American trumpet player Jon Faddis and Red Deer jazz singer Cheryl Fisher headline this year’s Jazz at the Lake, which also features a healthy dose of Dizzy Gillespie.
The 15th annual event, scheduled for Aug. 17 to 20 in Sylvan Lake, starts with Blues Bash with the Jack Semple Band on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre, 4725 43rd St. Admission is $25.
Aug. 18th’s free lineup starts with a Dizzy Gillespie theme. The lecture and presentation is titled Dizzy Gillespie at 100 — The Bebop Revolution Continues goes from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Stevenson Performing Arts Centre at H.J. Cody School, 4520 50th St.
From 1 to 2 p.m. a brass clinic with Faddis takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Stevenson Performing Arts Centre. From 2 to 3 p.m. the H.O.T. Dixieland Jazz Band will perform a concert/sing-a-long at the Sylvan Lake Lodge, 4620 47th Ave. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the H.O.T. Dixieland Jazz Band moves over to the Sylvan Lake Farmers Market downtown.
Faddis’ headlining concert, 100th Birthday Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, takes place at the Stevenson Performing Arts Centre from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $35. A free post-concert reception at Viva La Sirena, 4903 Lakeshore Dr. rounds out the day starting at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19 features the free Jazz in the Park from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lions Legacy Park, corner of Main (Centennial Street) and 48th Avenue.
Fisher performs in concert from her new album Quietly There from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Alliance Community Church, 4404 47th Ave. Admission is $35. A free post-concert reception starts at 10:30 p.m. at Viva La Sirena.
It winds down on Aug. 20 with a swing dance with the Johnny Summer Little Big Band form 2 to 5 p.m. at the Seniors Centre in the Nexsource Centre, 4823 48th Ave. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 children 12 and under.
Lastly, the pubs and clubs event, from 5 to 8 p.m., features live music our restaurants. Fireside Restaurant and Lounge, 4907 Lakeshore Dr., features the Polyjesters; Viva La Sirena features the Mallory Chipman Quartet; Pete’s at the Beach, 4711 Lakeshore Dr., features the Jazz Plus Trio and Bravo Gastro Lounge, 4613 Lakeshore Dr., features the Karl Roth Trio.
Festival goers also have the choice of purchasing a Jazzy Pass, which covers entries to all four concerts for $100. For more information visit www.jazzatthelake.com.