Congratulations JazzYYC Team – We made History!

Canada’s first virtual Jazz Festival is in the books. 28 straight days of performances which started on International Jazz Day, April 30. What an amazing experience we had with so many incredible performances and conversations that will continue to entertain and inform jazz fans for years to come. View archived live streams Here are some …

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What’s opening in Calgary?

As we enter phase two in Calgary’s recovery from COVID-19, and our restaurants and venues start to reopen, there is still some uncertainty about what’s opening and what’s allowed. We’ve tried to include it all for you right here! What’s opening? Ironwood Stage opens this Saturday, June 20 with a Funk/Blues/Soul/Jazz performance by The Blackbelts …

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Educational podcasts launched – Updated with full list

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch every day for our Educational Video Podcast Series? They will start today running daily at 2 pm for the rest of the festival. Educational Video Podcast Release schedule so far: May 7 – Chris Jennings (Bass)  May 8 – Audrey Ochoa (Trombone)  May 9 – Mark Limacher (Piano)  …

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Deadline extended: 2020 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: present in a clear and concise manner, the …

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Help our live streaming grow!

We’re all very excited about the launch of the inaugural TD JazzYYC International Jazz Days Virtual Festival in partnership with Tim Tamashiro’s Jazz Home Delivery. To help build viewership to our new online viewing platforms and enable jazz fans like yourself to have more access options to our live streams and educational Festival content, we would encourage you …

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Community Partner Offerings

International Jazz Days – Support Our Community Partners Here are some of the great improvisations Calgary’s jazz venues, schools, and presenters are offering right now.  Show them some love – get a curbside takeout order to watch during the International Jazz Day Shows, sign up for an online course, join their mailing list or buy …

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A Special Online Evening With Laila Biali

Please join us for a special live stream JazzYYC members-only event on Friday, April 24th at 5 pm. JUNO-winning vocalist Laila Biali will be hosting us for a live Q&A and performance from the comfort of your home via Zoom.

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Artist Submissions Open – JazzYYC International Jazz Days Festival

In response to the need for Social Isolation, JazzYYC is partnering with Jazz Home Delivery to create our first ever virtual edition of the JazzYYC International Jazz Days Festival running from April 30th, 2020 – May 27th, 2020. The Festival will feature daily live stream events highlighting Calgary artists with select artists from the rest of Canada which …

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Cancellations and care for our community

The past week has been a difficult time for our community and friends across the music industry as venues and organizations take health and safety precautions to slow the spread of Covid-19. This has led to cancellations of shows and tours for many musicians in Calgary. Please check with venues to confirm the status of …

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There’s a new Jazz Club in town!

n case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new jazz club in town, and it’s starting off swinging! Alvin’s jazz club is a throwback to the quintessential New York City dining experience of the 1930’s & 40’s, with a modern approach. Located in the heart of Westman Village, their serving specialty cocktails and live jazz 3 nights …

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A Drummer’s Guide to the 2019 JazzYYC Canadian Jazz Festival

The annual JazzYYC Canadian Jazz Festival runs November 6-10, in various venues across the city of Calgary. There is lots of great Canadian Jazz music happening next week and, in particular, many great drummers to check out too. Check out this informative blog entry from Drummer Jon McCaslin!

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Deadline for jazzahead applications October 31

Canada is a partner country at jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany, in April 2020. This is a great opportunity to present Canada’s vibrant jazz scene at an international fair and festival! Jazz bands and their representatives can now apply to be part of the showcase festival. Submit your application via the jazzahead! website.  Deadline: October 31, 2019 jazzahead! co-exhibitor …

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Jazz Reach – Jazz Mentors

JazzYYC is looking for a few professional jazz musicians to be a part of a unique cross-genre collaboration project. JazzYYC will be selecting four ensembles from non-jazz genres and pairing them with a professional jazz artist to create new arrangements and music. Each pairing will be expected to produce one set worth of new arrangements …

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2019/20 Youth Lab Band Auditions

Join and Perform With Some Of Calgary’s Top Young Jazz Musicians Aged 14 to 20! Audition DatesSeptember 16 & 267 p.m. – 9 p. m. Doherty Hall Address:623 13 AV SE – Beside Calgary Arts academy Comprised of local youth aged 14 to 20, the JazzYYC Youth Lab builds on the strength of the Calgary …

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Remembering a teacher

This week the Calgary music community suffered a great loss with the passing of Mike Sakatch. Mike’s influence on generations of jazz musicians in the city is immeasurable, and many of us count ourselves lucky to have been his students and friends and to have experienced the joy and knowledge he brought to music. Our …

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