TD Summer Festival – June 25 – 30, 2024

TD Summer Festival – June 25 – 30, 2024

This summer’s festival features an incredible lineup of international musicians (and some local) from a variety of jazz genres and styles. The Grammy-winning Composer, Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, all around keyboard master, Cory Henry is at the Bella Concert Hall to start things off on Tuesday June 25. Two nights later the rollicking psychedelic styles of Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East will shake Commonwealth Bar and Stage, and we’re happy to say Calgary’s Madhuban Performing Arts will be opening. One of this generation’s finest and most dazzling jazz singers on the planet, Veronica Swift, will be at the Bella Concert Hall Friday June 28, and finally the 3x Grammy- nominated New York-based saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin will play Calgary Public Library Saturday night.

Headliners

  •  Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T3E 6K6

Simply put Cory Henry is a Grammy Award Winning Artist, Composer, Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, all around keyboard master, and is the future of music!


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  •  Thursday, Jun 27th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Address:
731 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2R 0B3

With a deep-rooted passion for music and dance, Madhuban Performing Arts brings together the vibrant rhythms, melodious tunes, and graceful movements that define South Asian culture.

Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East sources musical inspiration from the scores of Bollywood classics and Spaghetti Westerns, Punjabi folk traditions, jazz improvisation, and rollicking psychedelic styles.


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  •  Friday, Jun 28th, 2024
     7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Address:
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T3E 6K6

On her albums, Confessions (2019) and This Bitter Earth (2021), Veronica Swift ascended to the upper echelon of early 21st century jazz singers because of her virtuosic brilliance, interpretive ingenuity, bracing songwriting, and keen arrangements. Simply put, Swift is not only one of the most dazzling singers to emerge in her generation, she’s one of the most versatile.


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  •  Saturday, Jun 29th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Phone: (403) 260-2600

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Address:
800 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2G 0E7

Lakecia Benjamin is a 3x GRAMMY nominated New York-based saxophonist, arranger, composer, and educator. Her music offers a unique meld of R&B, several strains of jazz, and funk. Her warm, resonant tone lends itself to any form of music she chooses to play.


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Swing series

Band members

Ulysses Owens Jr. - drums
Thomas Milovac - bass
Tyler Bullock - piano
Erena Terakubo - saxophone
Benny Benack III - trumpet

  •  Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
1215 10 Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Modelled on bands like Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers,  “Generation Y” celebrates the importance of mentorship within jazz and the arts at large. Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr teams up with a quintet featuring the next generation of emerging jazz talent. Ulysses has been on faculty at Juilliard in the role of Small Ensemble Director for (more…)


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Anthony Fung - drums
Dayna Stephens - saxophone
Michael Ragonese - piano
Luca Alemanno - bass

  •  Thursday, Jun 27th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
1215 10 Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Anthony Fung is a Canadian-born drummer, composer, producer, and bandleader currently based in Los Angeles. He has established himself as an accomplished musician, performing at renowned festivals and venues worldwide.

Innovative saxophone virtuoso Dayna Stephens has released over 10 albums as a band leader and worked with many famous names as a sideman, playing at renowned venues all around the world.


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Pasquale Grasso - guitar
Paul Johnston - bass
Jon McCaslin - drums

  • Pasquale Grasso Trio
     Friday, Jun 28th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
1215 10 Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Born in Italy and now based in New York City, guitarist Pasquale Grasso has developed an astounding technique and concept informed not by jazz guitarists so much as by bebop pioneers like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, and the classical-guitar tradition.


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Hilario Duran - piano
Roberto Occhipinti - bass
Mark Kelso - drums

  •  Saturday, Jun 29th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
1215 10 Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Cuban born JUNO-Award winning pianist, composer, arranger and musical director Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun­-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats.


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Canadian series

Band members

Sundar Viswanathan - saxes and flutes
Michael Occhipinti - guitar
Laura Swankey - vocals
Rich Brown - bass
Max Senitt - drums
Ravi Naimpally - tablas & percussion

  • Avataar
     Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2024
     8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Address:
1229 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Avataar is an award-winning Brampton-based world-jazz group featuring some of Canada’s finest jazz, world, funk, and pop musicians. The album Petal (2016) received critical acclaim from publications including DOWNBEAT, JAZZIZ, allaboutjazz, and world music central.com. The album Worldview (2021) won the 2022 JUNO award for Best Jazz Album of the Year (Group). 


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Laura Anglade - vocals
Sam Kirmayer - guitar
Jonathon Chapman - bass
Valerie Lacombe - drums

  •  Thursday, Jun 27th, 2024
     8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Address:
1229 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

French-American singer Laura Anglade is a promising storyteller with a lot to say. She draws inspiration from Carmen McRae, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson, and Anita O’Day.


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Mary Ancheta - keyboards
Dominic Conway - sax
Matt Reid - bass
Joel Fountain - drums

  •  Friday, Jun 28th, 2024
     8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Address:
1229 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Keyboardist Mary Ancheta is a Canadian / Filipina artist with a genre-bending organic, modern take on jazz and electro-funk. Inspired by the likes of Squarepusher, The Meters, John Scofield, and Prince, Mary has a passion for storytelling and the human condition.


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Eliana Cuevas - vocals
Jeremy Ledbetter - piano

  •  Saturday, Jun 29th, 2024
     8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Address:
1229 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Eliana Cuevas and Jeremy Ledbetter are well-known for composing and performing as bandleaders of their own Latin Jazz projects and as side musicians for some of the best musical acts in Canada. A married couple with two children together, their joint work includes Eliana’s last three albums which earned them two Independent Music Awards for Best World Music Album and Best World Music Producer in New York, plus a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best World Music Album.


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Craig Brenan - Trombone
Jim Brenan - Saxophone
Sean Craig - Saxophones
David Lavoie - Trumpet
Earl macDonald - Piano
Afo fapujuwo - Drums
Jon Wielebnowski - Bass

  •  Sunday, Jun 30th, 2024
     7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Address:
1229 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Brenan Brothers return with their second album featuring original music and arrangements of classic 1970’s jazz. The band creates an inclusive acoustic sound inspired by the auditory landscapes of current jazz yet grounded in the traditions of hard bop and creative improvisation.


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Jazz in the burbs

  • Early show
     Friday, Jun 28th, 2024
     6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Late show
     Friday, Jun 28th, 2024
     8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Address:
# 139 14919 Deer Ridge Dr. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bellbird is a collective of Montreal-based musicians. Their debut album Root In Tandem was released worldwide in August 2023. While rooted in modern jazz, Bellbird’s music bares influences from myriad musical styles, from moving folk melodies, to atonal counterpoint, to rock grooves that stretch the boundaries of the jazz genre.


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  • Early show
     Saturday, Jun 29th, 2024
     5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Late show
     Saturday, Jun 29th, 2024
     7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Address:
# 139 14919 Deer Ridge Dr. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

All members of Norbert Kael’s Jazzical Trio are internationally acclaimed musicians. Their main profile is creating a fusion of classical and jazz styles using new approach emphasizing tasteful sensitivity. They arrange popular classical pieces into jazz keeping their original character in a unique way.


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