Izzy Asper Jazz Performances


The Izzy Asper Jazz Performances, Winnipeg’s premier jazz concert series, is proud to unveil its 22nd season of top-level performers. From high-level quartets to intense trios, from Latin grooves to contemporary explorations to swinging standards, our artists have amazing music to share!

As jazz legend Art Blakey said, “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” We invite you to be part of something special...


Dear Friends of Jazz,

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from the team at the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.

The last time I reached out, I thought I would be outlining clear plans in just a couple of weeks. We’re past that time frame now, and as this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, the plan I intended to share has changed dramatically.

In light of current government restrictions on travel and gatherings, the very real health risks to our patrons, and the financial implications of proceeding with dramatically reduced audiences, we have arrived at the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020-21 season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances. As you know, we had already suspended our planned fall concerts; now we have decided it is not viable to offer concerts in the winter or spring either.

But do not despair! Though not yet confirmed, we are working hard to book an outdoor concert or two in the summer of 2021 where we may soak up world-class jazz—LIVE—while observing whatever social distancing may be required at that time. We want to offer these concerts free to you, our loyal subscribers, and to the community at large. So many of us are longing for the energy and joy that is part of the live music experience. We are hoping to lift the city’s spirits with a weekend or two of great outdoor jazz.

Meantime, it’s up to all of us to proceed with care for one another and respect for the power of this virus. We wish each of you a healthy fall and winter, and may we all emerge into a safer environment in the spring!

We will be in touch in a few months’ time—and we are full of expectations about the 2021-22 season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances. Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Together in music,

Charlene Diehl, Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Producer
Tamar Barr, RJCC Assistant Executive Director
Moe Levy and Jeff Morry, The Asper Foundation


Check out the audio clips below for a sampling of music from the current season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.


There are three ways to purchase single tickets or subscription packages:


Purchase tickets online at Rady JCC


Call Debby Figowy at the Rady JCC: 204-477-7534


E-mail Debby Figowy at: dfigowy@radyjcc.com




Purchase subscriptions online at Rady JCC


Quintet (5 concerts)

Subscriber: $183
(One Subscription)

Supporter: $370
(One Subscription + $187 tax receipt)

Patron: $737
(One Subscription + $554 tax receipt)

Benefactor: $1,832
(Two Subscriptions + $1,466 tax receipt)

Quartet (4 concerts)

Subscriber: $165
(One subscription)

Supporter: $328
(One subscription + $163 tax receipt)

Patron: $660
(One subscription + $495 tax receipt)

Benefactor: $1,586
(Two subscriptions + $1,256 tax receipt)

Student Subscriptions

Quintet: $90
Quartet: $83



Israel Asper was a passionate jazz afficionado. He had a vision of creating a jazz series in Winnipeg modeled after the one at the New York’s famous 92nd Street Y. In 1999 he approached the Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre, one of the many organizations housed in the Asper Jewish Community Campus, with the idea of partnering to bring jazz greats to Winnipeg to perform.

The idea was an immediate hit with jazz fans and The Asper Foundation Performances Jazz Series was born. The Berney Theatre at the Campus was swinging from fall to spring with top notch musicians from Winnipeg and around the world. For the 2000-2001 season, The Asper Foundation updated the Berney Theatre with a state-of-the-art sound system and a Steinway concert piano, donated by Mark and Zita Bernstein and family, and launched a subscription campaign for the series.

In 2003, the series was named the Cool Concerts in celebration of Winnipeg’s first jazz radio station, 99.1 Cool FM and COOL TV, Canada’s first television channel devoted exclusively to exploring, reflecting and presenting the world of jazz in all its diversity. In 2005, the series was renamed the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.
Today, the series continues to be one of Winnipeg’s premier year-round jazz events, featuring international jazz greats like Oliver Jones, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Houston Person, Stefon Harris, Kenny Barron, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Marcus Printup, Anat Cohen and many more. Since the series’ inception, sold out concerts of almost 70,000 people have attended 348 performances of 118 acts with over 400 international jazz artists earning consistently excellent reviews from audiences and critics.
Speaking on the success of the series, Israel Asper said “We promised our subscribers that we would bring only the world’s finest jazz performers – and we did.” In 2008, jazz critic Michael Wolch said, “The Asper jazz series has been one of the success stories of the city’s arts community over the past several years.”
Click here to view an April 2018 interview with series Producer Bev Aronovitch by Michael Wolch on the announcement of the 2018-2019 season. For a listing of Winnipeg Free Press articles and reviews related to the jazz series since its inception, please see here.
On November 26, 2018, The Asper Foundation and the Rady Jewish Community Centre announced that Charlene Diehl will become Producer of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances on January 1, 2019. For more information, see here.


