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Winnipeg Jazz Festival 2016: Andra Day, Kamasi Washington and More

April 16, 2016 12:00 AM | Entertainment

Andra Day

Andra Day performs at this year’s Winnipeg Jazz Festival on June 23 at the Burton Cummings Theatre. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg Jazz Festival 2016American singer-songwriter Andra Day will perform at this year’s Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

The 31-year-old joins a list of jazz artists, both big and small, who embody the genre of musical flair seen every year at the renowned event.

Day was discovered by Stevie Wonder himself, helping to propel her to release a debut album, Cheers to the Fall — produced by Raphael Saadiq and featuring Questlove.

Day joins already announced American jazz saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington.

Millennials will likely recognize Washington’s work for his influencing and arranging of Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, where he was credited for helping shape the album.

Washington’s three-disc debut release, The Epic, topped numerous best­-of-­2015 lists including those of Rolling Stone, The BBC, LA Times, The Guardian, NPR, and Pitchfork.

Washington performs on June 21 at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Who else to expect

  • Andra Day
  • Trobome Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • Oliver Jones
  • The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
  • Tia Fuller Quartet
  • Tortoise
  • Royal Wood
  • Steve Hill
  • Dawn Pemberton
  • Amanda Tosoff
  • Close Talker

Jazz Winnipeg will once again be taking over the clubs, venues, and streets of the Exchange District from June 16-26 for Downtown Winnipeg’s biggest music festival.

From the opening weekend “Welcome to Summer” party to featured superstar acts and a weekend under the stars at Winnipeg’s only outdoor pop-up jazz club, The Cube Lounge, the Jazz Festival is set to fill Winnipeg’s Exchange District with its signature crowd energy and 11 days of dynamic performances.

The Winnipeg Jazz Festival runs June 16-26. Tickets are available at JazzWinnipeg.com, by calling (204) 989-­4656, and at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007­-100 Arthur Street).

Passes and individual tickets go on sale Thursday, April 21 at 10 am.