Before coming to Winnipeg from New York in 2003, jazz bassist Steve Kirby had established an enviable career performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, and Abbey Lincoln. Now the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba and a fixture in Winnipeg’s cultural scene, Kirby continues to perform, compose, and record. He is the editor of dig! magazine, and the force behind many other jazz initiatives in the city, including the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series, Jazz on Wheels, the CanU Jazz Academy, and the Cool Wednesday Night Hang. Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra is poised to release its first recording, All Over the Map.