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CANADIAN JAZZ SERIESGrant Stewart/Kent SangsterQuintetNew York-based saxophonist Grant Stewartreturns to the Yardbird Suite co-leading an allstarEdmonton quintet with fellow saxophonistKent Sangster. The rhythm section of ChrisAndrew, Mike Lent and Sandro Dominelli wouldbe considered by many to be Edmonton’s finest.Born in Toronto, Grant Stewart was exposedto the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Grayand Coleman Hawkins by his father. It wasthrough these early experiences and his father’sencouragement that Stewart first developed astrong ear for melody, style, and improvisation.Among his strongest influences are SonnyRollins, John Coltrane, Don Byas, and LesterYoung.Stewart has numerous recordings as a leader,many on the Sharp Nine and Criss Cross labels.His most recent CD is “Live at Smalls” on theSmallsLIVE label. Jazz Times says that Stewart“…loves the old tunes, and plays them withfresh, hip intelligence”.Kent Sangster has been an integral member ofEdmonton’s jazz scene for many years. A highlyrespected saxophonist, full-time member ofthe music faculty at MacEwan University, bandleader, composer-arranger, and executivedirector of the Edmonton International JazzFestival, he approaches each project withpassion for discovery and a confidence derivedfrom years of experience. He has releasedseveral acclaimed CDs under his own name aswell as leading the Obsessions Octet, an awardwinninggroup featuring a jazz quartet and astring quartet.when...From Toronto/New YorkFRIDAY-SATURDAY, September 20-21TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMGrant’s tenor sound is borne of the jazzof the 1950s and 1960s but played with acontemporary élan. He has a huge sound anda creative and beautiful melodic sense. JimmyCobb calls him “one of my favorite players in theworld.”Grant Stewart - saxophoneKent Sangster - saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoMike Lent - bassSandro Dominelli – drumsArtist website:grantstewartjazz.comkentsangster.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 3


CD RELEASE @ THE YARDBIRD SUITESunday, September 29, 2013Doors at 2:00 • Show at 2:30Admission: $10 • CDs: $15 • Admission + CD: $20www.paulricheymusic.comINTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESDmitry Baevsky TrioAlready an accomplished alto saxophonist inhis native Russia, Dmitry Baevsky moved to NewYork in 1996 where he studied at and graduatedfrom the New School University. After finishingcollege, Baevsky stayed in New York and hasremained busy working within the local NewYork jazz community.In 2005, he released his first CD as a leader“Introducing Dmitry Baevsky” (Lineage Records). Thealbum features Cedar Walton, Jimmy Cobb and John Webber.Since then, Baevsky has performed and/or recorded withmusicians such as Peter Washington, Willie Jones III, Harry Allen,Peter Bernstein, Junior Mance, Dennis Irwin, Jeremy Pelt and Joe Magnarelli. In 2009,he recorded “Some Other Fall” (Rideau Rouge / Harmonia Mundi) while on tour withthe great guitarist Joe Cohn. 2010 saw the release of “Down With It” on Sharp NineRecords, an album featuring trumpet player Jeremy Pelt.His most recent recording is “The Composers” also on Sharp Nine Records. On this release,Baevsky demonstrates the ongoing relevance of straight-ahead jazz and bop. His take onthe works of Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman and Horace Silver, among others,is hard swinging with speed-of-light technical chops and exciting melodic ideas. The DmitryBaevsky Trio will present an evening of expertly performed and lovingly selected jazz.when...From New YorkFRIDAY October 4, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMDmitry Baevsky - alto saxophoneDavid Wong - bassPeter Van Nostrand – drumsArtist Website:dmitrybaevsky.com6 Fall 2013


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESDayna Stephens TrioInternationally renowned saxophonist/composer/educator, Dayna Stephens, is a force to watch outfor. A fluid, vigorous soloist with a warm, soulfulsound, Dayna has also proven himself a master ofcomposition and arrangement, a highly-acclaimedband leader and an “in-demand” side-man for someof jazz’s contemporary masters. He collaboratesregularly with contemporary musicians such asGerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Taylor Eigsti, andAmbrose Akinmusire.Dayna was born in Brooklyn and raised in the SanFrancisco Bay Area. He showed serious talent early on,winning many awards and scholarships to variousmusic programs, while attending the prestigiousBerkeley High School. He then proceeded to theBerklee College of Music in Boston and then theprestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USCwhere he studied and played with, among others,Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, JohnScofield and Mark Turner.numerous established musicians and other risingstars, including Terrance Blanchard, Geoffrey Keezer,Albert “Tootie” Heath, Matt Wilson, Oliver Lake,Roy Hargrove, Carlos Santana, Stephon Harris,Stevie Wonder, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tom Harrell, RayDrummond, Winard Harper, Bobby Short, Bruce Barth,and many others.His current album “That Nepenthetic Place” wasreleased on Sunnyside Records this year. A nepentheis a drug, described in Greek mythology, thatmakes one forget suffering and sadness. In his 4 ½star Downbeat review, Jon Ross says that “DaynaStephens writes twisting, layered pieces of bebop,sprinkling in fresh interpretations of old music.”In recent years, he has appeared on stage withwhen...From New YorkSATURDAY, October 5, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMDayna Stephens - saxophonesBen Street - bassColin Stranahan – drumsArtist Website:daynastephenssound.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 7


