A language of resistance: Winnipeg artists talk hip-hop and jazz
Local favourites meet international icons at 2019 festival
It’s not news that hip-hop and jazz share a longstanding relationship. Both genres are still expanding and changing constantly, and today’s artists are building that relationship deliberately.
Winnipeg’s jazz and hip-hop communities are closely intertwined, with groups like Super Duty Tough Work seamlessly blending the two. We spoke with some of the city’s mainstays in both genres about those connections.
Joseph Shabason - Anne
It’s here! The full lineup of performers at 2019’s TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is out today!
As has been the case throughout the festival’s three decades of history, this year’s JazzFest includes a wide range of local, Canadian, and international artists – pairing the best in jazz with artists and groups representing every genre under the sun.
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Stay Tuned!
Saxophonist and electronic composer Joseph Shabason’s Anne is an enveloping, lush album that explores the frailty and complexity of degenerative illness.
The album is a calm and peaceful – if not somber and painful – reflection on the Toronto musician’s experiences with his mother Anne through her battle with Parkinson’s disease, although you wouldn’t know about the deeply sad subject matter at first listen.
Hot club jazz for jilted lovers: travelling through time with Juvel
There is something familiar yet different with Dominique Fils-Aimé’s sophomore album Stay Tuned!, which has been out for a month now on (virtual) record shelves.
The Montreal-based singer-songwriter continues the magic from her debut of somehow being impactful with her vocals by being subdued.
Meet your 2019 jazz JUNO winners
It may be almost 80 years since its 1930s heyday, but hot club jazz is alive and well in Winnipeg.
Juvel is a group of four women – Lindsay Woolgar on upright bass, Soshana Goldenberg on violin, Chenoa McKelvey and Gabi Ocejo on guitar – who got started four years ago after jamming on some Django Reinhardt classics.
Congratulations to this year’s crop of JUNO Award winners in the three jazz categories!
Although the JUNOs have a long, rich history of recognizing Canadian jazz talent – with luminaries like Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Holly Cole, and Diana Krall among the honourees – the current configuration of award categories is fairly recent.
Jocelyn Gould: from the prairies to the Big Apple
Creating original and mesmerizing audio-visual live shows, appearing on albums with famous DJs, and receiving high praise from rock n’ roll royalty – this only begins to describe the achievements of three Winnipeg-based artists making musical waves rippling far beyond our city’s borders.
Thelonious Monk - Mønk
Jocelyn Gould – the winner of 2018’s Wilson International Jazz Guitar Competition – said she didn’t plan for this career when she decided to learn guitar and audition for the University of Manitoba’s jazz program back in 2009.
Composing while improvising: the Mike Downes Quartet
Thelonious Monk’s ‘latest’ release, Mønk, is a time capsule from Copenhagen in 1963, where Monk played with Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums.
“From the beginning of a set to the end of a set is like one composition in a way. It moves stylistically and changes directions.”