Jazzy

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Iyer is a ter­rific pi­anist — one of the best of his gen­er­a­tion — and his new trio record­ing, Ac­celerando, is great. Expect to hear some mu­sic from it and from some lesser-known but ex­cep­tional jazz com­posers when the band per­forms June 23 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Nolin strives for bal­ance be­tween acts like Iyer, who looks for­ward in his mu­sic and the el­der states­man Lewis.

Iyer per­formed at the festival a few years ago when “he was not quite as far along in his ca­reer as now,” Nolin says, adding “Vi­jay’s show will be trans­for­ma­tive.”

On June 20, the in­ven­tive jazz singer Gretchen Par­lato per­forms at the WECC. The en­gag­ing songstress has per­formed in Win­nipeg be­fore on a gig with gui­tarist Lionel Loueke, but this will be the first solo show.

Nolin says ticket sales over­all are go­ing quite well, but “I’m a greedy guy; I’d al­ways like more.”

When Ice­landic gui­tarist Björn Thoroddsen hits town he likes to make good use of his time. He’ll per­form three times dur­ing the festival, in­clud­ing a CD re­lease show for the new record­ing he and Win­nipeg trum­peter Richard Gil­lis have recorded.

Gil­lis has ar­ranged for Thoroddsen to visit Win­nipeg many times and he has vis­ited Ice­land and the two have be­come friends and mu­si­cal col­leagues. They’ll re­lease Morgana’s Re­venge on June 18 at Juss Jazz (see CD re­view on G4).

Thoroddsen also will per­form on June 20 with the Tim But­ler Trio at Le Garage and June 21 as the guest artist with the High School Hon­our Jazz band show at WECC. And know­ing Thoroddsen, he’ll show up playing some­where else, too.

Mu­si­cal leg­ends get the trib­ute treat­ment this year.

Shine On: The Uni­verse of John Lennon, June 19, WECC, fea­tures Lennon tunes from the Bea­tles and his solo ca­reer ar­ranged by Toronto gui­tarist Michael Oc­chip­inti and per­formed by singers Yvette Tol­lar, Dominic Man­cuso and El­iz­a­beth Shep­herd, drum­mer Mark Kelso, trum­peter Kevin Tur­cotte, bassist Roberto Oc­chip­inti and Michael Oc­chip­inti.

The project be­gan as part of a De­cem­ber 2010 con­cert to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of Lennon’s death and the band will re­lease a CD in July.

Four top Mon­treal mu­si­cians — bassist Michel Donato, pi­anist François Bourassa, sax­o­phon­ist Frank Lozano and drum­mer Pierre Tan­guay — share a pas­sion for the mu­sic of the late great pi­anist Bill Evans, at a 9 p.m., June 21 con­cert at Aqua Books.

Win­nipeg’s Lu­cas Sader Project per­forms a trib­ute to the much her­alded 1960s Miles Davis Quin­tet, eas­ily one of the great­est groups in mod­ern jazz his­tory.

Drum­mer Sader de­buted this project in Jan­uary and its per­for­mance June 22 at Aqua will be recorded by Win­nipeg gui­tarist and record­ing en­gi­neer Larry Roy for a CD.

Jazz has a his­tory of es­tab­lished mu­si­cians help­ing younger players hone their skills and the fest of­fers free TD Jazz Labs for this to hap­pen: Delfeayo Marsalis (June 18), drum­mer Mark Kelso (June 19), blues gui­tarist and or­gan­ist Lucky Peter­son (June 20), sax­o­phon­ist Frank Lozano and pi­anist François Bourassa (June 21), and gui­tarist Henry John­son (June 22) at the Man­i­toba Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic & Arts, 5:30 p.m. The Vi­jay Iyer Trio will hold a free work­shop June 23, 5:30 p.m., at Aqua.

Many fans also en­joy hear­ing the mu­si­cians play and talk about their ap­proach to mu­sic in a more in­ti­mate, in­for­mal set­ting.

The Win­nipeg Free Press News Café is host­ing club shows again this year: He­len White and Friends, June 18; Monika Wall, June 19; Rose­marie To­daschuk, June 20; Col­lage-A-Trois, June 21; Jodie Borlé, June 22; and the Walle Lars­son Band, June 23.

Main shows, which also in­clude Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs fame, and The Hold Steady, run June 18-23 at the WECC and the Burt. Club shows run at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions all week and the free opening week­end shows at Old Mar­ket Square started Thurs­day and con­tinue today and Sun­day. Ticket in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at jaz­zwin­nipeg.com.

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