November 5 & 6 – River City Syncopators


River City Syncopators

Chris Berti – Originally from Toronto, Christopher Berti has played for audiences across Canada. He is equally comfortable playing jazz, rock, classical or anything else you can throw at him. He has been a freelance player in Winnipeg for the past 20 years.

Chenoa McKelvey is a freelance musician based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. During her time as a student at the University of Manitoba’s jazz studies program from 2014 to 2019, she honed her skill as a distinctly styled guitarist in a variety of genres such as blues, swing music, country music, and jazz. Citing influences such as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, and Grant Green, McKelvey aims to bring an authenticity to her playing that is deeply rooted in the history of her instrument. She performs regularly as a solo artist, an accompanist, and in various groups around Winnipeg and surrounding areas, and has hosted open mics, jams, and co-leads and arranges for her own groups Smiths Onion and Juvel.

Jonathan Alexiuk Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jonathan has been performing professionally since 1996.
In addition to piano, he has performed and recorded on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion, ukulele, vocals, and upright bass.  Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, he is a prolific arranger of vocal and instrumental music; his arrangements have been played by the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Memory Lane Orchestra, Those Guys, the U of W Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir, the Air Command Band, among many others.

At various times, he fills the roles of clinician, adjudicator, instructor, accompanist, and album producer.
When not performing locally around Winnipeg and southern Manitoba, Jonathan regularly entertains on both the Holland America and Princess cruise lines, putting his vast musical repertoire to use.


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