The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) celebrates this year’s International Women's Day’s campaign theme #EmbraceEquity with an all-female lineup of players and a special nod to Winnipeg Women composers and arrangers.  

“It’s a great group of musicians, all Manitoba-based women,” says conductor and curator of the concert Alexis Silver.  


Featuring a 15-piece ensemble, the Winnipeg Women’s Jazz Orchestra serves as a part of the WJO’s commitment towards equity, diversity, and inclusion, building on last year’s inaugural WWJO and the Women in Jazz Symposium.  

“Women have always been in jazz but historically left out of the history books,” says Silver. Noting that bands and organizations strive for equity and equality to bridge the gap in programming – and not simply “silo” women composers and performers – this is a celebratory event and program.  

Featuring big band standards and new arrangements as well as a new composition by trombonist and composer Karin Carlson, the “Women’s Day” concert takes place at the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue) on Thursday, March 9. Doors open at 7 with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.  

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