Thursday, June 4: multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Alexiuk and vocalist Naomi Peters.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jonathan Alexiuk has been a professional musician for over 20 years. In addition to performing and recording as a pianist, trumpeter, saxophonist, and trombonist, Jonathan is a prolific arranger; his arrangements have been performed by the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Memory Lane Orchestra, local a cappella group Those Guys, the U of W Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir, and the Air Command Band.
He has taught and directed at the International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens, and served as clinician, adjudicator, vocal coach, and accompanist at festivals and competitions. Jonathan has arranged, produced, or performed on over twenty albums by local artists, as well as appearing regularly as an accompanist or featured artist on the Winnipeg music circuit.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Naomi Peters is an artist in the making with a passion for creating and sharing music. A graduate of MBCI (Winnipeg) and Goshen College (Indiana), she has toured across the United States and Canada in various ensembles, and has performed on Winnipeg stages for more than a decade. Having performed with the likes of Bobby McFerrin and Conspirare, Naomi is vocally trained in jazz, classical, and musical theatre. Most weeks, you can find her crashing the incomparable Jonathan Alexiuk’s gigs at Kristina’s on Corydon.
Thursday, June 11: Zachary Rushing and band
Zachary Rushing is an emerging vocalist on the Canadian music scene. A transplant to Winnipeg via Seattle, Washington, he brings with him a seasoned sound rich in varied influences and styles. He has performed musical theater, contemporary pop, classical and more, though he is most at home with the jazz tradition stemming from the Great American Songbook. His musical style is influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Joni Mitchell and more, but his individual perspective gives him the ability to reinvent their traditions into something entirely fresh and new. An avid musical explorer, he enjoys pushing the limits of what it means to be a jazz vocalist by exploring underrepresented work in the jazz canon, and rearranging unconventional material for more traditional ensembles. Zachary lives in Wolseley with his partner and his lovable furry friends Rufus, Porter, and Lily.
Jared Beckstead is a Canadian jazz double bassist based in Michigan. Born in Vancouver to musical parents, Jared’s interest in jazz began at a young age. After trading the cello for the double bass in his early teens, his dedication and ability on the instrument took him to festivals in Brussels, Singapore, London, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Zürich and more before the age of 17. In the fall of 2014, Jared began his undergraduate studies in jazz performance at the University of Manitoba, where he studied double bass and composition privately with luminaries such as Jon Gordon, Quincy Davis and Derrick Gardner. In Winnipeg he was a member of the University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Juno award-nominated duo Larry Roy and Erin Propp, and local jazz legend Ron Paley.
In his final year of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba, guitarist and vocalist Kyle Cobb is quickly becoming a staple of the music scene in Winnipeg. Possessing excellent technique on the guitar and an expansive repertoire, Kyle plays and sings with an effortless musicality.
Dhiego Costa was born in Brazil, where he started his musical studies when he was sixteen years old as a self-taught musician before taking private piano lessons with local teachers. He attended the music school Central de Música e a Academia de Música Genius, where he won a prize as the best arranger. After relocating to Recife to pursue his degree, Diego graduated with his Bachelor in Music with a specialty in classical piano. After stints in the United States and New Zealand, he finished his post-baccalaureate in music education at University Candido Mendes – Minas Gerais (Brazil) in 2018. Later that year, Dhiego moved to Canada to pursue his masters in jazz piano at University of Manitoba, where he graduated this spring.
Thursday, June 18: Amber Epp
The shortest distance between a Mennonite choir and an open-air jazz patio in Havana is Amber Epp. A childhood of singing at the dinner table and exploring the piano (with her fingers and her toes) has not surprisingly culminated in music filled with adventure, discovery, joy, and a Western Canadian Music Award for one of her four CDs. A connoisseur of musical genres, Amber transports you with her to wherever she’s going. No matter the language, no matter the country, from Cuba to the Yukon, Amber leaves you with a heart pumping out the rhythms of the world.
Thursday, June 25: The Chuck Copenace Group
Chuck Copenace is an Ojibway jazz musician based out of Winnipeg, MB. He shares his story of recovery, spiritual awakening and how traditional ceremony changed his musical outlook. He is one of a very elite group of Indigenous musicians who honour their traditional melodies by incorporating them into his work; composing and performing new and compelling music that successfully unite creativity and spirituality. The Chuck Copenace Group is bandleader and trumpeter Chuck Copenace, guitarist Victor Lopez, saxophonist Kyle Wedlake, bassist Ashley Au and drummer Brendan Kinley.
Who is it for?
The shows are free to watch but you can also feel free to donate to help keep Jazz alive in Winnipeg (Donate here: https://www.jazzwinnipeg.com/donate).
WHEN & WHERE
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Venue & Address