JazzFest Regina continues to evolve
100 local musicians to be featured
BY KELLY-ANNE RIESS, THE LEADER-POST JUNE 12, 2014
Lorraine Klaasen is performing at the 2014 JazzFest Regina
JazzFest Regina will be taking over the Queen City this weekend, offering 30 free jazz shows at Victoria Park and across downtown – more than double the number held last year.
“We’re bigger and better this year,” said Peter Champagne, the festival’s executive producer.
One of the free concerts at City Square Plaza will be by South Africa’s Lorraine Klaasen, who sang at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Champagne said the concert raises the idea of sharing music across cultures. After campaigning against apartheid, Klaasen’s South African citizenship was revoked in the 1960s and she subsequently spent 30 years in exile. She has since come to call Montreal home and won a Juno in 2013 in the world music album of the year category for her album, A Tribute to Miriam Makeba.
Makeba was a South African vocalist that Klassen pays homage to with the album.
Other JazzFest headliners include Belle Plaine and The Unrequited Love, Jeffery Straker, Alexander Brown Quintet, Brandi Disterheft Trio and Iroko Project Salsa Dance Party. Tickets are priced from $15 to $30 and information is available at jazzregina.ca. Champagne said including Saskatchewan talent like Belle Plaine and Straker in JazzFest is important.
“We can’t ignore the talent here,” said Champagne. “People have to realize they might be seeing the next Kelly Jefferson or Dione Taylor, both from Regina. There are a number of great musicians who come from Regina and have gone on to win Junos and be great players.”
The festival will feature 100 local musicians in its venues across Regina, and will include high school jazz ensembles.
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