Jazz Winnipeg Festival Announces 2010 Line-up

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Music fans will have a chance to catch over 80 concerts when the Jazz Winnipeg Festival returns to stages for its June 23 through July 4 run. Now in its 21st year, Jazz Fest announced its 2010 line-up at Le Garage on April 23. The annual event, which draws thousands of concert goers every year, is once again presenting a wide range of shows spanning just about every genre, from jazz standards to hip-hop to electronica to roots and blues.

Big international names performing at this year's Theatre Series include the legendary Sonny Rollins, eclectic hip-hop act and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, melodic folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers, Canadian vocalist/musician Ranee Lee, and acclaimed singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon. The Theatre Series also includes special concept concerts like Martha Wainwright performing the songs of Edith Piaf and award-winning film score composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard's "Jazz in Film" with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.

Indie genre defiers like Deerhoof and Buck 65, emotronic party outfit Sugar and Gold, disco house band Think About Life, afrobeat act Budos Band, and roots/blues darling Little Miss Higgins, and many more will play Jazz Fest's innovative Club Series at a variety of venues, including the Pyramid Cabaret, Le Garage, and Times Change(d).

This year's line-up also boasts over 45 diverse local acts including: Keith Price, Michelle Gregoire, Magnum K.I., Doug Edmond, The Lytics, Jodie Borle, The Details, LeBeato, Oldfolks Home, Kasm, Helen White, Aliza & The KGB, Flying Fox & The Hunter Gatherers, Daniel ROA, and Rosemarie Todaschuk. Homegrown talent--including isKwé, Flo, Trio Bembe, James Struthers, and Jessee Havey & The Quirks--will also be featured on the free outdoor stage at Old Market Square for the wrap-up weekend, July 2-4.

Click here to visit Jazz Fest's website for the complete schedule.

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