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 19-22, 2021

The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society will be launching a new initiative – JAZZ AROUND TOWN – reconnecting audiences and performers with a series of outdoor concerts around the city. 4 days of outdoor concerts for audiences, showcasing 19 Edmonton-based acts.

Snow Valley Ski Hill • The Backyard • The Common • La Cite Francophone • Blue Chair Cafe • Root 107

See who’ s playing!


5 days of premieres. 18 video presentations featuring music and insights by:

John Beasley’s MONK’estra • Nubya Garcia • Dave Liebman • Sunna Gunnlaugs • Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines • Jeremey Ledbetter Trio • jaimie branch • Charlie Austin • Bones From Underground • Rubim de Toledo • Brett Hansen • Good Information

Jazzfest News


Hear it! See it! Explore it!


Let’s Celebrate Jazz Together!

DISCOVER… Glenn Zaleski (@glennzaleski824) 

Glenn Zaleski is a pianist and composer based in New York. Born in Boylston, Massachusetts, Zaleski began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. He played in his school's jazz band, and during this time, he performed gigs in Worcestor, Massachusetts. He attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program from 2005-2007, and then went on to complete his undergraduate studies at The New School. Zaleski served as a member of the NYU faculty, teaching classes and private students while working towards his graduate degree there. 

In 2011, Zaleski was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, as well as a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. Zaleski has played with notable musicians including Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig, and has collaborated often in duo and trio settings. In 2010, Zaleski released a duo record with his brother, saxophonist Mark Zaleski, and then released two trio albums with Colin Stranahan and Rick Rosato. In 2015, he released his debut album as bandleader, My Ideal, which received critical acclaim. He went on to release four more records, the most recent being The Question, released in 2020. 

🎶🎥 report: @glennzaleski824 

#JAZZISwithEDMJAZZ #sundaysounds #findyourjazz #discoverjazz #jazzdiscover #yegjazz #onetowatch #trumpet #saxophone #trombone #drums #guitar #bass #piano #vocals #instajazz #jazzmusician#glennzaleski
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Thursday September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society is observing this day as one to reflect on the traumatic history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada, and to honour those lost or touched by it directly. We will be reflecting on how we must move forward, together, on the path of true reconciliation. 

EJFS holds concerts in venues sitting on Treaty 6 land in Edmonton. We all have a role to play. 

Learn. Reflect. Remember. 

#truthandreconciliation  #insolidarity #treaty6 #yegjazz #jazziswithedmjazz #piano #drum #bass #guitar #sax #trumpet #trombone #instajazz #jazz #jazzmusician #yeg #ejfs
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DISCOVER… Caroline Davis (@carolinedavismusic)

Caroline Davis is a saxophonist and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 2004, Davis attended The University of Texas at Arlington, where she majored in Cognitive Psychology and Music, and her love for jazz music blossomed while attending a program at the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut. After graduating with her Ph.D in Music Cognition, Davis released her debut album, Live Work & Play in 2012, and was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Davis moved to New York the year aftewards, and from 2015-2019, she released four more albums, including the acclaimed Heart Tonic. 

Upon moving to New York, Davis became active as both a sideperson and bandleader in many different musical communities, especially in jazz and improvised music. She has collaborated with many notable musicians including Lee Konitz, Matt Mitchell, and Rachel Therrien. In March of 2019, Davis was composer-in-residence at the esteemed MacDowell Colony and in the same year, was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for her work between 2019-21. Davis serves as educator at multiple educational institutions, including Litchfield Jazz Camp, Stanford Jazz Institute, The New School, and Harvard University. Recently, Davis has been using her platform for social justice, particularly devoted to prison reform and the release of political prisoners.

#JAZZISwithEDMJAZZ #sundaysounds #findyourjazz #discoverjazz #jazzdiscover #yegjazz #onetowatch #trumpet #saxophone #trombone #drums #guitar #bass #piano #vocals #instajazz #jazzmusicians #womenofjazz #womeninjazz  #carolinedavis
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It’s a beautiful day for jazz outside! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to watch @surquhartmusic. 

#jazzaroundtown #yegjazz #ejfs #yegmusic #root107 #femalejazzmusician
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TOODAY, September 24, catch STEPHANIE URQUHART (@surquhartmusic ) at Root 107 as part of our Jazz Around Town initiative. Music starts at 11:30am and runs until 1:30pm. 

Stephanie Urquhart Quartet blends the melodic intimacy of traditional jazz music with modern complexities, working on the boundaries between structurally determined and more freely improvised music.

This is a free event. Seating is available but limited. Food and beverages sales are available onsite. 

#jazzaroundtown #root107 #yegjazz #yegmusic #jazz #piano #bass #drums #yegdt #womeninjazz #ejfs #exploreedmonton #iheARTedmonton
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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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