Guest Artists and Masterclasses

The Faculty of Music is frequently host to guest artists, lecturers, and performers. There are many opportunities to participate or observe these talented guests!



Spike Wilner - pianist and owner/operator of Smalls and Mezzrow jazz clubs in NYC
Friday March 17, 7pm Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba, Desautels Faculty of Music

Before headlining for his own 3 shows, Live At Smalls: The Spike Wilner Quartet, at the Berney Theatre, Mr. Wilner will drop in and share some words of wisdom with our students about the realities of surviving in the jazz world today. He will also (hopefully) play with them and coach them through whatever comes up in the moment, giving them tools to better themselves as musicians, improvisors and young music entrepreneurs



Joel FrahmJoel Frahm - Tenor Saxophone
Friday March 17, 2:30pm Music Annex
University of Manitoba, Desautels Faculty of Music

Mr. Frahm, a giant of the tenor saxophone, will be here to perform with the Spike Wilner Quintet as part of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performance Series on March 18 & 19 and he will stop by ro work and talk with our students in a master class envrionment.

"A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound -- fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star."


Jocelyn GouldJocelyn Marie Gould - guitar
Friday March 10, 2:30pm, Music Annex
University of Manitoba, Desautels Faculty of Music

Now finishing up her first year of Graduate Studies Michigan State University Jazz Studies Program, U of M alum, Jocelyn Gould (B. Jazz Studies 2013) (Post Bac 2016) will host jazz Master Class and talk about her experiences during her time at the University of Manitoba, working as a professional musician in Winnipeg, and the process applying to graduate schools in the U.S.

She will also play with student ensembles and work on performance concepts.




Cyrille AimeeCyrille Aimee - vocalist
Friday October 21, 7pm  Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba,
FREE for all, open to the public


“Astonishingly creative....with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother. Winner of the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition in 2007, 3rd place winner of the Monk Competition in 2010 and winner of the Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition in 2012, Ms. Aimee now makes her career, thrilling audiences all over the world with her beautiful performances, compositions and recordings.





 Robi Botos - piano

September 23, 7pm Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba
FREE for all, open to the public

Hungarian born, Toronto based Jazz pianist and 2016 Juno Award Winner
- Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé.  Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed.




Terron Gully - drummer
September 23, 2:30pm Music Annex, University of Manitoba

FREE for all, open to the public

Born in East St. Louis, drummer Terreon Gully is widely recognized for his creativity, versatility and authenticity, Terreon is in high demand.  His innovative and distinct sound has inspired artists such as Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling and Joe Locke to make him a member of their bands. A versatile musician, Mr. Gully approaches each genre in its authentic context, yet complements it through incorporating various styles in an ingenious manner to create an interesting and innovative sound.




Past Masterclasses:

January 14, 2016 Theodore Chan
Prominent musician and double bassist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra teaches a master class on Beethoven orchestral excerpts for the Desautels Faculty of Music studio of Dr. Minna Rose Chung.

Jan 14 master chung photo 1 Jan 14 master chung photo 2


Omer Avital Jazz Program Master Class

Friday October 16, 2015
8 - 9:30pm, Eva Clare Hall
65 Dafoe Road,
Desautels Faculty of Music
FREE for all, public is invited to attend

The Desautels Faculty of Music is excited to once again present, Israeli born, New York based, Jazz double bass player Omer Avital for a master class. One of the most unique, most creative and most dynamic musicians, composers and jazz educators around today, his master classes are a roller coaster ride! If you have not yet experienced Omer Avital, we hope you will come join us for this one.

Mr. Avital will also lead his Quintet for 3 concerts, October 17 & 18, at the Berney Theatre as part of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performance Series.

The following is from  Omer Avital's website:


"Bassist and composer Omer Avital is one of today’s most striking musicians. Praised by critics as, “extraordinary” (New York Times), “roaringly inventive” (JAZZIZ), “a pioneer in combining jazz with myriad world music elements” (LA Times) and, “one of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years” (DownBeat), Omer Avital is a visionary composer and virtuoso musician whose genre-defying ensembles are pushing the boundaries of jazz expression and providing audiences with swing and spiritual sustenance in equal measure.

Among the many talented Israeli musicians who have appeared on the world jazz scene in recent years, Avital stands out from the rest. He is not part of this wave but rather one of those who initiated it – Omer Avital is a pioneer. The musician, who has lived in New York since 1992, is partly responsible for putting his native country on the jazz map. Critics from Downbeat and The New York Times have high praise for the classically trained virtuoso bass player; he has even been called the Israeli Charles Mingus.

Avital is a visionary who combines music from his cultural background with modern Western jazz. This makes for an atmospheric sound with contagious Middle-Eastern grooves, subtle jazz melodies and orchestral arrangements of Sephardic compositions. With his latest album, New Song, Avital follows up on the highly acclaimed Suite of The East from 2012. Again an impressive album, where two cultures joyfully meet in multiple colors and rhythms, and Eastern melodies breathe the passion of gospel and soul. With his extraordinary vision, Avital can rightly be called one of the most unique musicians of his generation."


