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April 30, 2010

Edmonton Jazzfest 2010 Artist Roster

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Edmonton International Jazz Festival
June 24 to July 4, 2010

Edmonton Jazzfest Offers Something For Everyone

This year’s Edmonton International Jazz Festival, running June 24 to July 4, promises another fine experience for jazz fans old and new. The multi-faceted event features jazz, Latin, gospel and funk in a range of formats from solo to Big Band and venues from intimate clubs to major theatres and outdoor concerts.

The range of international, regional and local artist roster features names such as guitarist Bill Frissell Trio and saxophonist Joshua Redman, as well as some notable pairings with legendary pianist Chick Corea in a double-header concert with Canadian jazz drum master Terry Clarke, and Canada’s newfound jazz singing sensation Nikki Yanofski opening for guitar giant John Pizzarelli. Known for supporting it’s local scene, the festival will also feature a host of Edmonton jazz musicians such as Bob Tildesley, Chris Andrew, Charlie Austin, Wayne Feschuk, and many more.

In making the music accessible to all walks of life, ticketing ranges from the family-friendly, free all-day Saturday to the $99 Johnny Jazz festival pass and a $15 ‘cover by the set’ at the newly renovated Yardbird Suite.

for more info visit www.edmontonjazz.com
EIJF 2010 Headliners
Winspear Centre | 7:30pm
Tickets: $50 – $70 | www.winspearcentre.com | 780-428-1414

Chick Corea | June 24
Living legend Chick Corea kicks off the 2010 EIJF with a solo piano concert. Terry Clarke, the only drummer ever to receive the Order of Canada, opens the evening.
Nikki Yanofsky and John Pizzarelli | June 29
Internationally-renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and celebrated songbird Nikki Yanofsky return to Edmonton for a star-studded concert double-header.
Citadel Theatre | MacLab Series | 7:30pm
Tickets: $40 – $45 | www.citadeltheatre.com | 780-425-1820

Carol Welsman with the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra | June 25
A combination of voice and piano that seems symbiotically linked, with Edmonton’s only professional jazz big band.
Ola Onabule with the Black Pioneer Heritage Singers | June 26
Ola possesses a stunning voice with enormous range and emotional clout, while the Black Pioneer Heritage Singers preserve the powerful Gospel sound of Alberta’s original Black settlers.
Bill Frisell Trio | June 27
Frisell is one of the most sought-after and versatile guitar voices in contemporary music.
Joshua Redman’s James Farm Quartet | June 29
Featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, this band infuses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation with a progressive attitude and modern sound.
Salute to Benny Goodman | June 30

Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pianist Tommy Banks, clarinetist Dave Bennett and singer Rollanda Lee transport audiences to the time and mood of Benny Goodman’s swing era.
Jazz In The Park
Louise McKinney Park | June 26 | Noon – 7pm | Free admission

Thoroughly danceable fun for the whole family, Jazz In The Park features Edmonton drummer Sandro Dominelli, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit, Afro-Cuban jazz vocalist Will Campa, soul-jazz singer Ola Onabule, and the big-band sound of Edmonton Jazz Orchestra.
Jazz Fest Dance Party 
 with Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit 
TransAlta Art Barns | June 26 | 9pm
Tickets: $35 | www.tixonthesquare.ca | 780-420-1757

Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit and Will Campa’s Afro-Cuban jazz provide music perfect for dancing a summer’s night away!
Elisapie Isaac
Brixx Bar & Grill | June 30 | 9pm
Tickets: $15 | www.tixonthesquare.ca | 780-420-1757

Inuk singer, composer and filmmaker Elisapie Isaac’s music is sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholy, at times pop, at times folk, at times sung poems.
Kid Koala presents The SLEW 
Starlite Room | June 30 | 9pm
Tickets: $30 | www.tixonthesquare.ca | 780-420-1757

Six turntables meet the ex-Wolfmother rhythm section for 70 minutes of raw guitar cuts and heavy beats. Previous Kid Koala audiences are not likely to be disappointed. Opening act: Knight Riderz
Yardbird Series
Yardbird Suite | June 25 – July 3 | 8pm & 9:30pm nightly
Tickets: $15 for one set, $25 for two sets | www.tixonthesquare.ca | 780-420- 1757 | or at door

Intimate New York-style gigs featuring Canadian hard-bop drummers Terry Clarke and Owen Howard, electro-jazz trumpeter Bob Tildesley and bassist Dupont T, Latin jazz vocalist Franca Masu, contemporary jazz saxophonist André Leroux, avant-garde saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, contemporary jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, and free jazz bassist Mario Pavone.
Yardbird Late Night Series
June 25 – July 3 | 11pm nightly (11:30pm July 2 & 3)

A jazzy treat for night owls including the James Clarke Trio, Rubim de Toledo Quintet, Modo Trio featuring Wayne Horvitz, a jam session hosted by Chris Andrew, Celcius Quartet, the JazzWorks Collective Ensemble, John Stowell Group
Piano Series
Central Park Lounge | Sutton Place Hotel | June 25 – July 3 | 5pm – 7pm nightly | Free admission

A showcase of Edmonton pianists Charlie Austin, Bill Richards, Torben Holm Petersen, Wayne Feschuk, Devin Hart, Chris Andrew and Andrew Glover.
Club Series
June 25 – July 3 | Tickets at the door, prices vary

Jeffrey’s Café: A showcase featuring Edmonton vocalists Shelley Jones, Rollanda Lee, Lori Mochasy, Krystle Dos Santos, Anna Beaumont, Helena Magerowski
Blue Chair Café: A variety of performances from Edmonton artists, including World Explorations Jazz Quartet, Dave Babcock Quartet, Nathan Ouellette Quartet, Diana Stabel, and Harpe Jazz Quartet.
Copper Pot Restaurant: Two evenings of jazz from the city’s Don Berner Sextet and Thea Numan Quartet.

for more info visit www.edmontonjazz.com

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