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March 27, 2007

Yardbird Jazz Party Continues

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Dave Babcock’s Jump Orchestra
Friday, March 30
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Yardbird’s 50th Anniversary Party Rages On

Edmonton’s venerable Yardbird Suite, Canada’s longest-running jazz venue, continues it’s month of special programming in honour of the club’s 50th Anniversary, officially marked at 11:00 pm on Friday, March 23rd with champagne and a room full of jazz fans and supporters.

The month of special concerts has showcased a beautiful mix of local and international artists who have all contributed to the success of the venue over the years. This weekend features Edmonton’s Dave Babcock and his Jump Orchestra, a swinging septet formed in 1990. The horn driven sound and energetic performance style resulted in invitations to contribute to the CBC Variety Recording compilation Jazz Notes (1992) and for the Jazz Beat radio program in 1993. They made an appearance on the CFRN Television series Marquee in 1990 and on the Shaw Cable series Project Discovery in 1992. The Jump Orchestra also performed live from the Yardird Suite on CBC in 1991 and live from the Jazz City Festival on CKUA Radio in 1993. Their only CD release Both Feet, won the ARIA Award for “best jazz group” in 1992 and their music video Too Little, Too Late won the AMPIA Award for “best music video” that same year. The Jump Orchestra toured throughout Western Canada in the early ’90s, performing at jazz festivals, theatres and clubs in Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon.

Although the group officially disbanded in late 1994, founder Babcock and former band-mates Bob Tildesley (trumpet) , Chris Andrew (keyboards), and Rubim deToledo (bass), joined Jim Head (guitar) and Sandro Dominelli (drums) in 2006 to record and are receiving airplay on Edmonton’s Magic 99 FM. Select tracks feature a variety of guest vocalists including Edmonton’s Alfie Zappacosta and Calgary’s Johanna Sillanpaa. Sillanpaa will also join the group for the March 30 Yardbird Show.

The evening will begin with an appearance by the Dino Dominelli Quintet (Edmonton), featuring saxophonist Dominelli with Wayne Feschuk (piano), Ben Bishop (guitar), Joseph Lubinsky-Mast (bass), and Darryl Mayer (drums).

Friday, March 30
Dave Babcock’s Jump Orchestra with guest vocalist Johanna Sillanpaa
Dave Babcock (saxophone), Bob Tildesley (trumpet) , Chris Andrew (keyboards), and Rubim deToledo (bass), joined Jim Head (guitar) Sandro Dominelli (drums)
Opening Act: Dino Dominelli Quintet
Dino Dominelli (saxophone), Wayne Feschuk (piano), Ben Bishop (guitar), Joseph Lubinsky-Mast (bass), Darryl Mayer (drums)

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