Jazz Pageant lineup options wider horizons, decrease ticket costs – Edmonton Journal


A global expertise roster, decrease ticket costs, free occasions, returning favourites and rising stars spotlight this system for the 2019 TD Edmonton Worldwide Jazz Pageant.

Over 60 separate exhibits or workshops are scheduled over the competition’s 10 days from June 21 to 30, with artists from a dozen international locations set to carry out at 10 completely different venues together with the free out of doors Works With Jazz Stage on the Legislature Grounds Capital Plaza.

A particular double-bill on the Winspear Centre June 25 options viewers favorite, saxophonist Joshua Redman and his quartet, and reigning queen of vocal jazz, Cécile McLorin Salvant. It’s an Alberta debut and considered one of solely two Canadian dates for Salvant, who has gained the Grammy Award for Finest Jazz Vocal Album three of the previous 4 years.

Pageant director Kent Sangster stays devoted to presenting real jazz acts. If we’re capable of supply a few of the finest artists of their technology on this planet we’re doing okay, and Cécile is exceptional. If folks don’t know who she is now then they should discover out.”

Three-time Grammy winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is among the headliners at this 12 months’s TD Edmonton Worldwide Jazz Pageant.

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In a push to attract wider audiences, that double-bill live performance sports activities ticket costs of $29 to $49, whereas related high-profile jazz exhibits on the similar venue have run as excessive as $90 up to now. Different ticket choices embody the possibility to choose your personal decisions for an eight-show cross.

With the economic system the way in which it’s we’re simply attempting to maintain it reasonably priced for the common individual to see these title artists, so our ticket costs have really come down a bit,” says Sangster. “On the similar time, I actually needed to dwell as much as the ‘worldwide’ a part of our title, so that you’ll see extra performers from outdoors North America within the smaller exhibits.”

In a nod to web and YouTube followers, the 15-year-old Indonesian-born piano sensation Joey Alexander will play MacEwan’s Triffo Theatre, and the 24-year-old English singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier returns to play the Starlite Room.

Sangster dubs Alexander “some form of 15-year-old, previous soul,” including “he can actually play.” Collier’s high-tech membership debut right here two years in the past drew a packed youthful crowd. This time round he’s with a band.

Two different particular occasions play MacEwan’s Triffo Theatre: the swing-jazz-blues sound of Minnesota’s Davina and the Vagabonds with Toronto’s Alex Pangman opening, whereas Montreal singer Ranee Lee and native saxophonist P.J.Perry entrance the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra to kick off the opening evening of the competition.

Different Canadian jazz highlights embody the return of The Shuffle Demons, Canadian Sizzling Stars that includes Al Muirhead, and a particular 25th anniversary reunion of the award-winning Edmonton Jazz Ensemble.

In the meantime, venues just like the Yardbird Suite and Varscona Theatre will host assorted worldwide acts like Moscow’s Oleg Butman and Natalia Smirnova Trio, Sweden’s L.S.D. and Denmark’s Jakob Bro Trio with Joey Baron, Cuban masters Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez, Chilean-born Melissa Aldana and her quartet, Polish pianist-composer Joanna Duda, Azerbaijan pianist Anna Figarova and her sextet, Hungary’s Djabe, and England’s Empirical Quartet.

The free stage at Capital Plaza will supply jazz artists from midday to 2 p.m. most days, however an prolonged six-hour afternoon Jazz In The Park present will spotlight Alberta’s finest on Saturday, June 29. On the competition’s host Chateau Lacombe resort, Bellamy’s Lounge will function free trio exhibits twice a day, together with late evening units geared to encourage jam classes with visiting artists.

Tickets for many occasions go on sale on the competition’s website Tuesday whereas the Redman/Salvant present is dealt with by the Winspear field workplace. For full particulars on dates and venues test edmontonjazz.com.

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