Bourbon Street Parade with trombonists Chris Butcher and Kelsley Grant
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 2:00pm • 7:30pm 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 joins the WJO for our season opener.
I Remember When with Ken Peplowski on clarinet
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 2:00pm • 7:30pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)
“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
(Special Matinee: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 3 pm) Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 2:00pm - No 7:30 show Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra performs Vince Guaraldi’s iconic soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas and other holiday hits for a festive show not to be missed.
Isn't She Lovely - The Music of Stevie Wonder!
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 2:00pm • 7:30pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) 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, mesmorizing 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.
Born to be Blue - The Music of Chet Baker
Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) 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.
Fiesta Cubana with Papa Mambo
Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 pm • 7:30 pm Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) 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 for the WJO’s high-energy season finale. Featuring Muñoz’s Papa Mambo embedded in the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, get your dancin’ shoes and join us for 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!