TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival 2017 features musicians from around the world, Canada and here at home
Featuring Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs Quartet as co-headliners at the Winspear, Donny McGaslin and Jacob Collier at the Needle Vinyl Tavern and Tierney Sutton Band: Sting Variations
If you had to choose a favourite jazz singer, could you? Is jazz something to fear or embrace? Jazz is all around us, in all musical forms from rock to blues to punk to EDM. TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival Producer Kent Sangster agrees. “Jazz is a very broad genre with many different styles within, and there is a jazz for everyone’s taste,” says Sangster. “It’s not about who you know, it is all about who you don’t know!”
You may not know all the names from the Festival running June 23 to July 2, featuring over 60 live music experiences from around the world with over 250 artists in eight venues in Edmonton. This includes a selection of musicians from some of Edmonton’s best local talent. But should not knowing everyone stop you?
Perhaps you should know Dianne Reeves is a popular pop singer from the 80s charts and who the Edmonton Journal called "… one of the most gifted jazz singers on the planet.” How about Donny McGaslin, who played on, and helped produce, David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar? Or Jacob Collier, the YouTube sensation who plays all his own instruments? What about the legendary Billy Childs, who is playing with a quartet for the first time ever?
Tierney Sutton Band is playing Sting Variations. Kenny Barron is, according to the LA Times, “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis is, according to Jazzwise Magazine, “an exciting and imaginative piano trio.” Writer’s Guild is a collective featuring five of Edmonton’s finest young creative minds. The renowned Ingrid and Christine Jensen play together for the first time with a quintet including Ben Monder. Igor Butman is “Russia’s Number One Jazz Personality” and is bringing his Moscow Jazz Orchestra to town.
So many to choose from, so many great live music experiences for everyone.
Venues include the Winspear Centre, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Yardbird Suite, Blue Chair Café, Café Blackbird, Bellamy’s Lounge at Chateau Lacombe, Sir Winston Churchill Square, and a new venue in Downtown Edmonton, The Needle Vinyl Tavern (kids can come to the Tavern).
Ticket deals and access to all information can be found at our newly revamped and easy to navigate website for both desktop and mobile — edmontonjazz.com.
“We invite you to explore the unknown,” adds Sangster. “To search into the next great jazz star in the making, or simply to discover a new form of music that you enjoy.”
If you are an experienced jazz fan, please continue to spread the word; if you are new to jazz then take a plunge, explore and enjoy!