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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Check Ça jazz spot for 2015 Winnipeg Jazz Festival

Hey CKUW-fam! Hope those of you in Winnipeg or visiting checked out some of this year's Winnipeg Jazz Festival for 2015. It was a fun line-up with lots of great shows. Congrats to Paul Nolin, Executive Director, staff, and the many, many volunteers who made the festival a fun and entertaining experience.  And cheers to the many artists for bringing solid entertainment!

Last Friday was a special programme, featuring jazz artists who have performed at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and artists' picks - and some things we just couldn't pass up for a jazz spotlight special. Here's a peek at the show list:

Artist Name
Album Name
Song Title
Booker T Jones
The Road to Memphis
Everything is Everything
Funk Inc.
Funk Inc.
Kool is Back
Prestige Records
Grant Green
The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Blue Note
Greg Lowe w/Steve Kirby
Guitar And Bass Sessions
Modern Mayhem
George Benson
Summer Jazz
George Benson Quartet
It's Uptown
Ain't That Peculiar
Columbia Jazz
John Patton
Accent on the Blues
Captain Nasty
Blue Note
Art Blakey
Blue N' Groovy
Ping Pong
Blue Note
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Boogaloo To Beck
Scuffin Records
Curtis Nowosad
The Skeptic & The Cynic
Welcome to the Machine
Know-A-Sad Records
Russell Malone
Love Looks Good  On You
Soul Leo
High Note Records
Curtis Nowosad
Gleaning & Dreaming
Cellar Live
Neil Watson
Quinn's Dance (Part 1)
Mile 50 Records
The Honourable M.P.
C.W. Productions
The Poets Of Rhythm
Anthology 1992-2003
50 Yards Of Soul
Daptone Records
Dirty Catfish Brass Band
Dirty Catfish Brass Band
The Poets Of Rhythm
Anthology 1992-2003
More Mess on my Thing
Daptone Records
Sharon Jones & the Dap‑Kings
Give the People What They Want
Long Time, Wrong Time
Daptone Records
Booker T Jones
The Road to Memphis
Rent Party
Curtis Nowosad
Cellar Live
Alice Russell
Nova Soul 3
A Fly in the Hand
Ivana Santilli
Corduroy Boogie
Brown Recordings
The Quantic Soul Orchestra
Nova Soul 2
Hold It Down
Herbie Hancock
75 Years of True Blue
Cantaloupe Island
Blue Note

Tune in this week for some choice funky cuts!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Jazzed out?

Looking for a little non-jazz this week? Local hip hop artist, "Daily" will be doing a series of performances in support of the Canadian Hearing Society- 5 Shows, 1 Day. The shows all take place on Saturday, June 20 at 5 different locations:

5 Shows, 1 Day
12:00-2:00 pm - Into the Music (245 McDermot Ave)
2:00-4:00 pm - Wild Planet (217 Osborne St)
4:00-6:00 pm - Joe Black's Coffee Bar (2037 Portage Ave) w/ DJ Stop
7:30-9:30 pm - Sam's Place (159 Henderson Hwy) w/DJ Cannibal Chad
10:00 pm - 1:00 am - Le Garage (166 Provencher Blvd) w/special guests

Friday, 12 June 2015

Curtis Nowosad on Check Ça

Thanks to Curtis Nowosad for stopping by Check Ça  on June 12. We look forward to his performance in the Winnipeg Jazz Festival

                Curtis Nowosad Quintet
                Friday, June 19, 10:00 pm
                Maw's Beer Hall 

Curtis is New-York based drummer,composer, arranger, known to Winnipeg audiences for his skillful jazz and other musical styles. Check out his website for more information about his projects, upcoming tour, and to connect with him:

Hope folks will check out some of the great shows for 2015 Winnipeg Jazz Festival .

Time for Jazz! - 2015 Winning

Lots of great 2015 Jazz Fest to check out!

We've had some awesome guests on the show this year, including some special artists who are in the Jazz Fest this year. They're in a few other shows as well as their group/solo acts:

Jocelyn Gould
Niall Bakkestad-Legare Septet - Old Market Square, Thursday June 11th, 8:15 pm
Mrs. Jones - Old Market Square, Sunday June 14th, 4 pm
Jupiter Storm - Old Market Square, Sunday June 14th, 5:30 pm
Fauxpasfunk - Old Market Square, Thursday June 18th, 12:00 Noon
Big Dig! Band - Old Market Square - Thursday June 18th, 8:45 pm
Jocelyn Gould Quintet - Free Press Cafe - Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 pm

Joanna Majoko
Mrs. Jones - Old Market Square, Sunday June 14th, 4;00 pm
Beatox - Old Market Square, Sunday June 14th, 7:00 pm
ALFA - Old Market Square, Sunday June 14th, 8:00 pm
Ron Paley - Maw's Pub Eatery & Beer Hall, Tuesday June 16th, 7:30 pm
Lucas Sader Project - Cinematheque, Saturday June 20th, 10:00 pm

Members of the Dirty Catfish Brass Band (I may have missed a few)
Winnipeg Jazz Collective - Old Market Square, Monday June 15, 12:00 (noon)
Sunny Roseland - Cube Lounge, Friday, June 19, 8:45 pm

Also, check out Amber Epp's solo show:
Amber Epp - Cinematheque, Saturday, June 20, 7:30 pm
Amber will also appear with several groups on Friday, June 12 for 'Latin Night' at the Old Market Square. And admission at Old Market Square is free!

Mariachi Ghost is part of Jazz Fest this year
The Mariachi Ghost - Old Market Square, Friday June 12, 10:45 pm

Also check out Check Ça faves Heavyweights Brass Band
Old Market Square, Wednesday, June 17, 12:00 (noon)
Maw's Beer Hall, Wednesday June 17, 10:00 p.m.

And this year will feature a late night jam sessions at Maw's Beer Hall June 17-20. Fun times ahead!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Jazz is the word!

Hope you enjoying our spotlight on the 2015 Winnipeg Jazz Festival.  Here's a breakdown of where you can hear our featured guests:

Dirty Catfish Brass Band: June 11 @ The Cube, 9:30 p.m.
Joanna Majoko:  June 11 @ The Cube, 7:00 p.m.
Jocelyn Gould: June 20 @ Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, 10:30 p.m. 
Curtis Nowosad: June 19 @ Maw's Beer Hall, 10:00 p.m.

Lots of great acts coming up! Check out the program for this year's Jazz Fest:!programmation=artists$

A sincere thank you to all our guests helping us to mark this year's Jazz Fest. To hear the interviews and features, download the show from

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Winnipeg Jazz Festival 2015

Jazz Fest Extravaganza!

Dirty Catfish Brass Band
brought the party to Check Ça last week. They stopped in to chat about upcoming Jazz Fest and Winnipeg Folk Fest shows for DCBB. If you missed it, download the podcast for May 29 on

This week, we have a special feature with Joanna Majoko and Jocelyn Gould - two very talented and diverse musicians newer to the scene who have solo shows in the Winnipeg Jazz Festival this year. We'll also take a moment to celebrate some of the amazing female artists who have performed in the Jazz Fest over the years. Tune in!

Next week (June 12), we are very excited to have Curtis Nowosad for an interview. Mr. Nowosad is currently studying and performing in New York (US). Regular listeners will have heard his inventive and exciting recent 2nd album on the show. We'll chat about his adventures in NYC and his upcoming show in the Jazz Fest. Don't miss it!

A special Check Ça 'Thank you' to the Dirty Catfish Brass Band for their visit to the show on May 29. Curious what happens when brass meets pop music? Check out the DCBB's video of their Taylor Swift cover of 'Shake it Off':