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Courses and workshops is pleased to offer listings for jazz-related courses, workshops, clinics and mentoring opportunities as a free service to Ottawa-Gatineau jazz fans, teachers, and students.

Listings must be relevant to the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene in the sole judgement of the OJS editors. Please submit your listing in plain text only to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . MS Word documents and other proprietary file format attachments will be discarded unread.


Jazz Improv for Everyone at Alcorn Music Studios

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost for both sessions: $175

This workshop is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists who wish to understand basic improvisation skills and techniques. Using an organized system to clarify chord theory, basic rhythm counting, hearing the chord changes and keeping your place within the form, you’ll start building very important tools to improvise in any idiom.

The only instrument you will use in this class is your voice, even if you have never sung before. The ability to sing your ideas gives you a way to express them and make them yours, even if you haven’t worked them out on your regular instrument.

Instructor: Tim Bedner, an award winning music educator who presents a well-grounded class in a step-by-step manner designed for ease of understanding.

To register, call all 613-729-0693 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)


JazzWorks 2014 Summer Jazz Workshop and Composers' Symposium

August 19 to 20, 2014 (Composers' Symposium)
Cost: $330, including accommodation and meals.

August 21 to 24, 2014 (Jazz Camp)
Tuition: $395 before June 2, $420 from June 2 onwards. Accommodation/food charges are separate and range from $180 (camping) to $390.

Ottawa JazzWorks 21st annual Summer Jazz Workshop will be held at CAMMAC Music Centre in Quebec (north of Hawkesbury). This unique 3-day weekend jazz workshop is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians of all levels, beginner through professional, and advanced high school musicians.

Participants immerse themselves in a program that includes combo rehearsals, master classes, individual and group coaching, jazz history, improvisation classes, arranging and composition, and jam sessions.

Faculty include John Geggie (artistic director, bass), Christine Duncan (vocals), Julie Michels (vocals), Kevin Barrett (guitar), Kim Ratcliffe (guitar), Garry Elliott (guitar), Jim Lewis (trumpet), Frank Lozano (saxophone), Rémi Bolduc (saxophone), Evan Cartwright (percussion), Nick Fraser (percussion), David Restivo (piano), Nancy Walker (piano), and Rob Frayne (composing and arranging).

JazzWorks also offers an optional two-day Composer's Symposium or Independent Practice option for two days before the workshop.

All will give a public concert on Sunday, August 24 at 12:30 p.m. at CAMMAC.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2014 

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Carleton University Jazz Camp 2014

Thursday, August 21 to Monday, August 25, 2014
Cost: $565 (tax included) + optional accommodation
Carleton University Music students: $254.25 + optional accommodation

Students will participate in a variety of activities:

  • Big band ensembles
  • Jazz combos
  • Choir
  • Small vocal ensembles
  • Guitar ensembles
  • Jazz theory classes
  • Ear training sessions
  • Improvising classes
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses

2014 instructors include David Liebman, Dave Young, Joe Sullivan, Richard Irwin,  Brian Browne, Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Mike Tremblay, Tim Bedner, Elise Letourneau, Nick Dyson, Wayne Eagles, James McGowan, and James Wright.

Each evening, students will be treated to free concerts put on by the faculty and invited guests. These concerts start 7 p.m. are are held in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Ticket packages are available to the general public.

There will be a final student concert on Monday August 25 at 7 p.m. also in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Each ensemble from the camp will get a chance to perform for family, friends and the general public.


Loeb Building and Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON


Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout at Arts Court

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95 (JazzWorks members); $125 (non-members)

Building on the success of our popular summer Jazz Camp, JazzWorks is pleased to announce our second annual one-day spring workshop, the Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, organized by JazzWorks Artistic Director, John Geggie. This intensive, hands-on workshop focuses on how to get inside a tune: playing it in different styles, keys, and tempos.

Discover how tunes are constructed from a melodic and harmonic perspective in a fun and supportive atmosphere. In the process, you’ll get plenty of playing time with various group combinations, and feedback from the instructors:

  • guitarist Kevin Barrett
  • piano player Steve Boudreau
  • vocalist Sharada Banman and
  • trumpet player Jim Lewis,

all exceptional jazz musicians and educators. This workshop is open to musicians at all levels from beginner to advanced.

