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Volunteer Appreciation Event

On June 9th, JazzYYC celebrated its dedicated volunteers with a delightful afternoon of music, tasty snacks, and socializing at the new President’s home. Over 30 JazzYYC volunteers gathered for the event, which was graciously hosted by Shannon Matthyssen. Special thanks were extended to Drew Smith, JazzYYC’s Volunteer Coordinator, for his pivotal role in organizing the …

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2024 Winner of the Mark Hornby Memorial Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the inaugural Mark Hornby Memorial Scholarship, celebrating the enduring legacy of longtime musician and educator Mark Hornby. With over 40 years of dedication to building Alberta’s music community, Mark was a passionate guitarist, vocalist, and leader in numerous bands across various genres. He was also a distinguished …

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Membership Round Table at Kawa

As part of our ongoing effort to engage with members and evolve the JazzYYC Membership program, we hosted a discussion with JazzYYC members on Saturday May 18th. Membership is becoming increasingly important to our financial picture in an environment where funding through grants its increasingly hard to access, and post-Covid ticket sales are still in …

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2024 Richard Cowie Memorial Scholarship Award

JazzYYC and the Calgary Musicians Association are offering a $1000.00 scholarship to an individual who is a professional performing jazz musician. This scholarship is to be used to further the applicant’s studies in jazz (i.e. tuition fees, private lesson fees, workshop fees etc.). The applicant’s proposal will: Deadline for submissions: Extended to June 7th, 2024 …

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The 2024 Keith Smith Memorial Scholarship winner: Cody Cubik

The Keith Smith Memorial Scholarship is open to members of the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band who intend to pursue music at the post-secondary level following high school.  Awarded annually to one member of the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band, this scholarship can be applied to any related costs in preparation for or directly towards any post-secondary …

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March Jazz Madness with the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band

It was a busy month for the JazzYYC Youth Lab band. On March 5th they was featured in the Ambrose University Jazz night at Ironwood. On March 6 the band performed at the Alberta International Band Festival (AIBF) at the Polaris centre and received a Gold Award for their performance. Then last week on March …

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Message from the President: notes from the Annual General Meeting

JazzYYC held its Annual General Meeting on March 7, 2024. Café Gravity in the Beltline once again provided the setting and we listened to some great live jazz from local musicians Niel Bonnett, Aaron Shore and Jeff Gammon. At the meeting the members approved a slate of new Directors. I want to extend a big …

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Girls in Jazz 2024 a huge success! 

The Women Band Directors International’s (WBDI) Girls in Jazz 2024, held January 26th and 27th at Lord Beaverbrook High School, was a huge success!    With our special guests Jodi Proznick, Audrey Ochoa, and Winnipeg Drummer Tetyana Haraschuk. the two-day event started with a day of Professional Development for area teachers. Taught by an all-female …

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Announcement: The 2024 Mark Hornby Memorial Scholarship

This new scholarship celebrates the legacy of longtime musician and educator Mark Hornby. During his over 40 years building the music community of Alberta, Mark was a busy guitarist, vocalist and leader in many different bands across many genres. He graduated from the University of Calgary with both a Bachelor of Education and Masters in …

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Announcement: The 2024 Tune Up Scholarship for Young Women in Jazz

The Tune Up Scholarship for Young Women in Jazz is an award open to young women who wish to continue their studies in jazz after high school. Applicants can be between 16 and 25 years old and be continuing their jazz studies through private lessons or at a recognized Canadian post-secondary music program with opportunities …

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High-fidelity raffle winning numbers

Congratulations to our winners. If you have a winning ticket, please contact partners@jazzyyc.com with a photo of your raffle ticket. Inglewood Dinner & Jazz Entertainment Package ($360) 017114 – Red Champagne, Dinner and a Show ($210) 015048 – Green Calgary Jazz, Dance & Dinner Package ($300) 015387 – Green Dali Headphones ($600) 015454 – Green …

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High Fidelity Jazz Day Silent auction and Raffle items

Step into the rhythm of JazzYYC’s High Fidelity Jazz Day on October 21st and experience the exhilaration of jazz not just in music, but also in winning! We proudly present our online silent auction, where you can place your bids on some truly exclusive items until 9:30 p.m. But that’s not all — for those …

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Announcement: The Excellence in Music Scholarship & Helen B. Ross Jazz Scholarship

JazzYYC is proud to announce two new scholarship opportunities for aspiring jazz musicians. The Excellence in Music Scholarship is sponsored by Barbara E. Key and Clay C. Hayes sponsors the Helen B. Ross Jazz Scholarship. Both scholarships are open to young people who wish to continue their studies in jazz. Applicants must be between 18 …

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