April 14, 2019, 7:00 PM
Kirk MacDonald Quartet with the legendary Harold Mabern
Normally, we do one concert a month. But when heavy players like this come to town, you make room!
Acclaimed Toronto- based saxophonist/composer Kirk MacDonald will be touring Western Canada with the legendary American pianist Harold Mabern, joined by bassist Kieran Overs, with Calgary’s own Jon McCaslin on drums!
The Quartet will be presenting music from both MacDonald and Mabern along with music from MacDonald’s two CD’s featuring Mabern. Vista Obscura received the 2015 Juno Award for best Solo Recording in the jazz category and MacDonald’s latest release, Generations, features Mabern along with Kirk’s daughter, clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Andre White.
A powerful and unique band that has wowed sold-out audiences throughout Canada and at Jazz at Lincoln Centre’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola”. Not to be missed!
April 25, 2019, 8:00 PM
Igor Willcox Quartet
Meet The Band
Igor Willcox Quartet is formed by Igor Willcox (drums/compositions), Vini Morales (electric piano/synth), Wagner Barbosa (saxophone) and Glecio Nascimento (bass) featuring elements of jazz, funk and fusion.
The group – which plays original compositions, exploring all musicality, spontaneity, and sinergy – has achieved great notoriety in the instrumental music scene, standing out and performing in the most important festivals and Brazilian Jazz clubs such as Bourbon Street, Sescs, Santos Jazz Festival, São Paulo Jazz Festival, Play Jazz Festival, Jazz no Hostel, Jazz nos Fundos, etc.
In April / May of 2019 the group has already confirmed a Canada tour, where it will be performing at the most important jazz clubs in the country, such as the legendary Yardbird Suite, The Jazz Room, Frankie’s Jazz, & BuckingJam Palace.
May 25, 2019, 8:00
Jon McCaslin Quintet
BJP is honoured to host Jon McCaslin, fresh off his wonderful performances with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks!
Jon will be presenting an evening of his original compositions, inspired by his travels, community and the people and places around him.
Performed by an ensemble cast of Calgary’s best Jazz artists, the music will be drawn from his three releases as a leader: McCallum’s Island (2003), Sunalta (2012) and Trio3YQR (2013) as well as brand new, yet to be recorded compositions and arrangements.
If you haven’t had a chance to hear Jon live, be prepared to be blown away! His artistry and finesse with the drum kit are beautiful.
June 23, 2019, 8:00
BJP is delighted to welcome Laila Biali.
This award-winning musician (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards) has played some of the world’s most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall).
She’s toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). An engaging performer with talent as luminescent as her personality, Laila has established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars
June 27, 2019, 8:00 PM
Ben Deschamps and No Codes
From BJP: This critically-acclaimed quartet from Montreal was on a lot of jazz lovers’ top 20 lists for 2019. Ben was here last November with Rachel Therrien for Jazz YYC’s Canadian Jazz Festival. The quintet stayed with us–much red wine was consumed–and we hatched the plan to have Ben come to Calgary with his No Codes project. Those of you who heard Ben at the Ironwood will know the maturity and beauty of his playing. There is so much exciting music coming out of Montreal right now so come and get a taste!
Meet The Band
Saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps was named Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-2018, a juried award given to one young and talented musician each year to showcase and promote his or her career through festivals, television and live performances.
Following the 2017 release of his last record Demi-Nuit in 2017, Benjamin drew together the music collective No Codes.
The quartet, made up of Deschamps (alto sax), Frank Lozano (tenor sax), Sébastien Pellerin (bass) and Louis-Vincent Hamel (drums), takes its inspiration freely from the standards of thegreat American song book to recreate new compositions.Borrowing from the rhythms and the colours from the Andes, Motown or even Free Jazz, No Codes offers a journey of musical research inspired by the Jazz tradition.