Posts Tagged ‘blues’


Jazz it up at the AC Hunter Library May 25th!

May 4, 2011


Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Line-up Announced Soon

May 4, 2011

Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival are proud to announce their 10th anniversary!  Since beginning in 2002, we have been bringing jazz, blues and world musics culture and tradition to Newfoundland and this year is no exception.

We will begin to announce the 2011 performers in the days and weeks to come so keep your eyes and ears open.  On June 1, the full line-up will be announced during our Media Launch and Festival Passes and select tickets will be available online.  For further information on Media Launch please contact Ben at 709.739.7734 or by email at

Keep up to date with the latest Festival news @…….

The Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues website

WJB Facebook page

Twitter feed


The Folk Arts Society 2011 Concert and Workshop Series Featuring Blues Workshop

February 17, 2011

Dennis Parker (above) & John Clarke will be holding the Blues workshop

Due to the popularity of the small stage workshops at this years Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and repeated requests for hands on learning opportunities, The Folk Arts Society is pleased to launch a new series of workshops and concert presentations.

Each 1 1/2 to 2 hour workshop will be preceded by a 1 hour acoustic concert presentation. The short performance will give workshop participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the style of the performer and isolate any areas of particular interest such as chord progressions, techniques, melodic ideas, etc. These ideas can then be explored in the workshop that follows the concert.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities by registering early as space will be limited!

To register or for more information contact the Folk Arts Society at 576-8508, email, or go to

April 3rd, 2011

Blues Guitar 101 with Denis Parker and John Clarke

LSPU Hall Second Space

1:00pm to 4:00pm

A 1 hour acoustic blues concert followed by 1 and 1/2 hours of blues inspiration and instruction! This blues ain’t all about feelin’ bad; actually it has much more to do with playing guitar! And we will be playing Gibson’s, dobros, and a steel bodied National Tricone that is probably the loudest, bluesiest, and coolest thing you have ever seen or heard! This workshop is all about jamming the blues and enabling participants to jam in any key and some of the topics covered will be blues scales, blues turnarounds, transitioning between chords, and lead licks and fills. There will be a crash course in slide guitar as well!

Denis Parker has been the mainstay of the local blues scene since his arrival to St. John’s in the 1970s. Primarily known as a Dobro player and slide guitarist, John Clarke has been a sideman to many local songwriters and blues musicians over the last 10 years.


All ideas can be adapted to using a flat-pick but basic finger style guitar is the focus.

Participants should be able to change chords fluently in the keys of E and A.

Knowledge of music theory is not necessary.

Bring is your own guitar and slide, and a tuner is always helpful!

Doors open at 12:45, concert session runs form 1pm to 2pm.

Workshop and concert cost is $40 and the concert only is $5 (all HST included).

Workshops must be paid in advance; concert admission is by cash on the door only.

To register or for more information contact the Folk Arts Society at 576-8508, email, or go to

John Clarke
Events Coordinator
Folk Arts Society
35th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
Office: (709)-576-8508
Alternate (709)-579-5755


Classic WIJBF & St. John’s Jazz Festival Posters

December 21, 2010

In the past nine years we have had some great posters. Here is a small selection of some the best.


The Grammy Nominees in Jazz, Blues, Gospel and World Music

December 2, 2010

The Grammy’s will be held on February 13th. Below are a list of nominees in Jazz, Blues, Gospel and World Music Categories.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album (See video of nominees)

  • The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band, [Heads Up International]
  • Never Can Say Goodbye, Joey DeFrancesco, [HighNote Records]
  • Now Is The Time, Jeff Lorber Fusion, [Heads Up International]
  • To The One, John McLaughlin, [Abstract Logix]
  • Backatown, Trombone Shorty, [Verve Forecast]

