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Official page of the Yardbird Suite and Edmonton Jazz Society.

The Yardbird Suite - Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957. The performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, we present the best in local, national and international jazz.


Operated 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 an average of 75 concerts per performance season, the Yardbird currently hosts weekly Tuesday Night Sessions, sponsors the Littlebirds Big Band, and provides concert space to other organizations.

Our programming has enabled local musicians to play with some of the world's luminaries of jazz. In partnership with the CBC and Radio-Canada, we have broadcasted nationally. In the past we have provided jazz appreciation courses, weekend workshops with visiting musicians and sponsored various bands.

On March 23, 1957, the original Yardbird Suite opened on 10444 Whyte Avenue. Founding members included Terry Hawkeye, Zen and Ray Magus, Ron Repka, Gary Nelson, Ken Chaney and Neil Gunn.

In 1959 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 of 102 Street and 81 Avenue) became Yardbird Suite new location.

In 1973 the EJS re-organized and staged concerts at the Captain's Cabin on 89 Avenue and 99 Street, Palm's Cafe and other locations.

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.

Address: 11 Tommy Banks Way , Edmonton T6E 2M2, AB, CA
Phone: (780) 432-0428
State: Edmonton
County: AB
Zip Code: T6E 2M2

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An intimate, up front stage experience. One I highly recommend. No problem hearing the actors and all theatre attendees were friendly and engaging. Any opportunity to attend this venue and catch a show is an experience that one will find enjoyable. Located in Edmonton's Strathcona district, parking is nearby.
Sierra Jamerson was flipping amazing. The Yardbird is still the best place in Edmonton to see great bands. Thank so much!
Went to see Dan Brubeck for my first show here and had a fantastic experience. Great concert venue.
The sound/music was amazing. The only thing I recommend is that if you are here for the full 3 hours which you should be is that along with your drinks you also get a water and ice because it is very warm in the hall. Band was amazing. Gives off a very romantic feel. Worth your time! Please support local.
Best Jazz club in Canada with zero exceptions!! The Tuesday night Jam session is a uniquely popular night and I would highly doubt that there is a better Jazz jam anywhere in the country!
A nice cozy place to be. Great music and food. If you go, you must try the popcorn. 10/10 would recommend.
Had a great time performing here. Very comfortable green room
Canada's longest running Jazz club, go here now for imminent mind expansion
It was Funtastic. We had made fun. Big Up to The Sierra Jamerson Experience. What a performance.
Education concert was very cool! Vocabulary was a bit above my Gr6's level, but they very much enjoyed it! House manager was very accommodating and the band was a blast to watch.
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