The Heritage of Jazz in Vancouver

The reason Jelly Roll Morton ended up in Vancouver

The reason Jelly Roll Morton ended up in Vancouver is he followed the love of his life to Tacoma, Washington. He loved to gamble so he was in this high stakes game in Tacoma and he lost everything. Also at this game was the owner of the Patricia Hotel, William Bowman, who saw he had lost everything and promptly offered him a gig playing at the Patricia Hotel. Through 1919 to 1921 Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton, one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century who called himself the inventor of jazz, lived and performed at the Patricia Hotel.
Source: Swinging at the Patricia – Film
The Patricia Hotel
James Danderfer

Ernie King and the Harlem Nocturne Nightclub

Ernie King’s motto was, “There’s nothing in the world you cannot do”. He decided he was not going to work for nobody but himself. That was when he decided to create the jazz band “Five Guys Named Moe”. He got the guys to gig around Hastings and Main but after the gig ended he had a great band but no place to play. So what did he do? He bought the building at 343 Hastings and opened the Harlem Nocturne. On opening night the building was packed and it became famous for three things, for the only black nightclub in Vancouver, for having famous musicians, and for a floor show featuring Ernie’s wife, Choo Choo Wilson.
Ernie King and the Harlem Nocturne Nightclub – YouTube
Black Strathcona

Vancouver Jazz Community