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Concert Season

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Now that the 25th annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is behind us, we’re excited to announce our upcoming fall lineup! We’ve got all sorts of amazing shows coming to town, including jazz fusion icon Chick Corea and his latest project The Vigil, Canadian songstress Jill Barber, folk-pop troubadour Royal Wood, Montreal-based pianist/vocalist Elizabeth Shepherd, progressive jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, and the 5th annual dig! Magazine Rent Party.

We’re also announcing our first foray into producing concerts in Brandon, Manitoba. In partnership with the Brandon Folk, Music and Arts Festival, we’ve got concerts by Royal Wood and Elizabeth Shepherd scheduled at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at Brandon University.

CHICK COREA AND THE VIGIL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
7:30 PM
BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE

$48 / $58 / $68 (plus agency fees)

An NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, composer and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. Through his enormously prolific career, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases – from straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works – all while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring.

His latest project, The Vigil, features bassist Carlitos Del Puerto; Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes); saxophonist, flutist, bass clarinetist Tim Garland; guitarist Charles Altura and percussionist Luisito Quintero.

JILL BARBER

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10
8:00 PM
WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE

$35 in advance / $40 at the door

From her modest beginnings as a shy acoustic folkie on the local coffeehouse stage, Barber’s recent career has been reaching starry heights. With the release of her fourth album Mischievous Moon, a stunning concoction that features Barber’s unmistakable contralto backed by sweeping strings and dramatic orchestration, Jill Barber’s evolution to confident chanteuse is complete.

As a performer, Jill Barber charms her audiences while weaving a romantic spell. Indeed, romance plays a huge role in both her life and her art. “[My last album] Chances represented the courtship phase of my career”, she muses. “With Mischievous Moon, we’re getting intimate. The romance is alive and well, but there’s something deeper to be uncovered.

ROYAL WOOD

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
8:00 PM
WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
8:00 PM
LORNE WATSON RECITAL HALL (BRANDON, MB)

$28 in advance / $33 at the door

The last few years have brought upon many celebrated achievements in Royal Wood’s career. Since being proclaimed the “Songwriter of the Year”, by iTunes in 2008, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, fans and the industry alike, Wood released his 5th studio album, The Burning Bright, on March 18th. The album registers a number of firsts for Wood, whose chart-topping 2012 release, the JUNO Award nominated We Were Born To Glory, firmly established him as one of the country’s most accomplished alt-pop singer/songwriters, producers, arrangers and multi-instrumentalists.

ELIZABETH SHEPHERD

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
8:00 PM
LORNE WATSON RECITAL HALL (BRANDON, MB)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
8:00 PM
PARK THEATRE

$25 in advance / $30 at the door

Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today.

On her upcoming fifth album The Signal, Shepherd teams up with guitar genius and Herbie Hancock band member Lionel Loueke as she continues to create jazz for a new generation. The Signal will be released worldwide on September 2, 2014.

BADBADNOTGOOD

with guests MAHOGANY FROG and DJ CO-OP
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
10:00 PM
UNION SOUND HALL

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Toronto musicians Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski first met in Humber College’s Music Performance program, bonding over a common love for rappers Odd Future, Gucci Mane and Lil B. BADBADNOTGOOD released their self-titled EP in June 2011. Inspired equally by Lil B or John Coltrane, BADBADNOTGOOD found the post-bop in Big Apple hip-hop classics (“The World Is Yours”, “Mass Appeal”, “Electric Relaxation”), Zelda themes or the off-kilter electronic soundscapes of Flying Lotus.

Two live albums and a second full-length (BBNG2) later, they also had “band-in-residence” status at Coachella 2012. Their latest, III, was released in May.

DIG! MAGAZINE RENT PARTY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
7:30 PM
PARK THEATRE

$25 in advance / $30 at the door

dig! Magazine is now in it’s tenth year of sharing jazz news with Winnipeg readers, and to mark the milestone, they’re throwing the 5th annual Rent Party on November 16 at the Park Theatre.

Featuring live jazz and fantastic prizes, the night’s proceeds will go towards funding Winnipeg’s one-and-only jazz publication.

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