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Jazz, Blues, and Beyond

jaffa-road.jpgMusic festival season is just getting underway here in St. John's.

That includes the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, which begins July 13.

The Performance Hour has been tracking the progress of that event since it began a decade ago.

If you've never been to the festival, the first thing you need to know is that Wreckhouse operates on a very broad definition of "jazz and blues."

Every year, the lineup features an incredible variety of artists from across Canada.

This Saturday (July 2), the Performance Hour brings you music from the singers and players who will headline the 2011 edition of Wreckhouse.

You'll hear diaspora roots music from Jaffa Road, torch songs by Jill Barber, blues tunes with an Indian raga twist from Harry Manx, and much more.

(Photo courtesy of Jaffa Road)