Best Jazz Vocal Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater, [Emarcy]
  • Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, Freddy Cole, [HighNote Records]
  • When Lights Are Low, Denise Donatelli, [Savant Records]
  • Ages, Lorraine Feather, [Jazzed Media]
  • Water, Gregory Porter, [Motéma Music]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • Solar, Alan Broadbent, soloist, Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1, [Chilly Bin Records]
  • A Change Is Gonna Come, Herbie Hancock, soloist, Track from: The Imagine Project, [Hancock Records]
  • Body And Soul, Keith Jarrett, soloist, Track from: Jasmine, [ECM]
  • Lonely Woman, Hank Jones, soloist, Track from: Pleased To Meet You, [Justin Time Records]
  • Van Gogh, Wynton Marsalis, soloist, Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra), [Jazz At Lincoln Center]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group (See Video of Nominees)

  • Positootly!, John Beasley, [Resonance Records]
  • The New Song And Dance, Clayton Brothers, [ArtistShare]
  • Historicity, Vijay Iyer Trio, [ACT Music + Vision]
  • Moody 4B, James Moody, [IPO Recordings]
  • Providencia, Danilo Perez, [Mack Avenue Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Infernal Machines, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, [New Amsterdam Records]
  • Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz – Chamber Music Vol. 2, Billy Childs Ensemble Featuring The Ying String Quartet, [ArtistShare]
  • Pathways, Dave Holland Octet, [Dare2 Records]
  • 54, Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza, [Emarcy/Universal]
  • Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band, [Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

Best Latin Jazz Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Tango Grill, Pablo Aslan, [ZOHO]
  • Second Chance, Hector Martignon, [Zoho]
  • Psychedelic Blues, Poncho Sanchez, [Concord Picante]
  • Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, [Four Quarters Entertainment]
  • ¡Bien Bien!, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, [Patois Records]

Best Traditional Blues Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Giant, James Cotton, [Alligator]
  • Memphis Blues, Cyndi Lauper, [Mercer Street Records]
  • The Well, Charlie Musselwhite, [Alligator]
  • Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, [Telarc]
  • Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites,Jimmie Vaughan, [Shout! Factory]

Best Contemporary Blues Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Nothing’s Impossible, Solomon Burke, [E1 Music]
  • Tribal, Dr. John And The Lower 911, [429 Records]
  • Living Proof, Buddy Guy, [Silvertone/Jive]
  • Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, Bettye LaVette, [ANTI-]
  • Live! In Chicago, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee, And Buddy Flett [Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records]

Best Traditional World Music Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Pure Sounds, Gyuto Monks Of Tibet, [New Earth Records]
  • I Speak Fula, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, [Sub Pop / Next Ambiance]
  • Grace, Soweto Gospel Choir, [Shanachie Entertainment]
  • Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté, [World Circuit-Nonesuch]
  • Tango Universal, Vayo, [Big Dream Music]

Best Contemporary World Music Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, Béla Fleck, [Acoustic Planet Records]
  • All In One, Bebel Gilberto, [Verve]
  • ÕŸÖ, Angelique Kidjo, [Razor & Tie Entertainment]
  • Bom Tempo, Sergio Mendes, [Concord Records]
  • Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, [Soul Chants Music]

Best Gospel Performance

  • He Wants It All, Forever Jones, Track from: Get Ready, [EMI Gospel]
  • You Hold My World, Israel Houghton, Track from: Love God. Love People. [Integrity Music]
  • Nobody Greater, VaShawn Mitchell, Track from: Triumphant, [EMI Gospel]
  • He’s Been Just That Good, Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway, Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III, [Rendezvous Music/ Mack Avenue Records]
  • Grace, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Track from: Still, [B&C/Malaco]

