Kodi Hutchinson’s friend was hiking in Tibet recently when she heard something unexpected.

“She heard jazz violin coming out of a yurt or something,” says Hutchinson, artistic producer of JazzYYC and the Canadian Jazz Festival. “It was some Chinese kid who was really into Stephane Grappelli. People love music and the thing about jazz is that it’s all about improvisation. You can bring any culture into improvisation. That’s when the flavours get so exciting and broad.”

The Canadian Jazz Festival runs from Nov. 8 to 11 at various venues in Calgary. This idea of jazz having no borders is a nice primer for the festival, which this year includes crossover acts, traditional jazz and one project that celebrates Canada’s Indigenous cultures.

We asked Hutchinson about these five performers:

Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger.

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Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger. Courtesy, Jazzyyc

Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Ironwood Stage and Grill

Hutchinson calls Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger performance “one of the most unique shows we’ve ever presented.” Led by Toronto drummer and composer Harry Vetro, this sextet’s self-titled debut album was inspired by Vetro’s travels to the six Indigenous cultural areas of Canada, including the Arctic, Western Subarctic, Pacific Coast, Plateau, Plains and the Subarctic/Eastern Woodlands. While the music is based on traditional jazz, Vetro played with musicians representing different genres while soaking up Indigenous traditions in all six of the regions.

“When we heard about (it), it just seemed like a really cool musical project,” Hutchinson says. “But he and his band, who are some of the top players in Canada, are very dedicated to bringing jazz to different communities and really trying to expand the art form.”

Montreal Guitare Trio. Courtesy, Jazzyyc

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Source:: Calgary Herald


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