CROSS-BORDER JAZZ SERIESHendrick Meurkens QuintetHendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both thechromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is themost important jazz harmonica player since TootsThielemans. German-born but now based in NewYork, Meurkens’ recordings and performancesgarner worldwide acclaim because thetranscendent beauty of his music has universalappeal.A two-mallet player in the tradition of MiltJackson and Bobby Hutcherson, HendrikMeurkens was en-route to being an instantlyrecognizable vibraphonist when he heard TootsThielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans’harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-tomasterinstrument.Hendrik Meurkens’ other life-changing musicalexperience was his introduction to samba andbossa nova. He was so moved by Brazilian musicthat he moved to Rio in the early 80s to totallyimmerse himself in the music and culture ofBrazil. His profound involvement in both jazz andBrazilian music resulted in a very personal andinstantly recognizable version of Samba jazz.Eventually settling in New York, he has nowrecorded close to twenty albums. As a featuredartist, he has recorded with Charlie Byrd, JimmyCobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, and ClaudioRoditi, as well as backing such leading artistsas Astrid Gilberto and Olivia Newton John andtouring with the Ray Brown Trio, Paquito D’Rivera,Oscar Castro Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann,Charlie Byrd, and James Moody among manyothers.Hendrik Meurkens remains equally at homeplaying jazz or Brazilian music. “My mission issimple,” he explains. “I want to create music ofgreat beauty.” “I like beautiful music, Sinatra,Jobim, Charlie Parker, so I concentrate on playingthings that the audience can enjoy. Complicatedmusic doesn’t really mean anything except forprofessionals who want to analyze it. I wantpeople to feel what I do and the best way to dothat is to play something touches their hearts.”when...From New York/Vancouver/Calgary/EdmontonFRIDAY, October 11, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMHendrik Meurkens – harmonica and vibesJeremy Price – fluteChris Andrew – pianoRubim de Toledo – bassJon McCaslin – drumsArtist website:hendrikmeurkens.com8 Fall 2013


CANADIAN JAZZ SERIESJaclyn Guillou QuintetJaclyn started her career at a young ageperforming in musicals as a triple threatperformer, being equally talented as a dancer,singer and actress. She had a successfulprofessional career of fifteen years performingmusicals worldwide and her former training as anaward winning tap dancer and classically trainedopera singer gave her the undeniable skills andstage presence that she brings to her currentmusic career as a jazz vocalist.In 2009, Jaclyn Guillou was honoured to be therecipient of a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award fromthe Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Shehas toured throughout Europe, Canada and theUnited States in some of the most recognizedjazz clubs, festivals and cities. She has studiedwith some of the world’s best jazz singers whichinclude American vocal luminaries Nancy King,Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Vancouver’sJennifer Scott.when...From VancouverSATURDAY, October 12, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMJaclyn Guillou – vocalsBruno Hubert – pianoDavid Blake - guitarJames Meger – bassAndrew Millar – drumsGuillou released her first album “To The City” in2011, a collection of original songs and unusualarrangements of jazz standards. Jaclyn was invitedto perform a tribute concert to Dinah Washington,recorded at CBC Studios for radio and television,which aired globally this summer on the CBCVancouver television program, “AbsolutelyVancouver.” She is presently working on newmusic, inspired by John Hollenbeck, NormaWinstone, and Theo Bleckmann, and has writtena collection of songs for a new album that willbe produced by one of Canada’s extraordinarytalents, Brad Turner.Artist website:jaclynguillou.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 9


