by Carmen Cruz

In honour of this years Vancouver Jazz Festival (running now until July 1st, 2012) here are a few fantastic Jazz tunes.

(Getting Some) Fun Out Of Life ~ Madeleine Peyroux

La Vie En Rose ~ Louis Armstrong - A classic. I love his version of this tune. I apologize in advance for the cheesy video.

Bebel Gilberto ~ She's more bossa nova than jazz, but still, this woman is AMAZING.

Ella Fitzgerald ~ All The Things You Are - They don't call her 'The Song Bird' for nuthin'.

Harry Connick Jr. ~ It Had To Be You - Oh how I looooooooove this man. Random Story: When I was young I used to visit my sister in Montreal every summer. One year, she decided to surprise me with tickets to the Harry Connick Jr. concert at the Bell Centre. Third row on the floor... AAAHHHH!!!!  I was over the moon!!!  With just '7 sleeps' left before the big day of the concert, I could barely contain my excitement. The day before I flew out to Montreal, I got a call from my sister. She let me know that the employees of the Bell Centre had gone on strike, and the concert was cancelled. I was devastated. To this day, I STILL haven't had a chance to catch one of his shows. I've added this to my bucket list.

And now for something really different....

My Favourite Things ~ Outkast - Yup, it's the tune from 'The Sound Of Music'- Outkast style. Take the old song you know and love, and make it drop acid. Overall, it's pretty brilliant (instrumental).