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Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival features a lot of great music this year

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Things are ready to go for this year’s Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival, which begins June 7 with several big shows.
“Things are coming together reaDon Robb is excited about the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival this year. Photo by Richard Amerylly well,”— said Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival president Don Robb.
“We have our venues and artists lined up,” he said.


“ It begins on June 7 with the young Lions concert in Galt Gardens. And after that Kaley Kinjo and the Hypocrites are playing at City Hall. it will be a really classy show,” Robb said. Tickets for that show are  $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
 Jazz in the Park features an all star lineup performing for free beginning at noon with  Rondell Roberts followed by  Montuno West, Velle Weitman and Kootenay Soul and the Dirty Catfish brass Band will being  the day to a close,” said Robb, noting there is no backup plan for the outdoor events, w so they go rain or shine , smoke or no smoke.


“ We hope the smoke will dissipate and there will be no rain. It would be too expensive to have a backup plan for them,” he said.
“We have the Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir on June 12 at Southminster United Church and  Dawn Pemberton conducting. We also have an excellent local choir and a band  with Randy Epp on piano and HBO3  (Paul Holden, James Oldenbiurg, Brad Brouwer),” he said.
“And I’m really excited about  Jim Brenan  at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. He’s bringing a 10 or 11 piece band with him,” he continued.

“ And anybody who likes drums or or is a drummer won’t want to miss  Larnell Lewis, June 14 at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. He’s a phenomenal drummer.  He usually  plays with Snarky Puppy who are quite big now and a lot of other people,” he said.

 “On Saturday, June 15, after you’re done your Saturday chores, come on down to the Owl for some music with  Tricia Edwards. She’s  a pianist from Calgary and bringing her band with her,” he said.
 “ And the Shuffle Demons wind up the festival. They‘ve been playing for a lot of years. They are a really fun and exciting group We’ve been trying to get them here for several years, but the schedule has never worked until now, he said.


 You can whet your appetite for jazz music with the supper time jazz series, which has been changed slightly. It continues this year]s  focus on collaborating with other organizations like the Lethbridge Folk Club and Nikka Yuko Japanese Centre for a couple shows.


“ We’ve been working with some familiar venues like the Streatside, Telegraph and and Firestone and Stoketown who have been working with us for years.. They wanted to do their shows earlier,” he said.


Several venues will be  featuring  the Suppertime Jazz series, beginning June 4 with James Oldenburg performing a solo show at Telegraph from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 James Oldenburg and Paul Holden will be playing the Firestone Restaurant, June 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Streatside Eatery features the Sheldon Arvay Duo, June 8 from 6-8 p.m.
 And local blues band CODA performs as a trio at  a special Blues Brunch, June 9 from 1noon-2 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:34 )  
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