With the new year upon us, Jazz Winnipeg announced today three new concerts that will undoubtedly get the city’s guitar-loving concert-goers salivating. Nuevo Flamenco master Jesse Cook, deep south bluesman Tinsley Ellis, and the third annual Guitarama showcase have all been added to the 2015 Concert Season.
“Winnipeggers are passionate about guitar-based music in all its forms,” remarked Jazz Winnipeg’s Executive Producer Paul Nolin. “Whenever we get a chance to fuel that passion, we jump at the chance.”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE
$38 / $48 / $58 (plus agency fees)
A Winnipeg favourite, Jesse Cook is a Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer and is widely considered one of the most influential figures in “nuevo flamenco” music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Player’s Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year. He has recorded on the EMI, E1 Music and Narada labels and has sold over 1.5 million records.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5
$25 in advance / $30 at the door
Southern blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis may speak no evil, but he sings and plays with the conviction of, as Billboard wrote, “…a man possessed.” Over the course of 11 albums and thousands of live performances, Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his deep south musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King or his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Guitarama made its debut in 2013 as a part of the Nu Sounds series, and the celebration of all styles of guitar-playing was such a hit amongst concert-goers that we made it an annual event. Now in it’s third year, Iceland’s Bjorn Thoroddsen has assembled an all-new roster of the city’s best guitar players – including Romi Mayes, Big Dave MacLean, Jason Nowicki and Tim Butler – to showcase their take on a favourite Beatles song.