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May/June 2012

Pascal Niggenkemper Trio Upcoming Hurricane

Azar Lawrence Quintet

Bert Johnson Quartet

Jon McCaslin Quintet Sunalta CD Release

The Complete Rebirth of the Cool

Dean McNeill and Jeff Presslaff

Peter Belec

Ralf Buschmeyer Jazzspeak CD Release

Texas Johnny Brown with the Graham Guest Band

Andrew Glover Impressions of Europe, Volume 2

Azar Lawrence


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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES

Pascal Niggenkemper Trio

Upcoming Hurricane

Upcoming Hurricane is a new group in the

traditional piano trio form. The CD of the

same name was listed among the “Albums of

the Year” for 2011 in the New York City Jazz

Record and features French-German bassist

Pascal Niggenkemper (who performed at the

Yardbird Suite in January with guitarist Ori

Dakari), pianist Simon Nabatov from Germany,

and drummer Gerald Cleaver. For their Yardbird

Suite gig, drummer/percussionist Satoshi

Takeishi replaces Cleaver.

Although the instrumentation is piano, bass

and drums, do not expect to hear mainstream

jazz. The group has a layered dynamism that

comes directly from the tradition but it also

has the exploding, unfettered energy of free

improvisation. The music reflects a special

sense of movement, finding in the idea of wind

a force and spirit that demonstrates the trio’s

intensity and muscularity.

in jazz. He has performed at the Yardbird Suite

on several occasions including memorable

concerts with Erik Friedlander’s Topaz, Rez

Abbasi, Myra Melford and Cuong Vu.

A New York resident since 2005, Niggenkemper

performs with an interlocking network of

musicians including Tyshawn Sorey, Jeff Davis,

Kris Davis, Gunther Schuller, Lionel Loueke and

more traditional players such as Phil Woods,

Billy Higgins and Maria Schneider. He has

recorded about 20 discs in his young career

including several where he is the leader or coleader

of the group.

Pianist Simon Nabatov was born in Russia,

moved to New York in 1979 where he lived for

a number of years and relocated to Germany in

1989 although he also maintains a presence in

New York. He has performed or recorded with

a “Who’s Who” of the improvised music scenes

of the United States and Europe most of whom

are familiar to jazz fans and many of whom have

performed at the Yardbird Suite.

Replacing Gerald Cleaver in Upcoming

Hurricane for this event is Stomu Takeishi, one of

the most interesting drummer/percussionists

when...

Pascal Niggenkemper Trio

Upcoming Hurricane

From New York/Germany

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Pascal Niggenkemper - bass

Simon Nabatov - piano

Satoshi Takeishi - drums

Artist website:

www.pascalniggenkemper.com

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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES

4 May/June 2012


Azar Lawrence Quintet

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is known for his

contributions as sideman to McCoy Tyner, Miles

Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.

Lawrence was the tenor saxophonist Tyner used

following John Coltrane’s death.

Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Lawrence’s musical

studies began at age five. He received direction

from his mother, a music educator, starting as

a classically trained violinist and pianist before

switching to saxophone at age twelve. He resided

on his hometown’s famed Central Avenue which

was Southern California’s jazz Mecca. The vibe

of that scene clearly seeped into his musical

consciousness.

While in high-school he met the late Reggie

Golson and become an extended member of

Benny Golson’s family. Thanks to Reggie, Azar’s

professional music life began in his late teens

when he was asked to join Elvin Jones’ band, The

Jazz Machine.

During his years performing with Elvin Jones

and later with McCoy Tyner, he was also a music

executive with Fantasy/Prestige Records, worked

as a songwriter at Capitol Records and also at

Orion Pictures which was involved with the longstanding

Hollywood Squares television show.

He wrote three songs for Earth Wind & Fire’s

“Powerlight” album and performing on keys on

that disc.

As a leader his seminal work “Bridge into the

New Age” in 1974 was lauded as a classic and has

recently been reissued. His discography is diverse

with names like Frank Zappa, Busta Rhymes,

Woody Shaw’s “Moontrane”, and “Dark Magus” by

Miles Davis.

