TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival

August 16 - 20, 2021


Producer of the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival   
Founder & Curator of the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra and Edmonton Jazz Collective
Presenter of various Jazzworks Educational Programs

In 2021, we are committed to continue sharing jazz in whatever way we can!

AUGUST 16-20, 2021
Online concerts, spotlights and interviews featuring international, national and regional artists.

Discover and enjoy the line up right her at

John Beasley MONK’estra
Nubya Garcia
Jaimie Branch

Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines
A Conversation With Dave Liebman
A Conversation With Sunna Gunnlaugs
Jeremy Ledbetter Trio
An Evening With Charlie Austin
Rubim De Toldeo
Bones From Underground
Brett Hansen
Good Information

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AUGUST 19-22, 2021
Join us outdoors for a series of concerts featuring Edmonton-based artists.

Snow Valley Ski Hill Outdoor Venue | The Backyard | La Cite Francophone | The Common | Blue Chair Cafe | Root 107

Charlie Austin • Mallory Chipman & Brett Hansen • Louise Dawson • Rubim de Toledo • Jacob Do Ellen Doty • Andrew Glover • Good Information • Jeff Hendrick Joel Jeschke • Brendan McGrath Trio • Melafrique • Brett Miles • Audrey Ochoa • Olga Osipova • Jamie Philp • Chandelle Rimmer and Tom Van Seters • Kent Shores

More details coming soon!

Jazzfest News


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Let’s Celebrate Jazz Together!

John Beasley's MONK'estra is a piano trio & Big Band from California and will be streaming exclusive pre-recorded performance footage for our TD @td_canada EIJF fans.

John Beasley @johnbeasleyofficial is a Multi-GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-nominated pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director.

Streaming Monday August 16 to 31 only at through the link in our bio. 

Trio: Beas in the Backyard
Drums Terreon Gully @terreongully 
Bass Benjamin Shepherd @benjamin.shepherd.bass 
Keyboards John Beasley

Septet: MONK'estra
Drums Terreon Gully
Bass Ben Williams @benwmsonbass 
Trumpet Rashawn Ross @vi_shawnieross 
Sax Tenor: Bob Sheppard @shepsky2 
Soprano/Alto Tom Luer @luerjazz 
Trombone Francisco Torres @francisco.torres.5015 
Piano John Beasley
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DISCOVER… Kalia Vandever (@kalia.vandever)

Kalia Vandever is a jazz trombonist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Graduating from Juilliard in 2017 and performing regularly as a bandleader and side-woman, she is also an active composer and teacher. In 2019, she released her debut album, In Bloom, featuring compositions written for quartet. She has toured and performed internationally both with her quartet and as a side-woman, with artists including Joel Ross, Ingrid Jensen, and Wynton Marsalis. She has also worked with pop artists including Lizzo and Demi Lovato. 

In addition to performing and composing credentials, Vandever is an experienced educator, currently leading the trombone studio at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In 2018, Vandever published an article entitled "Token Girl", creating waves of a movement of women in music coming forward and sharing their own stories. 

#JAZZISwithEDMJAZZ #sundaysounds #findyourjazz #discoverjazz #jazzdiscover #yegjazz #onetowatch #trumpet #saxophone #trombone #drums #guitar #bass #piano #vocals #kaliavandever
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DISCOVER… Ben Williams (@benwmsonbass)

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Ben Williams is a jazz bassist focusing on creating music that shows all facets of human existence. Williams began to rise to prominence after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2009, and from then on, he released his first two albums, State of Art, and Coming of Age. Williams has worked with notable collaborators including Marcus Strickland, Gretchen Parlato, and Pat Metheny, on his Grammy-award winning album Unity Band. The most recent project by Williams, I Am a Man, focuses on the Civil Rights movement and the political urgency taking place in the 1960s, inspired specifically by the sanitation workers' strike in Memphis. Williams delivers these sociopolitical messages with twisting melodies, powerful solos, and industrial rhythms. In this project, Williams not only plays bass but sings with smooth, R&B influence.

repost: @benwmsonbass

#JAZZISwithEDMJAZZ #sundaysounds #findyourjazz #discoverjazz #jazzdiscover #yegjazz #onetowatch #trumpet #saxophone #trombone #drums #guitar #bass #piano #vocals #benwilliams
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#JAZZHISTORY… Shirley Scott, “Queen of the Organ” was an American jazz organist born in Philadelphia, made famous by her signature soulful sound on the Hammond B3. 

Born in 1934, Scott was first introduced to jazz by her family, who ran a jazz club through their basement. Growing up in a thriving musical environment inspired Scott to take up the piano, and she quickly became interested in improvising. She eventually landed on the Hammond B3 after hearing a Jackie Davis recording, and started developing her signature sound.

Scott’s breakthrough came in 1953, when tenor-saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis needed a replacement organist for his combo. Davis and Scott worked together for years afterwards, releasing the Cookbook albums for Prestige Records, and including the 1958 hit “In the Kitchen.” Scott released her debut album Great Scott! in 1958, alongside George Duvivier on bass and Arthur Edgehill on drums, and went on to record more than 50 albums in the years to come. Throughout her career, she became known for her soulful melodic phrasing inspired by gospel music, combined with an aggressive rhythmic attack, and this because her signature sound.

After a long career of performing, touring, and recording soul jazz, Scott moved into education, teaching jazz history at Cheyney University in Philadelphia. She also acted as music director for the 1993 television show, You Bet Your Life. Scott ceased to perform publicly in the late 1990s, however her name lives on as an inspirational player and important figure in jazz history. 

#JAZZISwithEDMJAZZ #discoverjazz #jazzdiscover #findyourjazz #yegjazz #onetowatch #classicjazz #jazzmasters #jazzhistory #jazzgiants #tbt #organ #trumpet #saxophone #trombone #drums #guitar #bass #piano #vocals #jazzorgan #jazzpiano #womeninjazz #ShirleyScott #QueenOfTheOrgan
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Edmonton Jazz Festival Society (EJFS) is pleased to announce there will be a lineup of Edmonton, national, and international jazz musicians streaming online August 16 to 20 as part of this summer’s TD @td_canada Edmonton International Jazz Festival and playing live in Edmonton August 16-22 during Jazz Around Town.

Visit the link in our bio for more.
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#jazzhistory | Dixieland Jazz, sometimes referred to as traditional jazz, is a style of jazz based on the music developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century.

The biggest difference between what many consider traditional jazz and Dixieland jazz is Dixieland's use of “collective improvisation.” 
That is, rather than each musician taking a solo in turn (as in most styles of jazz today), Dixieland jazz musicians all improvise at the same time.

The 1917 recordings by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, fostered popular awareness of this new style of music.

Enjoy a sample of these sounds from Edmonton’s own @acdixieyeg. 

#jazziswithedmjazz #yegjazz #jazz #instajazz #jazzmusician #piano #bass #guitar #drums #tuba #trumpet #saxophone #sax #clarinet # trombone #tradjazz #dixielandjazz
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Since 2006, the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival has been bringing the world’s best jazz to Edmonton.


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