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Littlebirds Big Band & Littlebirds Combo

Littlebirds Big Band & Littlebirds Combo

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About the Yardbird Suite

The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957. It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is an intimate, volunteer-run lounge specializing in...

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Director: Joel Gray
Assistant Director: Marlouie Saique

Littlebirds Big Band
Saxophones: Jonathan Bieniada, Amanda Dang, Ijaz Janmohammed, Trin Nelson, and Caleb Hunt
Trumpets: Emily Williams, Samuel Heintzman, Marko Stefanov, Theodore Dlussky, and Zach Champ
Trombones: Brett Merkosky, Marcus Wong, Mya Colwell, and Emmett McDonald
Guitar: Jake Gannon
Piano: Jonam Neilson
Bass: Stellar Nolan
Drums: Eamon Van den Berg

Littlebirds Combo
Ijaz Jannohamed - alto sax
Jacob Rabuka - tenor sax
Samuel Heintzman- trumpet
Simon Williams- piano
Kaleb Belcourt – guitar
Jeremie Gutierrez- bass
Eamon Van den Berg – drums

Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $16.00 for EJS members; $20.00 for non-members/guests


The Littlebirds started in 1990 as part of an education program run by the Yardbird Suite. Gordon Towell was the initial director of the youth band. Gordon’s tenure was short lived as he returned to school to start a doctoral degree. Dean McNeill was the next director of the Littlebirds and perhaps best known for establishing the band as one of western Canada’s finest groups. Dean also heard the call of school and left the band to Jerrold Dubyk who directed the band for two years. Craig Brenan took over the band in 1998. Joel Gray took over as director in 2004, and the Littlebirds continue to flourish and develop, sustaining their high level of musicianship.

The Littlebirds Big Band experience has a profound and lasting impact on the lives of Littlebirds members. Some become music teachers or professional musicians. All are motivated students sharing a love of music. The Littlebirds season includes regular weekly rehearsals from September through May, participation in local jazz festivals, and occasional participation in the Edmonton International Jazz Music Festival.

This concert will feature the best young jazz musicians in Edmonton. The Littlebirds Combo is a seven-piece group and they will perform a set of original music, showcasing their fantastic playing and their writing talents. The eighteen piece Big Band will be playing with special guest, Allen Jacobson, and will play a set of classic and modern big band music that will take you from the swing era right up to the 21st century.

Allen Jacobson is a trombonist, vocalist, composer, arranger and educator who has performed throughout Canada and internationally for many years. During the course of his career he has established a reputation as an outstanding, creative performer and educator. He spent a number of years in Europe touring and teaching before returning to Edmonton. He is known for his creative and versatile artistry and has performed with Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Conte Condoli, Keith Copeland, Lee Konitz, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Shew, John Tchicai, Karl Berger, The Frankfurt Jazz Big Band, HR Big Band, among many other artists and ensembles.

This is your chance to hear and support the next generation of Canadian music talent. It will be a fun, energetic, and entertaining show that will delight and surprise you.


Date & Times

  • Sat 3/7/2020 8:00 PM

    Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.