Accent is a collaboration of musicians from around the world looking to bring you the best in a cappella and jazz. Nothing says “harmony” like coming together across international borders.

Drawing inspiration from the vocal jazz pioneers who preceded them, Accent is forging a new path, melding jazz, pop and contemporary a cappella into one sound.

Accent will be headlining the 2020 Brandon Jazz Festival with concerts on March 19 & 20.

You can order tickets here.  www.wmca.ca

Under the direction of Eric Platz, The Brandon University Big Band (BUBB) is one of the most exciting, dynamic, and eclectic large jazz ensembles on the Canadian university scene.

Joined this year by guest artist Jenny Kellogg on trombone, BUBB returns to the Brandon Jazz Festival performing a diverse range of repertoire – Thad Jones and Bob Brookmeyer classics; Afro-Cuban salsa and mambo; compositions by Manitoba’s own Jeff Presslaff; music by The Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder and Busty and the Bass. They will play concerts on Thursday & Friday evenings in the WMCA.

 

Trombonist and composer Jenny Kellogg’s musical career has taken her around the world to China, England, Italy, and Peru. Jenny participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the Kennedy Center, the Stean’s Summer Music Institute, she played lead trombone in the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band, and she won the solo trombone chair in the Grammy-Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band for two years during her master’s. She writes on a regular basis for high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the Northwest United States. Some of her compositions are featured on UNT albums.

Jenny holds Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Composition from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She is currently living in Lexington, Kentucky while pursuing a Doctorate in Trombone Performance.

She is on leave from her position as Director of Jazz and Trombone Studies at Eastern Washington University where she directs the top EWU jazz ensemble and hosts the EWU Jazz Dialogue Festival among teaching courses in jazz and trombone. Jenny is in great demand as a guest artist and clinician throughout the US and Canada.

The Brandon University “Eklektikos” Band features 17 first, second, and fourth year superstars presenting an eclectic (get it?) set of repertoire. Under the direction of Aren Teerhuis and Diogo Peixoto, the band explores a variety of large ensemble performance techniques, in the context of both traditional and modern jazz ensemble music. This year they have explored the music of Count Basie, Bob Mintzer, James Brown and the J.B.’s, and the Rebirth Brass Band, to name a few.

Eklektikos will present a free concert on Saturday from 11:45 – 12:45 in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.