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Deconstruction Blues

straight up

Anna-Lisa Kirby: Coaching the Next Generation of Singers

July/August 2017: Anna-Lisa Kirby

Summer Play: Jazz in the Garden

Marc Tugby

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: I Talk With the Spirits

on the street where you live

Jazz on Wheels: Into the Neighbourhoods!

July/August 2017: Anna-Lisa Kirby

Chris Potter

you won’t forget me

Greg Lowe

reflections

The Tales We Tell

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Blur the Lines

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Buster Williams: Always Something More

May/June 2017: Buster Williams (Festival Edition)

Christian McBride

Gregory Porter

Mavis Staples

Jimmy Greene

Reel Jazz

Luc Guenette

tune-up

Showing Your Maths

May/June 2017: Buster Williams (Festival Edition)

Artie Shaw: Highlights from Self Portrait

Bokanté

reflections

Waiting for Wings

Jazz in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 29 – The McMahon Group – Silver Heights Restaurant

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 29 – Ron Halldorson & Ken Gold – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 29 – Afro-Cuban with Papa Mambo Trio – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 29 – Woody Holler & his Orchestra – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Friday, April 28 – Open Jam Session for High School Students & Friends

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 28 – Brazilian Duo with Marco & Sheila Castillo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 28 – The Burton Trio – The Prairie Ink Café (Grant Park Mall)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 28 – Woody Holler & his Orchestra – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 28 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Thursday, April 27 – Gabriela Ocejo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Thursday, April 27 – Grant Leutschaft – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Thursday, April 27 – Sargent Jams – X-Cues Billiard & Café

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 25 – Mike Swikkis – Centre culturel franco-manitobain

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 25 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Monday, April 24 – Monday Night Jam – Vinyl Revival

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Sunday, April 23 – Amber Epp: Great Canadian Songbook – Park Theatre

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Improvised Soundtrack – Aceartinc

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – The McMahon Group – Silver Heights Restaurant

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – Ron Halldorson & Ken Gold – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – Afro-Cuban with Papa Mambo Trio – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – Nightfall – The Prairie Ink Café (Grant Park Mall)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 22 – Mini Ministers of Cool – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 21 – Brazilian Duo with Marco & Sheila Castillo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 21 – Mini Ministers of Cool – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 21 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Thursday, April 20 – Gabriela Ocejo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Thursday, April 20 – Grant Leuschaft – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Thursday, April 20 – Sargent Jams – X-Cues Billiard & Café

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 18 – Ron Pasley – Centre culturel franco-manitobain

The Bridge: Making Musicians

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The Bridge: Music for Life outreach program at Hugh John Macdonald School is back in full swing. With Neil Watson and Simon Christie back at the helm, these junior high kids are gathering three times each week to pick up their instruments and make music together. Neil and Simon are adopting an ear-centred approach: theory and basic reading skills are anchored by rousing sessions where all the kids work to master lively arrangements of popular songs—songs they often suggest themselves.

The Bridge has grown and matured since the pilot program in the winter of 2011. The band has branched out from rhythm section instruments to include saxes, trombones, and trumpets alongside piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The band performs periodically throughout the school year, for school and community events. This year they’re playing early in the season, for a conference at the University of Manitoba called “Strangers in New Homelands.”

I caught up with Wesley Hansen, a young piano player who joined the Bridge program last December, and rocketed forward so quickly that he was ready to attend the U of M Jazz Camp in August. Even though he’d only been at a keyboard for a few months, several of the Jazz Camp mentors commented on his musicality and everyone appreciated his droll sense of humour. I asked him to tell me about his experience as a developing musician:

My family is big with music, so I’ve always felt that I needed to play as well. I started the Bridge program in December 2013, when I was still in grade 8. I actually began playing the trombone, but I felt that wasn’t what I was looking for. I tried the drums for a bit, then eventually I ended up at the piano. With the first song I learned—“I Want You Back”—I stuck with it and stayed.

I went to the U of M Jazz Camp in August and really enjoyed it! I really loved how the camp was set up—and how much freedom I had, and not only in making music. In my ensemble, I got to work with Neil Watson, my instructor at the Bridge program. At first I thought it would be rough, but it was actually fun and I learned a lot. We learned some new tunes, and I began to improvise, even though it was really scary. I had a great time with my friends, and I met some new friends as well! I’d love to go back to Jazz Camp again—hopefully for the next few years!

The Bridge program has started up again at Hugh John Macdonald and I’m really excited. It seems some of the old cast aren’t able to join this year, so we’ll have to make some performances with a smaller group.

I love making music with other people—it’s really just a great time! It may be a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end to hear the music…


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