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 13 years later. Cellar Live has gone on to release more than 90 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, Tilden Webb, and Weeds himself, it has also featured master musicians from New York and elsewhere. David "Fathead" Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Peter Bernstein, and Lewis Nash are among the artists who have led sessions released on Cellar Live.
Along the way Cellar Live has earned two Juno nominations (for Weeds' "Up a Step" and Jodi Proznick's "Foundations"), the Canadian National Jazz Award for label of the year and best album ("Foundations"), and numerous high rankings on the JazzWeek charts.
While Weeds closed the Cellar Jazz Club in February 2014 after more than 13 highlight-filled years, Cellar Live keeps going strong. Releases scheduled for 2014 include sessions recorded in NYC with the John Webber Quartet featuring the legendary George Coleman; another one with Vancouver's Steve Kaldestad leading an all-star group with Renee Rosnes, Lewis Nash, and Peter Washington; and a live date recorded at Smalls in Greenwich Village featuring Joshua Bruneau. A date with the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band led by the great drummer Louis Hayes, recorded live at the Cellar, will also come out in 2014.
Cellar Live is distributed in Canada and worldwide by Planetworks Distribution, in the U.S. by Distribution 13, and in Japan by Gats Productions.