All instrumentalists will be required to bring their own instruments and gear. A PA will be provided for the vocalists in each combo. Music charts for practice purposes will be provided to registrants beforehand. To help with key changing strategies, additional keys can be supplied upon request.

To register or for more information:

Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
(Sandy Hill, just east of the Rideau Centre)


Ingrid Jensen Jazz Trumpet Masterclass at GigSpace Performance Studio

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Ingrid Jensen is visiting Ottawa on Tuesday, April 22nd to perform at the NAC Fourth Stage with Michael Webster's Momentus Ontario Tour II – Ottawa. Nick Dyson and Trumpet Bootcamp have arranged for Ingrid to give a masterclass at GigSpace that day.

Student performances from trumpeters:

  • Éric Littlewood
  • Ben King
  • Evan Dalling
  • Megan Venables

Rhythm Section:

  • Benaias Lemma, guitar
  • Cyan Donati, bass
  • Andrew Laporte Ferderber, drums

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid Jensen headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the ENJA label and her latest CD, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.

Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.

Jensen can be heard as a soloist with the Christine Jensen Orchestra, her own own quartet and quintet formations, Project O, Nordic Connect and a number of other New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York and is seen yearly in the top five of the Downbeat Critic polls in the Talent deserving wider recognition category. She has performed with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra for more than a decade.

Currently, she is an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)


Masterclass with William Parker at Carleton University

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Free, open to the public.

  • William Parker - bass, composer

William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many musicians on the avant‐garde school Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeem, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves and with traditionalists like Walter Bishop, Sr. and Maxine Sullivan.

Parker's early projects with dancer and choreographer Patricia Nicholson created a huge repertoire of composed music for multiple ensembles ranging from solo works to big band projects. Parker played in the Cecil Taylor unit from 1980 through 1991. He also developed a strong relationship with the European Improvised Music scene playing with musicians such as Peter Kowald, Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Louis Sclavis, and Louis Moholo. He began recording in 1994 and leading his own bands on a regular basis founding two ensembles, In Order To Survive, and The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. In 2001, Parker released O’Neal’s Porch, which marked a turn toward a more universal sound working with drummer Hamid Drake. The Raining on the Moon Quintet followed, adding vocalist Leena Conquest and the Quartet from O’Neal’s Porch. Most notable among many recent projects is the Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield.

He has taught at Bennington College, NYU, The New England Conservatory of Music, Cal Arts, New School University and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. He has also taught music workshops throughout the world including Paris, Berlin and Tokyo and the Lower East Side. Parker is also a theorist and author of several books including the Sound Journal, Document Humanum, Music and the Shadow People and The Mayor of Punkville.

Dancer Patricia Nicholson and William Parker will perform with percussionist Jesse Stewart on Thursday evening at the Carleton University Art Gallery. William Parker will perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.

Patricia Nicholson and William Parker speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation at a workshop on Thursday afternoon at Carleton University..

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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A Conversation with Patricia Nicholson Parker and William Parker at Carleton University

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Patricia Nicholson Parker is an acclaimed New York poet, dancer, and choreographer. She is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization Arts for Art and the Vision Festival, which fosters multidisciplinary experimentation among some of the world's leading avant jazz musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists. Ms. Nicholson has received the “Producer of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association on three occasions (2003, 2007, and 2008).

William Parker is an improviser, composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donson ngoni, and guembri. Over the past four decades, Parker has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz and creative music including Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, and many others. According to the Boston Globe, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz." Similarly, a recent review in UK’s Jazzwize magazine described William as "a monumental pillar of the global free jazz community."

They will speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation.

Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology and the School for Studies in Art and Culture.

William Parker will also give a masterclass on Friday afternoon at Carleton University.

Patricia Nicholson and William Parker will perform with percussionist Jesse Stewart on Thursday evening at the Carleton University Art Gallery. William Parker will perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.

Room A720
7th floor, Loeb Building, Tower A
Carleton University
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