Guelph Circa 1999 – Ajay Heble
Guelph Jazz Festival
Ajay Heble is Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) and Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is also Artistic Director Emeritus and Founding Artistic Director (1994–2016) of the award-winning Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium.
Since 1994, the Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF) has presented improvised music concerts and commissioned new works by local, national, and international artists. The GJF’s annual educational program explores creative improv as a model for social change. Among other honours, the GJF was awarded the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010.
On its 20th anniversary, the GJF partnered with the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (now Art Gallery of Guelph) and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research project (precursor to IICSI) on the first major exhibition of Thomas King’s jazz photography. King had been photographing the GJF for 20 years, capturing candid, open moments in the work and lives of visiting musicians.
Photo: Ajay Heble, photographed at the McKinnon Building, University of Guelph. Photo by Dean Palmer.