Within the past few years, he has performed,

written, and produced several CDs including

“Speak The Word” and “Prayer For My Ancestors”

which received an honourable mention for Best

of 2009 by All About Jazz/New York. He also lead

and co-produced a live tribute album “Legacy and

Music of John Coltrane” in 2006.

Azar Lawrence’s latest release “Mystic Journey” will

without a doubt again place him amongst jazz’s

elder statesmen. His bold style reminds the listener

of the energy, spirituality and emotion that John

Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders and others brought

to jazz in the 1960s and 1970s. He rekindles the

memory of one of the most explosive eras in jazz

history, channeling the fiery spirit of Coltrane’s

legacy. Unlike most Coltrane wannabes, he lived

and breathed the music of the turbulent 60s,

playing with Coltrane’s contemporaries and peers.

when...

Azar Lawrence Quintet

From Los Angeles

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Azar Lawrence - saxophone

Gilbert Castellanos - trumpet

Benito Gonzalez - piano

Henry Franklin - bass

Lorca Hart drums

Artist website:

www.azarlawrence.com

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CANADIAN JAZZ SERIES

Bert Johnson Quartet

Since graduating in 2009 with a Masters degree

in jazz piano from the University of Manitoba,

Bert Johnson has become a familiar face on the

Winnipeg music scene. Having recorded and

performed in numerous musical settings, Bert’s

debut album “Calm and Collected” showcases

his love for the jazz style. Having garnered

interest in the album as far away as Luxembourg,

Bert is excited to share the music live with an

Edmonton audience. While Bert is currently

based in Winnipeg, he is no stranger to Alberta

having studied with one of Edmonton’s most

respected pianists, Chris Andrew, before moving

to Winnipeg.

Joining Bert on his debut at the Yardbird Suite

is vocalist Grace Hrabi. Grace is a regular face on

stages throughout Winnipeg and is a graduate

of the University of Manitoba jazz program. Since

her days studying with Anna-Lisa Kirby (a former

New York jazz vocalist) at the U of M, she has

sung in a wide variety of styles. Her recent album

release “Collection Get!” with Montreal’s Elliot

Britton, is a treasure trove of pop style originals.

Though Grace has shown her ability to adjust to

any musical genre, she is excited to show her love

of jazz whenever possible.

when...

Bert Johnson Quartet

From Winnipeg/Edmonton

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $16, GUESTS $20

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Grace Hrabi - vocals

Bert Johnson - piano

Josh McHan - bass

Jamie Cooper drums

Artist website:

www.bertjohnsonmusic.com

6 May/June 2012


THE BEST OF ALBERTA

Jon McCaslin Quintet

Sunalta CD Release

“Sunalta” represents McCaslin’s second release as

a leader and is a follow-up to his debut release

“McCallum’s Island” (2003). Supported by an

all-star cast of Canadian jazz artists including Brad

Turner, Phil Dwyer, Steve Kaldestad, Tilden Webb

and Jodi Proznick, this album features a program

of diverse and dynamic original compositions

and arrangements all penned by the drummer/

composer.

Drummer, vibraphonist, performer and educator

Jon McCaslin was born in Winnipeg and raised

in Regina. He began playing the drums at the

age of nine. He progressed through the award

winning Regina Lions Junior Band and Campbell

Collegiate music programs, soon developing a

passion for playing the drums and jazz. Ultimately,

Jon’s interest in music led him to enroll in the Jazz

Studies program at McGill University, graduating

with distinction in 1999. He also attended the

prestigious summer jazz workshop presented by

when...

Jon McCaslin Quintet

Sunalta CD Release

From Calgary/Edmonton

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $16, GUESTS $20

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1997. In the spring

of 2002, McCaslin completed his Master’s in Jazz

Studies at McGill University where he studied

jazz drumming, improvisation and composition.

He is currently a Doctoral Candidate through the

University of Toronto.

Jon has also been fortunate to have performed

with many of Canada’s jazz elite as well as

international jazz stars such as Hadley Caliman,

Greg Clayton, Ralph Bowen, and Chucho Valdes.

