ABOUT US

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 have thrilled over 40,000 audience members in the 200-seat theatre.

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.”

For a listing of Winnipeg Free Press articles and reviews related to the jazz series since its inception, please click here.

CURRENT SEASON

Click here to download the brochure for the current season.

Here is a complete listing of concerts for the current season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances:

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Creole Soul: The Etienne Charles Sextet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
8:00pm-10:00pm
20 Sep Saturday
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Creole Soul: The Etienne Charles Sextet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
2:00pm-4:00pm
21 Sep Sunday
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Creole Soul: The Etienne Charles Sextet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
7:30pm-9:30pm
21 Sep Sunday
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Ellington and More: The Warren Wolf Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
8:00pm-10:00pm
1 Nov Saturday
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Ellington and More: The Warren Wolf Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
2:00pm-4:00pm
2 Nov Sunday
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Ellington and More: The Warren Wolf Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
7:30pm-9:30pm
2 Nov Sunday
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Jazz Guitar Greats: Featuring Russell Malone

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
8:00pm-10:00pm
7 Mar Saturday
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Jazz Guitar Greats: Featuring Russell Malone

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
2:00pm-4:00pm
8 Mar Sunday
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Jazz Guitar Greats: Featuring Russell Malone

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
7:30pm-9:30pm
8 Mar Sunday
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Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Quintet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg Art Gallery
3:30pm-5:30pm
18 Apr Saturday
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Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Quintet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg Art Gallery
8:00pm-10:00pm
18 Apr Saturday
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Celebrating Dinah & Sarah: The Carmen Lundy Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
8:00pm-10:00pm
2 May Saturday
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Celebrating Dinah & Sarah: The Carmen Lundy Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
2:00pm-4:00pm
3 May Sunday
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Celebrating Dinah & Sarah: The Carmen Lundy Quartet

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre
7:30pm-9:30pm
3 May Sunday

AUDIO CLIPS

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

Carmen Lundy, “Dance the Dance”

Regina Carter, “Honkey Tonkin”

Russell Malone, “Honeybone”

Warren Wolf, “Frankie and Johnny”

Carmen Lundy, “So Beautiful”

Regina Carter, “Cornbread Crumbled in Gravy”

Russell Malone, “I Saw You Do It”

Warren Wolf, “Sunrise”

PAST SEASONS

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).

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

Celebrating Dizzy (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

Nat King Cole Tribute w/Allan Harris
New Orleans Celebration w/Wycliffe Gordon, Jumaane Smith
Joe Locke Quartet w/Kenny Washington
Cyrus Chestnut & Jackie Ryan
Gershwin Tribute w/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

TICKETS

Season subscriptions and concert tickets on sale now! Limited availability!

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

ONLINE

Purchase online at Rady JCC

PHONE

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

E-MAIL

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

 

 

 
SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES

 

 

Quintet (5 concerts)

Subscriber: $165
(One Subscription)

Supporter: $334
(One Subscription + $169 tax receipt)

Patron: $665

(One Subscription + $500 tax receipt)

Benefactor: $1,654
(Two Subscriptions + $1,324 tax receipt)

Quartet (4 concerts)

Subscriber: $149
(one subscription)

Supporter: $296
(One subscription + $147 tax receipt)

Patron: $595
(One subscription + $446 tax receipt)

Benefactor: $1,432
(Two subscriptions + $1,134 tax receipt)

Student Subscriptions

Quintet: $82
Quartet: $75

SPONSORS

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


The Asper Foundation

Rady JCC

The Fort Garry Hotel

Winnipeg Free Press

Vickar Community Chevrolet

CONTACT US

Artist Enquiries

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

Artistic Director
Steve Kirby
kirbys@cc.umanitoba.ca

Producer
Bev Aronovitch
baronovitch@shaw.ca

Mailing Address

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

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