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The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra launches its sixth season with an evening to remember, featuring jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer. The season premiere takes place on Wednesday, October 30th at 8:00 PM at Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

Bob Brookmeyer has earned an enviable reputation over the years for his work as a performer on piano and trombone, for his work as a composer and arranger, and for his outstanding teaching methods. He has been hired by Duke Ellington, has been a featured member of the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and for over five decades has worked with successive generations of cutting-edge musicians.

He has also earned a reputation as a seminal composer and arranger, working with and around the likes of Gil Evans, George Russell, Bill Holman, Eddie Sauter, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, and Bill Finegan. By the late 70s/ early 80s, Brookmeyer had developed a reputation as the most important jazz composer of the post-Ellington era and has received countless commissions to write for both classical and jazz ensembles throughout the world. A recent release with his New Art Orchestra ("New Works", released on the Challenge label) was declared a "masterpiece" by the New York Times, and his newest release, "Waltzing with Zoe", is being greeted with similarly glowing reviews.

Currently, Brookmeyer is on the faculty of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities and is a distinguished faculty member of Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory. Most recently, Bob Brookmeyer has been appointed Stanley Knowles Distinguished Visiting Professor at Manitoba's own Brandon University, where he will further develop his theories concerning jazz education.

The concert is produced in cooperation with la Chaine culturelle de Radio-Canada and will be broadcast on Silence on jazz (89,9 FM in Winnipeg). We are pleased that Suzanne Kennelly of CKSB radio will be joining us that evening. The WJO welcomes Assante Asset Management Ltd. as its Concert Sponsor and we are also delighted to welcome jazz music's own Ross Porter as our master of ceremonies for the season. He brings a wealth of knowledge, and a true love of the music to this role and we welcome him with enthusiasm.

Tickets are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, online at, by phone through Ticketmaster (780-3333), at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centres, by calling the WJO Info Line at 989-6030 (8), and at the door. For this concert, adult tickets are $18.50, and students $12. For more information about subscribing, this concert, or to arrange an interview, please call Vicki Young at 989-6030 (8). The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra acknowledges the support of Assante Asset Management Ltd., the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Winnipeg, CBC Radio-Canada, and Brandon University in the production of this concert.

Contact: Vicki Young, Executive Director:
989-6030 (8),
794-9431 (cell phone) Visit the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra website at

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