JazzYYC News


Elizabeth Shepherd demonstrated why she has earned multiple Juno nominations and international recognition with a low-key but immensely appealing show in front of a delighted crowd at the National Music Centre last Friday.

The singer, songwriter and pianist played her own rhythmically intriguing compositions – sometimes incorporating recorded sounds from her laptop.  She also treated the audience to a stunning solo version of Johnny Mandel’s Close Enough For Love as well as a couple of re-arranged covers.

Her band included the always inventive guitarist Michael Occhippinti as well as her longtime bassist Scott Kemp and Calgary’s own Jon Day on trumpet, flugelhorn, shaker and vocals.

This year’s Illumin8 series concludes with a concert by Calgary drummer and composer Tyler Hornby, who welcomes Toronto pianist David Braid as his special guest.  The show takes place May 30 at the National Music Centre. 

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After several successful years of running a small-scale jazz celebration in June, JazzYYC is ready to take the next step and relaunch the Calgary Jazz Festival in June of 2015.

JazzYYC is asking for your help to crowd fund this initiative. Go to the InvestYYC website and make a donation. There are cool incentives for every level of support.

As this newsletter went “to press” we had already raised over $1800 towards the goal of $10,000.

Please think about donating. Strong community support for a jazz festival in Calgary will also go along way towards encouraging government and corporate funders to step forward.


Calgary joins the global jazz party again this year with a bigger and better show than ever. The main event is UN International Jazz Day on Thursday, April 30, when JazzYYC and a multitude of partners present 25 concerts, lectures and educational events throughout the city. Never has more jazz been presented in Calgary in a single day!

The official Jazz Day concert at the Boyce Theatre of Stampede Park with the Corinne Plomish Trio with jazz legend Al Muirhead will be opened by UNESCO representative, Ms. Danika Billie Littlechild, Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. JazzYYC’s approach to partnering with arts and community groups to celebrate jazz with the entire city has caught the attention of UNESCO Canada and they are highlighting Calgary’s Jazz Day celebration in 2015 as a model of “how various arts and cultural expressions contribute to and improve the landscape of Canadian cultural citizenship.” (read more…)

UN International Jazz Day promotes jazz as a voice for dialogue and understanding in the global community, one town at a time, in every country of world. Jazz Day is a unique opportunity to present jazz, in all its forms, to Calgarians of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, religions, educational levels and income levels. At the same time, it provides a forum where performers of different disciplines, various arts presentation organizations, public service organizations, community groups and the private sector can collaborate. By bringing such diversity together in celebration of the jazz art form, Calgary is able to experience the truth so well stated by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova: (read more…)