After a pandemic-induced hiatus, we are truly excited to announce that a new season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances is bringing world-class live jazz to our beloved Berney Theatre at the Rady Jewish Community Centre here in Winnipeg.
We proudly present four weekends of concerts, beginning on October 1-2 with the Oran Etkin Trio. This dynamic young clarinetist fuses an appreciation for diverse musical cultures with a deep love of the jazz tradition.
Our second concert, November 26-27, features the legendary singer Mary Stallings. A natural storyteller with a rich voice, Stallings is our opportunity to be in the presence of jazz royalty.
On March 25-26, we welcome the Joe Locke Quartet, a group we had planned to host in May 2020. Locke, one of the world’s esteemed jazz vibraphonists, is joined by singer Kenny Washington, an audience favourite.
Our season closes April 15-16 with the Bruce Barth Trio. The New York Village Voice calls Barth “one of the best pianists in town, period.”
Concerts will take place on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons; we are foregoing the Sunday evening concert this season.
You may purchase single tickets to any of these concerts, but we invite you to consider a subscription to all four concerts (quartet), or to three (trio) if you prefer. A subscription gives you reserved seating at a reduced price; it also allows you to provide valuable support as we re-enter the live performance zone. Scroll down for ticket pricing and a purchase link.
When jazz aficionado Israel Asper dreamed up the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances 23 years ago, he wanted Winnipeggers to experience the best and brightest jazz artists right here at home. It will be wonderful to see you all, and to keep Izzy’s dream alive!
Charlene Diehl, Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Producer
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:
Call Shira Newman at the Rady JCC: 204-477-7534
E-mail Shira Newman at: email@example.com
(One subscription + $175 tax receipt)
(One subscription + $525 tax receipt)
(Two subscriptions + $1,400 tax receipt)
Student subscriber (with ID): $75
(One subscription + $130 tax receipt)
(One subscription + $390 tax receipt
(Two subscriptions + $1,040 tax receipt)
Adult – $45
Student (with ID) – $20
*ALL PRICES INCLUDE TAX
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.
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).
Trio Bembe / Karly Epp & Karl Kohut / Laila Biali / Bruce Barth
Steve Wilson Quartet / Ignacio Berroa Trio / Duchess / Emmet Cohen Trio / Joe Locke Quartet
The Marcus Roberts Trio / Jazzmeia Horn Quintet / Raoul Midòn Trio / Vanguard Jazz Orchestra / Cannonball Adderley’s Fiddler on the Roof
The Christian Sands Quartet / The Pedrito Martinez Group / René Marie / The Clayton Brothers Quintet / The Hot Sardines
The Robi Botos Quartet / The Cyrille Aimée Quartet / Alicia Olatuja Quintet / The Spike Wilner Quintet / A Tribute to Ray Charles
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
The Etienne Charles Sextet / The Warren Wolf Quartet / Featuring Russell Malone / Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Quintet / Carmen Lundy
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
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
Brian Lynch and Don Braden / Clayton Brothers Quintet / Randy Brecker / Aaron Goldberg Trio / Dee Daniels
Allan Harris / Wycliffe Gordon, Jumaane Smith / Joe Locke Quartet w/Kenny Washington / Cyrus Chestnut & Jackie Ryan / Oliver Jones
Houston Person Quartet / Karrin Allyson Quartet / John Pizzarelli Quartet
Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller Duo / Stefon Harris and the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra
Bobby Watson & Horizon Band / Lionel Loueke Quartet w/Gretchen Parlato / Steve Turre Quintet / Monty Alexander Trio / Kurt Elling Quartet
James Carter Quartet w/Cyrus Chestnut / Taylor Eigsti Quartet / Clayton / Brothers Quintet / Jon Faddis Quartet / Christian McBride Quartet
Cedar Walton Quartet / Jeremy Pelt Quartet / Houston Person Quartet / Lincoln Center All Stars / Nnenna Freelon
Kenny Barron Quartet / Hilario Duran & Papa Mambo / Stefon Harris Quartet w/Mulgrew Miller & Terreon Gully / Joe Lovano Quartet / Oliver Jones / Dave Young
Dave Frishberg / Gene Bertoncini Duo / Steve March Torme / Bob Dorough / Carol Welsman / Peter Leitch / Tierney Sutton / Cyrus Chestnut / Phil Nimmons
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
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
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
For further information or to contact us about performing in the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances, please contact:
Izzy Asper Jazz Performances
Rady Jewish Community Centre
B100-123 Doncaster Street
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