In 2003, he was the recipient of a fellowship from

the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and

attended the “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” residency

in Washington, D.C., where he was featured with

other distinguished young jazz artists and had the

opportunity to perform with such jazz icons as

Terence Blanchard, Carmen Lundy, Winard Harper,

Curtis Fuller and John Clayton.

Concurrent with the release of his first recording,

McCaslin’s quintet performed at the 2003 edition

of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and

was nominated for the General Motors Grand Prix

du Festival (awarded to the most outstanding

Canadian group).

Jim Head - guitar

Jim Brenan - tenor saxophone

Tom van Seters - piano

Stefano Valdo bass

Jon McCaslin drums

Artist website:

www.jonmccaslinjazzdrummer.blogspot.com

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when...

The Complete Rebirth of the Cool

Dean McNeill and Jeff Presslaff

From Winnipeg/Brandon/Saskatoon/Edmonton

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 18-19, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Dean McNeill - trumpet

Jeff Presslaff - trombone

Greg Gatien - alto saxophone

Ken Gold - baritone saxophone

Scott Whetham - tuba

Allene Hackleman - French horn

Will Bonness - piano

Gilles Fournier - bass

Eric Platz drums

Artist website:

www.deanmcneill.com

www.jeffpresslaff.com

8 May/June 2012


CANADIAN JAZZ SERIES

The Complete Rebirth of the Cool

Dean McNeill and Jeff Presslaff

Between January 1949 and March 1950,

several young musicians recorded an album

of music composed for an unusual ensemble

of trumpet, alto sax, baritone sax, trombone,

French horn, tuba, piano, bass and drums. The

compositions were strikingly original, blending

jazz harmonies and rhythms with classically

inspired counterpoint. Several of the player/

composers went on to become household names

among jazz followers, including Miles Davis,

Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and several others. The

album called “The Complete Birth of the Cool”

was released in 1957, and the title reflects the

consensus that these recordings marked the

beginning of the post-bebop trend in jazz that

prevailed through the 1950’s known as the Cool

School.

In spite of the vast influence of this recording,

the ensemble itself, with its marvelous colours

and possibilities, was extremely short-lived (aside

from the recording sessions, only one two-night

stand at a club in New York) and rarely duplicated.

This tragic neglect has now been rectified by The

Complete Rebirth of the Cool project.

Under the direction of trombonist and composer,

Jeff Presslaff, The Complete Rebirth of the Cool

recreates many of the conditions of that original

burst of creativity - a team of probing musical

thinkers and the means to compose and perform

their new ideas.

The music reflects to a large degree the

sensibilities of the original recording, but the

goal is emphatically to make new pieces that

reflect the performers’ personal experiences, as

well as the changes in the musical landscape

over the past sixty years. There is a greater variety

of grooves and much influence from modern

composition techniques and the music of other

cultures.

Presslaff has a strong track record of successfully

coordinating collaborative composition projects,

including the Jazz Composers Ensemble, All

Winds, Papa Mambo and much notable work with

the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.

He is joined by some of the leading lights of

Western Canada’s creative jazz community,

including the already eminent Dean McNeill (a

past director of the EJS’ Littlebirds Big Band and

Jazz Works music festival). Many of the musicians

presenting The Complete Rebirth of the Cool are

highly-regarded music educators and composers

from across the Prairie Provinces and all of the

musicians involved are first-rate, formidable

instrumentalists.

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THE BEST OF EDMONTON

Peter Belec

Born in 1979, Peter Belec can recall loving music

for the very first time at a very early age. If his

memory serves him correctly, he can pinpoint the

exact moment when he fell in love with music at

a Chi Chi’s Restaurant in Ontario where he heard

Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ for the first time.

For this concert he will be exploring some of the

pop hits of the 80’s and arranging them for a jazz

quintet. Among the music featured will be songs

by Tears for Fears, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, Gary

Numan and U2. Expect another entertaining and

musical evening from Edmonton’s own Peter

Belec!

when...

