Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00 and 7:30 pm - Winnipeg Art Gallery
There's something evocative about hearing a great jazz clarinet player in front of a swinging big band. There are so few top-notch clarinetists around these days that you don't have it happen much anymore. Back in the Swing Era the clarinet was a dominant instrument. Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were stars, and every great band seemed to have a "hot clarinet" as a key soloist. But jazz styles changed and the clarinet fell out of favour when bop came in. Buddy DeFranco and Tony Scott kept the horn going for a time, but eventually we just about ran out of great clarinet players. Sightings are pretty rare these days.
That makes it even more of a special treat when Ken Peplowksi comes to town to play with the WJO. Ken is without question one of the top jazz clarinetists in the world today, right up there with Eddie Daniels and a very few others as standard-bearers for this very difficult instrument. Ken has made award-winning recordings in every jazz style you can think of and is also a fine classical soloist. Ken Peplowski is simply a brilliant musician and a wonderful raconteur. You'll have a chance to see and hear this world-class jazz clarinet player in front of our own very swinging Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra on November 11th! Two performances as usual, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Muriel Richardson Auditorium. Tickets available at our virtual Box Office at 204-632-5299, at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Grant Park, and on the WJO website at http://www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com/. Don't miss this one!