Location: Stratus Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Time: 3:00 pm
Canadian Jazz Lions & Canadian Jazz Master Awards
The Festival concludes on Sunday at Stratus Vineyards with its grand finale, featuring Canadian artists Carol Welsman, Kevin Turcotte, Mike Murley, Robi Botos, Dave Young, and Jim Doxas in another Jazz at the Philharmonic-style concert.
Sunday afternoon’s event will also feature the premiere presentation of the newly created Canadian Jazz Master Awards.
Tickets include a glass of Stratus wine. Space is limited.
The 2018 Festival will be dedicated to Norman Granz, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Impresario, record producer, civil rights activist, and founder of Jazz at the Philharmonic, Norman Granz is arguably the most important non-musician in jazz history.
Jazz at the Philharmonic (“JATP” as it was known) was a series of all-star jam-session-style concerts that began in 1944 when Granz presented a concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The first to present jazz in concert halls, giving it the same respect as classical music, he made it a contractual obligation for there to be no segregation in the concert venues, leading the charge against discrimination long before the Civil Rights Movement began.