CROSS-BORDER JAZZ SERIESChet Doxas QuartetChet Doxas comes from an inspired musicalbackground: at the age of twelve years old, Chetknew that he wanted to dedicate his life to music.He can still recall the life-changing moment whenhe first heard a Charlie Parker recording. Born andraised in Montreal, Chet and his brother drummerJim Doxas are now two of Canada’s most soughtaftermusicians.In 2006, he recorded his first CD as leader,“Sidewalk Etiquette” (Justin Time Records) whichreceived a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazineand a spot in their “Best Discs of the Year” list. His2010 CD, “Big Sky” (also Justin Time Records), wona JUNO nomination for Contemporary Jazz.Chet has recorded or performed alongsidemany great artists such as Oliver Jones, GuidoBasso, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, RufusWainwright, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, JasonMoran, Tim Hagans and Bill Stewart, on over100 albums in all, but his own music is whattruly inspires him to share his unique voice withaudiences around the world.when...From Montreal/New YorkTHURSDAY, October 17, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 7:30 PM - SHOW 8 PMChet Doxas – saxophoneMatthew Stevens – guitarZack Lober – bassEric Doob – drumsArtist website:chetdoxas.comHis new quartet brings together some of thebrightest young voices on the New York jazzscene: Matthew Stevens, Zack Lober and EricDoob to perform his original compositions fromtheir recently released recording “Dive”.Guitarist Matthew Stevens has been a standoutmember of trumpeter Christian Scott’s group formany years and successfully leads his own groups.Zack Lober is one of New York City’s mostsought-after bassists and can be heard playing ina variety of ensembles led by Dave Binney, HenryThreadgill, as well as his own group The AncestryProject.Eric Doob is a drummer who has garnered lotof attention from musicians and fans alike. Hisexplosive playing is regularly called upon bysaxophonist Miguel Zenon, among many others.10 Fall 2013


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESEric Alexander Quartetfeaturing Harold MabernA direct descendant of competitive, no-nonsensetenor saxophone titans such as Sonny Stitt andGeorge Coleman, Eric Alexander plays the horn witha decidedly assertive temperament and style. Hepossesses a truly unique voice within this illustriousbop-based jazz tradition and is widely regarded asone of the top saxophonists in the world.Eric Alexander has appeared on over one hundredalbums and released over twenty as a leader sincethe early 1990s. His latest, “Chim Chim Cheree” withHarold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth, and John Webber,focuses on the music recorded by Coltrane’s “classicquartet” of the early and mid-1960’s. Another 2013release was “Touching”, his first all-ballads album andfeatured the same group as “Chim Chim Cheree”.continued next pagewhen...From New YorkFRIDAY, October 18, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM“…a tenor saxophonist whocan play at all tempos, in allregisters, and never withoutswinging mightily.”~ George Kanzler, Hot HouseEric Alexander - saxophoneHarold Mabern - pianoDoug Weiss - bassGeorge Fludas - drumsArtist website:ericalexanderjazz.comharoldmabern.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 11


Alexander remains one of the most in demandclinicians and guest soloists at colleges,universities, and conservatories in the UnitedStates and around the globe. The former Jazz WeekArtist of the year continues to tour with his ownquartet and his sextet, One For All, and appearsfrequently with many jazz greats including GeorgeColeman, Pat Martino, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter,Jimmy Heath, and Jimmy Cobb.Harold Mabern is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist.Born and raised in Memphis, he taught himselfpiano and fell under the spell of pianist PhineasNewborn Jr., an influence that would shape andlinger with Mabern for the rest of his life. Hemoved to Chicago in 1954 where he soon foundwork backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin,Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordan. He also gainedfurther influence studying with pianist AhmadJamal before going on to New York City in 1959.“Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and theconfidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refinedmy stuff and it’s still doing it.”Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he workedwith such legendary artists and groups as the ArtFarmer and Benny Golson Jazztet, Jimmy Forrest,Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, J.J.Johnson, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins,Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentineand Stanley Cowell. Mabern also played in aquartet with guitarist Wes Montgomery.In more recent years, he has toured and recordedextensively with his former William PatersonUniversity student, Eric Alexander. To date, Mabernand Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDstogether. A longtime faculty member at WilliamPaterson University since 1981, Mabern is also afrequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.Harold Mabern12 Fall 2013


