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March 29, 2008

2008 Calgary International Jazz Festival Lineup

Written by
cindy mcleod

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An Eclectic Lineup Offers Something For Everyone

The Calgary International Jazzfest runs it’s 29th year this June 24-29 with an eclectic range of jazz, blues, funk, gospel and more.

Announced international headline artists include legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Oslo pop-jazz phenomenon Beady Belle, a capella sensation Naturally 7, funk-meister Maceo Parker with singer Divine Brown, jazz vocal legend Andy Bey and blues guitar wizard Robert Cray with singer Molly Johnson.

Canadian giants include Cuban master Hilario Duran, Toronto’s Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet, Montreal’s L’orkestre des Pas Perdus (OPP), and Edmonton saxophonist Jerrold Dubyk.


TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (USA)
Jack Singer Concert Hall – 8:00 PM

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis heads up the prestigious Lincoln Centre Orchestra for an evening of the finest in large ensemble jazz.

Alice Russell w/ Special Guests (UK)
Quincy’s on 7th – 8:00 PM doors
$22 Advance/$29 Door

UK soul/jazz/funk/gospel vocalist Alice Russell is also known for her work with the contemporary Quantic and Quantic Soul Orchestra projects.

Naturally 7 (USA)
Gateway @ SAIT – 7:00 Door
$28 Advance/$35 Door

This gifted a capella group sings it all – rhythms, beats, bass, keyboard effects and more, all with their up-beat soul voices.

Duane Andrews w/ Boyle (CAN)
Auburn Saloon – 800 PM Door
$12 Advance/$15 Door

Guitarist Duane Andrews is joined by trumpeter Patrick Boyle for a night of Gypsy jazz, world and folk music.

Jerrold Dubyk (CAN)
Beat Niq – 8:30 PM
$12 Advance/$15 Door

Edmonton based tenor saxophonist Jerrold Dubyk is known for his intriguing original and contemporary jazz.


Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa (USA)
Gateway @ SAIT – 8:00 PM
$22 Advance/$29 Door

A unique fusion of traditional Nigerian Yoruba music including Highlife, Afrobeat, and folklore with jazz, rock, pop, and Latin music.

Andy Bey(USA)
Orpheus Theatre @ SAIT – 7:30 PM

Jazz vocal legend Andy Bey’s wide and exciting vocal range and rich, full voice masterfully articulate his talented lyric interpretations.

Yves Léveillé (CAN)
Beat Niq – 8:30 PM
$12 Advance/$15 Door

Montreal pianist and composer Yves Leveille is a multi-dimensional artist known for his fiery passion and technical brilliance.

Hilario Duran (CAN)
Ironwood Stage – 7:00 PM Door
$15 Advance/$20 Door

Cuban-Canadian Pianist, Composer, Producer and Arranger Hilario Duran brings his Latino sounds to the Ironwood Stage.


The Dave Brubeck Quartet (USA)
Jack Singer Concert Hall – 7:30 PM

Iconic jazz pianist Dave Brubeck bring his quartet featuring Bobby Militello ( saxophone, flute), Michael Moore (bass) and Randy Jones (drums) to the Epcor Centre.

Beady Belle (NORWAY)
Quincy’s On 7th – Doors 8:00 PM
$22 Advance/$29 Door

Oslo based Beate S. Lech’s fluid, expressive voice and intelligent, poetic lyrics are superbly complemented by Marius Reksjø’s adroit and imaginative arrangements.

David Virelles (CAN)
Beat Niq – 8:30 PM
$15 Advance/$20 Door

Cuban born David Virelles was christened “the marvel” for his outstanding piano technique. The award-winning musician blends elements of his Cuban heritage with contemporary American jazz.

The Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet (CAN)
Cantos Music Foundation

Juno Award-winning musicians Mike Murley (saxophones), David Braid (piano) and Tara Davidson (saxophone) along with bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Ian Froman (drums) are an example of contemporary mainstream jazz at its finest.

Friday, June 27, 2008 (USA)
Divine Brown and Maceo Parker DOUBLE BILL!!!
Jack Singer Concert Hall

Funk master Maceo Parker’s groove with added sparkle of singer Divine Brown’s five-octave range and astounding versatility.

Carlos Bica & Azul (PORTUGAL)
Orpheus Theatre @ SAIT

Bassist and composer Carlos Bica is one of the most prolific and innovative sound artists of Portugal.

Chris Tarry (USA)
Details TBA

NYC based Chris Tarry hails from Canada and is one of this country’s most successful and celebrated electric bass exports.

L’orkestre des Pas Perdus (OPP) (CAN)
Beat Niq – 8:30 PM
$15 Advance/$20 Door

Montreal’s Jean-Denis Levasseur, Marc Villard, Pierre Labbe, Roberto Murray, Claude St-Jean, Maxime St Pierre, Bruno Blouin-Robert, Jean Sabourin, and Remi Leclerc present an eclectic, hybrid, high energy contemporary show.

Saturday, June 28, 2008
Robert Cray w/ Molly Johnson (USA)
Jack Singer Concert Hall

Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray is joined by Canadian singer Molly Johnson, who made history at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival as the only woman to sell out the mainstage.

Esbjorn Svensson Trio (EST) (EU)
Maciek Gryzwacz w/ Tyler Hornby (EU, CAN)
Orpheus Theatre at SAIT – 9:00 PM
$28 Advance/$35 Door

Self-described as a popband that plays jazz, Esbjorn Svensson Trio (EST) features pianist Esbjorn Svensson, Magnus Ostrum(drums), Dan Berglund (bass).

Guitarist, composer and arranger Maciek Gryzwacz is joined by Calgary drummer Tyler Hornby to present Maciek’s new work, an interplay of melodic composition and modern sounds.

Sunday, June 29, 2008 (USA)
Monty Alexander
Orpheus Theatre @ SAIT – 8:00 PM
$28 Advance/$35 Door

By grafting the traditions of American jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity, in a career that spans more than four decades.

Renaud Garcia-Fons (FRANCE)
Cantos Music Foundation – 3:00 PM

Parisian virtuoso bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons’ raw, euphoric musicianship is showcased in an exploration of improvised jazz, traditional and contemporary music.

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