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Jazz festival names new interim artistic director

A woman with a national profile in jazz has been named the interim artistic director of the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Rainbow Robert, who will replace artistic director Ajay Heble while he is on sabbatical for a year, has 16 years of experience in the programming and execution of jazz festivals and jazz education programs, a news release said. She also has extensive knowledge of the Canadian and international improvised music scenes.
In addition to her new role as interim artistic director, Robert will continue in her current roles as manager of artistic programming at Coastal Jazz, producer of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
She will also continue as executive director of Jazz Festivals Canada.
“I’ve known and worked with Rainbow for many years, and I know that the festival’s distinctive artistic vision will be in very good hands during my sabbatical year,” Heble said in the release.

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