Not surprisingly, the group earned a boisterous standing ovation at the end of the main set. This led to them returning to perform Stevie Wonder's “Isn’t She Lovely,” which also appears on Goldberg's Home CD. After another standing ovation, they took a collective bow to bid the audience farewell. I left with a smile on my face as well as a copy of Rogers' 2006 CD, The Things I Am, and a copy of 2012’s Yes! CD featuring Goldberg, drummer Ali Jackson, and bassist Omer Avital.
I arrived early at the Berney Theatre (a.k.a. Rady Jewish Community Centre) in order to take in the (opening) performance of the University of Manitoba jazz students. You get a chance to see new performers before they become fixtures in the local scene. For this evening's performance, there was a bass player, drummer and guitarist, along with a singer, Joanna Majoko. I'm not sure how widely known it is that the audience can show up at the Berney Theatre early to catch the students perform, but it's worth it.
As I was waiting for the Theatre to open, I had the pleasure of meeting the Producer of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performance series, and the evening’s MC, Bev Aronovitch. I was pleasantly surprised when she asked me who I thought she should try to bring in. I encouraged her to book U.S. guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, who has worked with Aaron Goldberg.
One thing is for certain, the Aaron Goldberg Trio will be in considerable demand for a return engagement to Winnipeg.