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MISSION for WINDSOR JAZZ CONCERT SERIES: Elevating and diversifying the Windsor region arts scene, connecting music-loving communities by presenting local and touring jazz professionals in concerts, spotlighting the cultural landmark historic Mackenzie Hall.

Chairman: John Martel

Treasurer: Matthew Tingle     

Secretary: Kathleen Leal    

Producer/Artistic Director: Hugh Leal

Directors: Katharine McGuire                                   Steven Fox

                 Floro Culmone

                 Graham Keogh


Windsor Jazz Concert Series (WJCS) is a nonprofit corporation registered in Ontario, promoting professional "jazz-in-concert" in Windsor starting in 2022.

The new organization is built on the various series Windsor promoter Hugh Leal has been operating independently since 1976. His ongoing string of concerts since that time have proven to be the longest-running jazz concert series in Canadian history.

Marcus Belgrave

Photo by Kevin Kavanaugh

The Speakeasy Quartet

Photo by Scott Hughes

Leal's productions have always focused on presenting quality, including musicians who are recipients of the Order of Canada, Juno Award and Grammy Award winners. Many internationally recognized artists from the major US jazz cities have been featured, with a special emphasis on Detroit's great jazz players.

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