Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival Kicks Off in St. John's with Jill Barber, Harry Manx, Kenwood Dennard

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival Kicks Off in St. John's with Jill Barber, Harry Manx, Kenwood Dennard
Kicking off today (July 13) in St. John's, NL, the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival will celebrate its tenth edition. Among the big names at the fest, which runs from July 13 to 16, are vocalist Jill Barber, slide guitarist Harry Manx, drummer Kenwood Dennard, and the insane big band stylings of Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People.

Since the festival's inception in 2001, Wreckhouse has increased its attendance by 400 percent, according to organizers. With more than three dozen performances in six venues, its lineup of jazz, blues and global sounds has grown more extensive.

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is a non-profit organization promoting jazz, world music and blues musicians in St. John's and beyond. Its main event is the festival, described on the event's website as being "one of the fastest growing cultural events in Newfoundland and Labrador."

With the 2011 edition comes the most diverse lineup the festival has ever boasted, ranging from Japanese taiko drumming ensembles to hard bop to the complex polyphony of Georgian music. However, the vast majority of the lineup remains Canadian.

For more information about this year's lineup and tickets details, visit the festival website here.