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August 19, 2007

C-Jazz Carnivale to Showcase Local Artists

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz festivals, Canada

C-Jazz Carnivale To Run Next Week

Calgary boasts some of the finest jazz musicians in the nation, and Calgarians will have the opportunity to hear many of them in concert performances next week when the C-Jazz Carnivale kicks off on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

The festival will also feature international artist and master jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, who will appear at Quincy’s on Thursday night.

With music running during the day and into the evenings in a variety of club venues, and then two featured days of jazz on the Olympic Plaza mainstage, there’s a wide choice of styles and sounds to choose from.

Organizers have released a schedule of events below.


WEDNESDAY, August 29

Simon Fisk – “Vague Hotels”
Beat Niq – 8 pm

Simon Fisk has two sides to his musical personality, his free spirit and search for uncharted territory steers him into spontaneous musical expression, freely improvised transitions and solo forms. At the same time, he has a deep fascination with the art of the song, and considers himself a songwriter. Although his music to date has all been instrumental, his lyrical approach to his composition gives his instrumental interpretations immense song-like qualities. The two sides of Fisk’s personality -the improviser and the songwriter- play off each other and in turn give his band mates open territory to express themselves without formal boundary.

THURSDAY, August 30

Bill Frisell Trio
Quincy’s on Seventh – 8 PM

Grammy award winning guitarist Bill Frisell with his trio, featuring Joey Baron and Tony Scherr.

Bill Frisell is the guitar player’s guitarist. Downbeat magazine has recognized him as Guitarist of the Year seven times. His recent album, ‘Unspeakable’, won a Grammy, but it’s also the company he keeps that speaks volumes about his skills and sound. Everyone from Jim Hall to Ginger Baker, John Zorn to Charlie Haden, Elvis Costello and Bono and Marianne Faithful have collaborated with Bill to utilise his unique delivery and composition skills. He has a penchant for blending different genre’s from country to rock and blues with the improvisational sensibilities of jazz.

“It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastiches, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.” – NY Times

Gib Monks Quartet, and Friends
Ironwood stage – 8 PM

Gib Monks learned saxophone the hard way: in the nightclubs of Vancouver, with James Booker, The Neville Brothers, and Professor Longhair in the French Quarter of New Orleans, touring around Europe and Africa with Luther Allison, and around North America with Bob Erlendson. A going away party for one of Calgary’s most infamous sax players. From his early days at Marty’s Café to recording and touring the world with Amos Garrett, Gib has had an influence in the Calgary scene. This is his last show before he and his family move to Costa Rica for two years.

Beat Niq – 8:30 PM

Edmonton twins Josh and Ben Dodds lead a high energy blend of moderne, nu-jazz, acid jazz, and electronica in an intense and raucous show. “We started as an experiment,” said Ben Dodds, the band’s drummer. “It was weird at first, but we connected and let the band flow; we let the music do talking.”With Vermont trombonist Eli Chalmer, Halifax keyboardist Gregory Burton, and trumpeter Nicholas Kirshnit.

Zan – Art House Series
Auburn Saloon – 11 pm

Drummer Krista Malden leads guitarist Tynan Groves, flautist Ai Hagiwara, and bassist Mark Johnston push jazz in new directions. Zan’s Style spans from: Drum and Bass Groove Jazz to Free and Experimental Jazz to Funk, Latin, and Rock. Open stage jam to follow.

FRIDAY, August 31

Libertango – Dance Calgary
Quincy’s on Seventh – 8 PM

Argentinian tango, popularized by Astor Piazzolla, and brought to Calgary by a collection of talented musicians from around the world. Music director Roman Hernandez-Zepeda arrives from Mexico City to play violin, viola and guitar, and work Darcy North, on the bandoneon. Together, they lead a Calgary based orchestra of musicians from Buenos Aires, Germany, Switzerland, and England to present the sultry, sexy sounds of the tango.

Souls in Rhythm
Ironwood – 8 PM

Souls In Rhythm’s performance is a high-energy audience affair showcasing their impressive musicality of soul. Vocalist Scott Henderson is on keyboards, with the ferocious funk of bassist Caleb Roddick, the dominant beats of drummer Paul Robertson, and the precise guitarwork of Craig Newnes.

This show will be taped by CBC for broadcast province-wide on their “Key of A” program on Radio One.

Jim Brenan Quartet
Cantos Music Foundation – 10 PM

Jim Brenan is recognized as one of Canada’s premier saxophonists. He stretches his time between directing the jazz program at Mount Royal College and touring, performing and recording numerous projects. Joining him in presenting works from his new cd, ‘The Spectre’, are Alberta’s cream of the musical crop; Chris Andrew on piano, Rubim De Toledo on bass, and drummer Tyler Hornby.

