jazz festivals, Canada
Jazz Festival Closes Calgary’s Busy Summer Music Season
The last jazz festival of the city’s busy summer season runs Tuesday, August 26 to Sunday, August 31 when the 8th annual C-Jazz Carnivale gets underway.
Starring international and local jazz greats including such names as saxophone master Sonny Fortune, drum legend Jerry Granelli, Canadian giants including saxophonist P.J. Perry and Bob Erlendson, Latin greats Luis Emilio Rios, Bomba and Orchestra Libertango, and the ever popular Prime Time Big Band, among the many, the week’s events promise something for jazz lovers of every taste.
C-JAZZ CARNIVALE SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26
Gerry Hebert Quartet
Beat Niq – Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
“Gerry Hebert is one of the few consistently contributing Canadian musical artists that has accepted the necessary challenge of change, and has created an astounding musical offering with this collection of original compositions called Constructive Interference. Gerry and his seasoned cohorts have reached a new level of subtle artistry – it proves that total commitment to seeking truth through the love of playing ultimately inspires and creates beauty that is beyond description. If you want a great musical experience, turn down the lights and allow this music to constructively interfere with your routine – you will be glad you did.” – Hugh A. Fraser
Wild Rose Brewery – Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Born in Havana, Cuba and currently based out of Calgary Luis Emilio Rios is world renowned as a singer, guitarist, and composer in the Afro-Cuban tradition. He’s recorded over twenty discs and many of his compositions have been recorded by the biggest names in Latin jazz, as well as heard in the Sly Stallone movie, ‘The Specialist’.
The Auburn Saloon – Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm
A newly formed group comprised of some of Calgary’s best up and coming jazz musicians, Strata’s combined years of experience blend maturity with a fresh approach. Showcasing original compositions & arrangements, the group also performs music written by jazz legends like Kenny Wheeler, Victor Young, Ned Washington and others.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27
Prime Time Big Band
Zsa Zsa’s at Quincy’s – Doors at 7pm
Calgary’s “A” list players kick off their fall season. This top drawer band, under the guidance of Dave Jones, is one of the most popular Big Bands in the city’s history.
Eric Hamelin’s No More Shapes
Wild Rose Brewery – Doors at 7pm, show at 8.
With Jay Crocker and friends.
The Auburn Saloon – Doors at 8pm, show at 9.
“Colin Story is one Canada’s most promising young musicians. He displays a maturity in his music and his demeanour that is rare for someone his age. He is an exceptional talent! This is a hard swinging, musical group mature beyond their years, consisting of some of Canada’s finest young musicians.” – Cory Weeds, Owner, Cellar Jazz Club
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
Bob Erlendson Quintet & Verismo
Zsa Zsa’s at Quincy’s – Doors at 7pm
If the name Bob Erlendson sounds familiar, it’s because he was a legend on the Calgary scene back in the ’80’s when he performed regularly at Marty’s Grill; with Cheryl Fisher and Gib Monks at McQueens; and with his Octet every Sunday at the Palliser Hotel. Recognized by countless musicians for his skill as a composer, instructor, and mentor, Bob is credited with teaching Lennie Breau how to play jazz. This homecoming show celebrates Bob’s return to the Calgary scene since leaving for Toronto twenty years ago.
Karl Roth Trio
Wild Rose Brewery – Doors at 7pm
Roth’s charismatic performances feature his dark, rich voice, distinctive improvised violin style, and a tight swingin’ sound that has been described as a “blend between Leon Redbone and Stephane Grappelli with a hint of Barry White.” The result has captured the hearts of audiences at major festivals across Canada. Karl Roth, Dave Hamilton, Jeff Drummond.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
LIBERTANGO! & ONALEA
Zsa Zsa’s at Quincy’s
*Free Tango Lessons starting at 7pm with the Dandi Orchestra.
Orchestra Libertango is 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 with Japanese pianist Emiko Okada and Calgary band leader Darcy North, on bandonean. 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.
Onalea Gilbertson can often be seen on the stage with One Yellow Rabbit. But CARNIVALE gives her a chance to truly shine. With Russ Broom (guitar), John Hyde (bass), Brent Van Dusen (percussion), Al Muirhead (trumpet), Gerry Hebert (saxophone/clarinet), Jonathan Lewis (violin, accordion). “Onalea is a vocal delight… an enchantress” – Bob Clark, Calgary Herald
Allistair Elliott Band
Julliard Restaurant & Lounge
*Private supper club show Friday includes a gourmet three course dinner by Chef Jean Francois Cote.
Irish born, raised around the world, and the 2008 Smooth Jazz Award winner now calls Calgary home. The trumpeter/composer calls his music smooth jazz with an edge. The ‘edge’ is some of the most talented jazz players in the business. And it seems to be working, because his award winning CD, Urban Nights, is getting airplay around the globe.
