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OttawaJazzScene.ca 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.

Learn About Jazz with Adrian Cho

Monday, March 18, 2013 and continuing to April 29 (no class on April 1) - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 for six sessions

Have you ever wanted to learn about how jazz is performed and how it evolved? Ottawa Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Adrian Cho will teach a six-part series in jazz history. Previous sessions of this course, taught at Carleton University’s Learning in Retirement program, were highly praised. Adrian talks about jazz history and the social and cultural setting in which jazz evolved, analyses audio and video recordings, provides insight into jazz performance, performs with other jazz musicians, and uses rhythm and singing exercises to engage participants.

More info: www.ottawajazzorchestra.com/2013/03/18/learn-about-jazz/

Leeds House Building, Room 124
Carleton University
Ottawa

 

Paul Meyers Workshop at GigSpace Performance Studio

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Elements of Solo Guitar Workshop

  • Paul Meyers - guitar

Hosted by Tim Bedner

“One of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell” - James Gavin, NY Times

“A virtuoso guitarist and improviser [who brings] his own voice to each and every melody and solo he performs…. his lines are delivered with a hard driving sense of groove that only helps to accentuate his melodic and harmonic vocabulary.” - Matthew Warnock, Just Jazz Guitar

“Paul Meyers is a guitarist’s guitarist. He displays a creative, fresh approach to harmonic and linear playing. He’s a brilliant soloist and accompanist and excels in contemporary jazz. His arranging and performances are as good as it gets." - Gene Bertoncini, solo jazz guitar master

Paul Meyers has gained a reputation for being one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. With an original technique on the classical guitar he has combined a deep understanding of the jazz tradition with strong influences of Brazilian, Latin and classical music to create a truly unique sound and concept. Paul has performed and recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats – Geri Allen, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Ron Carter, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Bob Magnusson, Jovino Santos Neto and Annie Ross to name a few. He’s also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks (to England France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands) since 1993, and Andy Bey (to Brazil, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia and Greece) from 1997 to 2008. He also performed in Argentina while touring with the great vibraphonist Gary Burton, who recorded Paul’s tune "Panama" on his Reunion CD with Pat Metheny.

Paul has a number of critically acclaimed CDs – two new releases are World on a String, a quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves, featuring Paul’s original compositions and arrangements, and Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess, a relaxed straight ahead session with the tenor and flute master. These follow two solo guitar CDs, Blues for the Millennium, with his unique arrangements of jazz and Brazilian tunes, four original pieces and his own transcriptions of 7 of Bela Bartok’s “Mikrokosmos”, and Dusk to Dawn, a collection of original arrangements of Ellington, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Scott Joplin and more. Others include Brasil & Company, an all Brazilian CD with the great vocalist Vera Mara, and Euforia, an envelope pushing Latin Jazz trio with great Panamanian bassist/composer Santi Debriano and Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira. Paul and Santi also reunited for a duo CD, Spirit and Samba. Earlier recordings include the unigue cello, bass and guitar ensemble Trio Concertant, first runner-up for best chamber music CD of 1992, and a jazz trio album, Blues for Henry Miller.

As a sideman Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey - the Grammy nominated American Song, Tuesdays in Chinatown and Shades of Bey. He toured with the great Argentinian pianist/composer Pablo Zeigler, who featured Paul along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle, 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music – Obeah with Santi Debriano, Utatuba with Kimson Plaut and Lucky with Hans Teuber.

www.paulmeyers.info

Tickets available at the door. Advance tickets available by calling 613-729-0693. Because of the limited space, advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Meyers will also be playing a concert that evening at GigSpace.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693
www.gigspaceottawa.com

 

Masterclass with Hamid Drake at Carleton University

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Free

Hamid Drake is a master and unforgettable drummer and percussionist based in Chicago, best known for his work in improvisational music. He has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, and bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups).

www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Hamid_Drake.html

www2.carleton.ca/music/events/

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
[directions and map: www.carleton.ca/km-theatre/about/ ]

