With so many great shows coming our way June 15th through the 25th, it’s tough to narrow my selections down to just five.  However, if you were to twist my arm, here’s the way I’d arrange my ultimate multi-pass of shows for this year’s festival (in no particular order):

Buster Williams (June 22, Rachel Brown Theatre, 7:30PM/10PM) – Buster is nothing short of a jazz legend.  Through his work with the Jazz Crusaders and the Herbie Hancock Sextet, his exploratory tone provided the backbone for some landmark recordings.  Something More, the band that he will bring to the festival is full of accomplished players in their own right and the groups two shows promise to blow the roof off the Rachel Brown Theatre.

Warren Wolf (June 23, Rachel Brown Theatre, 10PM) – Head of the U of M’s Jazz Studies program Steve Kirby introduced me to Baltimore native Warren Wolf during an interview about the former’s latest record “All Over The Map” and I was hooked. Wolf is an innovative performer whose style is fresh and invigorating while remaining true to the path blazed by the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson and Lionel Hampton.  A chance to see one of the most exciting jazz musicians making music today!

Donny McCaslin (June 21, The West End, 8PM) – Though he has a deep, rich catalog of his own saxaphonist Donny McCaslin cemented his place on my musical map through his work with the legendary David Bowie.  His latest record, Beyond Now, was inspired by his work on the Bowie’s final record Blackstar and this show at the West End is guaranteed to be a rousing, experimental tribute to one of my musical idols.

3PEAT (June 24, The Good Will, 10:30PM) – My favorite Winnipeg act right now, hands down.  Thought provoking MC’s Steve, E.gg and Dill are masters at their craft – dynamic lyricists tellin’ tales over lush, jazzy beats.  Be sure to get to the Good Will early, the trio’s shows are a can’t miss event, a sureshot party full of energetic hip-hop that harkens back to the genre’s roots.

Low (June 24, Knox United Church, 9PM) – I can’t think of a better way to end a great week of music than by seeing one of my all time favorite bands Low play at the Knox United Church.  This trio plays lush orchestral melodies that are punctuated by the beautiful vocal harmonies of husband and wife duo Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.  Paired with dreamy Winnipeg duo Basic Nature, this show should be nothing short of stunning.

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