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2016 Ottawa Jazz Festival Lineup

Updated 2016 June 30

Your easy-to-read, independent guide to the 2016 Ottawa Jazz Festival, with everything in one place.

Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, July 3, 2016
Passes: Gold: $325, Bronze: $200, Youth: $90. Multi-day passes also available.

Historically, the order of admittance to Ottawa Jazz Festival shows inside the NAC has been individual ticket holders, then Gold pass holders, then Bronze pass holders, then youth pass holders, then volunteers. During NAC reconstruction in 2016 and 2017 the Fourth Stage will be closed and replaced by the Back Stage, which is expected to seat 40 fewer listeners than the Fourth Stage. Fewer seats means that holders of bronze and youth passes may be less likely to be admitted to popular shows in the Back Stage in 2016 than the Fourth Stage in past years.

Tickets for individual shows are also available. $5 charge for tickets purchased the day of the show.

Fountain in Confederation Park - 4 p.m. Free!
  • June 23: No BS! Brass Band
  • June 24: Jibber Jazz Jam
  • June 26-30: Jibber Jazz Jam
  • July 2-3: Jibber Jazz Jam
Great Canadian Jazz - Main Stage in Confederation Park - 6:30 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
Fountain in Confederation Park - 7:30 p.m.
  • June 25: Blue Moon Marquee
Concerts Under the Stars - Main Stage in Confederation Park - 8:30 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 23: lvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart’s Muscle Theory (7:30 p.m.)
  • June 23: Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite (US) (9 p.m.)
  • June 24: SF Jazz Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson and Originals (US)
  • June 25: Sarah McLachlan (Canada)
  • June 26: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (US)
  • June 27: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (US)
  • June 28: Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada)
  • June 29: Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (US)
  • June 30: The Chick Corea Trio, with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade (US)
  • July 2: Michael Franti and Spearhead (US)
  • July 3: Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour (US)
Improv Invitational - NAC Back Stage - 6 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 23: Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen [review of previous Ottawa show]
  • June 24: Alexander Hawkins Trio
  • June 25: Marcin Wasilewski
  • June 26: Emile Parisien Quartet
  • June 27: Colin Stetson with Sarah Neufeld (5 p.m.) [review of previous Ottawa show]
  • June 27: Arild Andersen Trio w/Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia (7 p.m.)
  • June 28: The Thing
  • June 29: The Claudia Quintet (John Hollenbeck)
  • June 30: Bugala-Valihora-Griglak Trio
  • July 2: Waxwing
  • July 3: Iva Bittova and Peggy Lee
Improv Invitational - NAC Back Stage - 8 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 23: Myra Melford's Snowy Egret
  • June 24: Balázs Elemér Group & Tim Ries
  • June 25: Banda de Los Muertos
  • June 26: Endangered Blood
  • June 28: Donkey Monkey
  • June 30: Anat Fort and Gianluigi Trovesi Duo
NAC Theatre - 7 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 22: Kamasi Washington
  • June 25 Joe Lovano and John Scofield Quartet (US)
  • July 2: Stacey Kent
NAC Studio - 7 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 24: The Barr Brothers
  • June 27: Colin Stetson Presents: SORROW - A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony (9 p.m.)
  • June 28: Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • June 29: Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Bobby Previte
  • June 30: Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra
Tartan Homes Stage in Marion Dewar Plaza - 7:30 p.m. (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 24: No BS! Brass Band
  • June 26: Mackenzie Rhythm Section
  • June 27: Ben Caplan
  • June 28: Digging Roots
  • June 29: Gwyneth Herbert
  • June 30: Esmerine
  • July 2: André Leroux Trio
  • July 3: Pugs and Crows [review]
OLG After Dark Series - 10:30 p.m. (except as noted) (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 23: Ernst Lubitsch's film The Oyster Princess, with a live score by the Flat Earth Society
  • June 24: HIGHS
  • June 25: Tennyson
  • June 26: The 24th Street Wailers
  • June 27: CloZee
  • June 28:  Devil's Tale featuring Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia
  • June 29: Judith Hill
  • June 30: Jim Bryson
  • July 2: Soil and "Pimp" Sessions
  • July 3: The Hot Sardines
Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz in the Rideau Centre - Noon (Free)
  • June 23: The Beeched Wailers [review of CD release concert]
  • June 24: The Chris Maskell Trio
  • June 25: The Lee Anne Frederickson Quartet [review]
  • June 26: Harea Band
  • June 27: Happenstance Quartet
  • June 28: Peter Brown Quartet
  • June 29: Carlos Alberto Santana Jazz Quintet [interview] [review]
  • June 30: Carlo
  • July 2: leMeow
  • July 3: Peter Liu and the Pollcats [review]
Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz in the Rideau Centre - 2 p.m. (weekends) (Free)
  • June 25: John Carroll
  • June 26: Megan Jerome and the Together Ensemble [review]
  • July 2: Angelique Francis
  • July 3: Nicole Ratté Quintet featuring William Lamoureux [interview]
Tartan Homes Stage in Marion Dewar Plaza - Noon (Free)
  • June 24: No BS Brass Band (was Mystery concert)
  • June 25: The Barr Brothers (was Mystery concert)
  • June 27: The 24th Street Wailers (was Mystery concert)
  • June 28: The Super Awesome Club [review]
  • June 29: Christine Fagan and Steve Berndt: Vocalese [video interview]
  • June 30: Charlie Hunter Trio (was Mystery concert)
  • July 2: The Lake Effect Sound
  • July 3: The Pharoahs Go To Soul Sckool
Tartan Homes Stage in Marion Dewar Plaza - 2 p.m. (Free)
  • July 2: ERU-ERA
  • July 3: The Kingmakers
Youth Series (Tartan Homes Stage in Marion Dewar Plaza) - Saturday, June 25, 2 to 5 p.m. (Free)
  • 2 p.m.: Lisgar Collegiate Institute Senior Jazz Ensemble
  • 3 p.m.: John McCrae Jazz Ensemble
  • 4 p.m.: Ottawa Junior Jazz Band
Youth Series (Tartan Homes Stage in Marion Dewar Plaza) - Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free)
  • 10 a.m.: Nepean High School Junior Jazz Band
  • 11 a.m.: OCDSB Grade 9 All Star Jazz Band
  • 12 noon: JazzEd Youth All-Star Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m.: The Ottawa Carleton District School Board Secondary All-Star Jazz Band
  • 2 p.m.: Nepean All City Jazz Band
  • 3 p.m.: Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra
Canada Day (July 1) Programming
  • 2 p.m.: The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces 'Ambassadors' Stage Band (Tartan Homes Stage)
  • 3 p.m.: TD Jazz Youth Summit and Stingray Rising Stars (Main Stage)
  • 4 p.m.: The Riot Police (Tartan Homes Stage)
  • 6 p.m.: Les Poules à Colin (Tartan Homes Stage)
  • 7 p.m.: National Arts Centre Orchestra (Main Stage)

