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It's not every daughter who will fly from Los Angeles to Winnipeg to sing to her mom on Mother's Day.
Of course, it helps if you're a jazz and cabaret singer like Lesley Wolman with a gig with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra that gives Mom two chances to hear you: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., May 8.
Wolman regularly returns to Winnipeg to visit family, but she is pleased to be performing in the town where her love of singing and stage was nurtured.
"I come from a very musical background," Wolman says in an interview from L.A. Her great-grandfather, who started Genser's Furniture, a longtime city landmark, also ran a sheet-music business and was the first president of the Winnipeg Musicians Union. Her grandfather, who played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, had a huge influence through piano lessons and taking her to pop concerts in church basements, she says.
Her mother was an opera singer who performed in high school musicals, at Rainbow Stage and with city companies: Festival Opera, Winnipeg Opera Company and Manitoba Opera. Her mother made her debut at 12 with Winnipeg Opera walking across the stage and delivering one line, Wolman says.
The WJO concerts are billed as From My Mother's Songbook and Wolman says she drew her selections from "songs that came out of my childhood," songs that do come from her mother's songbook such as Everything's Coming Up Roses, Send in the Clowns and Too Close For Comfort.
The concerts include a piece composed by WJO trombonist Jeff Presslaff featuring cello, played by the WSO's Yuri Hooker. The rarely, if ever, heard combination of big band and cello is a premiére commissioned by the Manitoba Arts Council.
Lesley Wolman performs with the WJO May 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m., at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Tickets are $28, $15 for students.
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Trumpet great Randy Brecker will lead a tribute to Louis Armstrong as the main concert of the 2011-2012 Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.
The five-concert series features Brecker in two shows Nov. 27 with saxophonist Vincent Herring and a rhythm section led by Winnipeg bassist Steve Kirby.
The season opens with a couple of New Yorkers, trumpeter Sean Jones and saxophonist Don Braden on Sept. 17 and 18 in a tribute to pianist Horace Silver, co-founder with drummer Art Blakey of the Jazz Messengers, a hard bop pioneer and a prolific composer of tunes such as Song For My Father and Señor Blues.
They will be joined by the very good pianist Peter Martin, Kirby and drummer Quincy Davis, his colleague in the jazz studies program in the University of Manitoba faculty of music.
The Clayton Brothers Quintet returns Oct. 15 and 16. The band, well-received at its earlier Asper series performances, includes brothers John (bass) and Gerald (saxophone) Clayton, pianist Gerald Clayton, John's son, and trumpeter Terrell Stafford.
Even in such a talented lineup, the Aaron Goldberg Trio will stand out during its March 10 and 11 shows. Pianist Goldberg has performed in the bands of Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis and Freddie Hubbard and as a leader. His bandmates are both bright lights in the jazz world: bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. This may well prove to be the best show of the season.
Canadian singer Dee Daniels wraps up the season next April 21 and 22 with a tribute to four great vocalists: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.
Shows are Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Berney Theatre in the Asper Jewish Community Campus, except Brecker, who will perform at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Ticket information is available by calling 477-7510 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It is largely a subscription series, but tickets to individual shows are available.