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Spike Wilner Quintet: Live at Small’s

In the middle of March, Winnipeg welcomes pianist Spike Wilner to headline the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series. His prowess at the piano is highly respected in the jazz world. Whether it’s stride piano from the 1920s, the exhilarating and highly impressive bebop style from the 40s, or the more burning hard-bop style from the […]

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Channeling Ray Charles: Craig Bailey, Wayne Holmes, and the Big dig! Band

I think people may have forgotten what a chameleon Ray Charles was. He was an incredible singer, pianist, composer, arranger, and even an occasional saxophonist! He was also one of the first crossover artists, with hit recordings in jazz, blues, country, gospel, rock and roll, pop, and R&B. He had so many hits that you […]

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Paying the Rent!

On November 18, Winnipeggers packed the Park Theatre for Rent Party 7, a celebration of dig! magazine’s twelfth birthday! The lobby was alive with people getting their pictures taken, making strategic efforts to win prizes at the rainbow auction table, and enjoying music performed by Marc Tugby, Max Osawa, Chenoa McKelvey, and friends. This year, […]

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Nu Sounds: Winnipeg’s Jazz Adventurers

Jazz Winnipeg is rolling out its tenth season of Nu Sounds, a lively series featuring Manitoba musicians venturing into new territory.  The season opens on Sunday, January 15, with a performance by guitarist, singer, and composer Marco Castillo. With countless performances in cafés and festivals, and a couple of CDs as a leader, Marco has […]

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Michael Petkau Falk: Stepping Up

Last issue we shared some memories of Jazz Winnipeg’s long-time Executive Producer Paul Nolin. With this issue, we’re happy to introduce you to Michael Petkau Falk, the organization’s new Artistic Director. You might know Mike from his time fronting the popular Winnipeg indie band Les Jupes, or his period as Artistic Director of the West […]

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David Buchbinder: Odessa Meets Havana

One of the big concerts at this year’s Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture is David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana: Roots. Imagine Jewish folk music choosing Cuban jazz as a dance partner. The match is surprising but also somehow obvious when you hear it—the song forms, the energy, the mix of ache and joy… Odessa/Havana emerged from one […]

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Bon Voyage to Paul Nolin

Many of you will know by now that Paul Nolin, the muscle behind Jazz Winnipeg for the last dozen years, has packed up his family and headed to Alberta where he has taken on the role of Senior Events Manager for Banff and Lake Louise Tourism. We wish you well, Paul! Moving forward, long-time Jazz […]

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Cyrille Aimée: Fabulously French

Singer Cyrille Aimée is taking over the jazz scene with her unique sounds, fresh ideas, exceptional precision, and incredible rhythm, and Winnipeggers are in for a treat when she returns to our city at the end of October. Born to a French father and a Dominican mother in the village of Samois-sur-Seine, France, Cyrille connected […]

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Jimmy Greene: Mission Statement

When Jimmy Greene came to the University of Manitoba in 2009, a certain sound, a certain feel, a certain musical language came with him. It wasn’t here before he got here, and it left when he left a few years later. As his many fans in Winnipeg know, when Jimmy plays, he has a wonderful […]

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Jazz Camp: Welcoming a New Generation

The Summer Jazz Camp at the University of Manitoba is right around the corner, and this year we’re extra keen because the whole crew will be consolidated in Taché Hall, the brand new Desautels Faculty of Music building. The space is great, with easily accessible rehearsal and performances spaces. (Gone are the days when we […]

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Jamming at the Vinyl Revival

Concerts, recordings, and jam sessions are all important parts of the jazz culture, but to me the jam session is the truest representation of jazz. The pure spontaneity of the music is really brought to life at a jam session, where players will walk onto the bandstand without knowing what song they’ll be playing, who […]

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Oliver Jones: Jazz Ambassador

As I write, I’m listening to a hard-swingin’ recording of the great pianist, Mr Oliver Jones. I heard him play years ago in Toronto at the now-closed Montreal Bistro Jazz Club, and I can’t wait to re-live the swing here at the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! The wonderful Oliver Theophilus Jones was born in […]

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Amanda Tosoff: Rising Star

Amanda Tosoff is a BC-raised, Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader. She has established herself in recent years as a rising star in the Canadian music scene, performing with such internationally-recognized artists as Phil Dwyer and Ingrid and Christine Jensen, and has opened for jazz legends including Bobby Hutcherson and Renee Rosnes. At the piano, Tosoff […]

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Tia Fuller: Angelic Warrior

Saxophonist Tia Fuller has established herself as a prominent force in jazz today. You may have heard her performing in Beyoncé’s band, and make no mistake, this cat can play! Tia was born in Colorado to a musical family—her father is a bassist and her mother a singer. Now a professor at Boston’s famed Berklee […]

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band: Keep On Truckin’

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 […]

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Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra: The Longitude Project

If you sit across the table from Steve Kirby in a café, you’ll notice pretty quickly that he’s always aware of the music—not only what’s playing, but also the music of people’s voices. Steve leads with both his ear and his curiosity, which is one of the reasons he’s accomplished so much as a musician […]

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Tortoise: The Winds of Change

There is something uniquely bold about the music of Tortoise, a post-rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Tortoise’s style borrows from multiple genres such as jazz, electronica and psychedelic rock. Instrumentation for this band includes many acoustic and electric instruments like vibraphone, melodica, and synth, resulting in rich soundscapes with many layers. Development is the band’s […]

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Trombone Shorty: Knock-out Punch

Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, started playing in brass band parades when he was shorter than the trombone he carried—thus his name! At the age of thirteen, he was featured in Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Listen to a recording of that concert and you’ll clearly see that Andrews is a […]

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Brad Turner: Triple Threat

Winnipeg’s good musical fortune continues in March when the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra hosts one of Canada’s foremost jazz musicians, jazz trumpet player Brad Turner. Brad has shared the bandstand or recorded with the musical likes of Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Michael Moore, Renee Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Dylan van der Schyff, Mike […]

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Will Bonness: Halcyon Days

A new Will Bonness CD is cause for celebration in this town—it’s a pretty fair guess that the West End Cultural Centre will be bursting at the seams on May 11 to witness the arrival of Halcyon, Will’s second CD as a leader, a follow-up to his 2009 recording, Subtle Fire. (As Will admits in […]

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