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Will Bonness

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JUNO-winning pianist Will Bonness has been active on the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes for two decades. At 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a world tour, which included performances in Europe, Thailand, and the Caribbean. He has performed at many of the major jazz festivals in Canada and the United States, as well as in the world’s most prestigious venues, with such luminaries as Jon Gordon, Avishai Cohen, Quincy Davis, Jimmy Greene, and Derrick Gardner. Locally, he can often be seen performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Will’s performance career has led him to spend substantial time in New York City, where he has played at the Blue Note, Smalls, and Dizzy’s. Aside from his performances, he maintains a full-time teaching position at the University of Manitoba, where he has taught music for the past 12 years. Will has four releases to his credit: "Subtle Fire" (2009), "Halcyon" (2016), "Change of Plans" (2020), and "Is This a Dream?" (2023).

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7th Ave South

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2024
Track listing: Witness; 7th Ave South; Ponder This; Paradox; Here, There and Everywhere; Ed's Groove; Visit; Intro; Spark; 7th Ave South (reprise).

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Tidal Currents: East Meets West

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Inside the Wave; Crossing Lachine; Tidal Currents; Rock Skipping Under the Half Moon.

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Witness

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Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2024
Duration: 2:49

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Rock Skipping Under the Half Moon

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 07:41

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brand New Releases from Engin Özşahin And More

Read "Brand New Releases from Engin Özşahin And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this edition of the show a selection of new releases including Engin Özşahin, Location Location Location (Anthony Pirog, Michael Formanek, and, Mike Pride), Henry Threadgill, The Jazz Warriors, Paul Flaherty with Jim Matus & Larry Derdeyn, Tania Giannouli, Kaisa's Machine (Kaisa Mäensivu) , Will Bonness, No Fast Food (Phil Haynes, Dave Liebman and Drew Gress) ...

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Oriri

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:41

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Voices: A Musical Heritage

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Parallel Steppes; Keeyn; Ochka; Yaseni; Homenaje; The Living mind; Oriri; Shadows; Choro para Amazonia; Ishpiming; The Bison Hunt.

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Jack Bowers


The late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was well-known in western Canada and elsewhere for his brilliance—but as player, not a writer. In fact, according to MacPherson's son Guy, who wrote the excellent liner notes to From the Pen of..., his father wrote barely a dozen or so original compositions, almost all of which are included on ...


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