Jazz Festival Wraps for a 24th Season

Jazz Festival Wraps for a 24th Season

Questlove - The Roots
Questlove from The Roots performs at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg International Jazz FestivalMore than a dozen sold-out performances helped make the 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival a success this year.

The 11-day event wrapped up on Sunday after boasting world-class performances from the best jazz, roots and urban artists in the business.

Organizers are still calculating final attendance numbers, but say the 24th annual festival was a definite crowd-pleaser that packed both indoor and outdoor venues since June 13.

“This was my 10th year with Jazz Winnipeg and, in spite of an inevitable challenge or two, it seems to have been one of our most successful. We enjoyed great music and great audiences,” said executive producer Paul Nolin.

This past Saturday night saw hip hop crew The Roots play at the Centennial Concert Hall, while UK multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine had people up and dancing at the West End Cultural Centre. The Theatre Series wrapped up Sunday with a show by jazz/R&B legend George Benson.