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February 18, 2007

Yardbird Suite Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Yardbird Suite Celebrates 50th Anniversary With All-Star Lineup

The Edmonton Jazz Society, the force behind the Yardbird Jazz Suite, is proud to announce that the venerable jazz club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with a special series of great jazz programming.

The original Yardbird Suite opened its doors on March 23, 1957, and has gone on to become the longest-running jazz club in the nation, presenting the finest in local and international jazz and establishing itself as one of Canada’s premiere venues for live music.

Many of Edmonton’s finest musicians are included in the 50th Anniversary celebration lineup, including pianist George Blondheim, vocalist Rhonda Withnell, saxophonist Dave Babcock, and Latin master Tilo Paiz.

Of special note are two performances by the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. Led by Kent Sangster, the E.J.O. will be playing Dale Hillary’s Van Gogh Suite, arranged for large orchestra by saxophonist Bill Jamieson (Edmonton) and supported by a grant from the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Hammond B3 Master Doug Riley (Prince Edward Island) and Edmonton drummer Sandro Dominelli will also be featured in the all-star lineup, presenting music they’ve co-composed for the event that was commissioned especially for the 50th anniversary by CBC Radio.

International artists include New York tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin, and the great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy. From Chicago is Ken Chaney, who played in the original Yardbird Suite and shared the piano duties with the pride of Edmonton, Senator Tommy Banks.


MARCH 2 Chris Andrew Trio
The Yardbird Suite Allstars

MARCH 3 George Blondheim
The Yardbird Suite Allstars

MARCH 9 Big Ideas with Special Guest Doug Organ
Doug Riley/Sandro Dominelli Group

MARCH 10 Mike Gillespie Quintet
Doug Riley/Sandro Dominelli Group

MARCH 16-17 The Edmonton Jazz Orchestra
with Lew Tabackin

MARCH 23 Rhonda Withnell
Mark Murphy

MARCH 24 Anna Beaumont
Mark Murphy

MARCH 30 Dino Dominelli Quintet
Dave Babcock’s Jump Orchestra

MARCH 31 Brenan Brothers Band
Tilo Paiz Latin Jazz Party

for more information visit www.yardbirdsuite.com

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