|Ambiance |||Live Music, Lounge|
|Music Genres |||Jazz|
|Getting There |||Corner of 102 Street & 86 Avenue|
|Open Mid September to June, Fri-Sat 8PM-1AM Closed Christmas/New Years.|
Profile Last Updated: September 10, 2008
Serious jazz fans have been heading to the Yardbird Suite since it first hung out its shingle in 1957. Bucking Edmonton's redneck twang town stereotype, the Yardbird (taken from the nickname given to sax great Charlie Parker) has been on an artistic mission since to deliver the greatest names in jazz to Edmonton.
Local legends P.J. Perry and Tommy Banks frequently hold court on stage, while international players like Ed Bickert, Eddie Shaw and Lew Tabackin regularly make their way up from the States to play for a discriminating crowd that demands the very best. Unlike most music venues, the Yardbird is community-run by the Edmonton Jazz Society and has been since 1973. Meaning, gig revenues don't wind up in the pocket of some shady club owner. The cash is reinvested into the place to maintain the quality of the acts they book. In short, it's a jazz club built by jazz fans for jazz fans. No doubt Charlie Parker would have dug it.
Show Times and Listings
To see when your favorite jazz musician is coming to the legendary Yardbird Suite, be sure to take a peek at the Yardbird website. It has a list of upcoming shows for you to pencil into your day planners. And for the avid jazz fan, you should also check out the site as it provides detailed and colourful biographies of all the past, present, and future Yardbird performers.
Take Note: Shows begin at 9pm