Once again the streets of Edmonton will be alive with the sounds of brass and woodwinds, pianos, guitars and vocals in improvisation and syncopation as the city comes alive and celebrates jazz music in all of its forms. The 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival will be in full swing from June 24th through July 3rd and promises to both enlighten and enthrall audiences with vibrant vocals, passionate performances and intimate instrumentation.
Presenting Jazz music for those that have appreciated the form for years as well as for those new initiates to the free-form styling and raucous riffs, the 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival promises to live up to the fantastic performances of past years that have made this one of the most popular festivals of its kind in the world. Spread out over the city in a variety of venues, this 10-day extravaganza will draw visitors from all over the world to listen to some of the best Jazz performers in the genre.
With over 70 events featuring more than 250 musicians, this year’s festival offers traditional jazz standards, avant-garde jazz and everything in between. The International Jazz Festival takes place at a variety of venues throughout the city, including the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Winspear, Myer Horowitz and free outdoor jazz at Churchill Square. A variety of cafes, wine bars and lounges around town will be putting on more intimate shows throughout the duration of the festival.
This year, as with other years, the festival features some top-names in jazz circles including the Jacky Terrasson Trio, the Oliver Jones Trio and the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra as well as more modern jazz groups including Soil & “Pimp” Sessions and the trio of Moon Hooch that bring their particular musical styling to the festival. For more information, including a schedule of events and prices for venues where applicable, visit the Edmonton International Jazz Festival website or Facebook page.
Are you excited about the upcoming 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival and planning on going to any of the performances? Let us know in the comments what acts you’re looking most forward to seeing. If you have any experience with past festivals, let us know, we'd love to hear about it!