Jazz Concert

This year’s Jazz Concert March 25th 2018,

Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain

340 Provencher Blvd. at 2pm


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