GUELPH Hot off the heels from its trip to Toronto to accept the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival is releasing a stellar 2010 concert line-up that includes a new, and very intriguing dusk-to-dawn event called Nuit Blanche.
The complete schedule encompasses an array of activity and free community offerings, from the random and roving performances taking place in seemingly accidental places on the streets and parks of the city, to the ever-popular Upper Wyndham Street Jazz Tent.
This year, the price of a festival pass has been dramatically reduced to $139 / $109 students and seniors, designed to give music-lovers the opportunity to participate in everything the festival has to offer.
For tickets, go to www.guelphjazzfestival.com.
Here are some of the highlights of the 17th annual Guelph Jazz Festival:
• Four consecutive days (Thursday through Sunday) of world-class music at Guelph’s River Run Centre, featuring four double-bill concerts.
Some of the headliners to be featured: Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland, George E. Lewis, Ben Grossman, Germaine Lui, Bob Ostertag, Sylvie Courvoisier, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jim Black, Henry Grimes, Jane Bunnett, Andrew Cyrille, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor
• A special tribute to the ECM recording label. Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the award-winning label has been heralded by UK newspaper The Independent as "the most important imprint in the world for jazz and new music"
• Nuit Blanche: Guelph’s first, and very own
Visit the website listed below, it includes a full schedule, with detailed biographies and photos on all the artists.