Smooth Sundays at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park with Walle Larsson

Smooth Sundays at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park with Walle Larsson
Canada’s only international contemporary jazz series / free admission / show time 7pm

 July 12th                                                                     Walle Larsson                                           

After catapulting to smooth jazz success in the United States with two Top-20 Billboard chart singles and two #1 New York Music Chart singles from his CD, After the Night, Winnipeg’s own jazz sax export Walle Larsson has recently returned from performing at the Bahamas Jazz Festival and a week-long tour in Israel in addition to being a featured artist on Dave Koz’s Alaskan Jazz Cruise last fall. A producer as well as a performer and the host of Smooth Sundays, Walle has six solo CD’s to his credit.

July 19th guitarist                                         Soren Reiff

Soren has been the Musical Director on some of the most popular TV shows on Danish National TV as well as serving as co-host of the TV series The Color of Jazz. Over the years Soren has performed with some of the biggest artists in the global music industry including David Sanborn and Chaka Khan. A published writer with 5 books to his credit, multi-talented Reiff has also released two albums as a recording artist. In 2003 his first album was released: Reiff jr Funky Flavas and  In 2010, Soren’s second album was released: Soren Reiff – Miss you – featuring David Garfield, Will Lee, Steve Ferrone, Ricky Lawson, John Peña, Veronica Mortensen and Michito Sanchez. Expect to see groovin’ rhythms and scorching guitar solos on the Lyric stage when Soren comes to town.

July 26th saxophonist                                       Will Donato

Southern California smooth jazz saxophonist Will Donato has always played a sunny brand of music that befits his environs. His fifth album, Universal Groove, is no different. Will’s again joined by noted guitarist Steve Oliver (who also coproduced and co-wrote much of the material), bassist Eddie Reddick, keyboardist Tateng Katindig, and several guests. Donato’s saxophone remains front and center throughout, driving home the melodies with a tone that recalls classic R&B. The grooves are dancefloor-ready as Universal Groove, featuring the hit single ‘Jaywalkin’ is all about getting people up out of their seats and dancing. Recognized as one of music’s most dynamic performers with the ability to bond and connect with his audiences, Will Donato was quoted by as, ‘a must see show.’

August 2nd guitarist
Marc  Paris born contemporary jazz guitarist Marc Antoine blends his classical training with a multi-cultural urban groove. After studying at the Edouard Paiteron College and the International School of Classical Guitar, Marc played with a varied cast of artists: pop stars like Sting, Basia, and Selena, rappers like Guru’s Jazzmatazz project and Queen Latifah, acid jazz hipsters the Solsonics and DJ Greyboy. Signed to the New York City subsidiary of GRP Records, Antoine recorded his solo debut Classical Soul in 1994. The album climbed to the top of the contemporary jazz charts, thanks to the single “Unity.” Regarded by George Benson as one of his favourite acoustic guitarists, Marc has toured and recorded with jazz legends such as Dave Koz, Chris Botti and Christian McBride and has gone on to release 11 solo CD’s including his most recent , ‘Guitar Destiny.’

August 9th saxophonist                              Richard Saxophonist Richard Elliot arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marked 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, ‘Initial Approach’ in 1984, which showcased his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. So what did a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proved that he’s “not a young man” and dropped the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of the smooth jazz icon’s 17th solo project is Lip Service. One things for sure, when the highly energetic King Richard graces the stage he doesn’t hold anything back.

August 16th 7pm
Steve Oliver guitarist / vocalist with guest Mae Losa …..Steve Oliver plays a great many of the instruments you hear on his albums as he’s literally a one man symphony, band and ensemble… Steve blew a passionate Global Kiss to fans everywhere on his 2010 album release, scoring two number 1 hits (Global Kiss and Fun In The Sun) on the Billboard chart, further defining his unique role as a musical World Citizen. He writes, he produces and he plays – Steller Steve Oliver does it all!

August 16th 7pm Mae Losa  Vocalist Mae Losa who just finished recording her debut CD in Los Angeles. Produced by Walle Larsson and Steve Oliver the project enlisted the talents of top-notch players such as the Yellow Jackets’ Russell Ferrante and Tom Schuman, Rick Braun, and, of course, Steve Oliver on guitar and Walle Larsson on sax. To top things off, Grammy Award winning engineer Rich Breen was brought in to mix and master Mae’s debut. This show should prove to be a one – two combination knockout!



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