Manic Thematic Trio & special guest Gord Grdina
Beat Niq – Doors at 7pm
Ralf Buschmeyer (guitar), John Hyde (bass), Andy Ericson (drums). Inspired in part by the Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden effort Beyond the Missouri Sky, there’s a dewy, organic freshness that permeates the music, suspending the listener somewhere between twilight and the crack of dawn. – M. Bell, The Calgary Sun
Gord Grdina also hosts the late night jazz jam
Beat Niq – Opening set at 11:30pm
At the QAS-EM Screening Room. (Fri & Sat)
You’ll often hear Chris drumming in recording sessions and as a sideman for Calgary acts from different genres like Lorrie Matheson, Tariq, Dolly Silitto, Chris Vail, and more, but Dadge has also become the de facto leader of the Calgary improv scene as the founder of Bug Incision records and the Bent Spoon duo.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Auburn Saloon – Doors at 8pm
Like its instrumentation of Tar, Oud, Tombak and Tabla suggests, Sangha is a combination of a number of improvisational traditions, predominantly Arabic, Persian and Indian. These musicians focus on creating music in the moment, allowing the varied influences to naturally blend together. Gordon Grdina, Neelamjit Dhillon, Hydayat Honari, Hamin Honari
P.J. Perry Quartet
Zsa Zsa’s at Quincy’s – Doors at 8pm.
P.J. Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists. with Jim Head, guitar, Mike Lendt, bass, and Tyler Hornby on drums.
Afro Cuban Dance Party with CUMAKO, BOMBA, and special guest, Toronto’s Telmary Diaz.
Flames Central – Doors at 8pm, Show at 10
Cumako arises out of a multitude of musical influences meeting in Calgary, to create a hot, infectious danceable sound that is spreading across Canada, live, and with their new cd “No Borders” (featuring an appearance by Oscar Lopez).
Bomba is being recognized worldwide for their exciting blend of instrumental, vocal and percussive songs, intermingling touches on Danzon, Rumba, Changui, Cha Cha Cha, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Samba, Son and Jazz music, all with impeccable improvisational skill. ¡Bomba!’s founders, (percussionist Mario Allende, bassist Rubim de Toledo and pianist Chris Andrew), have invited Cuban music giants Emilio Rios (vocals and guitar), Aldo Aquirrer (violin) and Raul Gomez Tabera (drums, timbales) to join forces with them. Other guest artists also include Peruvian born percussionist/vocalist Luisito Orbegoso and Cuban percussionist/vocalist Israel ‘Toto’ Berriel.
Telmary Diaz is now making her mark in North America, after taking Cuba by storm. The Wim Wenders documentary Musica Cubana is helping to introduce her own mash-up of jazz, hip-hop and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms to rapturous audiences around the world.
hosts the late night jazz jam at Beat Niq – Opening set at 11:30pm
Halifax-based percussionist-composer Jerry Granelli grew up in San Francisco where he studied with Joe Morello and drummed for pianists Denny Zeitlin and Vince Guaraldi (he’s on A Charlie Brown Christmas – on Fantasy Records and the Charlie Brown TV soundtracks). He pioneered world jazz fusion and electro-acoustic percussion during the 60’s hippie era, established the music department at the Naropa Institute in Boulder in ’76, and has continued teaching since then in Boulder, Seattle, Halifax and Berlin. In the early ’80s Granelli performed and recorded in a trio with Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock for ECM.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
Sonny Fortune Quartet & the Simon Fisk / Chris Gestrin / Jerry Granelli Trio
Zsa Zsa’s at Quincy’s – Doors Open at 7pm.
When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy – but well deserved – for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music.
The Simon Fisk Trio will feature the talented bassist along with pianist Chris Gestrin and featured guest drummer Jerry Granelli. Now residing in Halifax, percussionist-composer Jerry Granelli grew up in San Francisco where he pioneered world jazz fusion and electro-acoustic percussion during the 60’s hippie era, studied with Joe Morello and worked with Vince Guaraldi of Charlie Brown’s Christmas fame. Granelli established the music department at the Naropa Institute in Boulder in ’76, and continues teaching in Boulder, Seattle, Halifax and Berlin. Among his extensive performance/recording credits are as part of a trio with Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock for ECM and as a leader for Evidence, Intuition, ITM, Koch, Love Slave and other labels. He has also recorded with longtime musical associates Mose Allison, Jay Clayton, Jane Ira Bloom, Glen Moore, Anthony Cox, Dave Friedman, and Jamie Saft, as well as projects with Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, Julian Priester, Charlie Haden, Kenny Garrett, and Buck 64.
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