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

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Friday, 16 June 2017

2017 Winnipeg Jazz Festival -

Thanks to all our guests for our Winnipeg Jazz Fest special programming: Casimiro Nhussi, Marco Castillo, and Marisolle Negash.

Here are some Check Ça  faves and folks who have visited the show:

Marco Castillo - June 15, 9:15 p.m. at The Cube
                       - June 21, 9:00 p.m. at The Cube

The Mariachi Ghost - June 16 10:45 p.m. at The Cube

Dirty Catfish Brass Band - June 16, 11:45 p.m. at The Cube

Jupitra - June 18, 4:00 p.m. at The Cube

Chuck Copenace Group - June 18, 5:00 p.m. at The Cube

Super Duty Tough Work - June 18, 8:00 p.m. at The Cube

Keisha Booker - June 19, 8:00 p.m. at The Cube

Mike Manny - June 20, 6:00 p.m. The Cube

Jaime Carrasco - June 21, 7:00 p.m.

Jimmy Greene Quartet - June 22, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. at Rachel Browne Theatre

Winnipeg Jazz Collective - June 22, 8:00 p.m. at The Cube

Marisolle Negash - June 22, 9:00 p.m. at The Cube

Casimiro Nhusssi & NAfro Band (Bokante) - June 23, 8:00 p.m. at West End Cultural Centre

Aaron Shorr - June 23, 6:00 p.m. at The Cube

Quincy Davis + Q5 - June 23, 7:30 p.m. at Rachel Browne Theatre

Warren Wolf - June 23, 10:00 p.m. at Rachel Browne Theatre

3Peat w/Chris Bxnnxtt and Marisolle Negash - June 24, 9:00 p.m. at The Good Will

* Don't miss the nightly jam sessions with Derrick Gardner at The VG Lounge (at the Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Pl) from Tuesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 24. What happens at a JazzFest Jam stays at a JazzFest Jam...

... and more!

Be sure to check out this year's Winnipeg Jazz Festival.-

DJ Stop. mix on Check Ca

Hey, hey, check out the newest hot off the grill from  DJ Stop. (a.k.a. Norman Breaks on Mixcloud)  Tasty mixes and spicy beats on his Mixcloud page. Get 'em while they're fresh. Heck, they age pretty good too. Hmm....

2017 JazzFest programming - don't miss a show!

If you missed an episode, be sure to download the show from the CKUW website:

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

2017 Winnipeg Jazz Fest programming on Check Ca

It's that time of year again..  2017 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! Lots of great acts from Manitoba, Canada and abroad. Be sure to check out the schedule.

This year on Check Ca, we have interviews with a few artists featured in this year's festival:

Casimiro Nhussi - on the show June 2
show:  Friday, June 23, 8:00 p.m.@ West End Cultural Centre

Marco Castillo - on the show June 9
show: Thursday, June 15, 9:15 p.m.@ The Cube - Tribute to Hermeto Pascoal
show: Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 @ The Cube - Marco Castillo & the Brazillian Beats

Marisolle Negash - on the show June 16
show: Thursday, June 22, 9:00 p.m. @ The Cube - solo show
show:  Saturday, June 24, 10:00 p.m. @ The Good Will - with Chris Bxnnxt and 3Peat

Check it out. Did you miss a show? Be sure to listen to archived episode on  for information about these great artists!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

June "Pepper" Harris in concert - June 10, Nicolino's

Check out local jazz & blues artist, June "Pepper" Harris for a special concert and CD release party. The show is this June 10 (2017) at Nicolino's (4-2077 Pembina Hwy), Winnipeg, at 2:00 p.m. June's show will also feature some great local artists on the bill, including Check Ça  fave, Derrick Gardner.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Marisolle Negash @ Forth May 28

Check out Marisolle Negash  at Forth (171 McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg) on Sunday, May 28.  Doors at 6:00, show at 7:00. Local hip hop outfit Super Duty Tough Work will also be in the house, along with her live band.

