September 10, 2010

Kelly Hughes Live! Gets Jazzy

Kelly Hughes Live! Fall Arts Preview I will be focusing on music at Aqua Books on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

And who will be there?

None other than WSO resident conductor Richard Lee, Juno winner Steve Bell and U of M Jazz Studies director Steve Kirby, with music by jazz pianist George Colligan, that's who.

Richard Lee is also Director of the University of Manitoba symphony orchestra and Music Director of the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Quebec City, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre) and Thunder Bay. 

Steve Bell is the best-known Christian musician in Canada.  Before embarking on his solo career he was a long-time member of the group Elias, Schritt, and Bell.  He has created 16 albums and has been awarded 2 Junos.

In the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba.  Steve has overseen a rejuvenation of Winnipeg's jazz scene.  Steve also performs with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra, for which he composes and arranges all of the music. 

Before coming from New York, Professor Kirby established himself a career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen Battle and many others.

George Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader.  He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for 2 years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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