JazzYYC Summer Festival

World-class jazz takes spotlight as annual fest returns

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Start your summer on a high note with a diverse blend of world-class jazz as the fourth annual JazzYYC Summer Festival takes over Calgary.

With four mainstage venues, late night jams, public workshops, a very special Women in Jazz panel, and the signature JazzWalk, this summer festival returns thanks to Calgary’s jazz society, JazzYYC.

And with an expanded partnership with TD Canada Trust you can hit up education programs, JazzYYC Youth Band activities, and the annual JazzWalk. There’s even a student discount program for the festival, allowing students to take $10 off the cost of any ticketed show.

Here’s what we’re checking out at this year’s festival:

Memories of Tomorrow

June 14, 2018, 7:30pm
TransAlta Pavilion, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
$15 – $25

Mainstage at MRU sees JazzYYC back at the beautiful Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts with a special concert featuring pianist John Roney. Recreating the legendary Koln Concert recording of Keith Jarret, head to the intimate acoustic space of the TransAlta Pavillion for this one-of-a-kind performance.

Melody Diachun

June 15, 2018, 8:00pm
Junction – food . stage . bar (628 8th Ave. SW)
$15 – $50

Hear JUNO and National Jazz Award-nominated vocalist Melody Diachun and her crackerjack band as they hit the stage with a sound that unites the freedom and excitement of jazz expression with funk, blues, and fun.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School

June 16, 2018, 8:00pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
$35 – $45

Part of the Mainstage at NMC series, don’t miss your chance to see Toronto’s 19-piece modern jazz orchestra as it brings the lush soundscapes of The Twilight Tour to Calgary.

JazzYYC Jazzwalk with Art

June 17, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Along Music Mile (9th Ave. SE)

Celebrate the Father’s Day with this free, family-friendly guided journey with Art Proctor to various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile. With multiple shows in multiple venues, there’s a little something for everyone, from the jazz aficionado to the newest listener.

Women in Jazz Panel

June 17, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)
By Donation

Part of the Jazz Camp workshop series, check out the first annual Women in Jazz Panel moderated by JazzYYC President and singer, Deb Rasmussen. Find out what it takes for a woman to make it in jazz as Chelsea McBride, Maya Rae, Melody Diachun, Michelle Gregoire, and Kaely Cormack share their stories.

The JazzYYC Summer Festival runs June 14 to 17, 2018. Festival passes are available and give you entrance to all 15 ticketed festival shows. Head to jazzyyc.com for the full schedule.