'Come Kick It' with cool and hip hop vibes.

DJ Stop. waxin' funky

Shout out to DJ Stop. local vinyl hero. DJ Stop. was a guest on the show for a very special Prince tribute on the 1st anniversary on his passing on April 21st. Check out his vibes on under his "Norman Breaks" moniker. Here's a prime mix from May 2017:

Check. It. Out.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What's the Word on Check Ca?

It's been a fun and busy past few months on the show. We've had some wonderful guests and more to come!

Last week we had a very special visit from Dirty Catfish Brass Band. Check out their show at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club (234 Main St in Winnipeg) for the Southern Social Club on the first Friday of the month. Each month they bring you DCBB's New Orleans flavoured grooves , a select menu of Southern American dishes and a special music guest. There's two shows and folks can get tickets at the door or through the DCBB website: .  This month, CASATI will appear at the late show. If you missed our chat with the DCBB crew, download the show for March 31 at

Coming up this week is Mr. Quincy Davis, professor and jazz drumset instructor at the University of Manitoba in the Jazz Studies program. Mr. We're very excited to host this very special guest and talented musician, composer, arranger, etc. Tune in to hear about a special project he's working on and some of his music works. Mr. Davis will be on the show this Friday (April 7).

Tune in on April 21st for a special tribute set from DJ Stop. who'll be dropping by to spin music from Prince. Be sure to check out the DJ Stop. page (under Norman Breaks).

Friday, 17 March 2017

What's on tonight?

Hey, hey, Check Ça fans. It's rainy and snowy in the 'Peg these days, so we need to heat things up on the radio dial. Maybe some sizzling, jazz, some hot funk, and some fire-y latin beats, and who knows what else will be burnin' up the turnables tonight! Tune in for your weekly 'hot toddy' Check Ça fix.

Shout out to Michael Cain and the Brandon crew for the Brandon Jazz Festival this weekend (March 16-18). One of the headliners is a Check Ça fave: Dirty Catfish Brass Band. DCBB will be in the booth with us on the show March 31st, but if you can't wait, head out to Brandon this weekend.

Also putting Marisolle Negash on your radar if she isn't already. She's having a release event for her release "Spaceship" tonight (March 17) at Forth at 171 McDermot Avenue (Winnipeg), and will be at the Albert Street Cocktail Company at 91 Albert Street on Wednesday (March 22) and SMITH in the hotel at the Forks (Winnipeg) next weekend (March 24-25). Looking forward to hearing Marisolle cool RnB and neosoul vibes on the keys. Check it out.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Derrick Gardner on the air waves

Thank you to Mr. Derrick Gardner for visiting the show on February 24, 2017. If you missed it live, check it out the CKUW website:

Derrick is professor with the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies and is also a talented and internationally renown jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and instructor. The show featured music selected in recognition for Black History Month (February). Throughout the show, Derrick shared anecdotal and historical tidbits about the music played. We also played a few selections featuring him on trumpet as well. And we all had a blast. Check out the choice track list:

Song Title
Art Blakey
 Split Kick
 from A Night at Birdland Vol. 1
 Blue Note Records
Lee Morgan
 The Sidewinder
 from The Sidewinder
 Blue Note Records
Freddie Hubbard
 On the Que-Tee
from Backlash
 Atlantic Records
Charles Mingus
 Hora Decubitus
 from Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
 Impulse Records
Kenny Dorham
Una Más
 Una Más
 Blue Note
Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets +2
 Natural Woman
 from Echoes of Ethnicity
 Owl Studios
Curtis Nowosad
 from Dialectics
 Cellar Live
Charles Earland
 More Today Than Yesterday
 from Black Talk!
 Prestige Records
Miles Davis
 from Miles Smiles
 Columbia Records
Eric Dolphy
 from Out to Lunch!
 Blue Note Records

Check out his website for more information about his music:

Thanks to Mr. Gardner and hoping he'll be back to visit again soon.