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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.

A Tour Through Jazz History at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Monday, October 15, 2012 (and each week until November 19) - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $95 Soloway members, $115 non-members

Instructor: Adrian Cho

This six-part course will demystify jazz by helping participants understand how jazz originated and evolved and how it was performed over the years. This will give participants the opportunity to appreciate jazz in its many forms. Key figures in the history of jazz including Mile Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Benny Goodman and many others will be covered. The curriculum will include a focus on the Jewish influence in jazz. The instructor will breakdown jazz performances by providing live demonstrations with other professional jazz musicians.

More information:

Soloway Jewish Community Centre
21 Nadolny Sachs Private


Ateliers de jazz vocal avec la chanteuse Nicole Ratté

Courses in French on how to improve one's jazz vocal techniques, given by well-known local singer Nicole Ratté.

Débutants :
Début le mercredi 19 septembre de 19h30 à 22h
Locaux de Musique Adagio, 851, boul. St-René ouest, Gatineau
Session de 12 semaines

Intermédiaires/avancés :
Début le lundi 24 septembre de 19h à 21h30
GigSpace (Alcorn Music Studio), 953 Avenue Gladstone, Ottawa
Session de 12 semaines

Les ateliers sont offerts par la chanteuse Nicole Ratté qui a mis sur pied, en 2004, une formation destinée à ceux qui veulent apprendre les rudiments du jazz tout en développant leurs habiletés vocales et scéniques. Ces ateliers peuvent accueillir de huit à dix personnes.

A l'issu du cours, l'étudiant devrait comprendre davantage les origines du jazz, les styles de jazz, la structure des standards, les intros et les finales, comment travailler avec des musiciens, etc. Il sera également en mesure de chanter des standards avec un ou plusieurs musiciens après avoir appris des notions de techniques vocales, de phrasé, d'interprétation, de présence scénique, etc. On abordera aussi l'improvisation.

A la fin de la session, il y aura un « jam session » et, tout au long de la session, des possibilités de mettre en pratique les notions apprises avec des musiciens invités. Tout ça sous le signe du plaisir et de l'humour!

Tous les participants deviennent automatiquement membres du Club de jazz (

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

Sunday, September 23, 2012, and running for 12 weeks - 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

Theme for 2012; Jazz Standards, in four to five-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: September 23, 2012. Classes are 1½ hours long and run for 12 weeks at the Folklore Centre. Sundays 12:30-2 p.m. Maximum 15 participants.

Ottawa Folklore Centre
1111 Bank at Sunnyside


2ish Combined Workshop at GigSpace

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $20

  • Saskia Tomkins - nyckelharpa, viola, violin
  • Brandon Scott Besharah - acoustic fingerstyle guitar, hurdy gurdy, saxophone, clarinet, banjo

This Combined Workshop begins with an example of ensemble playing and advice on how to support melody, create space using dynamics, improvisation and understanding how to get the most out of your ensemble playing.

Saskia's Workshop: Violinists often find it hard to leave the written music behind. This workshop will focus on trusting your ears and using your knowledge to open the door to improvisation. Irish fiddle – Irish ornamentation, bowing, lilt, and how to make a tune sound more Irish will be addressed. Saskia will also spend some time as a fiddle technique doctor. Bring your woes and struggles and she will look at how to solve them with you.

Brandon's Workshop: This workshop will focus on the guitar tuned in DADGAD and it’s application in traditional, and non traditional music. Right hand fingerstyle technique, rhythmic concepts and Harmonic substitution will be discussed. A basic understanding of guitar is essential. Gear-talk and advice, of course, is a must.

Brandon has studied advanced acoustic guitar technique in France under Pierre Bensusan, and with Canadian guitarist Don Ross for two years. He also studied jazz saxophone privately under Kirk MacDonald and jazz theory under New York based musician Barry Harris.

Saskia was born in the United Kingdom and has 15 years of classical training from top UK teachers. She is a UK and Mid Atlantic Irish fiddle champion and has a B.A.Hons in jazz and popular music.

2ish will also be performing a concert on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

For tickets, call 613-729-0693 or drop into GigSpace Monday through Thursday between 3 and 9 p.m. Tickets also available at the door one hour before the concert.

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


Jim Blackley Drumming Masterclass at GigSpace Performance Studio

Saturday, June 21, 2012 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $25 (at the door)

Jim will be talking about/breaking down his book The Essence of Jazz Drumming and explaining/demonstrating how it can benefit ALL musicians, not just drummers. However, he will also venture down many interesting roads depending on the audience feedback, questions and interest. All musicians welcome! Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jim Blackley will also be offering private lessons on Friday, June 20. Price $100 for an hour. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Marilee Alcorn at 613-406-0693 to book a time.

Jim Blackley ( At 85 years young, Jim is one of the most sought after and respected drum teachers and authors in the music world today. Many of Canada's leading Jazz drummers have studied with Jim Blackley and he has undoubtedly had an important influence on Jazz drumming in this country.

His first publication, Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer, has been called a "Musical Gem" by Elvin Jones. It has circled the world, embraced by teachers and musicians alike, and remained in print for over forty years. Jim's next masterwork, The Essence of Jazz Drumming, was proclaimed "Percussive Wisdom" by Down Beat magazine.

Jim lives and teaches in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, offering monthly sessions to Canadian students and 10 master classes to professional musicians from around the globe.

Jim's students have gone on to find success playing or recording with such world renowned artists as: Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Leonard Berstein, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Jim Hall, Clarke Terry, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea, Mel Torme, Junior Mance, Joe Henderson, Zoot Sims, Kenny Wheeler, John Handy, Art Pepper, George Coleman, Herb Ellis, Fred Hersh, Norma Winstone, Sonny Rollins, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, George Benson, Charlie Hayden, Sonny Greenwhich, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Brian Ferry, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Todd Rundren, The Fifth Dimension, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, Elvis Costello, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Loreena McKennitt, Nellie Furtado, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and Patti Labelle, Sting, Feist, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox among others.

