Smooth Sundays at the Lyric Theatre 2016

Photo by Wayne Hewitt

Preparing for Smooth Sundays at the Lyric Theatre is has been a part of my spring routine for over ten years. Having had the privilege to bring in international world class talent on a regular basis has been inspiring for myself and my band to say the least. The task of learning an entire show of new material at one rehearsal has been a challenge and a character building experience for our house band.

This year we’ve decided to feature and showcase musicians from the Winnipeg area. Our audience will have a chance to experience local talent that is up to a standard of musicianship second to none. Our first three shows July 10th, 17th and 24th will feature our house band consisting of Julian Bradford on bass, Jordan Jackiew on keys, Dan Roy on drums and myself on sax along with a variety of guests. On July 31st we will feature one of my heroes on the blues guitar, Brent Parkin. Working with Brent in my early twenties was a tremendous learning experience and an exciting foray into a chapter of blues and R&B saxophone. Touring with Brent as a warm up act for BB King was an unforgettable experience. On August 7th veteran jazz/R&B guitarist Greg Lowe joins us with a selection of his original material. As a composer and instrumentalist Greg is truly inspiring. Rock and fusion inspired chops combined with his adventuresome spirit help make Greg Lowe’s live performances a memorable event. Greg has toured Canadian Jazz festivals with me and joined us in New York for a showcase for Blue Note records. On August 14th Rick Boughton joins us on trumpet and keyboards. Rick was instrumental in co writing, performing and touring with me on my first CD back in 1990. At that time CDs were the new format and and it was a big decision to go vinyl or CD. We even released on cassette as well at that time. August 21st will feature a stunning talent on the guitar, Carl Strempler. Ever since I first heard Carl play many years ago I’ve been trying to get him on gigs. His schedule has only allowed us to perform together a few times. I’m thrilled that he is able to join us for a show at the Lyric. He is putting a show together of summer tunes that will groove hard and feature his stellar talent on the guitar.

We’re hoping to be blessed with some warm summer nights at the Lyric Theatre this summer. The joy of playing music outside at Assiniboine park is a highlight for our band and all the friends of the park that come to enjoy these FREE concerts. All of the Smooth Sunday concerts start at 7pm and are FREE to the public.

Once again this year, for any aspiring saxophonists out there, we will be doing a draw for a brand new shiny Jupiter saxophone. Jupiter Canada has regularly been donating a saxophone to us each year.

The 2016 summer schedule:

  • July 10th – The Walle Larsson Band
  • July 17th – Walle and the band are joined by New York vibraphonist Stefan Bauer
  • July 24th – Vocalist Charlotte Martin and percussionist / vocalist Glen Mathews will join Walle and the band
  • July 31st – Blues Guitarist and vocalist Brent Parkin will be our guest for this performance
  • August 7th – Guitarist Greg Lowe is on board as our guest this week
  • August 14th – Keyboardist trumpet player Rick Boughton joins us as our guest this week
  • August 21st – Guitarist Carl Strempler is our final guest of the season for Smooth Sundays at the Lyric.

The Lyric Theatre is located in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg Canada. All of the concerts begin at 7pm and are free to the public.

Thanks to our sponsors: Red River Co-op, Johnston Group and the Richardson Foundation for their continued support. See you at the Lyric!

Walle Larsson

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