Club Series

Take Five Jazz at the Metropolitain Brasseries (700 Sussex Drive), 5 to 7 p.m.
  • June 22: Marc Decho Quartet
  • June 23: Atlantis Jazz Ensemble
  • June 24: Alex Bilodeau
  • June 27: Adam Saikaley/Alex Moxon Duo
  • June 28: Sean Duhaime Trio
  • June 29: Jeremy Jordan, Michel Delage, Marc Decho Trio
  • June 29: Jeremy Jordan, Mike Essoudry, Marc Decho Trio
Mercury Lounge (56 ByWard Market Square) - 10 p.m. (pass or individual ticket required)
  • June 23: Kobo Town
  • June 25: Hector Romero
  • June 28: CloZee (was Mystery concert) (free)
Late-night jazz jams: Grill 41, Lord Elgin Hotel (across the street from Confederation Park)
  • June 23: Host band: Mark Ferguson, John Geggie, Michel Delage
  • June 24: Host band: Mark Ferguson, John Geggie, Nick Fraser
  • June 25-27: Host band: Roddy Ellias, John Geggie, Nick Fraser
  • June 28: Host band: Roddy Ellias, John Geggie, Michel Delage
  • June 29-30, July 2-3: Host band: Roddy Ellias, John Geggie, Nick Fraser

Original sources for this report: OttawaJazzFestival website, individual musicians

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca related coverage of the Ottawa Jazz Festival:

March 17: Updated with dates and locations, as announced by the festival.

April 4: Added or moved The No BS! Brass Band (June 23), The Boxcar Boys (June 23), The Barr Brothers (June 24), Blue Moon Marquee (June 25)

April 25: Added the local stage line-up, and the times for the youth bands. Renamed the Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage to the Tartan Homes Stage. Added several shows to the 7:30 p.m. Tartan Homes Stage line-up, and to the 8 p.m. Improv Invitational series. Updated pass prices from early-bird (310/190/90).

May 9: Updated Canada Day schedule. Added the Jibber Jazz Jam to the 4 p.m. Fountain series. Added the Mercury Lounge concerts. On June 23, added lvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart’s Muscle Theory as an opening act to Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite. Added Jim Bryson to the 10:30 p.m. series, and updated Devil’s Tale featuring Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia.

June 1: Added "Mystery concerts" at noon on the Tartan Homes Stage on several dates. Added a "Mystery concert" on June 28 at the Mercury Lounge. Added the location and host band for the late-night jazz jams. Peter Liu and the Pollcats are replacing Steve Bilodeau at the Rendez-Vous Rideau Stage on July 3.

June 22: Added the Take Five series.

June 23: Noted that the Mercury Lounge says that the June 28 mystery show there is free.

June 24: The No BS Brass Band was the first Mystery Concert.

June 25: The Barr Brothers were the second Mystery Concert. Updated the Youth Jazz series.

June 27: The 24th Street Wailers were the third Mystery Concert.

June 28: The Mystery Concert at the Mercury Lounge is with CloZee.

June 30: Charlie Hunter was the fourth noon-hour Mystery Concert.