Jazz Winnipeg Festival Celebrates 15 Years

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With its 15th season well underway, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival is once again proving to audiences that there is more to jazz than what’s commonly perceived. The Festival has developed a reputation for pushing musical boundaries and exposing fans to more than just traditional jazz. This year, new artistic director Chris Frayer – who was previously the artistic director of the West End Cultural Centre – does not disappoint.

Running June 17-27, the Festival takes over stages in numerous venues in downtown Winnipeg, bringing some of the best performers from around the world to an eager population with 75 separate concerts, including several multi-act bills, outside concerts and performances in venues that don't normally host jazz.

This year sees an impressive line-up, hailed as one of the Festival’s best yet, with artists like Meshell Ndegeocello (at the Pantages Playhouse on June 26), Sheila Jordan, Calexico, Kurt Elling Quartet, Jeff Preslaff, and Aaron Neville. The Festival also welcomes a number of ska acts like The Afterbeat and Greg Milka Crowe as well as exciting acts like Kid Koala, Manitoba, Venetian Snares, Moses Mayes and The Hummers.

Music fans looking for some talented local acts will not be disappointed, with performances by hometown favourites including Jodie Borle, Martha Brooks, Walle Larsson, and the Buhr Quartet.

For a complete festival lineup check out www.jazzwinnipeg.com. Free festival programs also available at Safeway, MLCC outlets and MTS Connect locations.

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