Wreckhouse Workshops!

July 5, 2013

With the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival less than a week away, we want to make sure you get the most our of this year’s festival.  As always we have 4 nights of the best Jazz, Blues, and World Music in the world, but this year we also have the exciting opportunity to present you with two workshops from trombone veteran Michael Daigeau, and guitar master John Scofield!

Scofield Color 1John Scofield Workshop

Thursday July 11 – 2:00pm @ ACC Barbara Barrett Theatre ($25)

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.  He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s also played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock among many jazz legends.  Now an adjunct professor of music at New York University, John Scofield has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation, and any up-and-coming musicians should not miss out on this great opportunity to hear from a pro.

Michael Daigeau 2Michael Daigeau Masterclass

Saturday July 13 – 2:00pm @ Rocket Room ($10)

Michael Daigeau is an extraordinary musician, and one of the most sought-after horn players out there. He has played with just about every big name in music, including Doc Severinson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Ashanti, and countless other bands and orchestra’s. Any wind players out there, do not miss this chance to not only listen to this industry titan speak, but you can also sign up to participate in the masterclass and play for him!  Anyone interested in taking part in this workshop should contact Brian Way at brianway@nl.rogers.com to sign up!  There are a multitude of accompanists available for performers and ANYONE is more than welcome to participate.


Don’t miss either of these fantastic workshops at the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, July 10-13 in Downtown St. John’s.  For more information on our artists, or the festival schedule, check out our website at http://wreckhousejazzandblues.com/ or email alex@wreckhousejazzandblues.com.



The Sacred Side of Jazz

July 2, 2013

Sacred Side of Jazz

St. David’s Church is proud to host Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues festival special guest, Michael Daigeau at our annual jazz service.  Mr. Daigeau, renowned trombonist, composer, and arranger, will be joined by well-loved local musicians Brian Way – piano, Scott Mansfield – drums, Mark Peddle – bass, Katie Hopkins – vocals, and our own minister, Jonathan Dent on the Saxophone to play jazz music in the setting of an informal Christian worship service.  Please join us.  ALL are welcome!

St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue

11:00am, Sunday July 14


John Scofield at the 2013 WIJBF!

June 25, 2013

Scofield Color 1

Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues is absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome living legend John Scofield to St. John’s this summer for the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival.

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband and father of two. John has recently released two new albums, “This Meets That” and “That’s What I Say.”

It is an absolute treat to have Mr. Scofield coming to St. John’s this year, and luckily there are still tickets available to see this amazing concert!  So don’t miss The John Scofield Überjam Band ft. Andy Hess, Avi Bortnik, and Tony Mason, July 11 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

To buy tickets for this incredible show, click HERE.

And for more information on the full lineup for this year’s WIJBF, please visit our website at http://wreckhousejazzandblues.com or email alex@wreckhousejazzandblues.com


Come Volunteer at the 2013 WIJBF!!!

June 20, 2013


WIJBF brand with city scape

It’s that time of year once again. Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues is looking for volunteers to help out with the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. This year’s the festival is going to feature some fantastic talent such as 8 Ball Aitken, the Mike Murley Septet, Roberto Lopez and the Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra, and none other than the legendary John Scofield. This year is shaping up to be one of the best yet, but we need the help of our amazing team of volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues. Volunteering is a great experience, you get to meet lots of fellow jazz enthusiasts, make some great connections, and take in some of the best concerts in St. John’s this summer, for free! So if you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this amazing experience please contact alex@wreckhousejazzandblues.com, or call us at 739-7734. And please keep check our website for information on our upcoming volunteer rally.


Check out our website at WWW.WRECKHOUSEJAZZANDBLUES.COM for more details. Don’t miss the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, taking place July 10-13 across downtown St. John’s.




