Ris­ing stars, jazz mas­ter high­light jazz fest lineup

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Chris Smith

THERE will be a dou­ble dose of New Or­leans, some ris­ing stars, a soul/r&b leg­end and a jazz mas­ter among nearly 100 per­for­mances in this June’s TD Win­nipeg In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Delfeayo Marsalis, the trom­bone-play­ing, band-lead­ing, record-pro­duc­ing mem­ber of the fa­mous Big Easy jazz clan opens the main con­cert se­ries on June 18 fronting a sex­tet that in­cludes the splen­did sax­o­phon­ist and clar­inetist Vic­tor Goines, Jazz Win­nipeg an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing.

The 10-day an­nual sum­mer fes­ti­val runs June 14-23 at var­i­ous venues. The free open­ing week­end in Old Mar­ket Square runs June 14-17, with con­cert and club shows start­ing on the 18th.

Trom­bone Shorty and Or­leans Av­enue, a funky, jazzy N’awl­ins party band that sold out its show at last year’s fes­ti­val is back in a larger venue. Blues gui­tarist and key­board player Lucky Peter­son opens for the band.

Con­tem­po­rary jazz mu­si­cian Ram­sey Lewis, a Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts Jazz Mas­ter Award win­ner, brings his elec­tric band to the fest on June 22. They will be cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary of the 1974 Sun God­dess al­bum that was a cross­over suc­cess for Lewis and his foray into record­ing with elec­tric key­boards.

Gretchen Par­lato, the bright, young singer who has been get­ting rave re­views for her lat­est record­ing and per­for­mances, plays June 20.

The Vi­jay Iyer Trio, led by the ris­ing star pi­anist, may well be the best jazz show of the fes­ti­val, yet the band is per­form­ing in the smaller Aqua Books venue, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., rather than in a theatre.

Jazz Win­nipeg ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Paul Nolin said he wants to “add a lit­tle depth to the club se­ries, to cre­ate unique ex­pe­ri­ences for au­di­ences.”

The two sets will al­low fans to catch a theatre show first, and still hear Iyer, bas­sist Ste­fan Crump and drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more at the later per­for­mance.

Booker T., he of the fa­mous MGS that recorded hit af­ter hit on its own and backed such greats as Otis Red­ding, closes out the main­stage shows June 23 at the Bur­ton Cum­mings Theatre.

A show fans won’t see this year is the Wayne Shorter Quar­tet. The sax­o­phone great is per­form­ing west of here, from Saska­toon to Vic­to­ria, which raised the hopes of some lo­cal fans. “I tried,” Nolin said, but Shorter just wasn’t able to get all the band mem­bers to­gether to make a Win­nipeg date.

Nolin is pleased with the var­ied lineup, and said he’s ex­cited to have R&B per­former Janelle Monáe as a theatre act June 20. “I ex­pect her show will be a real spec­ta­cle,” he adds, with dancers, singers, horns and lights.

Nolin also likes the project by Que­bec’s Di­nato-bourassa-lozano-tan­guay Play Bill Evans, June 21. “It’s a cool project,” the fes­ti­val pro­ducer says, “Trib­ute shows at­tract peo­ple to see top Cana­dian bands.”

Other non-jazz theatre shows in­clude in­die band The Hold Steady and Shine On: The Uni­verse of John Len­non, a Cana­dian group that fea­tures singer El­iz­a­beth Shep­herd, gui­tarist Michael Oc­chip­inti and trum­peter Kevin Tur­cotte.

The Win­nipeg Free Press News Café is a club venue again this year, fea­tur­ing shows June 18-23.

Ice­landic gui­tarist Björn Thoroddsen, no stranger to Win­nipeg au­di­ences, will be a busy man dur­ing the fes­ti­val. He’ll per­form with record­ing mate trum­peter Richard Gillis for the re­lease of their new CD, Mor­gana’s Re­venge, June 18; with the Tim But­ler Trio, June 20; and as the guest artist at the per­for­mance by High School Hon­our Jazz Bands, June 21.

The open­ing week­end has free shows each night from June 14-17, and the Jazz for Lunch se­ries at noon in Old Mar­ket Square from June 18-23 also presents free shows. TD Jazz Labs, in which mu­si­cians per­form and dis­cuss their mu­sic with fans and other mu­si­cians, run at 5:30 p.m. in the Man­i­toba Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and Arts, June 1823.

Theatre shows are pre­sented at the Bur­ton Cum­mings Theatre and West End Cul­tural Cen­tre. Club shows run at Pyra­mid cabaret, The King’s Head, Aqua Books, Free Press Café, Le Garage Café, Juss Jazz and Tines Change(d) High and Lone­some Club.

Jazz fes­ti­val tick­ets go on sale next Thurs­day, April 19, at jaz­zwin­nipeg.com, 989-4656, and the fes­ti­val of­fice at 007-199 Arthur St. Tick­ets for Bur­ton Cum­mings Theatre shows also are avail­able at Tick­et­mas­ter.

Delfeayo Marsalis

(left), Vi­jay Iyer Trio and Gretchen Par­lato are headed for this year’s

jazz fes­ti­val.

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