Announcement: Jazz Fest returns to full capability with worldwide expertise


Acclaimed American jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, California guitarist Julian Lage and Cuban piano virtuoso Hilario Duran with the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra are this yr’s three massive live shows of the competition.

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Improvising on previous success, the TD Edmonton Worldwide Jazz Pageant returns to a bolder program of reside and outside performances that includes a number of prime worldwide artists taking place June 26 via July 3.

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Acclaimed American jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant makes a return go to following her 2019 look right here, California guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio, and Cuban piano virtuoso Hilario Duran heads up the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra for the three massive live shows of the competition.

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Multi-Grammy winning New York-based jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant brings her quintet to the Winspear Centre June 29 for this year’s TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival.
Multi-Grammy profitable New York-based jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant brings her quintet to the Winspear Centre June 29 for this yr’s TD Edmonton Worldwide Jazz Pageant. Picture by Shawn Michael Jones /Equipped

A few of the most unique acts will take over membership areas. Exploratory bands just like the digital African-influenced Anteloper, New York’s sax-trumpet-drums trio Too Many Zooz, monster Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson’s Hearth, and Texas hip-hop jazzers Ghost Word will play areas like The Starlite Room, Yardbird Suite, 9910 and Bellamy’s Lounge (within the host Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe resort).

On the ultimate weekend, 10 acts from throughout Canada and Alberta play two full days of out of doors units within the Jazz On The Hill collection, the Snow Valley stage at Rainbow Valley, which grew to become a shock hit for the fest final yr.

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Acts showing at Jazz On The Hill embrace Toronto’s ES-MO, co-lead by singer Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti, Larnell Lewis Band that includes Pleasure Lapps, Laila Biali, Ernesto Cervini’s Tetrahedron, Montuno West, Audrey Ochoa, Heavyweights Brass Band, Dave Babcock’s Bounce 5, Shelley Jones and Vancouver’s Mazacote.

After final yr’s mixture of digital on-line and outside gigs competition inventive director Kent Sangster appeared glad to announce a return to programming that’s nearer to a pre-pandemic scale however nonetheless tied to assorted kinds of jazz.

“We try yearly to be as true to jazz as we are able to,” notes Sangster. “Bands like Too Many Zooz are a bit far-reaching to be jazz, whereas Matt’s Gustaffson Hearth and Jamie Department are stretching issues as nicely in an excellent approach. However I believe we’ve got a stability with Julian Lage and Cecille McLorin Salvant, which will probably be extra straight forward. There’s additionally numerous sizzling Latin music with Mazacote, Montuno West and Hilario Duran.”

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California guitarist Julian Lage brings his trio to this year’s International Jazz Festival.
California guitarist Julian Lage brings his trio to this yr’s Worldwide Jazz Pageant. Picture by Alysse Gafkjin /Equipped

Regardless of a shorter calendar, the size of reveals hits nearer to the competition’s authentic imaginative and prescient.

“The competition will probably be very a lot the identical as in previous, pre-COVID years,” he explains, “with the addition of two days at Snow Valley. It’s a bit shorter, seven days as a substitute of the ten we began with to maintain logistics simpler.”

As all the time the competition gives an opportunity to catch most of the metropolis’s prime leaders and soloists typically fronting particular initiatives. Artists like Stephanie Urquhart, the Berner Brothers, Kate Blechinger and Craig Brenan head reveals at La Cité Francophone, Blue Chair Cafe, Bellamy’s or seem on the free outside Ice District Plaza stage from midday to 2 p.m. for a number of days.

It’s one thing of a coup to get singer Salvant for a Winspear Centre June 29 present. Following a string of well-received albums, two Grammy Awards and receiving the Macarthur Genius Grant in 2020 she’s in nice demand for her wide-ranging strategy to conventional and modern songs. After bringing solely a piano accompanist in 2019, she’s fronting a full quintet with horns this time. Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and her trio open the live performance.

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Hilario Duran’s opening date with the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra on the Triffo Theatre, (MacEwan’s Allard Corridor) marks a welcome return to town for the fiery pianist. Julian Lage was featured in an internet present final yr however his reside debut right here finds the good guitarist main a trio with the bass duo of Scott Colley and Dave King opening on the Winspear.

Extra artist particulars and hyperlinks for tickets may be discovered at edmontonjazz.com on Saturday morning. Venues with their very own ticket programs (Winspear Centre, The Starlite Room, Triffo Theatre, Yardbird Suite, 9910) and choose artists are additionally promoting tickets to their occasions via their websites. Jazz On The Hill tickets may be bought via eventbrite.com.

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