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESOri Dakari QuartetOri Dakari has been developing a reputationas one of the most promising guitarists sincehis arrival in the United States in 2004. In onlya few years, this native Israeli had played atnumerous festivals and venues around theworld.to New York and began working on his music- as a composer and as a bandleader. Dakari’sawards include the Guitar Department awardat the Berklee College of Music, Eubie BlakeScholarship and The America Israel CulturalFoundation award.“Entrances”, his debut CD as a leader, wasreleased in 2009 on John Zorn’s NewYork-based Tzadik label and receivedrave reviews. The album comprises eightoriginal compositions by Dakari, featuringimprovisations by his world-class ensemble, allgifted young musicians he encountered in theU.S. over the past few years.Ori’s second CD is scheduled to be releasedunder the new promising label Dot TimeRecords in early 2014. It features Uri Gurvich,Pascal Niggenkemper and Ronen Itzik, Ori’sregular New York touring band.Ori grew up In Kfar-Saba, Israel, where hestarted to play the guitar at the age of 12. Atthe age of 18, he was acknowledged by theIsraeli Ministry of Culture and the Israeli armyas an “Outstanding Musician”. In 2004, Orireceived a special scholarship and merit awardfrom the famous Berklee College of Music inBoston. He moved to the U.S. and began tostudy with jazz masters like Joe Lovano andHal Crook. After graduating in 2006, Ori movedOri’s music can be described as deeplyrooted in Israeli, East European, Yemenite andNorth African music. His compositions andimprovisations combine his deep love forthe jazz tradition, the free spirit of music andhis strong connection with the sounds of hishomeland.when...From Israel/New YorkSATURDAY, October 19, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMOri Dakari - guitarUri Gurvich – alto saxEdward Perez – bassRonen Itzik – drumsArtist Website:oridakari.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 13


CMYK versionCROSS BORDER JAZZ SERIESBlack & White versionTurbopropFollowing the successful release of his quartetalbum “There” in 2011, energetic drummerErnesto Cervini has added saxophonist TaraDavidson and trombonist William Carn to hisregular quartet of Joel Frahm, Adrean Farrugiaand Dan Loomis to create Turboprop.This sextet features five of the best of theyoung jazz musicians in Toronto and New Yorkplus the always in-demand saxophonist JoelFrahm from New York.Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a namefor himself as a consummate bandleader andfirst call sideman, repeatedly praised for hisdeeply musical, infectiously energetic talents.Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “abuoyant drummer as well as a sharp composerand bandleader,” while Downbeat describedhis fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float likea butterfly, sting like a bee’.”Ernesto has performed with many great jazzmusicians such as Joe Lovano, Clark Terry,Benny Golson, Cleo Laine, Pat LaBarbera, DickOatts, Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Daniels, DaveBinney, Jim McNeely, Phil Nimmons, PeterAppleyard and Ranee Lee. He has an activecareer as an educator and sideman as well asco-leading the new trio Myriad with pianistChris Donnelly and bassist Dan Fortin.means that he “approaches music from theinside, which has real advantages. I think thebest drummers are sensitive about lettingother players shine. My heroes are guys likeArt Blakey, who was obviously one of theall-time great drummer-leaders.” Other majorinfluences include Tony Williams and MattWilson.“There”, Cervini’s first release on New YorkbasedAnzic Records, following his albumsLittle Black Bird (2009) and Here (2006), wasrecorded live at the Cellar in Vancouver. Of therecording, the Ottawa Citizen said: “On “There”,you can often practically hear the musicianssmiling and reveling in their creativity andmusical repartee … some superb, high-energy,spur-of-the-moment music.” A review in TheWhole Note added: “Ernesto Cervini is blazinga path through contemporary jazz with smartnew ideas and a burning intensity that shoutsto be heard. An album that has be one of2011’s best.”Reflecting on his role as a drummerbandleader,Cervini says it’s “more aboutbeing a drummer-composer in many waysfor me. I’m trying to write engaging, involvingmusic, whether the tune is playful or tapssome deeper emotion. And with my band, therhythm and time are elastic. We’re interactingwith freedom, so the music flows naturally.”He adds that being in the rhythm section14 Fall 2013


Notice of Annual General MeetingNotice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of members of the Edmonton Jazz Society (1973) willbe held at the Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at7:00 PM for the purpose of:1. Receiving the report of the president; 2. Receiving and considering the report of the treasurer of theSociety for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2012 including the appointment of the auditors for the coming year;3. Election of the board of directors and officers of the Society; 4. The transition of such further businessas may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.Further information regarding the business to be discussed at the annual general meeting can beobtained by contacting the Yardbird Suite at telephone 780-432-0428. Dated at the city of Edmonton,in the Province of Alberta, this first day of September, 2013.when...From Toronto/New YorkFRIDAY, OcTObeR 25, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMJoel Frahm - saxophoneAdrean Farrugia – pianoDan Loomis - bassErnesto Cervini – drumsTara Davidson – saxophoneWilliam Carn - tromboneArtist Websites:ernestocervini.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 15


