Class Act Music Productions

 

Concert Performances

Janice Finlay delights in performing at concerts and festivals! Completely at home with an audience, she is a compelling performer who regularly adds fans and garners accolades with every appearance she makes. 

Each of the groups listed below each offers different musical styles and instrumentation, with varying price points. Please contact us for more information.

Options Include:

Janice Finlay Jazz Quartet

Jazz at its finest! Janice hails from the mainstream jazz tradition and her compositions and programming choices reflect this. The music is accessible even though it always has an element of sophistication to it.  In general, the quartet features Janice on alto and tenor sax, as well as flute, along with great sidemen on piano or guitar, bass and drums.

The Swing Cats

Jump blues with a grrrooove that makes everybody want to move!

The Swing Cats is a seven-piece band that includes Gary Grosvenor on vocals, a sizzling rhythm section comprised of Mike Swickis (guitar), Jake Jacobs (bass) and Jordy McIntyre (drums) and three smokin' horns played by Janice Finlay (tenor sax), Julie Husband (bari sax) and Darren Richie (trumpet).

Founded in 2000, the band features crowd-pleasing repertoire made famous by such luminaries as Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and many others.

In 2002 The Swing Cats released a feature CD entitled The Swing Cats Live: Every Night and Every Day.

Janice Finlay's Hardbop Herd

This quintet celebrates an era of jazz that was known as the "hardbop" period.  Music from this time period is highly melodic and the band's repertoire features interesting arrangements that are pulled from the libraries of Horace Silver and Art Blakey, among others. 

Outstanding Winnipeg musicians Dave Lawton (trumpet), Rick Boughton (piano), Julian Bradford (bass) and Jordy McIntyre (drums) join Janice Finlay (tenor sax) for a joyous romp through this great music.The Hardbop Herd packed the house at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival (2011 and 2009) and was featured in concert at Jazz on the Rooftop in 2010.

Premium

Premium is a fabulous quintet featuring vocalist Gary Grosvenor backed by a quartet of Winnipeg's finest musicians: Janice Finlay (tenor sax); Mike Swickis (guitar); Jake Jacobs (bass) and Jordy McIntyre (drums).

The music for this group is varied, drawing heavily on the swing and blues traditions.  Expect crooning Sinatra, Tormé and Hartman standards, mixed in with the likes of Dr. John, Ray Charles, James Brown and Tower of Power.

This band puts the "fun" in funk and the "oo" in croon!

Tribute to Benny

This quartet features Janice Finlay's clarinet playing.  The repertoire focuses the music made famous by virtuosic clarinetist Benny Goodman, the "King of Swing" in the thirties and early forties. Janice is joined by guitarist Tim Cummings, bassist Jason Munroe and drummer Rob Siwik.