The jazz scene in Edmonton has consistently been building steam over the last several years, and this year is sure to make a huge mark thanks to the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, which will take place on June 20-29, 2014. Held at the iconic Winspear Centre, the festival will bring together renowned musicians from all over the world to treat jazz enthusiasts to some amazing music. It promises to be a memorable experience for all involved. Read a bit more about it and the artists who will be there, and consider picking up a ticket for yourself and a date to be involved in this day of amazing live music.

Catch Improvisational Jazz Trio Medeski Martin & Wood

Medeski Martin & Wood will be headlining the festival this year. They are known for appealing to people who "aren't that into jazz." So if you're thinking about heading to the festival but aren't too sure how much instrumental jazz you can take, just know that these guys are pros at entertaining people like you! They've been making music together since the early 90's, and are known for diversifying their sound by adding unique percussion instruments and other sounds such as the electric piano and Hammond B3 organ.

Guitar Guru John Scofield Makes an Appearance

Joining the Medeski Martin & Wood trio on stage will be John Scofield. The guitarist is known for incorporating reggae, funk, rock and soul elements into jazz. He has been working as a performer since the 70's and has developed a very distinct sound. He is a master improviser and has even toured with jazz great Miles Davis. He has also recorded over 30 albums, and first collaborated with Medeski Martin & Wood in 1998. He promises to bring a unique perspective to the improvisations on stage.

Who is the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society?

The people responsible for putting this lineup together and making the festival happen are a group of Edmontonians known as the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society. They are primarily focused on expanding the love and understanding of jazz music in Edmonton, as well as connecting jazz musicians provincially, nationally and throughout the world. They were formed in 2005 and have worked together to produce many festivals, workshops and events year after year that inspire Edmontonians to nurture their love of jazz music.

The International Jazz Festival promises to be a wonderful way to engage with the jazz community and experience live music in the city. The festival will draw the world's masters of this art form to the city for a few weeks of incredible music. Prepare to be blown away by the stunning improvisational abilities of these musicians. From a live music and artistic perspective, this is a great opportunity for Edmontonians. Even if jazz is not particularly your favourite style of music, this is still a great chance to hear some of the world's best perform.

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