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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JazzYYC Committee Opportunity – Education & Outreach

JazzYYC is looking for some passionate music educators to help build our committee and support the many outreach and education initiatives. One of the key programs we support is the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band featuring many of the best young jazz musicians in Calgary.

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Thank you for another successful Summer Jazz Festival!

What an amazing TD JazzYYC Summer Festival we have had! From the first funky grooves with the Shuffle Demons on Wednesday to the last whisper of the voice with Tara Kannangara on Sunday, the music and energy of this year’s line-up has been incredible and surpassed all our goals. It was our biggest festival yet and the …

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A Message from the Outgoing President

It’s been more than eight years since Calgary was forced to take a long, hard look at the state of the jazz in this city.  In true Calgary fashion, we looked past the challenges and made a commitment to nurturing the fertile ground in which jazz could flourish; the fertile ground that could support a …

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Greetings from your new JazzYYC Board of Directors for 2019

On Tuesday January 15 at Lolitas Lounge, we had our Annual General Meeting with approximately 25 members and guests. We elected 6 brand-new board members, said good bye and thanks for their service to 3 retiring board members and elected 4 officers to the Executive Committee. It was a busy agenda but we were beautifully …

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