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESNicole Mitchell’s Ice CrystalNicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer,bandleader and educator. As the founder ofBlack Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, IceCrystal, and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has beenrepeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Polland the Jazz Journalists Association as “TopFlutist of the Year” for the last four years. Mitchell’smusic celebrates African American culture whilereaching across genres and integrating newideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel,experimentalism, pop and African percussionthrough albums.Mitchell formerly served as the first womanpresident of Chicago’s Association for theAdvancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), andhas been a member since 1995. In recognitionof her impact within the Chicago music andarts education communities, she was named“Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by the ChicagoTribune. With her ensembles, as a featured flutistand composer, Mitchell has been a highlight atfestivals and art venues throughout Europe, theU.S. and Canada.Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigiousAlpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has beencommissioned to write compositions for a widevariety of organizations. She has been a facultymember at a number of well-known musicalinstitutions includingt the Vancouver CreativeMusic Institute and the Banff International JazzWorkshop.After about twenty years in Chicago, NicoleMitchell is currently a Professor of Music, teaching“Integrated Composition, Improvisation andTechnology,” a new and expansively-mindedgraduate program at the University of California,Irvine.For her first visit to Edmonton, Nicole Mitchellis bringing her new Ice Crystal quartet whichfeatures three of her musical associates fromChicago, Jason Adasiewicz, Joshua Abrams andFrank Rosaly. This stellar quartet will be presentingmusic from Mitchell’s 2013 Delmark CD “Aquarius”which received a 4 ½ star review in Downbeat.Mitchell is a brilliant composer for both large andsmall groups; this small group brings together aquartet that is by turns gritty and graceful withan easy rapport, a thorough understandingof the music and a greater opportunity forimprovisation.Nicole Mitchell works to raise respect andintegrity for the improvised flute, to contributeher innovative voice to the jazz legacy, and tocontinue the bold and exciting directions thatthe AACM has charted for decades. Her missionis to celebrate the power of endless possibilityby “creating visionary worlds through music thatbridge the familiar and the unknown.”when...From California/ChicagoSATURDAY, October 26, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMNicole Mitchell – fluteJason Adasiewicz – vibesJoshua Abrams – bassFrank Rosaly – drumsArtist website:nicolemitchell.com16 Fall 2013


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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESTigran Hamasyan QuintetTigran Hamasyan is a young musician born inArmenia in 1987. In 2003, Tigran moved withhis family to Los Angeles. He began playingpiano at the age of 3. Since the age of 13, hehas played in European festivals. His reputationhas steadily grown with every performance.He has won prestigious piano competitions,most notably the 2006 Thelonious Monk jazzpiano competition under the supervisionof Herbie Hancock. He has earned seriousrecognition with four albums and hundreds ofconcerts all around the world. Recently, Tigranwas named the winner of the 2013 Vilcek Prizefor Creative Promise in Contemporary Music.His first album for Universal, recorded in Parison solo piano, “A Fable”, was released in 2011.It sold impressively for an instrumental albumand received acclaim including winning aFrench Grammy award in 2011. Tigran’s risingstature in music garners notice globallywherever he has been able to be heard.Tigran’s unique profile displays dazzling pianodexterity with an undeniably profound senseof composition. He’s equally at ease with jazz,classical music, Armenian popular repertoire,rock, heavy metal, or avant-garde. His sidemangig with Ari Hoenig at the Yardbird Suite in2011 ably demonstrated his talents.His new album “Shadow Theater”, recordedwith the band appearing at the Yardbird Suite,is due to be released in the fall of 2013. Itexhibits continued growth as an original artist.Fueled by his passion, atmospheric punk jazzimprovisations and fused with the rich folkloricmusic of his native Armenia, “Shadow Theater”is a fresh, inspiring sound that combines manycolorful elements, transporting the listeneron a musical journey. A single will be releasedfrom the recording with a music video alongwith remixes by Prefuse73, LV and ArthurHnatek to follow.when...From New YorkSUNDAY, October 27, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26DOORS 7:30 PM - SHOW 8 PMTigran Hamasyan – piano and vocalsAreni Agbadian – vocalsCharles Altura – guitarChris Tordini – bassArthur Hnatek – drumsArtist website:tigranhamasyan.com18 Fall 2013


