The Edmonton Jazz Society (1973), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1973 to promote live jazz music in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
EJS contributes to provide the community with jazz entertainment / education thanks to the support from many sources. Government programs, foundations, and individual donations all help to maintain the organization. EJS continues to operate successfully due to the volunteer contribution of board members, individuals, staff, musicians, and patrons. EJS is run by a volunteer Board.
entirely by volunteers, The
Yardbird Suite, is the only facility of its kind in Canada. Every weekend
between the middle of September and the end of June (with the break for
the New Year) a new jazz experience
unfolds in the Suite's casual and intimate atmosphere.
In addition to average 75 concerts per performance season, the Yardbird currently hosts
weekly Tuesday Night Sessions, sponsors the Littlebirds Big Band,
presents Jazz For Kids events, and provides
concert space to other
On March 23, 1957, the original Yardbird Suite opened on 10445 Whyte Avenue. Founding members included Terry Hawkeye, Zen and Ray Magus, Ron Repka, Garry Nelson, Ken Chaney and Neil Gunn.
Yardbird Suite relocated to 9810 Jasper Avenue.
When the Steak Loft moved from its original location on Jasper Ave and
98th Street into a new building further west on Jasper, the Yardbird
Suite moved into the vacated Steak Loft
premises. The Yardbird Suite operated in that location
pretty well as the present operation is run, with the
exception of the fact that the volunteers in those
days were all musicians and their wives and girlfriends. It ran most
often five nights a week.
In 1967 an old VW garage
across from the old CP station on the south side (corner od
102 Street and 81st Avenue) became Yardbird
Suite new location.
On September 13 1984, with a crew of dedicated jazz volunteers, the Yardbird Suite re-opened in its current location (known at the time as Malone Warehouse) at 11 Tommy Banks Way.