For Swing Sake

Drummer Sherrie Maricle

Sunday, October 27, 2019

2:00 & 7:30 pm

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Award-winning band leader Sherrie Maricle takes over the drum chair for the WJO’s season-opening concert. With her big band, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and numerous small groups, Maricle’s dynamic drumming burns with intensity, surprises with nuance, and propels soloist and ensemble alike to dizzying heights. With that fire driving the band, our season opener will be a toe-tapping, swinging start to the WJO’s 2019/2020 season.



Composer and Pianist David Braid

Composer and Saxophonist Philippe Cote

Sunday, November 17, 2019

2:00 pm

Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre

Recognized as masters on their chosen
instruments, both Braid and Côté are
celebrated as unique, innovative and
intriguing composers. Côté’s record,
Lungta – an album ten years in the
making – is a masterpiece in
orchestration and playing. Braid’s
Corona Divinae Misericordiae was a
2019 Juno Award nominee. Both
artists are smashing through
conventional walls and creating
music that is arresting, fresh
and listenable.

* No evening show


More Charlie Brown Christmas

Narrator Quinn Greene

Vocalist Jayme Giesbrecht

Saturday, December 7, 2019

3:00 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

2:00 pm

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Back by popular demand, the Winnipeg
Jazz Orchestra, with actor Quinn Greene,
revisits A Charlie Brown Christmas, this
time with extra shows outside Winnipeg. We will also revisit ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
and feature seasonal songs with Jayme Giesbrecht.

* No evening shows


Lindo Maravilhoso!

Drummer Kiko Freitas

Guitarist Marco Castille

Sunday, February 9, 2020

2:00 & 7:30 pm

Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain

Drummer World’s 2019 winner of “Best
Drummer – World Music” is the WJO’s very
special guest for a rare opportunity to hear
Samba and Bossa Nova played at its finest.
One of the most in-demand drummers in
Brazil, Freitas has toured the world with
João Bosco, and has performed with
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Legrand,
John Patitucci, and most of Brazil’s top tier
musicians over the course of his long and
distinguished career. Winnipeg guitarist and
singer Marco Castillo joins us for a concert
that promises to be Lindo Maravilhoso!


RESPECT - The Music of Aretha Franklin

with Ego Spank and

Vocalists Jennifer Hanson, Heitha Forsyth and Andriana Turenne

Sunday, March 15, 2020

7:30 pm

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha
Franklin is synonymous with songs like
Chain of Fools, Natural Woman, Freeway
of Love, and RESPECT. Her lyrics were a
harbinger of modern-day feminism: strong,
independent, demanding of equality and
freedom, sung with a voice that would
accept nothing less. Joining the WJO for
this show is a tour-de-force of local
talent – Murray Pulver, Marc Arnould,
Daniel Roy and Gilles Fournier, known
collectively as Ego Spank, and vocalists
Jennifer Hanson, Heitha Forsyth and
Andrina Turenne.

* No afternoon show


Carpathian Blues

Pianist John Stetch

Sunday, April 26, 2020

2:00 & 7:30 pm

Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain

Jazz music, since its humble beginnings in
Congo Square, has been a fusion of folk,
classical and popular music. As the artform
spread, jazz embraced and adapted music
from all over the world, giving us countless
flavours and variations. To help the WJO
explore folk music in jazz, six-time Juno
nominee John Stetch joins the group as
our special guest. Stetch, over the span of
his 15 recordings, has fused classical and
folk music with own fearless creativity,
boundless imagination and humour.


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