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Worst Festival Ever!

Just when I think the local jazz festival can’t get any worse, any farther from their mandate or be any less competent, they lower the bar. Last year it was the famous ‘pay musicians in exposure’ debacle that the Musicians… Continue Reading →

Jakob Bro in Winnipeg

The Headliner It is not too often that a ECM recording artist come to the ‘Peg let alone starts off their tour but this night had Jakob Bro in a trio format. The show was okay. He’s a ‘tones’ guy… Continue Reading →

I Bought a New Amp

SO back when I had a bunch of solo gigs in a row, I finally grew tired of dragging my 60lb Yamaha amp around. Don’t get me wrong, it has served me well for 30 years. Never needing the shop… Continue Reading →

Fort Garry Hotel Solo Guitar September 7th 2018

Another fine Friday at the Palm Lounge (AKA the Oval Room) inside the 100+ year old Winnipeg Hotel Fort Garry. One never knows the kind of crowd I’ll get. Sometimes it is music lovers who clap and tip. Sometimes it… Continue Reading →

NoJazz Winnipeg 2018 Festival

Just in case you don’t want to read the whole article: Still has hardly any Jazz. Still has hardly any International or out of town Jazz. Still loses money while claiming pop acts pay for the jazz. Still has a… Continue Reading →

Jazz Studies Professor Leaves Under a Very Dark Cloud

So the jazz studies head at UofM went on leave in 2016 and retired in 2017. Prior to that, his “DIG!” magazine went under. After the retirement,  the summer jazz camp was cancelled and all references to him where stripped from… Continue Reading →

Another “Jazz” festival over and done with.

Usually I post a ‘rant’ about our terrible jazz free festival before it opens and then, sometimes, post an afterward. This year I was so sick coming up on the 11 days of almost no jazz, that I couldn’t really… Continue Reading →

Grote Guitars Review 7 string arch top

So I was looking for the impossible. A beater 7 string jazz box I could take on vacation, on planes, leave at my music school Do I ask for the impossible? I presently own 2 arch top guitars. Both… Continue Reading →

Jazz Festival Winnipeg 2015 Edition Good times (but all is not forgiven)

So usually before this time each year it would be my annual tirade against the NoJazz Winnipeg Festival. Admittedly at first glance I may have thought (and posted ) that it was another crappy, self serving, jazz hating joke. The… Continue Reading →

Chick Corea in Winnipeg

So little ole Winnipeg was very lucky to have Chick Corea come to town with his new band of wonderkins entitled The Vigil. Chris Smith, local jazz ‘columnist’ (and festival stiff) incorrectly called the new album ‘Vigil’ Dear Chris…please pay… Continue Reading →

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