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Who we are

The Yardbird Suite is Edmonton’s home for jazz and beyond, and has been in continuous operation since 1957. Operated by the Edmonton Jazz Society (1973), the Suite offers sophisticated live performances in a casual and intimate setting.

From season’s opening in the first week of September through season’s close at the end of June, we produce about 120 events. Each Tuesday evening through our season, we host a Jam that attracts young and seasoned players of all instruments and styles, often providing an unexpected and surprising musical journey.

Fridays and Saturdays are packed with world-class entertainers from near and far, with many Thursdays occupied by special gigs and occasional rentals; many Sundays will see us present matinee performances and/or evening shows.

Our Emerging Artist series happen one Sunday each month, providing young local artists with credible performance opportunities and chances to hone their musical crafts.

See the full list of monthly presentations

We are also home to the Littlebirds Program, helping the next generation of players develop their skills. Led by Director, Joel Gray, and Mentor, Curtis Farley, the program hosts auditions each summer for classes each season, for ages 11 to 21.

More info

The Yardbird Suite offers our spaces for rentals – private parties, public music productions, birthdays, wine tastings, and myriad other events; for information on renting the Yardbird, please email

We enjoy an internationally-recognized reputation in jazz circles as a great sounding room with an artist-friendly focus. The Yardbird Suite is consistently included in Downbeat Magazine’s annual list of acclaimed North American jazz clubs.

Edmonton Jazz Society (1973)

MissionTo advance jazz music through performance and education 

VisionTo continue to build on our long history of a world-renowned community venue for jazz  performance and education open to all 

ValuesCollaboration, diversity, excellence, inclusivity, people, respect, transparency

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Directors and staff

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