Guelph at 20: How a Simple Idea Evolved into One of the Most Distinctive of Jazz Fests

Jean Derome performing at the Guelph Jazz Festival
Jean Derome performing at the Guelph Jazz Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Globe and Mail:

In 1993, when Ajay Heble first decided to mount a jazz festival in Guelph, Ont., where he was a newly arrived English professor at the university, he had a fairly simple idea. “What I wanted to do was to feature artists that you wouldn’t get to hear on the stages at the other festivals,” he recalls. “There were plenty of opportunities for more mainstream artists across Canada, but fewer opportunities for artists playing experimental and avant-garde jazz and improvised music.”

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