A language of resistance: Winnipeg artists talk hip-hop and jazz

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.

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Jen Doerksen
Joseph Shabason - Anne

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.

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Jen Doerksen
Meet your 2019 jazz JUNO winners

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.

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Sam Thompson
Local Spotlight

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.

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Katie Fowler
Thelonious Monk - Mønk

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.

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Jen Doerksen