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May/June 2016: Kamasi Washington (Festival Edition)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band: Keep On Truckin’

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The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival features a wide range of music every year, from blues to bebop to electronic—and everything in between. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Winnipeg’s own guitar hero Joey Landreth as their guest artist, is decidedly on the blues end of that spectrum. 

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Tedeschi is a skilled singer and electric guitarist, deeply soulful and expressive on both. Trucks is best known for his highly creative slide guitar playing, which the Washington Post described as “notes and chords that soar, slice and glide, sounding like a cross between Duane Allman on a ’61 Gibson Les Paul and John Coltrane on tenor sax.”

Both Tedeschi and Trucks have led their own bands for two decades, in addition to working with some of the biggest names in the business. Tedeschi has opened for The Rolling Stones, BB King, Buddy Guy and Bob Dylan, while Trucks played for years in the Allman Brothers Band. This is also how they met, as Tedeschi opened for the Allman Brothers Band in summer of 1999. A year later, they were married. In 2010, they formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which combined members from both of their bands, allowing them to join forces in music as well as life.

An exciting addition for Winnipeggers is the special guest for the evening, our very own Joey Landreth. He is the lead guitarist-singer-songwriter for the Bros Landreth, who have transcended their early days in Winnipeg to become a highly successful band, now touring internationally. You can hear him, along with the rest of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, at the Burt on June 25 as part of the 2016 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. They’re gonna raise the roof!

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