Today, we are announcing the 2018 Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival with a great line-up including a main stage show by Holly Cole presented with ENMAX Centre. “The ENMAX Centre is proud to be one of the partners of the Lethbridge Jazz Society, and its continuing quest to bring a strong and dynamic Jazz & Blues Festival to our city” – Kim Gallucci, General Manager ENMAX Centre. The 2018 festival will continue to deliver on the experience of previous years with a great new lineup of amazing artists. “Consistently outstanding performances are the hallmark of the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival. People can select any Festival event and be assured that they will have a terrific experience.” – Don Robb, President, Lethbridge Jazz Society
The Young Lions Concert is a cornerstone of the Lethbridge Jazz Festival. It spotlights the amazing talent and energy of the school jazz bands in Southern Alberta. Some 250 young musicians bring their best performances for an audience.
Papa King and the Boogiemen – Always a treat to hear
Kicking off our afternoon is veteran bluesman Papa King. For many years Papa King has been bringing terrific boogie blues to Southern Alberta.
Paul Kype and Texas Flood – More great blues
A masterful guitarist, Paul draws upon the influences of guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul has honed his skill to near perfection. He honours the songs of the greats by playing them with amazing precision while, investing them with his own intense feeling.
The mighty Hippodrome will help you get your groove on Funk, soul, disco, rhythm and blues, blues and even some jazz are part and parcel of the repertoire of Lethbridge’s premier “rhythm and groove” band, Hippodrome. A rock solid rhythm section, coupled with a dynamite horn section, all backing a frontline of fantastic vocalists make this 11 piece group a truly exciting experience for any music lover.
Metrik Jazz Tentet – a brand new Jazz group
This 10 piece jazz ensemble brings a new sound to our Festival — reminiscent of the legendary Miles Davis Nonette, this group has a refreshing combination of new compositions and new arrangements of jazz standards.
The Lethbridge Big Band
Enjoy the superb, rich, big band harmonies of our own Lethbridge Big Band. Founded in the 1960s, this band has performed all over Southern Alberta, bringing the fabulous sounds big bands and crooners ranging from Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra all the way up to Harry Connick Jr, and Michael Buble.
Nobuki was born in Hiroshima, Japan and now resides in New York. He will bring his talented trio to Nikka Yuko Garden for a very special evening in a very special place.
Join Josh Davies, trumpet, James Oldenburg, guitar; Brad Brouwer, drums, and Paul Holden, bass, for an evening of music-making and sharing. Bring your horn or your voice and help make the music – or just come in and enjoy the jazz along with terrific food and beverages.
Marcus Mosely & Sweet Inspiration Gospel Concert
We are thrilled to welcome Marcus Mosely back to Lethbridge. Marcus will lead the Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir in an evening of high energy, inspirational Gospel music. Marcus brings a vast wealth of talent and experience that will be sure to lift your spirits.
Johnny Summers and the Calgary Jazz Orchestra
The rich acoustic traditional Big Band sounds from four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones and a three-piece rhythm section will delight your ears, especially when Johnny adds his rich vocals to the mix. From Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble and a whole lot in between make this a “don’t miss” event. Johnny, the band and, special guests will also give a tribute to the legendary Tommy Banks.
Jazz and More at the Food Truck Frenzy
HBO3 with Michael Carter – Straight ahead jazz. So much great music from this amazingly talented group. Enjoy the sounds of James Oldenburg on guitar, Paul Holden on Bass and Brad Brouwer on drums and their special guest Michael Carter on saxophone as they give us a terrific mix of jazz standards and original tunes. Calling All Superheroes and Princesses – Wear your costume. Hey kids!! – dress up as your favourite superhero or your favourite princess and join us for songs about all your fantasy favs – done with a touch of jazz. Steve Keenan Band – Blues at its best to kick off your weekend. Straight ahead jazz, funky jazz, bluesy jazz and lots more from this superb group of musicians.
Mallory Chipman Quartet
Revered for her “rich, expressive voice” and hailed as “an old school jazz chanteuse with new school attitude”. Mallory Chipman is quickly becoming one of the most important names in Canadian modern and vocal jazz.
An award winning singer, songwriter, BC Reed and his band bring Blues and Roots music to the Slice Enjoy a night of great music along with great friends, food and refreshments.
Allison Au Quartet
Winner of the 2016 Juno Award for “Best Jazz Album of the Year”, Allison Au brings her fresh style of instrumental jazz to our Festival Au’s music transports you to a place where instrumentals ring bold and emotions run free. Melodies cascade and collide, highlighting Au’s gift for layering voices and rhythms. Her writing showcases the color and character of each instrument, while providing ample room for her band mates to push her compositions to new heights.
Holly Cole – singer extraordinaire!! — multiple Juno Award winner, acclaimed both at home and around the world brings her music to Lethbridge for the very first time. Be sure to get your tickets to hear her perform an amazing array of music including songs from her new album called “Holly”. Please note – tickets for Holly Cole are available only through the Ticket Centre – Enmax Box Office.