While the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival may be known for bringing world-renowned international jazz artists to Edmonton, we are most proud of presenting music from our own jazz community.
Are you a fan of our Works with Jazz stage? Or perhaps you prefer dinner and drinks during the Happy Hour series at Bellamy’s Lounge? These are some of the venues that showcase homegrown, Edmonton talent each and every year. In 2019, 38 unique acts featuring over 100 local musicians were booked by the Festival – including our popular late night jam sessions!
This year is different – we can’t book these artists in venues across the city for your enjoyment – but you can still help support them.
We are honoured to connect you to our local jazz community and their art. Below, you will find information and links to explore and purchase incredible jazz being made right here in Edmonton. Until the gigs come back, we encourage everyone to support local, support the arts, and support our jazz community.
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Stephanie Urquhart Quartet
Reminiscent of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Phronesis, Tigran Hamasyan, Stephanie Urquhart’s debut album Concealment works on the boundaries between structurally determined and more freely improvised music, blending the melodic intimacy of traditional jazz music with modern complexities and virtuosic performances. Written as a reflection of her experience with depression, Concealment engages the listener with beautiful melodies and compositions telling Stephanie’s story about developing depression, and the healing and acceptance that followed.
Chandelle Rimmer and Tom Van Seters
Stillness Falls is the first collaborative CD project for Canadian jazz musicians Chandelle Rimmer and Tom Van Seters. Separately, they are both well versed in the Canadian jazz scene, having shared the stage with numerous distinguished musicians over the past 25 years. Both Tom and Chandelle are Faculty Members in the Department of Music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, where the two-year project that is Stillness Falls began. Sharing in the responsibilities for a composition’s creation and development freed them up in a way that often led to wonderfully unpredictable outcomes. In the process, they discovered that their aesthetic ideals were uncannily aligned.
Velvet & Lace
“…Much as Madeleine Peyroux naturally evokes a hazy, retro vibe haunted by the ghost of Billie Holiday, Osipova spontaneously suggests the luxuriant smolder of Marlene Dietrich. But Osipova does the iconic screen siren one better. Again rivaling Peyroux, she proves herself an excellent songsmith, crafting a dozen consistently fine tunes that extend from the coy playfulness of “Don’t Forget About Love” and arch lustfulness of “Come and See Me Alone” to the bruised longing of “Unavailable,” murky wistfulness of “St. Petersburg” and gentle, romantic swirl of “Wieder und Wieder” – Jazz Times Magazine
The Way You See It | The Maverick | Invitations
For over two decades, saxophonist and composer Jerrold Dubyk has had his feet planted firm in a polarity of worlds. Dubyk is a graduate of Macewan University and Rutgers University in New Jersey. His three prominent teachers include Ralph Bowen, David Liebman and currently, Branford Marsalis. With this inspiration, Jerrold launched his newest musical adventure with drummer Quincy Davis, bassist Josh McHan and pianist Chris Andrew. His new music presents newly arranged children’s music, popular songs from the 80’s and original music.
Jerrold has been nominated for multiple Western Canadian Music Awards (including an award in 2009) and led tours across Canada, Ireland and Cuba. In addition to playing with his own group, he performs often with his Edmonton-based project PREQUAL.
Jerrold is a Conn Selmer and Silverstein Ligature Artist
We are looking forward with plans to share jazz in ways that will enlighten and inspire all!