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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

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 18 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Monday, April 17 – Monday Night Jam – Vinyl Revival

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 15 – In the Spirit of Ray: A Tribute to Ray Charles – Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 15 – The McMahon Group – Silver Heights Restaurant

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 15 – Ron Halldorson & Ken Gold – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 15 – Afro-Cuban with Papa Mambo Trio – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 15 – Mike Manny & Gillies Forniner – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 14 – Brazilian Duo with Marco & Sheila Castillo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 14 – Mike Manny & Gillies Fouriner – The Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel)

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 14 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Thursday, April 13 – Gabriela Ocejo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Thursday, April 13 – Sargent Jams – X-Cues Billiard & Café

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 11 – Casati – Centre culturel franco-manitobain

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tuesday, April 11 – Jazz at InFerno\’s – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Monday, April 10 – Monday Night Jam – Vinyl Revival

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 8 – The McMahon Group – Silver Heights Restaurant

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 8 – Ron Halldorson & Ken Gold – Inferno’s Bistro Academy

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Saturday, April 8 – Afro-Cuban with Papa Mambo Trio – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 7 – Open Jam Session for High School Students and Friends – Vincent Massey Collegiate

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 7 – Brazilian Duo with Marco & Sheila Castillo – Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Friday, April 7 – Helen White – The Prairie Ink Café (Grant Park Mall)

Aaron Shorr

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You may have heard guitarist Aaron Shorr over the years, playing solo or duo in a café setting, or adding spice to a larger ensemble. He’s an adventurous musician with flying fingers and a quick smile. 

Did you always know guitar was your instrument?

I started playing guitar when I was 11. I actually took a year of drum lessons first, but I wasn’t a very good student—I didn’t practice all that much. I switched to guitar because I had a friend across the street who started taking lessons. I spent the first few months just making noise on it and learning a few rock riffs. After about a year of that, I started to take lessons and was practicing a few hours a night right from the get go. I knew right away that I was going to be playing for the rest of my life.

Which jazz musicians stand as your biggest inspirations?

Coltrane, Miles, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Lee Morgan, Jeff Tain Watts, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Stevie Wonder… The list is really much longer than that but they always come to mind first. Each musician in this list has a particularly unique voice and character. That’s important to me. Every one of my favourite artists writes and plays music that’s a reflection of their life experience, and that’s how their music reaches a listener at a core level.  They’re all seasoned storytellers.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

That sort of depends on the day. But overall it’s been a lot of Atlantic Era Coltrane (Coltrane’s Sound, My Favorite Things, etc), Jim Hall and Ron Carter’s Alone Together, Bernstein/Goldings/Stewart’s: Live at Smalls, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Emmylou Harris’ Evangeline, B.B. King’s Live at the Cook County Jail…

What projects are you working on these days?

I’m performing at the CCFM on November 15 with my quartet featuring Will Bonness, Julian Bradford and Kevin Waters. We’ll be playing some old favourites, a couple new tunes, and a few arrangements. More than anything I’m just excited to explore some music with some of my favourite musicians. 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a jazz musician?

The biggest thing for me is to just be open, to be listening, and to have high standards for music. The more you push yourself and the more aware you are of your own strengths and weaknesses, the more you’ll improve and the more fun you’ll have. I’ve been fortunate enough to gig in a variety of contexts in and outside of jazz, and from that I’ve learned to try to be as aware as possible of what the music needs. A large part of the battle is simply paying very close attention. That goes for listening and playing—they’re really one and the same.


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