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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.

Tom Puwalski masterclass at St. John's Music

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Tom Puwalski - clarinet

Tom Puwalski (Principal Soloist, US Army Field Band, retired) will focus on the improvement of individual and section clarinet sound and intonation. Tom is an excellent clinician, and we would encourage all of your students, local band and ensembles and even yourself to attend. The masterclass will be free, and will also be interactive (so bring your instrument!).

Sponsored by St. John's Music and Backun Musical Services.

St. John's Music
1541 Merivale Road (at Capilano)
Ottawa, ON


The Listening Room at GigSpace

Thursdays for six weeks beginning March 22, 2012 - 6 to 7 p.m.
Tuition: $75
Call 613-729-0693 to register

Each week, enjoy music selections chosen by veteran jazz critic Lois Moody from her extensive collection of recordings. Compare and contrast different versions of songs, engage in open discussion about what your gut reaction is.  Become confident in your musical tastes while appreciating alternate points of view. Lois Moody has researched the music and drawn on her years of music writing to create a course full of interesting choices bridging several genres of music.

Lois Moody:
Lois Moody’s active involvement in music began in the early years of elementary school. A more demanding phase started in university where she was assigned the “music beat” on the university newspaper.  After arriving in Ottawa to join a federal government agency, she soon became a contributor to the monthly newspaper of the Recreation Association of the Public Service.  The next challenge arose when, as a committee member for the recently formed Jazz Ottawa organization, she was tasked with drumming up media coverage for the organization’s plans. This led to an offer to write about jazz as a freelancer for the Ottawa Citizen for the next fifteen years.  Along the way, Ottawa’s annual jazz festival was inaugurated.  From early writing about this festival, her later involvement extended to becoming s volunteer and serving a term on the festival’s Board of Directors.  Subsequent freelance writing opportunities arose with jazz publications in both Canada and the US, ranging from brief news summaries to longer articles and interviews.  Active support of music organizations and events in the National Capital regions and increasing opportunities to hear a growing community of excellent musicians keep Lois busy- free from deadlines.  Musician’s value Lois for her knowledge, valuable input and her honest and direct feedback on performances.

More information:

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


Roddy Ellias and Mark Ferguson at Café Paradiso

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7 to 10 p.m.
$3 entertainment charge for diners, $5 for non-diners
Reservations recommended

Roddy Ellias will be playing a month of Thursdays in May at Café Paradiso.

  • Roddy Ellias - guitar
  • Mark Ferguson - piano

Guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias began improvising on his grandmother’s piano from the age of six and started playing the guitar at age twelve. His music draws from so many musical influences it defies labels. Roddy has performed with and written music for many internationally acclaimed jazz and classical artists including Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Cleo Laine, Pepper Adams, Anne Akiko Meyers, I Musici, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Michel Legrand and many more.

Read more: Roddy Ellias and Mark Ferguson at Café Paradiso


Masterclass with the Stretch Orchestra at Carleton University

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 (adults) $5 (students) (available at the door)

  • Kevin Breit - guitar
  • Matt Brubeck - cello
  • Jesse Stewart - drums

Stretch Orchestra (formerly the Tallboys) is an improvisational trio. An assembly of three highly sympathetic players, they represent the cream of improvising musicians who live in, near to, or maintain strong ties to Guelph.

Jesse writes: "The Stretch Orchestra consists of guitar wizard Kevin Breit (6’4”), cellist extraordinaire Matt Brubeck (6’8”), and me. In addition to being really tall, Kevin and Matt are really talented. Indeed, they are two of the finest musicians I know. Kevin has performed and/or recorded with Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Celine Dion, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, and many more. He has performed on 13 Grammy Award-winning recordings and multiple Juno winners. Cellist Matt Brubeck’s list of performing/recording credentials is similarly impressive and equally diverse: has worked with Tom Waits, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks, and his father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, among many others.

"It is hard for me to describe the music of this group because there is nothing else quite like it (that I know of anyways). The music ranges from jazz to folk to rock to various world influences—sometimes within a single tune."

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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