2019 Next Gen Series Announced

The 2019 TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival announces the Next Gen Series, featuring critically-acclaimed artists who draw inspiration from the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of the genre – leading the way for the next generation of musicians and music-lovers.

Joey Alexander Trio

Wednesday June 26 7:30 p.m.
Triffo Theatre
$35 + service charges in advance
$40 + service charges at the door
Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing so much in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist Joey Alexander, who at the age of 14 has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, 2015’s My Favorite Things and 2016’s Countdown, as well as Joey.Monk.Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honour Thelonious Monk’s centennial.

Jacob Collier

Monday June 24 9:30 p.m.
Starlite Room
$35 + service charges in advance
$40 + service charges at the door
Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer, based in London, England. Hailed the world over as one of the most prodigious and innovative creative forces of his generation, Collier’s self-made viral YouTube videos are what first introduced him to the world, and caught the attention of Quincy Jones. Collier’s debut album, In My Room, won 2 GRAMMYs, and features Collier singing, playing, arranging and producing everything on his own. The success of this album led to a One-Man-Show World Tour; collaborations with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Hans Zimmer to Snarky Puppy; performances with the likes of Pharrell Williams; a TED Talk; headlining the BBC Proms, and much more besides. In 2018, Collier began the creation of Djesse, a hugely ambitious four-volume album cycle. It has been described as a journey through every musical genre under the sun, featuring a stellar global cast of over two-dozen of his musical inspirations. It is one of the most audacious recording projects to emerge this decade from someone who has already established himself as one of music’s most brazen and electrifying new minds.

Melissa Aldana Quartet 

Friday June 28 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Varscona Theatre
$30 + service charges in advance
$35 + service charges at the door
Chile’s Melissa Aldana was born into a musical family and soon proved to be a jazz prodigy, being the first female instrumentalist to win the coveted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. After a scholarship to Berklee and mentoring by George Garzone, Joe Lovano and George Coleman, Aldana emerged as a bold and thrilling new voice on tenor sax. The Washington Post has described Aldana as representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz”.

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez

Saturday June 29 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Varscona Theatre
$30 + service charges in advance
$35 + service charges at the door
Painted in the broadest of strokes, the stories of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez may seem similar: both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way. As a result of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. Their first duo outing, Duologue, finds the pair exploring a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favourites.