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Memorable Manitobans: George Reznik (1929-2016)

Musician.

Born at Winnipeg on 25 November 1929, he received musical training at the Bornoff School and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Starting at the age of 16, he began performing jazz piano professionally at such local venues as the Royal Alexandra Hotel, Town and Country, Rancho Don Carlos, Northstar Inn, and Fort Garry Hotel. From 1990 to retirement in 2011, he performed at the Pembina Hotel weekly in a jazz trio with Bob “Moose” Jackson and Bill McMahon. He shared the stage with such musicical greats as Louis Armstrong, Barbara Streisand, Lenny Breau, Dave Young, and Herb Ellis. He received the CanWest Global Jazz Achievement Award in recognition of his accomplishments in music. He died at Winnipeg on 23 July 2016.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 2016.

“Pianist played with Armstrong, Streisand,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 2016, page C2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 July 2016

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