feat. is the new series from Aqua Books that puts together the most unlikely ensembles.
On Friday, February 11 from 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm, rootsy beauty Vanessa Kuzina is backed up by hot jazz drummer Curtis Nowosad and his two main collaborators, bass player Steve Kirby, pianist Will Bonness, along with guitarist Aaron Shorr.
A member of country-roots femmes fatales, Oh My Darling, Vanessa Kuzina is stirring up some dust as a solo artist. Not for the bashful, this country belle will ask you to two-step then break your heart with three chords and the truth.
Curtis Nowosad has already performed with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.
Steve Kirby has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra.
Will Bonness joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.
Aaron Shorr has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.