Vancouver jazz saxophonist and pianist Ross Taggart, Weeds couldn’t have predicted how far the record label would go. At that time, having opened his Cellar Jazz Club the year before, Weeds was just rolling the tape at his club and trying his hand at releasing albums in the tradition of the great jazz labels.
Fast forward more than 17 years later. Cellar Live has gone on to release more than 120 dynamic recordings, which have primarily been captured live but also in the studio. While the label has showcased Vancouver’s finest jazz players, such as Oliver Gannon, Brad Turner, Jesse Cahill, Bruno Hubert, Miles Black and Weeds himself, it has also featured master musicians from New York and elsewhere. David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, Lewis Nash, Tardo Hammer and One For All are among the artists who have led sessions released on Cellar Live.