With a music performance and education career spanning more than 30 years, Janice Finlay brings experience and excellence to all that she does.

Janice is a woodwind “triple threat” whose artistry on saxophone, flute and clarinet has taken her across North America and as far away as Israel. She has released two feature albums - She’s Hip and Anywhere But Here – showcasing her lyrical and evocative performance style along with her considerable skills as a composer and arranger. Both recordings have received critical acclaim and world-wide airplay, and include several of Canada’s preeminent jazz artists.

A first-call addition to Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Pops Concerts, Janice is a long-term member of the Ron Paley Big Band and a former member of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. A few of her favourite career highlights as a side musician in Winnipeg include sharing the concert stage with one of her jazz heroes, Clark Terry, opening for Bob Newhart with the Janice Finlay Jazz Orchestra, and backing stars such as Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Gloria Gayner, the Temptations and Mel Tormé. Janice is also at home as a band director, leading groups including a commercial dance band, a variety of jazz ensembles, The Swing Cats and Premium.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music from McGill University’s prestigious Jazz Performance program, Janice has been selected to participate in professional development opportunities including the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre, a Composition Residency at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, David Liebman’s International Saxophone Master Class and individual composition studies with Canadian jazz icon Don Thompson.

Janice excels at sharing her musical gifts with aspiring musicians. She is in constant demand as a music educator, whether as a private instructor, school band clinician, festival adjudicator or summer camp director. In fact, many members of the latest generation of professional musicians claim some time under Janice’s tutelage, either as part of the Long & McQuade All-star High School Jazz Band (which she founded), as a participant in the University of Manitoba’s Summer Jazz Camp (she is a former faculty member) or as a former student of her teaching studio. In recognition of her contributions to jazz education, in 2004 Janice was delighted to be named the XeroxTM Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year.

Music Services available for:

  • concert and festival performances
  • corporate special events
  • wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Bar mitzvahs or Bat mitzvahs
  • house parties
  • funerals
  • musical theatre productions

Musical Groups:

  • Janice Finlay Dance Band
  • Janice Finlay Jazz Ensemble
  • Janice Finlay’s Hardbop Herd
  • The Swing Cats
  • Premium
  • Classical Flute and Guitar duo

Music Styles:

  • Commercial (dance band – pop, rock, R & B, swing era to contemporary music)
  • Jazz – Mainstream, Bebop, Hard bop, Big Band Swing
  • Jump Blues
  • Classical

Additional Info

  • Instrument(s): Saxophone Clarinet Flute
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: 204-661-4834
  • Member since: 1980
  • Primary Field of Instruction: Saxophone
  • Types of instruction offered: Private Lessons Clinics Band Camp Director
  • Service Type(s): Adjudicator
  • Music Professional Category: Musician, Music Teacher, Service Provider