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From 11:30 am – 8 pm
Jack Long Park – Mainstage

JazzYYC’s JazzWalk is world-famous for a fun, family-friendly, safe outdoor music experience. Enjoy live jazz music all day long with food trucks, beer gardens, and some of the best Calgary, and Canadian, musicians around. And it’s free! 

Simone Lutzko Quartet

11:30 am

The Simone Lutzko Quartet is composed of young up and coming session players in the city of Calgary. Featuring Simone on saxophone and vocals and an incredible backbone rhythm section, the group presents a fresh and modern take on some of the most beloved jazz classics.

Since being introduced to the art of jazz in her teenage years, Simone Lutzko has felt a

connection to the genre and the nuances brought by modern big band interpretations of treasured jazz standards. This inspiration allows Simone to always incorporate different melodic and emotionally evoking ideas to the music she performs, taking instruction by the likes of talented Calgary saxophonists Nate Waters and Richard Harding. There is a sense of sentimental storytelling in her playing, her smooth tone and style emulating the cool jazz era, understated in comparison with more well-known forms such as bebop and swing. Simone has immersed herself in the Calgary music scene for many years, playing with the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band, the Calgary Youth Jazz Orchestra, and jamming at the Blues Can. This past April, she recorded saxophone and background vocals on local musician Rome IX’s debut album at the infamous OCL Studios in Chestermere.

Joining Simone onstage are rising star rhythm section players Andrés Mira on drums, Michael Buie on keys, and Adam Pettigrew on upright bass. The group met through the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra, each performing regularly in the Calgary scene. Andrés and Mike are the backbone of their trio Oranje with fellow UofC grad Joseph Bahhadi. Adam can be heard at his weekly slot at Betty Lou’s Library and at various shows around town. Guaranteed to provide a new and exciting spin on the swing of jazz, this quartet will leave you feeling youthful and invigorated for the day ahead.

VOLK

12:45 pm

VOLK is a Calgary grown project led by trombonist Carsten Rubeling featuring some of the city’s most exciting and creative musicians. Carsten released the album VOLK//PEOPLE on Inner Ocean Records in 2019 to wide acclaim. You will experience a powerful and fluid blend of jazz, soul, hip-hop, and electronic music, from Carsten on trombone, Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet, Steve Fletcher on keyboards, Steve Shepard on bass, and Steve Jackson on drums.

Johnny Summers Quintet

2:00m

Johnny Summers is a multifaceted musician making his mark as a trumpeter, vocalist, arranger, composer and director. He has worked and performed with award-winning artists including, Bobby Shew, Maria Schneider, Ellis Marsalis, Tommy Banks, and Guido Basso to name a few. Johnny is the founding director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, and he writes and arranges well over half of their music. As a writer and recording artist, Johnny has received much critical acclaim. He is the recipient of 11 Global Music Awards, 2 Gospel Music Awards and numerous nominations including one for an AMPIA award for best original film score for Burlesque Assassins. One of  Johnny’s most recent releases features his original composition, Award-winning Suite Jubilation, with artists of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, New West Symphony Chorus, Dee Daniels and Vincent Gardner. His seventh studio album, Baker’s Dozen, was released in February 2020 on Cellar Live Records.

Michelle Gregoire Trio

3:15 pm

Pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire’s music has been described as “ingenious”, “elegant”,  “balanced”,  and “original with great depth and imagination”. She has toured across Canada with her jazz quintet and her music is heard regularly on XM Radio and Galaxie satellite jazz programs. An active freelance musician since 1984, Michelle Grégoire maintains a solid reputation as a sideperson and band leader having backed up artists in all genres.

Joanna Borromeo

4:30 pm

Joanna Borromeo is a treasure of Calgary’s soul/jazz music scene, a JUNO-nominated vocalist, pianist, and composer influenced by some of the deepest, most beautiful musicians in history. Her approach to music strikes a compelling balance between science and art, showing equal amounts of eloquence in musicianship and emotional expression.

Surprise Band!

5:45 pm

Hilario Duran ‘Contumbao’

7 pm

The Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana into a  musical family surrounded by various musical influences. His first work as a professional musician was Cuba’s Los  Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble.

Later on, in the 70’s, he was Chucho Valdés’ chosen  successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, ‘Orquesta  Cubana de Música Moderna’.

Hilario was also a pianist, arranger, and composer of  Arturo Sandoval Group. In 1990 Hilario was the band’s director of the group called Perspectiva, formed with  Arturo’s band’s remaining members when Sandoval immigrated to the U.S.

Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself. He is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz U.S.A., for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin  Jazz. In addition, he has also been recognized as the winner in the Latin Jazz category of the Latin Awards  Canada 2020, 6th Edition.

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