Festive tunes with a jazz flair


Bringing their unique version of jazz inspired, traditional Christmas songs to the mountains, the B3 Kings will be joining the Sun Peaks holiday festivities in December.

The quartet is led by one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists — Denzal Sinclaire — and features Chris Gestrin on organ, Bill Coon on guitar, and Cory Weeds on saxophone.

The B3 Kings came together accidentally back in the early 2000s, and the group has become a tradition at The Cellar, a popular jazz club in Vancouver.

“It just became a regular thing,” says Weeds. “We would play The Cellar for two days and (the shows) quickly sold out, and then it expanded to three days, leading up to Christmas time.”

Realizing they had something unique to offer, the band started developing more material and booking more shows.

“By the time it was all said and done we had enough material to do a new record, so we did a full Christmas album called You Better Watch Out,” says Weeds. “(It’s been) a huge success because it’s super accessible and it’s super fun.”

Keeping to the jazz traditions, Weeds says the group constantly improvises while on stage.

“There’s a lot of spontaneity and a lot of unpredictability on stage,” he says, “we just go out there and rock (the) tunes, (Sun Peaks’ audience) needs to be prepared to hear Christmas music like they’ve never heard  before!”

If you’d like to see the B3 Kings in action they’ll be in Sun Peaks on the clocktower stage for a free outdoor performance (weather dependant) on Saturday, Dec. 14 between 3 and 5 p.m.

Click here for more information regarding Santa’s Alpine Visit in Sun Peaks Village.

About Charlotte Drewett

Charlotte hails from Ontario, and is busy working and playing on the mountains of Sun Peaks. She has hung up her figure skates for a while in favour of her snowboard.