Masters & Next Gen Series Announced!

The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival is excited to announce the artists being presented in its Masters & Next Gen Series!

MOON HOOCHSHEILA JORDAN & CAMERON BROWN,  GHOST-NOTE,  LAILA BIALI,  VINCENT HERRING QUARTET, and JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO are set to showcase both mastery of craft and innovation when they take to the festival stage this summer.

Tickets for these events now on sale!

Moon Hooch
with special guest opening act Klusterfunk
June 29 | Starlight Room
1 Show: 8:00pm
$25 + sc per show
Artist Info

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On “Red Sky,” their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.

 

Laila Biala
June 23 | Varscona Theatre
2 Shows: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$30 + sc per show
Artist Info

Laila Biali is almost two decades into a successful career. The raven-haired musician has won awards (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards) and played the world’s most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall). She’s toured with Grammy award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: She’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars.

 

Vincent Herring Quartet
June 24 | Yardbird Suite
1 Show: 7:30pm, Doors at 6:30pm
$40 + sc
Artist Info

Saxophonist Vincent Herring’s intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times. He has also appeared on stage and or recordings with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band (Won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Mike LeDonne, Carl Allen, Ron McClure, and John Hicks among others.

 

Ghost-Note
with special guest opening act Carter & The Capitals
June 25 | Starlight Room
1 Show: 9:30pm, Doors at 8:30pm
$25 + sc
Artist Info

Multi-Grammy award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, Prince, and J Dilla, to name a few.

 

Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown
with special guest opening act Maya Rae ft. Miles Black Trio
June 28 | Yardbird Suite
1 Show: 7:30pm, Doors at 6:30pm
$40 + sc
Artist Info 

Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, Sheila Jordan began singing as a child. By the time she was in her early teens, she was working semi-professionally in Detroit clubs. Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers. Working chiefly with black musicians, she met with disapproval from the white community, but persisted with her career. Entirely non-derivative, Jordan is one of only a tiny handful of jazz singers who fully deserve the appellation, and for whom no other term will do.

 

Johnny O’Neal Trio
June 30 | Varscona Theatre
2 Shows: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$30 + sc per show
Artist Info

Johnny O’Neal is an American Neo-bop jazz pianist and vocalist. His playing ranges from technically virtuosic to the tenderest of ballad interpretations. Though unique in style, he is influenced by many jazz elders, including Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. He has led many recording dates with jazz heavyweights such as Russell Malone and many others. He is a 1997 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

On the recommendation of Oscar Peterson, O’Neal portrayed Art Tatum in the 2004 movie Ray, convincingly recreating Tatum’s sound on the song  “Yesterdays.”