The Cellar Live Label was founded in 2001 by musician/producer/jazz club owner Cory Weeds. When Weeds purchased The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in August, 2000 he immediately started assembling some recording gear to preserve the incredible music that was being performed on stage every night.
In July of 2001, Weeds had accumulated literally dozens of tapes of spectacular performances and he began listening to them and selecting the best material for a compilation CD. It was at this time that Brian Watson from Maximum Jazz came into the picture and offered Weeds a production and distribution deal for the record. In September 2001, Maximum Jazz presents: Live At The Cellar was released to critical acclaim. This was the beginning of Weeds' producing career.
Since then, Cellar Live has released 21 CD's on its label and is scheduled to release 3 more in the spring of 2007. All of Cellar Live's releases thus far have received fabulous reviews and the label has established itself as one of the country's finest producers of jazz music.
"In my 35 years of playing professionally in the Vancouver music scene, I would consider Cory to be the most successful and important promoter and producer of Canadian Jazz in the Vancouver area." - Oliver Gannon