An excerpt from an Interview with Jim Blackley:
" . . .the important thing you must give the student is direction about understanding structure, listening to chord changes, listening to the bass line, how to play the time and punctuate the phrases - these are the things that the musical player must learn. It has nothing to do with playing the udiments. I could direct students into being outstanding jazz drummers without ever teaching one rudiment, yet I could cover everything that's being played in jazz, because everything develops from playing TIME. My whole concept is based on approaching everything from the TIME. All rhythms and figures are first developed as cymbal patterns. Students learn to hear the musical line, played over chord changes, the bass, and the melody line. And then, they learn how to take that single musical line and explore the total drumset.. They are playing musical lines, not rudiments!"

Read the full interview at

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


Masterclass with Steve Kuhn at Café Paradiso

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 1 p.m.
Cost: $50 for participants, $10 for audience
Spaces must be purchased in advance at Café Paradiso.

Steve Kuhn will offer a piano masterclass session at Café Paradiso. Minimum of 10 participants required.

Kuhn played with John Coltran and  Kenny Dorham in the 1960s and more recently has recorded with players such as Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Tom Harrell.

Café Paradiso
199 Bank Street


Sons of Daughters Workshop at GigSpace

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10. Buy in advance to guarantee a seat.

The group will also perform a concert on Wednesday evening.

Sons of Daughters

  • Patrick Breiner – tenor sax, clarinet, voice (Easton, CT)
  • Aaron Darrell – bass, voice (Boston, MA)
  • Devin Drobka – drums (New York, NY)

Sons Of Daughters are on the hustle. Not even two years as a band and they’re about to embark on their 5th DIY tour in support of their 4th DIY recording, Beyond Animals. The new CD is by far their most reckless, joyous, and genuine recording to date and their first to feature all original music.This trio of decorated Berklee and New School grads met in Milwaukee (don’t ask) in April of 2010. But don’t let their stunning pedigree fool you. This ain’t no Downbeat reading, elbow rubbing, Blue Note wannabe college trio. These guys are bona fide road warriors with an agenda: to climb the highest hill, yell the loudest, and to make damn sure that what they’re saying means something.

Sons of Daughters Teaching:

Sons Of Daughters teaches clinics and masterclasses to musicians of all ages and skill levels. We focus on portraying an honest, positive perspective on what it’s like to be an improvising musician. We get the students involved in actively discussing music and what it means to them. In addition we give students the opportunity to play with the band in order to give them specific feedback about their playing.

Here’s what people are saying about our clinics:

“Sons of Daughters shared such an inspired sense of adventure with our young musicians at the Governor’s School for the Arts. Our students really enjoyed the trio’s intelligent risk-taking; they learned a lot from the example the group set in their comfort with so many genres, their wicked technique and their seemingly endless options for expression. Sons of Daughters presented all of this in a respectful, collegial environment which still resonates with our students. We look forward to their next visit!”  - Jeff Phelps, Instrumental Music Department Chair, Governor’s School for the Arts, Norfolk, VA

“Sons of Daughters provided an interesting, engaging, and exciting performance/masterclass. They presented some very challenging music in a very palatable way for my students. I would not hesitate to bring them back again.” - Jamie Breiwick, Maple Dale Middle School, Milwaukee, WI

“Smart, interactive improvisation at its best. A must-see for aspiring young musicians. My kids couldn’t stop talking about the amazing array of sounds these guys used!”- Steve Morgan, Madison West High School Band Director, Madison, WI

“..because of my fear of performing with or in front of people… I was too scared of getting up on stage and making a fool of myself. Sons Of Daughters’ open and positive energy motivated me to take the plunge… A huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.”- Nick, Student at MATC (Milwaukee)

“We were thrilled to host Sons of Daughters at Furman University. Their concert was interesting, engaging, and very creative. These guys are onto something fresh and new!”- Matt Olson, Director of Jazz Studies, Furman University

“All of our students found their performance and discussions entertaining and very informational. It was a wonderful day of captivating music, great discussions, and lots of fun. Sons of Daughters is well worth the time and effort.”- Dr. Scott Eckel, Director of Bands, Madison West High School, Madison, WI

We have taught workshops at:
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater (Whitewater, WI)
Towson High School (Towson, MD)
Maple Dale Middle School (Milwaukee, WI)
Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, WI)
Madison West High School (Madison, WI)
Governor’s School for the Arts (Norfolk, VA)
Madison Music Foundry (Madison, WI)
Lakewood High School (Lakewood, OH)

For tickets, call 613-729-0693 or drop into GigSpace Monday through Thursday between 3 and 9 p.m. Tickets also available at the door one hour before the concert.

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


Lorne Lofsky: Jazz Guitar Workshop at GigSpace Performance Studio

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (Students $15)

Lorne Lofsky - Jazz Guitar workshop

Lorne Lofsky has been actively involved in the Canadian jazz scene for over twenty-five years. Some of his musical associations have included co-leading a quartet with the great guitarist Ed Bickert (Order of Canada) for eight years and playing with Oscar Peterson from 1994-1996.

Other people Lorne has played and/or recorded with include Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Kirk Macdonald, Ray Brown, Niels Pedersen, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Bill Mays, Ruby Braff and Guido Basso.  Lorne has taught on the faculty of York University for the last twenty-five years and also has an extensive private teaching practice, in addition to freelancing in the Toronto area.

Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or or drop into GigSpace Monday thru Thursday 3 to 9 pm.   Tickets will  also be available at the door.

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


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