Kristian Alexandrov’s “Akoustika”
Cantos Music Foundation – 9 PM

The Bulgarian piano prodigy and leader of F.U.J.A. (Funked Up Jazz Ambassadors) embarks on a journey through the land of contemporary and afro-cuban jazz performed in an acoustic trio format. Featuring original compositions by Alexandrov from his upcoming release “Akoustika”, the ensemble includes Jeremy Coates on upright bass and Andy Ericson on drums.

Beat Niq – 8:30 PM

Toronto’s Chris Gale (Colin James, Rich Underhill Quintet, Shuffle Demons) fronts the band on tenor and soprano saxophone, with Chicago’s Jordan Baskin (Steve Coleman, Denis Carroll,) on piano. The Vancouver-based rhythm team of bassist Sean Cronin (Bruno Hubert Trio, Mike Allen Quartet) and drummer Morgan Childs serve up a deeply sophisticated, humorous, and original performances, combining a fearless and ferocious approach to improvising with a keen awareness of groove and texture.

SATURDAY, September 1

Bob Erlendson Octet
Marriot Traders Grill – 8 PM

If the name Bob Erlendson sounds familiar, it’s because he is a legend on the Calgary scene. Back in the early ’80’s, Bob played every Sunday and Monday night for five years at Marty’s Grill, he played with Cheryl Fisher and Gib Monks at Cannery Row, and his Octet played every Sunday at the Palliser. Bob is also known for his skill as a composer, instructor, and mentor. He’s influenced countless musicians, including being credited with teaching Lennie Breau how to play jazz.

Quincy’s on Seventh – 8 PM

Latin/World group ¡Bomba! is led by three artists of contrasting cultural and musical backgrounds- drummer Mario Allende originally from Chile, bassist Rubim de Toledo of Brazilian descent, and keyboardist Chris Andrew from Vancouver Island. Taking different routes to the same destination, they landed in Edmonton, Canada and banded together to share one vision.

Flux Trio – Art House Series at the Auburn
Auburn Saloon – 11 PM

‘Balance’ perhaps best describes Flux Trio, in both practical and musical terms. With members in both Edmonton and Calgary, the group balances their time between the two cities, filling in the gaps with recordings, phone calls and e-mails. In musical terms, the group represents a distinctive balance between composition and improvisation; a reverence for the past and a desire to explore new territory are blended with a multitude of influences spanning many genres. The result is a truly unique trio sound. Flux Trio is saxophonist Aaron Leaney, drummer Mathew Thauvette, and bassist Justin Litun.

Allistair Elliot – Urban Nights
Beat Niq – 8 PM

Allistair has just release his second cd titled, Urban Nights. Urban Nights is a mix of smooth jazz instrumental complimented with three vocal tracks sung by Allistair. The disc features two new tunes written by Allistair as well as other originals written by three local Calgary artists. Radio station, California 103 is currently playing three cuts from the new disc on their regular rotation.

Tyler Hornby Quartet with Special Guest Andy Nevala
Cantos Music Foundation – 9 PM

Drummer extraordinaire Tyler Hornby brings guest artist Andy Nevala to Calgary.


FRIDAY, August 31

The Polyjesters
The Polyjesters have introduced a wonderful blend of witty lyrics, wry sense of humour and old-timely bluegrass music with a topping of jazz swing into our listener’s lives. This is music that makes you want to tap your feet, laugh out loud and blush all at the same time. Leon Redbone, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, They Might Be Giants and Bill Monroe have been genetically blended and then artificially inseminated into Canada. Now you’ve got a little idea of the Polyjesters. I love them, my Grandmother loves them, my kids love them. You’ll love them too!

Gib Monks Quartet
(see above)

Bob Erlendson Octet
(see above)

SATURDAY, September 1

Kristian Alexandrov’s “Akoustika”
(see above)

Los Morenos
Fueled by fiery nouveau flamenco funk rhythms, Los Morenos is turning up the heat! Crossing numerous stylistic barriers, the group mixes rumba flamenca, pop-jazz, funk and eastern sounds with an infectious dance beat, much to the delight of audiences everywhere.

Gerry Hebert Quartet
Saxophonist Gerry Hebert with bassist Simon Fisk, guitarist Aaron Young, and drummer Jon May.

Tyler Hornby Quartet with Special Guest Andy Nevala
(see above)

Allister Elliot – Urban Nights
(see above)


TUESDAY, August 28
Los Morenos 12 PM (noon)
Urban Divide 4 PM

WEDNESDAY, August 29

Souls in Rhythm 12 PM (noon)
Simon Fisk 4 PM

THURSDAY, August 29

Sillan & Young 12 PM (noon)
Emilio Rios 4 PM

FRIDAY, August 30

Chris Gale 12 PM (noon)
Kristian Alexandrov 4 PM

for more information visit www.calgaryjazz.com

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