 

A conversation with Hamid Drake at Carleton University

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.
Free

Also see the listings for the masterclass and performance with Jesse Stewart, both on Friday, March 15.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; The Institute of African Studies; and the School for Studies in Art and Culture

Hamid Drake is a master and unforgettable drummer and percussionist based in Chicago, best known for his work in improvisational music. He has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, and bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups).

www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Hamid_Drake.html

Loeb A720
Carleton University
Map: www1.carleton.ca/campus

 

Masterclass with Petr Cancura at Carleton University

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Admission: TBA

Carleton University will host an afternoon workshop by saxophonist Petr Cancura. Cancura is a well-known jazz musician, based in Brooklyn, NY, as well the programming manager of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

petrcancura.com/fr_home.cfm
www2.carleton.ca/music/events/

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
[directions and map: www.carleton.ca/km-theatre/about/ ]

   

Vocal Harmony: Advanced – Jazz Standards at the Ottawa Folklore Centre

Sunday, January 20, 2013, until April 21 - 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Cost: $270 (payment can be made in two installments)
Register by calling 613-730-2887. All participants should contact Lee prior to signing up. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Teacher: Lee Hayes

For intermediate to advanced singers. Theme for January 2013; we will continue our love affair with Jazz Standards, in 4-5 part harmony! This session we will focus on torch, swing, and old faves of Jazz. Think Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank and Tony, Sarah Vaughn…Jazz harmony is challenging, so this is an advanced class.

Get comfortable with your voice, and learn to blend with other vocal parts. Singing is one of the best stress reducers, and this class is FUN! Be creative within the safety of numbers, and with the guidance of a well-rounded and experienced teacher. Lots of camaraderie and laughs! No musical training necessary; this class is taught by ear. Warning: Addictive!

Start date: Januzary 20, 2013. Classes are 1½ hours long and run for 12 weeks at the Folklore Centre. Sundays 12:30-2 p.m. Maximum 16 participants.

Ottawa Folklore Centre
1111 Bank at Sunnyside
613-730-2887

   

John Ehde cello masterclass at the University of Ottawa

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 4 to 10 p.m.
Friday, November 23, 2012 - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free admission, open to all, donations accepted

Program TBA

Scandinavian cellist John Ehde has played in the classical, chamber music, world music, and jazz realms.

Jazz groups he has played with include Jakob Davidsen's Diversity, the Copehangen Art Ensemble, Pierre Dørges New Jungle Orchestra, and Palle Mikkelborg a.o.

He will also be performing with the University of Ottawa Cello Ensemble on Wednesday, November 21, at noon, in Huguette Labelle Hall in Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland Street. Admission is free.

www.ehde.dk

Info: Hali Krawchuk ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), 613-562-5733

Freiman Hall (Room 121)
Perez Building
610 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa

www.music.uottawa.ca/calendar/concerts.html

   

The ABCs of Jazz Singing at GigSpace Performance Studio

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $30

Jazz singing: Where to start?
with jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté

You would like to have a general idea of what you need to know to sing jazz? This three-hour workshop is for you!

Every vocalist can sing a jazz standard. But having an understanding of how it works is another story. Musicians expect vocalists to be able to communicate what they want and speak the same language.

We will demystify a lot of jazz expressions, learn what is the structure of a jazz standard, what kind of intros and endings are best for a medium swing or a ballad or a Latin feel, how to count a tune according to the style, etc.  We will do some listening and some singing too!

This workshop is for:

  • Beginners or intermediate jazz singers who want to clarify some notions
  • Jazz camp participants or people who want to prepare for jazz camp
  • Experienced singers who want an introduction to jazz
  • Non-singers who want to know more about it to have a better listening experience.

Nicole Ratté has been teaching jazz workshops since 2004 and has prepared participants to jazz camp and jam sessions since then. More details about her at www.nicoleratte.com.

More info: www.vocaljazzworkshops.com. Or call 819 665-2906 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information or to subscribe.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

   

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