Gregory Hutchingson Jazz Drums Master Class
Saturday September 19, 2015
10:30am - 12pm, Music Annex, Desautels Faculty of Music
Service Road 2S: Campus Map
FREE for all, public is invited to attend

If you are a drummer in Winnipeg, you do not want to miss this rare opportunity to be in the same room with Hutch! Mr. Hutchinson will also be featured with The Mike LeDonne Quintet as part of The Izzy Asper Jazz Performances at The Berney Theatre, September 19 & 20.

re-printed from the Hutchology website:

"Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.Hutch

His experience and technique make him one of the most exciting musicians to watch and hear. He has the creative power to not only nurture, but  challenge the very art of drumming. Dianne Reeves describes him as “Pure Genius.” Gary Giddins described his drum work as “Elegant” and more “like dancing.” Joshua Redman describes him as “Inspired.” To Hutch’s credit his goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker played the horn, “I want to sing on the drums the way he sang on the horn.” If history is any indication, Hutch will indeed continue to be a formidable presence in the musical community."

Mike LeDonne Jazz Piano Master Class

September 19, 2015
10:30am - 12pm, Eva Clare Hall
65 Dafoe Road, Desautels Faculty of Music
FREE for all, public is invited to attend

This will be the first visit to the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies Program for this virtuoso jazz pianist and master of the Hammond B3 organ.

The call is out to all pianists in Winnipeg to come and join us for this rare jazz piano master class. Mike LeDonne will also lead a quintet consisting of saxophonist: Jimmy Greene, trumpet player: Derrick Gardner, drummer: Greg Hutchinson and bass player: Steve Kirby for 3 exciting concerts at The Berney Theatre September 19 & 20, as part of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.

 the following is an article written by: By Bob Kenselaar on All, originally published: August 27, 2012

Mike LeDonne: Where There's Smoke

MLD"Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. "He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night on a jazz-cruise gig that featured both musicians on the bill. First known mainly for his piano work, LeDonne has increased his profile as an organ player considerably, to the point where it may be eclipsing his reputation as a pianist. His hugely popular organ quartet recording, The Groover (Savant, 2010), was the number-one album on the jazz radio charts for 14 weeks in the year it was released. Both The Groover and its 2011 follow-up, Keep the Faith, feature LeDonne's regular band, which has held court virtually every Tuesday night since the year 2000 at Smoke, the New York City jazz club on Broadway near the corner of 106th Street, also known as Duke Ellington Boulevard.

LeDonne is especially happy with his long tenure at the club. "It's an extraordinary thing to have a steady gig like that and then to see people still coming out in droves to listen. And now the word is out all over the world—people know Tuesday night is organ night at Smoke. They come to New York just to see it. They come right off the plane from Europe and go right to Smoke." Not only does the club draw crowds of fans, but great elder statesmen of jazz such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess and George Coleman often drop by and sometimes sit in with LeDonne. "I'm so proud of that," he says. "If I can attract people like that, I must be doing something right."

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1956, LeDonne grew up in his parents' music shop; his father, Mickey, was a jazz guitarist who also sang in the style of Nat "King" Cole. After earning his degree at the New England Conservatory, the keyboardist settled in New York City in the late '70s, and he's been based there ever since.

His experience spans an impressively wide range of jazz styles from traditional swing to modern post-bop. Very early in his career, he was a member of the Widespread Depression Orchestra, playing classic charts of the swing era, and before long, he was playing with Benny Goodman. In the early '80s, he was the house pianist at Jimmy Ryan's, a mainstay of New York's traditional jazz scene at the time, and he went on to work with the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quintet in addition to playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Rollins, among many others. His 11-year stint with Milt Jackson is especially notable—LeDonne ultimately served as the musical director of the vibraphonist's working band—as is his long association with Benny Golson. He appears on the saxophonist's New Time, New 'Tet
(Concord, 2009) album and three other Golson CDs. Under his own name, LeDonne has recorded 14 albums with featured personnel including Ron Carter, Joshua Redman and Lewis Nash, in addition to his colleagues at Smoke, together known as The Groover Quartet, comprising Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, and Joe Farnsworth."

Jimmy Greene Jazz Master Class

Friday September 18, 2015
8 - 9:30pm, Eva Clare Hall
65 Dafoe Road,
Desautels Faculty of Music
FREE for all, public is invited to attend

Noted jazz saxophonist, composer and former University of Manitoba Jazz Faculty Member, Jimmy Greene, Jazz Program Master Class.

We are more than a little thrilled that Jimmy Greene is returning to his former home to present this Master Class on September 18. He will also be featured with The Mike LeDonne Quintet as part of The Izzy Asper Jazz Performances at The Berney Theatre, September 19 & 20.

