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Winnipeg Jazz Festival Lineup a Crowd-Pleaser

April 13, 2013 9:00 AM | Entertainment

George Benson

Jazz R&B guitarist George Benson is one of nearly 100 acts performing at the 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. (HANDOUT)

The Roots, jazz R&B guitar icon George Benson, New Orleans legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band and soul diva Bettye LaVette — the 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival will have something for everyone this year.

Downtown will come alive with music June 13-23 as the city welcomes the best local, national and international acts.

“I really feel there’s something for everyone this year,” said executive producer Paul Nolin. “We’ve been able to strike a balance between cutting edge and familiar favourites.”

The Centennial Concert Hall, Burton Cummings Theatre and the West End Cultural Centre will act as venue hubs for the event, which is rounded out with performances by British saxophonist Courtney Pine, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak, Chicago pianist Patricia Barber and vocalist Jane Monheit.

Opening weekend will kick off with free music in Old Market Square June 13-16, while the Jazz for Lunch series fills the Exchange Distract June 14-22 with the sounds of Victor Lopez & Son Urbano, Steve Kirby, Treasa Levasseur, Gypsophilia, Coral Egan and Helen White.

The Club Series will have acts rotating between the “Jazz District,” made up of the King’s Head Pub, Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Rachel Browne Theatre, Cinematheque and the new Cube Lounge.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at JazzWinnipeg.com, by phone at (204) 989-4656 and at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur Street). Tickets for the Burton Cummings Theatre and Centennial Concert Hall shows are also available at Ticketmaster. Tickets for The Roots are on sale now.