Wreckhouse festival offers a mixed bag of music

Tara Bradbury
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John Scofield Uberjam Band heads list of performers to converge in St. John’s from across the globe

John Scofield

From an Australian bluesman to an Afro-Columbian jazz orchestra — with some Newfoundland soul-funk in between — this year’s Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival has you covered with a diverse lineup of acts.

This week, festival organizers announced the schedule for the 2013 event, which will happen in venues around downtown St. John’s July 10 to 13. Headlining the festival will be the John Scofield Uberjam Band, who will perform at the

St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre July 11.

It will mark Scofield’s second visit to this province, and he says he’s looking forward to it, especially given the good review he received from his daughter.

“My daughter honeymooned there four years ago (and) said it was beautiful and the people were absolutely fantastic,” Scofield said in a written statement. “The entire band is looking forward to spending some quality time with the

St. John’s audience and giving you a great show.”

Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues president Kirk Newhook — founder of the festival — touts Scofield as one of the world’s most versatile, prolific and influential guitar players.

“I’ve been a fan of John’s music for many years, so I’m very proud to be featuring him at this year’s festival.”

More than 100 musicians from around the world will perform during this year’s jazz festival, including 8 Ball Aitken of Australia, R&B singer Erin Costello, jazz saxophonist Mike Murley and the Roberto Lopez Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra. As with previous years, there’ll be no shortage of local performers as well, including the Chris Kirby Group, the Dana Parsons Quintet, Denis Parker and Roger Howse, the Duane Andrews Quartet, Bill Brennan and Banda Brazil, Brianna Gosse, Dan Rubin and more.

Performances are scheduled at the LSPU Hall, Rocket Room, Fat Cat and Ship Pub.

As well, a number of workshops will take place, including one with Scofield at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the Arts and Culture Centre July 11 in the afternoon, and another with American trombone player (and former member of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band) Michael Daigeau at Rocket Room July 13.

A detailed schedule and ticket information is available online at www.wreckhousejazzandblues.com.



Twitter: @tara_bradbury



Organizations: Colombian Jazz Orchestra, Chris Kirby Group, Fat Cat Barbara Barrett Theatre

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Australia

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