The Celestial Saxophone of Jimmy Greene

 This is from an article from the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of dig! Magazine, Written by: Steve Kirby

"We’re about to have a visitation from as close to a celestial being as the jazz community has yet been able to produce. I’m talking about Jimmy Greene. He is a tall, broad, gentle, corn-fed giant. Peace and love just pours out of his eyes—he’s a really warm spirit. And he plays a mean tenor saxophone!

JGHe’s definitely one of the new young lions—when he was still in his mid-20s, DownBeat named him one of the “25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz.” He has a warm, cutting tenor saxophone tone, the kind of sound that was made for a ballad—with the kind of chops you need for the most difficult bebop passages.

Jimmy Greene has a pedigree: he is one of the disciples of Jackie McLean—which means he is well-versed in bebop, hard bop, and avant-garde. Greene began to study with McLean when he was still in high school, and continued through an undergraduate degree at Hartford. That training gave him a solid grounding in the tradition and great chops as a soloist, so he was ready to take New York by storm when he got there in the mid 1990s.

He did that, too. He’s played in all the big places with all the best people, and he’s got seven recordings (and a bunch of excellent reviews) to his credit now. A whole lot of heavy hitters—players like Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Avishai Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Kenny Barron—swear by him because of his big, warm sound and his infectious sense of swing."


October 3, 2014 12:30 - 1:20 pm

American composer, instrument builder, and performer Ellen Fullman presents a lecture/recital about her 21-meter long string instrument -- an instrument tuned in just intonation and played with rosin-coated fingers.

October 28, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Kim Mattice Wanat is a performer, teacher and director. She founded Opera NUOVA in 1998 and has acted as the Artistic and Managing Director since its inception. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s and all of NUOVA’s school touring productions, most notably, a Canada Council commissioned opera written by NUOVA alumnus Isaiah Bell entitled The Lives of Lesser Things; and Dean Burry’s Isis and the Seven Scorpions & and The Brothers Grimm. She is presently an instructor at the University of Alberta in the drama department and regularly works as a clinician for voice and choral teachers and as a musical director for musical theatre productions. Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Edmonton Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award and The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director. In 2006, she wrote and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice!

Canadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. She has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships. Jackalyn has been teaching voice to undergrads and post-graduate students at Western University since 2001. Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA summer opera program in Edmonton, and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld.

November 1, 2014 11:00 - 12:30 pm at The Berney Theatre, 123 Doncaster Ave.

The Warren Wolf Quartet is hailed as the next major voice on his instrument.  You may remember the 34-year-old vibraphone star when he was here last with warren wolfChristian McBride’s band.  McBride says of Wolf, “What he does on vibes is pretty incredible.” Warren Wolf has been active in the international jazz scene, touring with Bobby Watson, Karriem Riggins, Donal Fox, Christian McBride & “Inside Straight”, and with his own group, 'Wolfpack'. Warren has worked with and recorded with the likes of Jeremy Pelt, Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, Vicente Archer, Bobby Watson, Steve Wilson and Tia Fuller to name a few.  His most recent recording - Wolfgang - features Benny Green, Christian McBride, Aaron Diehl, Lewis Nash, Aaron Goldberg, Kris Funn and Billy Williams Jr.
The Masterclass is free to the public.

November 4 and 6, 2014, 3:30 - 6:00 pm

 deenThe founder and director of the Franz-Schubert–Institut, Deen Larsen, was born in Richfield, Utah, U.S.A. in 1943 and has lived in Austria since 1973. Larsen studied literature and philosophy at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (B.A.), at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (M.Phil.), and at the University of Vienna (Mag.Phil., Dr.Phil.). His main scholarly interests are German poetry from the age of Goethe, the philosophy of symbolic forms, the writings of James Joyce, and American social history. Larsen has taught poetry of the Lied at the Yale School of Music and the Vienna Academy of Music, opera history at Stanford in Austria, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Alberta. He has been awarded the Kaiser-Friedrich-Medaille in Bronze and the Kulturpreis für Musik of the City of Baden, as well as the Gold Medal of Honour of the Province of Lower Austria in recognition of the international significance of the Franz-Schubert-Institut.

November 13, 2014 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Currently the Professor of Collaborative Piano Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Rena Sharon is a recipient of the UBC Dean of Arts Award for teaching, research, and community outreach. In 2006 Ms. Sharon assembled a Canadian team of singers, collaborative pianists, and song scholars to create the Vancouver International Song Institute, a groundbreaking project hosted at UBC for the interdisciplinary research, study and performance of Art Song and other song genres. Now in its 6th year, VISI is regarded as an international nexus of innovation in the Art Song realm. Ms. Sharon continues to preside as Artistic Director. Ms. Sharon is also the Artistic Director of the Young Artist Experience, at UBC, an interdisciplinary summer program for teens combining intensive chamber music studies with explorations in other arts, sciences, humanities, and social responsibility.

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