Swing Cabaret
with special guest vocalist Stacey Nattrass!

Saturday, February 11th, 2023

8:00 pm

Caboto Centre
(1055 Wilkes Ave, Winnipeg)

Come for a date night. Come to listen. Come to dance.

Join the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for great swing and dance music. All night long, you will hear the WJO, energizing the night and welcoming you to the dance floor as they perform songs from Big Band greats such as Count Basie, Glen Miller and Billie Holiday! Can’t wait till the event and want to shine up your dancing shoes? Practice your moves ahead of time to the classics such as Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman or Jumping At The Woodside by Count Basie. Many more to be heard on Saturday, February 11. Get your dancin' shoes and join the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for Swing Cabaret as we explore some of the great music from the swing era.

Catered by Sorrentos


Voices - A Musical Heritage

featuring compostions by Richard Gillis, Jeff Presslaff, Rodrigo Munoz and John Stetch

Online from January 27 - February 16, 2022 (delayed)

Voices – A Musical Heritage is a collection of commissions meant to reflect some of the musical heritage of Manitoba: First Nations, Metis, Ukrainian, Jewish, Chilean, and Icelandic.
This video will present four of the eight works contained in the project.


East Meets West

Online from February 10 - March 2, 2023

For the 2022 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Jill Townsend and Christine Jensen presented a Canada Council commission that brought together their considerable writing talents to produce a unique work for the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.​

Christine Jensen is regarded as one of Canada’s most compelling composers and improvisers. She has won two Juno's, the Oscar Peterson Prize by the Montreal International Jazz Festival for her contributions to the Canadian jazz scene, and the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Rising Star. Her CD, Habitat received the coveted 5 stars in Downbeat. She is on faculty at McGill University where she teaches composition and directs Jazz Orchestra 1.

​ Jill Townsend is a prolific composer and arranger, and the leader of the Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra. Their 2015 recording Legacy, was voted #1 in CBC’s Top Ten Outstanding CD’s of the Year. Jill teaches jazz arranging and private composition at Capilano University, and is the Director of the Dues Big Band at Douglas College.


Women's Day

Thursday, March 8, 2023

7:30 pm

WECC (West End Cultural Centre)

The Winnipeg Women’s Jazz Orchestra presents a concert celebrating this year’s International Women's Day’s campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity. The program includes several favourites from last year’s inaugural WWJO IWD concert, several pieces written or arranged by Winnipeg women, and several standards focusing a lens on celebrating the strength equity brings. WJO has a mission toward equity, diversity, and inclusion. It is important for all people to see themselves reflected in what they celebrate. This March 9, 2023 - we celebrate equity.


Back to the Future

Featuring Fred Stride & Jean-Nicolas Trottier

Online from March 3-23, 2023

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra looks back to the future with performances of forward-looking music by artists that shaped jazz to come. We present a world premiere co-composition by composer/historian Fred Stride from Vancouver and composer/musician Jean-Nicolas Trottier from Montreal.

Avec des interprétations de musique d’avant-garde par des artistes qui ont façonné l’avenir du jazz. Avec une toute nouvelle composition de Fred Stride et Jean-Nicolas Trottier



Sunday, March 19, 2023

2:00 pm

CCFM (Centre Cultural Franco-Manitobain)

We collaborate with the CCFM during Francophone Heritage Month to bring you a special celebration. The energy of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra naturally mirrors the vibrancy of the Francophone musical community.


Women's Day - Women of the WJO

Online from March 24 - April 13, 2023

After wowing audiences last March, the WJO all-female version returns for another concert celebrating women in jazz.


Ensemble - Online

Online from April 14 - May 4, 2023

We collaborate with the CCFM during Francophone Heritage Month to bring you a special celebration. The energy of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra naturally mirrors the vibrancy of the Francophone musical community.


With a Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles Songbook 

April 23, 2023

2:00 pm

WAG (Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra explores the music of the Beatles with a unique big band take on classic compositions by perhaps the most influential band in the history of rock and roll.


Respect - The Music of Aretha Franklin

with Ego Spank and vocalists Jennifer Hanson, Sol James and Andrina Turenne

Saturday May 13, 2023

7:30 pm

Sunday May 14, 2023

2:00 pm

CCFM (Centre Cultural Franco-Manitobain

A show three years in the making! The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is known for her powerhouse voice and songs like Chain of Fools, Natural Woman, Freeway of Love and RESPECT. Joining the WJO is a tour-de-force of Winnipeg talent, including vocalists Jennifer Hanson, Sol James, Andrina Turenne and Ego Spank.

Un spectacle en préparation Dupuis trois ans! Reine incontestée de la soul, Aretha Franklin est connue pour sa voix puissante et ses chansons telles que Chain of Fools, Natural Woman, Freeway of Love et RESPECT. Le WJO est accompagné de nombreux de talents de Winnipeg, dont les chanteurs Jennifer Hanson, Sol James, Andrina Turent et Ego Spank.


St. James Infirmary

vocalist TBA

Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Neil Bardal Funeral Centre

3030 Notre Dame Avenue

A Wonderful Evening
of New Orleans inspired jazz and other soul music.

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra presents one of our most anticipated fund raisers, St. James Infirmary Blues.

Joining the stage with the WJO will be special guests who will have audience members more than tapping toes by the end of the show.

The number of tickets is limited. If you are unable to attend, the WJO will gratefully receive donations of any size


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