Brantford – and all that Jazz

[tweetable]The 6th annual Brantford International Jazz Festival attracted thousands to Harmony Square in Brantford[/tweetable] with a long list of world-renowned jazz artists and a few to local jazz acts.

The event is getting bigger and better every year and organizers Frank and Nancy DeFelice, both jazz performers in their own right, were pleased again with the friendly atmosphere and top rank music presented free through corporate sponsors TD Bank, OLG Gaming, Marcedes-Benz Burlington, Millards Charter Accountants, Gates Rubber, Best Western, Yamaha, Music Plus, and Brantford Downtown.

The headliners this year were The Manhattan Transfer, one of the world’s most respected jazz vocal acts for decades, who performed in a ticketed event across the street from Harmony Square at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

[tweetable]Performing again this year was Six Nations’ own singer/songwriter/actor Cheri Maracle[/tweetable] on Saturday evening at the Local Stage on Dalhousie Street who attracted a large and appreciative audience with her band.

Among the great artists playing on the Main Stage Sunday was the South American indigenous band, The Imbayakunas with a great set of haunting melodies played on traditional Andean instruments like the pan flute, rondador, charango, hand drum, ronrroco and cajas, blended with modern electric instruments.

“Our musical intention to share the rich sounds of the Andean regions,” the band states in a media release. “In Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia traditional music is the privileged expression of 20 million Quechua.”

It was also the privilege of the large Brantford audience to enjoy the fun and enchanting indigenous sounds from South America.

By Jim Windle

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