Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)
Within the confines of Congo Square, on the outskirts of the French Quarter, jazz was born. A celebration of music, and a melting pot of cultural influence, jazz soon spread throughout Crescent City. Percussive counter-melodies, raucous glissandi, and joyous growls from a tailgate-trombone were often the harbinger of an incoming parade. And in the bayou, parades are plentiful! Trombonist and Winnipeg expatriate Chris Butcher and trombonist Al Kay from Humber College in Toronto join the WJO for our season opener.
I Re with pianist David Braid and Philippe Côte Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre (SOPAC)
“Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic”— Mel Torme
The WJO is thrilled to welcome back virtuoso clarinetist and entertaining host Ken Peplowski. Peplowski cut his teeth as a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has since worked with the biggest stars in music; from Stitt to Sinatra, from the Queen of Pop to the King of Swing. He loves a good melody and will share some of his favourites with us for this show.
Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas and other season favourites with narrator Quinn Greene and vocalist Jayme Giesbrecht
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, 3 pm - One Hour Matinee Sunday, Dec 8, 2019, 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) A reprise of last year's seasonal hit. The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra performs Vince Guaraldi’s iconic soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas with actor Quinn Greene as Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and your other favourite characters from the show. Jayme Giesbrecht sings other holiday hits for a festive show not to be missed.
Sunday, Feb 8, 2020 2:00 pm• 7:30 pm Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain (CCFM) He has sold 100 million records, has 10 number one hits, and won Album of the Year three times. His music is syncopated, soulful and sophisticated. He is masterful on piano, mesmerizing on harmonica, and magic when he sings. He is the one and only Stevie Wonder and the WJO explores his music re-imagined for big band. Vocalist and harmonica player Todd Martin joins the band as we pay tribute to a Motown legend.
Sunday, March 17, 2020 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) Chet Baker was the poster boy for cool jazz. His melancholy delivery of a lyric and understated trumpet rocketed the troubled musician to stardom. Robert Budreau’s 2015 film Born to Be Blue explores the tragic rise and fall of Baker with a stellar soundtrack composed by David Braid, who joins the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra to perform music made famous by the cool jazz superstar. Guest Artist Sponsor Wawanesa
Fies with Papa Mambo
Sunday, April 26, 2020 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain (CCFM) For the WJO’s high-energy season finale, we feature Papa Mambo embedded in the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Led by Chilean-born guitarist and percussionist Rodrigo Muñoz, Papa Mambo celebrates their thirtieth anniversary by conjuring images of tropical beaches, Miami nightclubs and Cuban street parties. Get your dancin’ shoes and join us for a Fiesta Cubana!
The WJO's 2018/19 season continues our tradition of classic arrangements, new compositions, surprise guests, old friends, talented young instrumentalists and vocalists, and themes that we think will pique your interest!