YARDBIRD SUITE BLUESJerron “Blind Boy” PaxtonOriginally from Los Angeles, and now basedin New York, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is amulti-instrumentalist and vocalist with a stronginterest in pre-war blues and jazz music. Paxton’ssound is influenced by James P. Johnson, BlindBlake and Blind Lemon Jefferson.Paxton’s family was originally from Louisiana. Hissouthern roots had a strong influence on Paxtonas a young boy. After spending time listening tohis hometown blues radio station, as well as theCajun and country blues songs his grandmotherused to sing, Paxton became interested in earlyblues. He began playing the violin at age twelve,and started banjo two years later. Since thenPaxton has added piano, harmonica and guitarto his arsenal of instruments.In 2007, Paxton moved to upstate New Yorkto study music and began playing gigs in andaround Brooklyn. This led to performances atmajor Blues and Roots and Old Time musicfestivals throughout the United States andCanada. His music, voice and storytelling makehim an audience favorite. His talent has earnedhim comparisons to contemporary artistssuch as Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, and Corey Harris.Living Blues placed Paxton on the cover oftheir December 2012 issue entitled “The NextGeneration of the Acoustic Blues”.when...From New YorkFRIDAY-SATURDAY, November 15-16, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMJerron “Blind Boy” Paxton -vocals, guitar, piano, violinwww. yardbirdsuite.com 19


CANADIAN JAZZ SERIESMay CheungOver the past few years, Vancouver-raised MayCheung has been establishing herself as aversatile jazz vocalist on the New York musicscene. A 2007 graduate of McGill University inJazz Voice, May studied with Juno Award winner,Ranee Lee. While living in Montreal, May playedand collaborated with Canadian high profilejazz artists such as Greg Ritchie, Dave Laing, JeffJohnston and Fraser Hollins, just to name a few.Hailed as ‘The Next Ella Fitzgerald’ in theVancouver Sun (2001), May’s sound can beattributed to an array of jazz vocalists, fromCarmen McRae to Kurt Elling, and draws herinspirations from a variety of music, includingbut not limited to soul, R&B, classical, folk andexperimental music. She has performed at theMontreal Jazz Festival with the acappella group,Effusion. In 2007, May shared the stage withguitarist, John Pizzarelli, and has sung extensivelyacross Canada with her own ensemble. That sameyear, May was featured in Sept Days newspaperin recognition of her talent in the Chinesecommunity in Montreal. In 2008, May was invitedto participate in a workshop with Bobby McFerrinthrough the Kurt Weill Institute and in 2009, Maywas awarded a prestigious study grant fromCanada Council for the Arts to live in New YorkCity and study with New York Voices leader, PeterEldridge. May Cheung is now based in Brooklynwhere she has quickly become a vocalist/composer in high demand and a precocioustalent to watch.when...From New York/Calgary/EdmontonFRIDAY, November 22, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMMay Cheung - vocalsJim Head - guitarMike Lent - bassKarl Schwonik - drumsArtist website:maycheung.com“If it were not for the dedication to the art form of singing and performing the music of jazz, the evaporation of thismusic would have long ago occurred. From its pioneers to its present day young lions their devotion, talent and contributionsare the sustainable life force of this discipline. It is quite evident when you hear the music-ability, and quality ofMay Cheung. She is the next wave in vocal musicianship that will forever keep the flame of jazz alive.”~ Ranee Lee20 Fall 2013


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIESDUO: Peter Brötzmann +Jason AdasiewiczPeter Brötzmann is one of the most importantand uncompromising figures in free jazz andhas been at the forefront of developing aunique European take on free improvisation.Downbeat reviewer Peter Margasak describeshim as “a free-jazz pioneer who’s refused tomellow, tread water or take it easy.”Parker, the Chicago Tentet (Mats Gustafsson/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark and more) andvarious one-off and ad hoc associations withmany others including Derek Bailey, EvanParker, & Anthony Braxton.continued next pageBrotzmann was a painter and artist firstbefore concentrating on music. Self-taughton clarinet and saxophone, Brötzmannhas established himself as one of the mostpowerful and original players around sincethe 1960s, releasing a number of now highlysought after sides of musical inventionincluding the epochal ‘Machine Gun’ sessionin 1968. Brötzmann’s sound is “one of themost distinctive, life-affirming and joyous inall music” and he has performed with almostall of the major players of free music fromearly associations with Don Cherry and SteveLacy to regular groupings with Peter Kowald,Alexander Von Slippenbach, Han Benninkand Fred Van Hove, Hamid Drake, Williamwhen...From Germany/ChicagoSATURDAY, November 23, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMPeter Brötzmann - reedsJason Adasiewicz – vibraphoneArtist website:peterbroetzmann.comjasonadasiewicz.comeremite.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 21


Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz (pronounced“Ad-a-SHEVE-its) is an integral member ofChicago’s jazz and improvised music scene. Hisaggressive yet lyrical style can be heard in over10 working Chicago groups, including thoseled by Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, JoshuaAbrams, and Ken Vandermark. Adasiewiczwon the 2011 Downbeat Annual Critic’s Pollin the Rising Star Vibes category, and for thelast two years has been nominated by theJazz Journalists Association as a finalist for‘Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year’. His quintetRolldown and his trio Sun Rooms have eachreleased two recordings.“Very few musicians in the history of jazzand creative music have created a voice aspowerful and distinct as legendary Germansaxophonist, Peter Brötzmann. Playing withunyielding conviction, he blows with relentlessbrutal passion, respect and sensitivity”- Lloyd Peterson, Music & the Creative Spirit“Among the latest wave of fearlessexperimenters, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewiczhas been drawing considerable nationalattention, & for good reason. He addresses theinstrument like no one before him.”~Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune22 Fall 2013


CANADIAN JAZZ SERIESSandro Dominelli TrioSandro Dominelli is one of Canada`s mostcreative, talented and tasteful drummers.Through his continuing success as amuch sought-after composer, bandleader,and producer he has proven to be anestablished luminary on the Canadian musicscene. Catching the attention of local andinternational jazz icons alike, Sandro hascollaborated with a long list of the veritablewho’s who such as Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan,Ernie Watts, Doug Riley, Oliver Jones, HughFraser, P.J. Perry and Tommy Banks. With a Junonomination, two Western Canadian MusicAwards, and Canadian Independent MusicAward under his belt, Sandro’s achievementscontinue to make him one of Canada’s mostestablished musicians.Sandro’s power trio featuring the East Indianinspired guitar playing of Rez Abbasi (#1 onDownbeat Rising Star Guitarist Poll) and theelectric bass sounds of Chris Tarry (multipleJuno Award winner) will reunite for a highlyanticipated weekend at the Yardbird Suite.This power trio has been recognized as aforce in the North American jazz scene sincerecording The Alvo Sessions in 2010. Receivinga 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for JazzRecording of the Year, touring the national JazzFestival circuit, receiving reviews in ModernDrummer & Downbeat Magazine, as well asairplay and press in Europe and the U.K. area few of this group’s successes. Join us in anevening of outside the box, interactive, andintimate musical creation with the SandroDominelli Trio.when...From Edmonton/New YorkFRIDAY-SATURDAY, November 29-30, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMRez Abbasi - guitarChris Tarry - bassSandro Dominelli – drumsArtist website:sandrodominelli.comwww. yardbirdsuite.com 23


THE BEST OF ALBERTA JAZZ SERIESYardbird Suite All-StarsMusic of Joe HendersonThe late Craig Magill resurrected the YardbirdSuite All-Stars in 2008 in the hopes of havingsome of Edmonton’s best musicians interpretthe music of the masters. Tributes to CountBasie, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis over thepast years have been performed and are nowjoined by a tribute to the 60’s unsung hero ofthe tenor sax Joe Henderson.Henderson was born in Lima, Ohio on April27, 1937, and picked up the saxophone at theripe age of nine. His long, winding discographybegan in 1963 with the Blue Note recording“Page One”. During the ‘60s, Henderson was aregular fixture as leader and sideman on theBlue Note roster, playing on such classics asHorace Silver’s “Song For My Father” and LeeMorgan’s “The Sidewinder”, as well as penningseveral tunes that have become jazz standards,such as “Recordame”, “Black Narcissus”, and “BlueBossa”. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Hendersoncontinued playing and recording, notably withBlood, Sweat & Tears and Miles Davis, steadilygarnering respect, though not a public profileas high as he deserved .when...From Edmonton/CalgaryFRIDAY-SATURDAY, December 6-7, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM24 Fall 2013Craig Brenan - tromboneBob Tildesley - trumpetJim Brenan - tenor saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoSandro Dominelli - drumsJosh McHan - bass


CANADIAN JAZZ SERIESTommy Banks Presentsthe Spirit of ChristmasTommy Banks will lead a quartet of Bobby Cairns,Josh McHan and Sandro Dominelli, along with anorchestra led by Mary Johnson and comprisingEdmonton’s most-distinguished freelance stringplayers, in a program of Christmas and holidayclassics, including carols, pop tunes, and even alittle bit of jazz-ish content.These seventeen musicians (that’s all we canpossibly fit on the Suite stage) will preview therelease on the Century II label of a recording ofthis music, and is sure, regardless of whetherthere’s snow on the ground, to put us all in theSpirit of Christmas.when...From EdmontonFRIDAY-SATURDAY, December 13-14, 2013TICKETS - MEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PMTommy Banks - pianoBobby Cairns - guitarJosh McHan - bassSandro Dominelli - drumsMary Johnson - concertmasterJim Cockell, Tom Johnson, Alycia Au,Diana Sapozhnikov, Kate Surcez,Guillaume Tardif - violinsJeanette Comeau,Sarah Woodman,Miriam Ferguson - violasTanya Prochazka,Julie Amundsen,Ian Woodman - celloswww. yardbirdsuite.com 25