Here is a complete listing of artists who have performed at the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances since the series' inception.

Click the headings below to view the brochure for each season (if available).

2019 / 2020

Steve Wilson Quartet / Ignacio Berroa Trio / Duchess / Emmet Cohen Trio / Joe Locke Quartet

2018 / 2019

The Marcus Roberts Trio / Jazzmeia Horn Quintet / Raoul Midòn Trio / Vanguard Jazz Orchestra / Cannonball Adderley’s Fiddler on the Roof

2017 / 2018

The Christian Sands Quartet / The Pedrito Martinez Group / René Marie / The Clayton Brothers Quintet / The Hot Sardines

2016 / 2017

The Robi Botos Quartet / The Cyrille Aimée Quartet / Alicia Olatuja Quintet / The Spike Wilner Quintet / A Tribute to Ray Charles

2015 / 2016

The Mike LeDonne Quintet / The Omer Avital Quintet / Celebrating the Music of Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln & Joni Mitchell / The Aaron Diehl Quartet / A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

2014 / 2015

The Etienne Charles Sextet / The Warren Wolf Quartet / Featuring Russell Malone / Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Quintet / Carmen Lundy

2013 / 2014

Brian Lynch & Eric Alexander w/Xavier Davis, Steve Kirby & Quincy Davis
Vanessa Rubin / The Brubeck Brothers Quartet / Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band / Catherine Russell and Allan Harris

2012 / 2013

Marcus Printup, Gary Symulian, Edward Simon / Christian McBride & Inside Straight / The Hot Club of Detroit w/Cyrille Aimee / Anat Cohen Quartet / Bill Charlap Trio w/Freddy Cole

2011 / 2012

Brian Lynch and Don Braden / Clayton Brothers Quintet / Randy Brecker / Aaron Goldberg Trio / Dee Daniels

2010 / 2011

Allan Harris / Wycliffe Gordon, Jumaane Smith / Joe Locke Quartet w/Kenny Washington / Cyrus Chestnut & Jackie Ryan / Oliver Jones

2009 / 2010

Houston Person Quartet / Karrin Allyson Quartet / John Pizzarelli Quartet
Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller Duo / Stefon Harris and the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra

2008 / 2009

Bobby Watson & Horizon Band / Lionel Loueke Quartet w/Gretchen Parlato / Steve Turre Quintet / Monty Alexander Trio / Kurt Elling Quartet

2007 / 2008

James Carter Quartet w/Cyrus Chestnut / Taylor Eigsti Quartet / Clayton / Brothers Quintet / Jon Faddis Quartet / Christian McBride Quartet

2006 / 2007

Cedar Walton Quartet / Jeremy Pelt Quartet / Houston Person Quartet / Lincoln Center All Stars / Nnenna Freelon

2005 / 2006

Kenny Barron Quartet / Hilario Duran & Papa Mambo / Stefon Harris Quartet w/Mulgrew Miller & Terreon Gully / Joe Lovano Quartet / Oliver Jones / Dave Young

2003 / 2004

Dave Frishberg / Gene Bertoncini Duo / Steve March Torme / Bob Dorough / Carol Welsman / Peter Leitch / Tierney Sutton / Cyrus Chestnut / Phil Nimmons

2002 / 2003

Junior Mance / Buddy Greco / Bill Mays / P.J. Terry / Adam Makowicz / Scott Hamilton / T.S. Monk / Barbara Carrol /Jay Leonhart / Bill Charlap / Daryl Sherman / Dick Hyman & Derek Smith

2001 / 2002

Ray Bryant / Vanessa Rubin / Monty Alexander / Warren Vache & Eddie Higgins / Gene DiNovi Trio / Louis Bellson / Carol Welsman / Bud Shank & Conte Candoli / Russel Malone & Benny Green / Clark Terry

1999 / 2000

Oliver Jones Trio / Karrin Allyson / Dave Young & Ron Paley / Clark Terry & Ron Paley Big Band / Ray Bryant Trio / Jay Leonhart / Peter Appleyard w/the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra / Dave Frishberg / Jackie & Roy


The Izzy Asper Jazz Performances recognizes and appreciates the support of the following organizations:

The Asper Foundation

Rady JCC

Lakeview Hotels & Resorts

Winnipeg Free Press

Vickar Community Chevrolet



Artistic Advisor
Derrick Gardner

Artist Enquiries

For further information or to contact us about performing in the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances, please contact:

Charlene Diehl

Mailing Address

Izzy Asper Jazz Performances
Rady Jewish Community Centre
B100-123 Doncaster Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3N 2B3