Funky Cutz...Check Ça Phat Cutz of the month

Amp Fiddler, Sly & Robbie - Inspiration Information
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hot and Dirty - DCBB and Dr. Hotbottom in Action!

Hey Cool Cats! Hope you all kicked up your heels this Halloween for the Haunted Hot and Dirty Dance Party with l ocal heroes Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom. Both bands combined put on a wicked show, with a few funk-a-liscious surprises. Congrats to the guys on putting on a great party! 

Thanks to members of both bands who stopped by the show on October 24 to talk about the Halloween show and to share some of their adventures this summer. Do stayed tuned to Check Ça and check out the bands websites for upcoming gigs (very likely they will host one more exciting joint show before the year is done...).

keep it funky

Mr. Cain at your service with Sola

Michael Cain new album release - Sola

Regular listeners for Check Ça may remember our interview with Brandon-based Jazz Studies professor and jazz musician Michael Cain. Michael has released a new album Sola. Listeners have probably heard tracks on our show since late August. Jazz, funk, neosoul and so much more... Check out Michael Cain's website for upcoming performance dates and details on where to purchase. And keep it locked to Check Ça for samples from the new album Sola. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Gettin' Down Hot & Dirty on Check Ça

Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom in the House this Friday! (October 24)

Hey, hey, hey, who brings you the party? DCBB & Dr. Hotbottom on Check Ça, that's who! This Friday Check Ça will feature not one but two bands in studio for a live interview! Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom will drop by to chat about their exciting Hallowe'en show (on October 31) - Haunted Hot & Dirty Dance Party featuring both bands! DCBB will also give us the skinny on their upcoming projects. Can't go wrong with jazz, brass, funk and more. Definitely tune in  - it's always a party with DCBB in studio!

(Dirty Catfish Brass Band cover of debt album 'Brass Riot')

Friday, 2 October 2015

C'est le Jazz Cool!

Hey, Hey, Hey! Who wants le jazz cool? 
Check out the Big Dig! Band jazz night 
at The Park Theatre (698 Osborne St, Winnipeg) on October 5. 

Once a month Winnipeg is treated to a unique big band experience. Organised by Steve Kirby (Artistic Director) and Derrick Gardner (Principal Conductor) - both professors at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music and noted jazz artists -  the evening is divided into two parts. First a session where local composers and arrangers can workshop a piece as well as an open rehearsal for the Big Dig! Band. The second part of the evening features a performance by the Big Dig! Band featuring a mixture of jazz classics and newer works (often including pieces from local composers and arrangers). And the band itself features some of Winnipeg's top jazz artists. A very interesting evening for the jazz savant and novice alike. Definitely a Check Ça pick for jazz lovers!

Also want to give a special Check Ça shout-out to Derrick Gardner and Steve Kirby for the sweet grooves at the closing night of the Winnipeg International Writers' Festival this year. Messrs. Gardner and Kirby provided live music for the open mic session and definitely made the show! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Trio D'Afrique @ McNally Robinson Oct 2, 8pm

.... and a heads up if you haven't already heard, Trio D'Afrique will be at the Prairie Ink Restaurant at Grant Park McNally Robinson on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Earlier this year Jay Stoller, a member of Trio D'Afrique, performed West African-style drumming live on our 2015 FunDrive show. You can hear Jay in person along with other talented musicians Ewinge Kiki on vocals and guitar, and Daniel Koulack on bass. Trio D'Afrique features beautiful acoustic music sampling from the variety of African music and some of their own compositions. Definitely worth a trip to experience them live!