Peter Belec

From Edmonton

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $14, GUESTS $18

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Peter Belec - guitar

Dave Morgan - trumpet

Doug Organ - piano, keyboards

Josh McHan - bass

Jamie Cooper - drums

Artist website:

www.peterbelec.com

10 May/June 2012


THE BEST OF ALBERTA

Ralf Buschmeyer

Jazzspeak CD Release

Ralf Buschmeyer’s new CD “Jazzspeak” features

Ralf with three bands from various regions. The

first band is a B3 trio, featuring John Riley (drums)

from New York and Michelle Gregoire (B3) from

Winnipeg (but now living in Calgary).

The next is a Vancouver quartet with Bill Coon

(2009 Jazz guitarist of the year National Jazz

Awards), Jodi Proznick (bass), and Jesse Cahill

(drums).

And finally a Toronto group known as Folkalarm

with Kevin Breit (Norah Jones & Cassandra Wilson’s

guitarist), Russ Boswell (bass) and Jorn Anderson

(drums).

This CD Release Event at the Yardbird Suite will

feature Edmonton’s own Doug Organ on the B3,

Jim Brenan on saxophone & Jon MacCaslin on

drums.

when...

Ralf Buschmeyer

Jazzspeak CD Release

From Calgary/Edmonton

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $16, GUESTS $20

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Ralf Buschmeyer - guitar

Jim Brenan - saxophone

Doug Organ - piano, keyboards

Jon McCaslin - drums

Artist website:

www.ralfmusic.com

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YARDBIRD SUITE BLUES

Texas Johnny Brown with the

Graham Guest Band

Texas Johnny Brown is returning to the

Yardbird Suite! Composer of the beautiful

blues classic Two Steps from the Blues, Brown

has been defending the blues since the 1940s.

He is one of the finest guitarists from the

golden age of rhythm and blues.

Born in Ackerman, Mississippi, he lived in New

Orleans, Natchez, Mississippi and Los Angeles

before moving to Houston, Texas as a young

man. He learned guitar by playing on the street

in towns all over the South with his father, a

blind guitar player.

After moving to Houston, Johnny joined Amos

Milburn’s band and toured extensively. He

played on many of Milburn’s Aladdin Records

sessions as well as on Ruth Brown’s early

Atlantic recordings. When Johnny made his

own Atlantic recordings in 1949, Milburn and

his band were there to back him up. In the

1950s and 1960s, Johnny toured as the lead

guitarist and band leader for Bobby Bland

and Junior Parker and was a studio musician

at Houston’s Duke/Peacock Records. Johnny’s

distinctive guitar style graces the recordings

of many Duke/Peacock artists including Bland,

Parker and Joe Hinton. Along the way, Johnny

worked with many blues greats including

T-Bone Walker, Johnny Otis and Pee Wee

Crayton.

His clean guitar sound ranges from jazzy to

rhythm and blues, with a Texas flavored groove,

never more than a step or two from the blues.

His clear, soulful voice perfectly complements

his fine original material. Johnny has released

two excellent CDs, “Nothin’ But the Truth” and

“Blues Defender”, both on Choctaw Creek

records) to glowing reviews. Texas Johnny

Brown is a favourite at many of the top blues

festivals around the world.

Texas Johnny Brown will be backed by a fivepiece

band led by Graham Guest on piano,

organ and vocals. Don’t miss an opportunity

to see one of the few remaining masters of

Texas blues.

when...

Texas Johnny Brown

with the Graham Guest Band

From Houston/Edmonton

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 1-2, 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Texas Johnny Brown - guitar, vocals

Graham Guest - piano, organ, vocals

Dave Babcock - saxophone

Joel Grey - trumpet

Chris Brzezicki - bass

Jeff Lisk - drums

Artist website:

www.txjohnnybrown.com

12 May/June 2012


“The guitar soloing throughout is brilliantly spare and melodic, avoiding frivolous

six-string pyrotechnics and focusing instead on clean tones and cool sounds...

