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.

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Alliance

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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