Jazz Concert

This year’s Jazz Concert April 2nd 2017, Centro Caboto Centre at 5pm


Before coming to Winnipeg from New York in 2003, jazz bassist Steve Kirby had established an enviable career, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut and Abbey Lincoln. He continues to be a busy performer and clinician in both Canada and the US. In addition to his duties as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Steve Kirby is also artistic director of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances, advisor to the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, creator and director of Jazz On Wheels and it’s offshoot The Bridge Program, director of the U of M Summer Jazz Camp, and editor and creator of dig! Magazine. He was also the 2006 recipient of the Xerox Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award.

Anna-Lisa Kirby cut her teeth as a singer in the 1990s in New York jazz clubs, and has performed across Canada and in Europe. Since 2003, she has been performing and teaching in Winnipeg where she is a frequent featured artist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra, the Third Nation Ensemble, and the U of M Jazz Studies faculty. She is a Jazz Vocal Instructor at the Desautels Faculty of Music, and many of her students have gone on to serious professional careers with a national reach. She is the Coordinator of the Jazz Studies program.

Derrick Gardner holds the Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance on Trumpet, effective July 1, 2011.

Mr. Gardner is internationally renowned as a performer and has an exceptional record as a dedicated and inspiring teacher at the post-secondary level. He brings over 20 years experience as a professional musician, teacher, composer, arranger, and producer. And he has performed at nearly every major national and international jazz festival.

Best known as the host of Up To Speed on CBC Radio Manitoba, Ismaila Alfa is also a pioneer in the Winnipeg hip hop scene, where he continues to be a major music force. Born in Zaria, Nigeria to Nigerian and Manitoban parents, Ismaila and his younger sister Aisha, grew up in a culturally diverse home. One that moved from Nigeria to Australia and finally to Winnipeg to stay in 1984.

Alfa has always been involved in the community, particularly the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba, and was the Folklorama youth ambassador for the Afro-Caribbean Pavilion in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he got his break as one of the openers for Maestro Fresh Wes at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, where he met and joined local rap crew Frek Sho.

University Of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra

Professor Derrick Gardner – Director


Joanna Majoko – vocals Trombones:
Carter Graham – piano Queeven Arcedo
Lindsay Woolgar – bass Bill Green
Jesse Popeski – guitar Jeremy Hill
Kevin Waters – drums
Saxophones: Trumpets:
Lee Tran Emily Hamonic
Nam Ngyuen DeCarlo Jackson
Connor Derraugh Julian Hochman – Berard
Eric Bachman Jaimel Nucom