October 9, 2012

Charlie A'Court
Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Charlie A’Court will take the stage at the Fat Cat Blues Bar, St. John’s, NL on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:30pm. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, this is A’Court’s final stop on his CD release tour. Charlie is celebrating the release of his latest CD titled Triumph & Disaster and will be joined on stage by Chris Kirby (keyboard), Paul “Boomer” Stamp (drums) and Paddy Byrne (bass).Cover charge is $15 at the door.

A’Court’s first studio recording in six years, Triumph & Disaster is produced by Chris Kirby. The album features 13 brand new original songs from Charlie A’Court and an impressive line up of co-writers including Ron Hynes, Kim Wempe, Jamie Robinson, Jason Mingo, Dave Simpsom and Chris Kirby, along with a brilliant cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

”The album title is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, IF, says A’Court, “The excerpt reads – If you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same – the line refers to a balance between high and low emotions.” A’Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another.

Winner of the2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary.

A’Court’s 2009 release, Live At The Marigold, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, A’Court’s music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world. A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest (USA), and Woodford Folk Fest (AUS), and has shared the stage with high profile artists such as James Cotton, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Delbert McClinton, among many others.

Music critic, author and CBC radio personality, Bob Mersereau had this to say about Charlie A’Court’s new Triumph & Disaster CD:
The Nova Scotia singer-guitar player gets funky and soulful, with the help of his like-minded producer, Newfoundland’s Chris Kirby. Most strikingly, this means a lot of impassioned vocals from A’Court, who slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease, obviously enjoying the rich sounds behind him. Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, it’s a singing tour-de-force….Guitars ring out, the organ pulses, cymbals splash, and somebody borrowed the microphones from Stax Studio for the horns. It’s the kind of disc I never thought I’d hear out of the East Coast, Southern soul instead of Northern blues, and I’m sure glad it came out so well.”
Read the full review here:  http://www.cbc.ca/nb/mt/east-coast-music/2012/10/music-review-charlie-acourt—triumph-disaster.html <http://www.cbc.ca/nb/mt/east-coast-music/2012/10/music-review-charlie-acourt—triumph-disaster.html

Don’t miss Charlie A’Court’s “Triumph & Disaster” CD release, Saturday, October 13th at The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues. Show time is 9:30pm. $15 at the door.

Charlie A’Court “Triumph & Disaster” CD Release Tour:


Sept. 28 – Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS
Sept. 29 – The Guild, Charlottetown, PE
Oct. 6 – Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow, NS
Oct. 11 – The Carleton, Halifax, NS
Oct. 13 – The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL

For music, ticket info and more please visit: http://www.charlieacourt.com

Media Contact:
Lynn Horne
Lynn Marketing & Media Relations


Soul Rebels at Bonnaroo!

June 19, 2012

Check out the Soul Rebels bringing the house down at Bonnaroo!  http://youtu.be/3JBAup_hmRI

Their impromptu Mardi Gras parade with the Alabama Shakes earned them a spot in in Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Moments of Bonnaroo, check out the article here.

The Soul Rebels are playing at the 2012 WIJBF on July 5th, 10:30pm @ Club One, be sure to get your tickets while you can!


2012 WIJBF Volunteer Rally

June 14, 2012

Good Afternoon! WJB is thrilled to invite you to the 2012 WIJBF Volunteer Rally! This is your chance to sign up to volunteer for your favourite Festival events! We just released the lineup at our Media Launch yesterday, and friends, it is SPECTACULAR! Check out who’s coming!

The Volunteer Rally will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the Eastern Edge Art Gallery on, Wednesday, June 20th. Eastern Edge is located at 72 Harbour Drive, and has played host to many volunteer parties in the past.

At the rally there will be sign-up sheets for the volunteer positions at each of the concerts scheduled as well as the logistics transportation team and festival headquarters crew. It’s first come, first serve, and the positions will likely fill up quick! If you would like more information about the WJB volunteer program before the event, you can visit the volunteer page of our website.

Don’t forget to, bring a friend! As the festival grows so does the need for new volunteers.

Hope to see you out there on June 20th!

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