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Full fall lineup for Guelph Jazz Festival

The Guelph Jazz Festival has released its lineup of performers and activities for the 18th annual festival, which takes place this year from Sept. 7 to 11.
Last year, the Guelph Jazz Festival won the prestigious Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and this year it will remind people why it is so deserving of ongoing recognition though high-level arts awards, national and international critical acclaim, and sincere grassroots community  commitment, a news  release said.
This year’s festival showcases innovative accomplishments in jazz and creative improvised music from around the world, it said. The complete schedule encompasses a variety of events, including a concert series, a free open-air jazz tent, and the popular dusk-till-dawn Nuit Blanche, featuring unique performances and multimedia presentations taking place in streets, parks and elsewhere in the city.
The five-day festival will feature artists from Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada, along with a number of jazz-tinged musical and multimedia events, the release said.
For openers
The festival will open Sept. 7 with a colloquium at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. The colloquium is a three-day offering of free workshops, lectures and concerts.
The festival’s music program will also begin at the art centre this year, with The Rent: The Music of Steve Lacy. The Rent is a Toronto-based repertory band dedicated to the music of American composer and saxophonist Steve Lacy.
The Sept. 8 program will feature a double-bill at the River Run Centre’s Co-operators Hall – Nicolas Caloia Quartet and a special performance from Paul Plimley, William Parker and Gerry Hemingway.
Montreal bassist Caloia is best known for leading his rambunctious 30-piece Ratchet Orchestra, which has performed in past Guelph festivals, the release said.
The trio consisting of Vancouver pianist Plimley, American poet and composer Parker and Swiss-based drummer Hemingway “is a meeting of three key ambassadors in the global scene of improvised music,” it said.
The final day of the colloquium, Sept. 9, will feature a 5 p.m. performance at the art centre featuring Montreal pianist and composer Marianne Trudel and her Septet and singer Anne Schaefer.
As well, the festival will continue its tribute to the German label ECM with an 8 p.m. performance in the sanctuary of St. George’s Anglican Church with the Norwegian duet Trygve Siem and Andreas Utnem.
Included in this bill, Christine Duncan and the Element Choir with William Parker will perform with an improvised choir of musicians and singers, which will include Guelph vocalists who have workshopped with Duncan.
Busy Saturday
Saturday Sept. 10 will be the most ambitious day of the festival, with numerous acts appearing in outdoor and indoor venues throughout the city, the release said.
Things kick off on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Guelph Youth Music Centre with a performance from saxophonist Trevor Watts, teamed up with classically inspired Veryan Weston.
At the Upper Wyndham Street Jazz Tent, running from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, there will be free performances by Jane Bunnett and KidsAbility Youth Ensemble, Jayme Stone, Opposite of Everything, Rebel Rhythm with Jane Bunnett, Minotaurs, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and others to be announced.
The main stage at the River Run will present the 8 p.m. double bill of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Henry Threadgill’s Zooid.
Later that evening, lovers of creative music are encouraged to head over to Mitchell Hall in St. George’s Anglican Church for a performance by Esmerine, who plays “modern chamber music,” the release said.
Each of Guelph’s “Five Fabulous Festivals” – the jazz festival along with the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Hillside Festival, Festival of Moving Media and Eden Mills Writers’ Festival – will be presenting a unique event during the jazz festival’s Nuit Blanche, the programming for which will be announced in July, it said.
Morning wrap
On Sunday, to accommodate those who stayed up later than usual the night before, or who are still up, the festival concludes at 10:30 a.m. in Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre with the Kidd Jordan Quartet, made up of Kidd Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker and Alvin Fielder, the release said.
Full biographies for all the artists, photos and ticket information can be found on the website: www.guelphjazzfestival.com.

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