Best Gospel Song

  • Beautiful Things, Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor), Track from: Beautiful Things, [Brash Music]
  • Better Than A Hallelujah, Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant), Track from: Somewhere Down The Road, [Amy Grant Productions/ Sparrow Records; Publishers: River Oaks Music, Publishing, Sony/Tree Music Publishing, Michael Puryear Music]
  • It’s What I Do, Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway), Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III, [Rendezvous Music/ Mack Avenue Records; Publishers: Whalumusic/Jerry Peters Music]
  • Our God, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin), Track from: Passion: Awakening [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords; Publishers: Thankyou Music, sixsteps Music/ Songs/Said And Done Music/Vamos Publishing/Jonas Myrin/SHOUT! Publishing]
  • Return To Sender, Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs), Track from: Mosaic, [Skaggs Family Records; Publisher: GlennJoy Music]

Best Traditional Gospel Album

  • The Experience,  Vanessa Bell Armstrong, [EMI Gospel]
  • A City Called Heaven, Shirley Caesar, [Light Records]
  • Downtown Church, Patty Griffin, [Credential Recordings]
  • Here I Am, Marvin Sapp, [Verity]
  • All In One, Karen Clark Sheard, [KaRew Records/ EMI Gospel]

Sponsor of the Week: Coast 101.1FM

October 26, 2010

The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not have been possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week’s sponsor of the week is Coast 101.1 FM.

Coast 101.1 is proud to feature the only Jazz & Blues shows on commercial radio in St. John’s.  The Friday Night Blues Block 8pm-10pm is a combination of Atlantic Canadian Blues with The Blues Own and international blues with House of Blues.  Sundays, The Coast features our own Cool Jazz On The Coast hosted by local musician Bill Sharpe from Billy & The Bruisers.  Cool Jazz On The Coast gives St. John`s an accordion free alternative to wake up a Sunday morning.  Coast 101.1 is proud to be a part of the Jazz & Blues community in St. John`s.

Coast 101.1 had a solid presence during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  From Wednesday to Sunday, Coast 101.1 hosted the Happy Hour stage outside on the deck at the Martini Bar.  Audience members enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and were captivated by performance by the Kelly Ann Evans Band, the Brad Jefford Trio Plus, the Al Robman Quintet, and more.  As a long-time media sponsor, Coast 101.1 is a mainstay of the promotion and implementation of Festival events.

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of Coast 101.1 FM, the Sponsor of the Week!


In Short – Around the Internet and World of Jazz, Blues and World Music

October 19, 2010

Kellylee Evans on CBC – Kellylee Evans was interviewed this week on CBC radio about her new album ‘Nina’, a tribute to Nina Simone. You can listen to the full interview here.

The International Song Writing Contest Deadline Extended – The International Songwriting Competition has extended its entry deadline to Dec. 3, 2010 find out more at their website at Link

John Lennon Song Writing Contest – In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Sonicbids has launched a song writing contest bearing his name. Find out more and submit your entry here

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Festival – Artists wishing to submit to perform at the 2011 WIJBF are now able to do so. Application forms and further details on funding and the submission process are available here

Early Bird Submission Dealine for JUNO’s is October 22nd – Find out more by clicking here.

Forget jazz flute — jazz triangle is where it’s at – Watch this amazing video where you realize music can be made in many different ways, Click here

R.I.P Marion Brown – Renowned saxophonist Marion Brown passed away this week aged 75. Read more

Musician’s to aid Igor Relief Effort –
On Tuesday October 19th a who’s who list of musicians’ from Newfoundland & Labrador will be performing at Mile One Centre in aid of relief efforts for Hurricane Igor. Included in the line up is previous festival performers Billy and the Bruisers. Find out more about this great event, Click here.

Celebrate Small Business Week – Drop in to the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board between  12-2 on October 21st in the main boardroom of the CNLBSC to (located at 90 O’Leary Avenue) to celebrate your successes and network with other small businesses/small business stakeholders. Please RSVP to NEA REDB at (709)-753-5554

The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper – The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper is a an online resource that compiles all the stories relevant to Newfoundlanders found on Twitter in one place. The site is updated daily and covers topics such as news, arts & entertainment and education. To take a look Click here.

New and Reissued Jazz Released Today – Click here

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