It’s jazz festival time and there are always enticing big-name acts, like the June 23 performance by tenor saxophone legend Sonny Rollins, but let’s not forget the local big names who perform throughout the 10 days of the annual celebration of the best music there is.
So when you’re planning your night(s), include some of the following homegrown acts:
Friday, June 25
Steve and Anna-Lisa Kirby and Friends, Rachel Browne Theatre, 9 p.m., $15
The Chuck McClelland Unit, Le Garage Cafe, 9 p.m., $15
The Doug Edmond Band, Aqua Books, 9 p.m., $15
Luke Selleck Quartet, Old Market Square, 8:30 p.m., free
Saturday, June 26
Mira Black and the Lush Life Cabaret, Le Garage, 9 p.m., $15
Steve Hamilton, Aqua, 9 p.m., $15
Helen White and Friends, Old Market, 8:30 p.m., free
Sunday, June 27
Jodie Borle, Le Garage, 9 p.m., $15
Flying Fox and The Hunter-Gatherers, Old Market, 8:30 p.m., free
Monday, June 28
Aliza and The KGB, Browne, 8 p.m., $15
Bert Johnson and Daniel Jordan Quintet, Browne, 10 p.m., $15
Michelle Gregoire, Aqua, 8 p.m., $15
The Blue Fisher Band, Old Market, noon, free
Tuesday, June 29
Kenny Colman and the Ron Paley Big Band, Browne, 7:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m., $25
Daniel ROA, Le Garage, 9 p.m., $15
Adam Young, Aqua, 8 p.m., $15
Paradigm Brass, Old Market, noon, free
Wednesday, June 30
Keith Price Trio, Browne, $15
Rosemarie Todaschuk, Le Garage, 9 p.m., $15
Halldorson, Lowe and Roy, Aqua, 8 p.m., $15
Thursday, July 1
Will Bonness, Browne, 9 p.m., $15
Jeff Presslaff Trio, with Walle Larsson, Browne, 11 p.m., $15
As well as the free wrap-up weekend in Old Market Square, July 2, 3, and 4.
Drummer Terry Clarke isn’t a local act, but the Toronto-based musician is well worth your time, especially as he’ll have saxophonist Phil Dwyer and bassist Don Thompson with him, Rachel Browne Theatre, 11 p.m. $15.
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CBC Radio One recorded a May 2 performance of bassist Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series.
That show, with guests Stefon Harris on vibraphone and Jimmy Greene on tenor and soprano saxophones, will be broadcast on Saturday, June, 26 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 89.3 FM.