You’re sure to hit the right note with the full gamut of jazz sounds on the menu during the annual TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. This year's festival will feature great acts like singer Gregory Porter and tenor saxophone great Joe Lovano.
Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield and Madeline Peyroux have all been part of the hefty international roll call of jazz musicians who have strutted their stuff during 10 days of all-things-jazz taking place in Edmonton every June. Free jazz under the skies at Sir Winston Churchill Square defines a lazy summer afternoon. Big name jazz makes waves in big name venues like the Winspear Centre and the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, and there’s an intimate feel to gigs jamming in cafés, jazz clubs and wine bars around town. Edmonton has a long history of dedication to this musical genre and key to their success is the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, 18 Edmonton-based musicians who compose, arrange and perform big band jazz, inspired by classics while creating new works. It’s mellow, it’s lively and it’s a great time to listen to sax, silky voices – all that jazz.