Brown delivers precise guitar leads that communicate like the voice of a disciplined

singer...On Blues Defender, Brown’s singing is his most effective on record to date,

conveying passion and depth of insight.”

- Roger Wood, Living Blues

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THE BEST OF EDMONTON

Andrew Glover

Impressions of Europe, Volume 2

Andrew Glover is an accomplished pianist and

composer. He is credited with a huge body

of work which has been performed by artists

from Edmonton, the rest of Canada, Europe

and the United States.

Andrew graduated from Grant MacEwan

Community College, and studied solo

piano with Adrian Chornowol and Charlie

Austin. He has worked with Mike Rud, Jack

Semple, Kennedy Jensen, Dianne Donovan,

the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Scott

Hamilton and Sheena Easton among others.

For over ten years he toured extensively with

the Big Miller Band.

In addition, many artists have performed

and recorded Andrew’s compositions. Six of

the eleven compositions on Jack Semple’s

“Grey and Yellow” CD were written by Andrew,

as well as four songs for Dianne Donovan’s

release “Yes or No”. He was also a principal

writer for Edmonton’s ‘Pazzport’. Andrew’s

compositions and arrangements have been

performed or recorded by John Abercrombie,

Anna Beaumont, Caroline Mae Johnson, Jacek

Kochan, Pat LaBarbera, Theresa Lightfoot,

George McFetridge, Don Thompson, Jean-

Pierre Zanella, and Alfie Zappacosta.

when...

Andrew Glover

Impressions of Europe, Volume 2

From Edmonton

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 , 2012

TICKETS - MEMBERS $14, GUESTS $18

DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM

Jim Head - guitar

Joel Gray - trumpet

Bruce Mohascy - keyboards, bass, percussion

Andrew Glover - piano, keyboards

Wes Caswell - bass

Sandro Dominelli drums

Artist website:

www.andrewglover.ca

14 May/June 2012


jammin’

tuesday night

sessions

TICKETS AT THE DOOR - MEMBERS & GUESTS $5

DOORS 7:30 PM - SHOW 8 PM

May 1

Dave Babcock Quartet

Dave Babcock - saxophone

Jim Head - guitar

Chris Andrew - organ

Sandro Dominelli - drums

May 8

Celsius Quartet

Jamie Philp - guitar

Bill Richards - piano

Pierre Paul Bugeaud - bass

Gord Graber - drums

May 15

Bryan Qu Quartet

Bryan Qu - saxophone

Tim Lemke - guitar

Lindsay Woolgar - bass

Sandro Dominelli - drums

May 22

Charlie Austin Trio

w/ Dino Dominelli

Dino Dominelli - saxophone

Charlie Austin - piano

Cliff Minchau - bass

Paul Biggelaar - drums

May 29

Brad Shigeta Quartet

Brad Shigeta - trombone

Dean McNeill - trumpet

Doug Organ - organ

Dan Skakun - drums

June 5

Eva van Gunsteren Quartet

Eva van Gunsteren - vocals

Chris Andrew - piano

Lindsay Woolgar - bass

Thom Bennett - drums

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Friday & Saturday Shows: Doors at 8pm • Show 9pm unless otherwise stated.

May 4

Pascal Niggenkemper Trio

Upcoming Hurricane

Members $20, Guests $24

May 5

Azar Lawrence Quintet

Members $24, Guests $28

May 11

Bert Johnson Quartet

Members $16, Guests $20

May 12

Jon McCaslin Quintet

Sunalta CD Release

Members $16, Guests $20

May 18-19

The Complete Rebirth

of the Cool

Dean McNeill and Jeff Presslaff

Members $18, Guests $22

May 25

Peter Belec

Members $14 Guests $18

May 26

Ralf Buschmeyer

Jazzspeak CD Release

Members $16, Guests $20

June 1-2

Texas Johnny Brown with the

Graham Guest Band

Members $20, Guests $24

June 8

Andrew Glover

Impressions of Europe, Volume 2

Members $14 Guests $18

EDMONTON JAZZ SOCIETY

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(Corner of 102 St & 86 Ave)

EDMONTON AB T6E 2M2

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