EDMONTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

An Initiative Of The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society

Edmonton Jazz Orchestra (EJO)

 

In striving to provide opportunities for Edmonton-based musicians to showcase their talent and further their growth as a musician through professional development, the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society created the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra (EJO).

The EJO is a 17-piece, large jazz ensemble, with members selected by the EJFS Artistic Director, Kent Sangster, to perform throughout the year as a stand-alone band as well as in presentations featuring guest musicians, composers, and/or conductors. EJO musicians are active musicians in the city’s music community and can be found performing regularly around the city and/or are music educators at a variety of schools and institutes throughout city. Members of this group also give back to the community by leading workshops presented by the EJFS and participating in initiatives like reading sessions for the MacEwan University Music Program’s composition department that allow young, developing composers a chance to hear their pieces performed live by a big band.

The EJO made its debut at the 2006 Yardbird Jazz Festival and has continued to engage and delight audiences to this day, including performances with featured artists from home-town honourees to Canadian likeĀ  Mike Rud, Bob Tildesley, Mike Rud, Emilie Claire-Barlow, Hilario Duran, Carol Welsman, and ProCoro to name a few.

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EDMONTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

An Initiative Of The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society

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