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Ron Paley Big Band

Tuesday, June 19 @ 9:45pm
Old Market Square

Winnipeg-based composer, arranger, pianist, and electric bassist Ron Paley got his start in 1973 playing electric bass with the big bands of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. After recording three albums with Woody Herman — including one with Frank Sinatra — Paley returned to Winnipeg and formed his Big Band in 1976. Since then he’s risen to prominence in the Winnipeg jazz scene as a composer, arranger, and influencer of other jazz musicians. In 2014, Paley won the BreakOut Canada Music Award’s “Heritage Music Award” for his outstanding and iconic body of work. His most recent work is 2011’s Bring ‘Em Back, a Broadway-style musical revolving around the big-band swing era.