2019 World of Jazz Series Announced

The 2019 TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival announces the World of Jazz Series, featuring world-renowned artists from across the globe such as DJABEEMPIRICALJoe MagnarelliLSD, and more.

Joe Magnarelli Quintet featuring Ralph Moore

United States of America
Saturday June 22 7:30 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Syracuse native Joe Magnarelli moved to New York City in 1986 and soon became a regular participant in the New York and international jazz scene. In 1990, Joe was a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.. On his new album If You Could See Me Nowon Cellar Live, Joe pays tribute to composer/arranger Tadd Dameron, who Dexter Gordon called the “romanticist” of the bebop era. Magnarelli’s supremely swinging quintet features Anthony Wonsey piano, Dezron Douglas bass, George Fludas drums, and former Tonight Show, Horace Silver, and Oscar Peterson collaborator Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone.

Amina Figarova Sextet

Sunday June 23 7:30 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
Azerbaijan
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as a child studied to be a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s she entered Rotterdam Conservatory to pursue jazz, coming to the United State in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music (where she met Platteau, a fellow student from Belgium). In 1998 they were invited to the Thelonious Monk Institute’s summer jazz colony in Aspen, and after more than a decade of bookings in major U.S. jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals, the couple gained legal immigrant status in 2014. They currently live in Manhattan, and tour constantly.

Jakob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Joey Baron

Monday June 24 7:30 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
Denmark
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Jakob Bro is a Danish guitar player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently leading a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan. Bro is also working with Palle Mikkelborg with whom he released the highly acclaimed quartet album Returnings in March 2018. Bro is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band and of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet.

Joanna Duda Trio

Tuesday June 25 7:30 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
Poland
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Pianist, composer, producer; Joanna Duda composes music with analogue and contemporary techniques. She plays acoustic (mostly piano) and electronic instruments (computer, workstations, beat machines), planting and growing them into multiplied layers consisting of one texture. As a follower of all-embracing art form and synthesis of arts and sciences, she also creates installations. In her projects she seeks absolute music communication and melting of personalities involved in musical narration.
Presented in Part by Jazztopad Festival 

DJABE

Wednesday June 26 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
Hungary
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
DJABE is the number 1 jazz/world fusion band in Hungary. The band was established 24 years ago and has since gone on to receive numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions. DJABE has a unique sound which incorporates jazz stylings with elements of Hungarian and world music.

Oleg Butman/Natalia Smirnova Trio

Thursday June 27 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Varscona Theatre
Russia
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Oleg Butman is one of the most outstanding jazz drummers garnering audiences in both America and Russia. He was born into a family of musicians in St. Petersburg. He began to play the drums at 8, his father was his first teacher. Later Oleg, the 16 year-old drummer, was invited to play with the well-known ensemble by David Goloshyokin at the same time as he was playing with a Quartet of his older brother, Igor Butman. He also played with American jazz stars who visited Russia in the 90’s. In 2009, the album Jazz Passion was released with 10 new tracks co-written with Natalia Smirnova.

LSD 
(Lindborg, Sjöstedt & Daniel)

Thursday June 27 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
Sweden
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
If you happen to like hard swingin saxophone trio jazz a la Sonny Rollins – THIS IS FOR YOU. Sonny himself is actually one of our fans. Trio LSD is one of the hardest working and hardest swingin saxophone trios around Europe. The music is both soft and beautiful, ugly and raw. It is catchy and explosive, it is sincerely and soulful and of course, swingin’!

For Lindborg, Sjöstedt & Daniel, the trio feels like a three-headed beast when they play together. One organism, one unit and a diabolic swing. It is like every beat on the drums, every snap on the base and every tone from the saxophone are played by the whole band. “Martin and Daniel play the saxophone as much as I do” says Fredrik Lindborg.

EMPIRICAL

Friday June 28 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
United Kingdom
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Since their formation in 2007, the multi award-winning quartet Empirical have steadfastly maintained their position as one of the UK’s most exciting jazz ensembles. Empirical’s rare instrumentation has proved the perfect vehicle for the band’s invariably complex compositions and distinctive signature sound.

Empirical have released five critically acclaimed studio albums to date and have featured at major jazz festivals including North Sea Jazz, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Newport, New York, Molde, and Berlin and London jazz festivals. They are two-time recipients of the UK Parliamentary Jazz Award (2008 and 2016 ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’) and won the 2016 Urban Music Award and the 2010 MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’.

Larnell Lewis Band

Canada
Saturday June 29 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
Yardbird Suite
$23 + service charges in advance
$25 + service charges at the door
Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. Along with his long-standing position behind the drums in Snarky Puppy, Larnell has led many highly successful groups of his own and toured the globe with some of the most well known names in music, including Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, and more.