Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Night Train, March 25

Join the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra on March 25 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2:00 PM & 7:30 PM) in celebration of jazz legend, Oscar Peterson, with his picturesque Canadiana Suite and a collection of his acclaimed music.

Peterson, called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by none other than Duke Ellington, travelled much of Canada on his many tours. He turned the landscapes he experienced on these tours into the eight descriptive movements making up his Canadiana Suite, which he recorded with his trio in 1964. This collection of sound paintings takes the listener east to west across Canada: from the Maritimes (Ballad to the East), the Laurentian Mountains (Laurentide Waltz), Montreal (Place St. Henri), Toronto (Hogtown Blues), the Prairies (Wheatland & Blues of the Prairies), Calgary (March Past), to British Columbia (Land of the Misty Giants). Nominated for a Grammy in 1965, Peterson called this suite "my musical portrait of the Canada I love".

Inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1978, Peterson's recognition amplified across the globe leading to 8 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award. He touched millions, including the Queen of Jazz herself, Ella Fitzgerald, with whom he recorded an acclaimed album in 1975.

Peterson was a man who stood by his values and exuded them in such ways that not only welcomed admirers into the jazz world but influenced them to take his art and turn it into fire. "We'd all be lucky to have 10 percent of what Oscar was as a human being," declared Quincy Jones.

Filling Oscar Peterson shoes at the piano will be WJO's own Will Bonness. Will is an accomplished performer and a full-time faculty member in the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, where he teaches jazz piano.

In addition, we will be performing an arrangement by the late Senator Tommy Banks as a tribute and recognition of his recent passing.

One of the goals of WJO is to encourage and promote the writing of new music for big band, and we are pleased to debut a piece by Greg Crowe on the March 25 concert. Greg teaches music at Glenlawn Collegiate and has written several instrumental works. The WJO sponsored coaching by our own Jeff Presslaff, and the result will be Greg's La Máquina.

March 25, 2018

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Winnipeg Art Gallery,

300 Memorial Blvd

Adults: $39 / Students & under 30: $19

Tickets available at,, 204.632.5299 and at McNally Robinson Booksellers