jammin’Tuesday Night Sessions...Every Tuesday night during our season, Edmonton’s best jazzplayers and up-and-coming musicians arrive to play togetheron our stage. The evening begins with a one hour set from thefeatured band, followed by a jam session with selected musiciansfrom the audience sitting in or taking the place of a member ofthe feature band.Our Tuesday Sessions are a weekly event for local jazz musiciansto play together and network, and provide an opportunity tomentor the younger musicians wanting to gain experience asthey grow their own careers.Join us for our Tuesday Sessions - a terrific opportunity to hearsome live jazz in a relaxed concert environment.SEPTEMBER 24THOM BENNETT GROUPJeremiah McDade - tenor saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoJosh McHan - bassThom Bennett - drumsOCTOBER 1JEFF HENDRICK QUARTETJeff Hendrick - vocals, alto saxophoneChris Andrew - keyboardsMoni Mathew - bass,Jamie Cooper - drumsOCTOBER 8AUDREY OCHOA QUARTETAudrey Ochoa - tromboneLuis Tovar - percussionDaymar Calvario - bassChris Andrew - pianoOCTOBER 15JF PICARD QUARTETJF Picard - saxophoneAndrew Glover - pianoMarc Beaudin - bassSandro Dominelli - drumsOCTOBER 22RIVERSIDE QUARTETJeremiah McDade - saxophoneBrennan Cameron - pianoGord Graber - drumsThom Golub - bassOCTOBER 29BERNER/BRENAN QUINTETDoug Berner - trumpetJim Brenan - saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoRubim De Toledo - bassJamie Cooper - drums26 Fall 2013


NOVEMBER 5PREQUALBill George - drumsJerrold Dubyk - tenor saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoJosh McHan - bassNOVEMBER 12DON BERNER QUARTETDon Berner - saxophonesMike Lent - bassChris Andrew - pianoSandro Dominelli - drumsNOVEMBER 19ANDREW GLOVER QUINTETAndrew Glover - pianoBob Tildesley - trumpetJ.F. Picard - saxophoneMarc Beaudin - bass,Sandro Dominelli - drumsNOVEMBER 26GRUMPY DAN AND THE JAZZCURMUDGEONSPJ Perry - saxophoneBrad Shigeta - tromboneBobby Cairns - guitarJosh McHan - bassDan Skakun - drumsDECEMBER 3MARC BEAUDINMarc Beaudin - bassJF Picard - saxophone,Andrew Glover - pianoSandro Dominelli - drumsDECEMBER 10JFTDave Morgan - trumpetSylvain Boisvert - saxophonePaul Richie - pianoMike Lent - bassJamie Cooper - drumsTICKETS ATTHE DOORMEMBERS &GUESTS $5DOORS 7:30 PMSHOW 8 PMwww. yardbirdsuite.com 27


At a Glance...Friday & Saturday Shows: Doors at 8pm • Show 9pm unless otherwise stated.Visit www. yardbirdsuite.comSeptember...September 20-21Grant Stewart/Kent SangsterQuintetMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22September 27Nick Fraser Quartet featuringTony MalabyMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24September 28Smoked Pianos -Jan Jarczyk/John StetchMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22October...October 4Dmitry Baevsky TrioMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24October 5Dayna Stephens TrioMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24October 11Hendrick Meurkens QuintetMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24October 12Jaclyn Guillou QuintetMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22October 17Chet Doxas QuartetMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pmOctober 18Eric Alexander Quartetfeaturing Harold MabernMEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28October 19Ori Dakari QuartetMEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26October 25TurbopropMEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26October 26Nicole Mitchell’s Ice CrystalMEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28October 27Tigran Hamasyan QuintetMEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pmNovember...November 15-16Jerron “Blind Boy” PaxtonMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22November 22May CheungMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22November 23DUO: Peter Brötzmann + JasonAdasiewiczMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24November 29-30Sandro Dominelli TrioMEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24December 6-7Yardbird Suite All-StarsMusic of Joe HendersonMEMBERS $18, GUESTS $22December 13-14Tommy Banks Presents theSpirit of ChristmasMEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30EDMONTON JAZZ SOCIETY11 TOMMY BANKS WAY(Corner of 102 St & 86 Ave)EDMONTON AB T6E 2M2PM40047729

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