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August 6, 2007

Upcoming Jazz on the Rooftop Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jazz Series Has Run Nearly 30 Years

BMO Financial Group and Winnipeg Art Gallery presents two concerts in August as part of the Jazz on the Rooftop series, held on Thursday nights through the summer months.

Running for nearly three decades, the series features live music on the gallery’s rooftop patio, offering a fine view of the sunset while you sit back and enjoy some great jazz. There are two more concerts are scheduled for this month, with jazz pianist and composer Glen Buhr and his Band taking the stage August 9th, and blues guitarist Brent Parkin and the Stingers appearing August 23rd.

Pianist Glenn Buhr first came to national attention when his large orchestral works were premiered by the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras in the mid-’80s, then as front man for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s radical and popular New Music Festival in the mid-’90s. He composes regularly for the concert stage, film and dance and teaches composition and improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Buhr Quartet has recorded for the CBC, released two CDs, performed film scores and toured across Canada. His latest group, the Glenn Buhr Band, was formed in 2006. They recorded Buhr’s new CD, Thru the Wounded Sky, which was recently released on the Marquis label.

Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Brent Parkin has been a mainstay of Winnipeg’s Blues scene for over 25 years, and includes performing with such blues greats as Otis Rush, Gatemouth Brown and Bo Diddley among his many credits. Founding the Stingers in the 1970’s, the group has played extensively across western Canada and won a Juno for their contribution to a Saturday Night Blues compilation in the mid-80’s. Parkin also includes among his compositional credits the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Treasure by the Long River: A Musical Journey to Amber Beach (1997), which documents a trip by adventurer Phil Manaigre. Brent was nominated for a MapleBlues Award (1997) by the Toronto Blues Society in the “Blues With a Feeling Category”.

Included in the price is complimentary entry into the gallery’s current exhibit from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the date of the concert ticket, and a 6:00 p.m. barbeque will be available.

In case of rain, concerts are held in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium.

for more information visit www.wag.mb.ca

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