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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.

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
[directions and map: ]

See some of's coverage of William Parker:


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
[map] (look for "LA")

See some of's coverage of William Parker:


Jesse Stewart: Marston LaFrance lecture/performance at Carleton University

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4 p.m.
Free. RSVPs requested to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The 2014 Marston LaFrance Lecture will take the form of a lecture/performance by Juno award-winning composer/percussionist and Associate Professor of Music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, Jesse Stewart.

Stewart will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of his creative practice, focusing in particular on two recent large-scale compositional projects: “Gnomon Variations,” an extended work for drum set and string quartet and “Elements,” a generative compositional system based on the periodic table of elements.

Stewart will also use a new electronic instrument known as the “Reactable” to create a musical remix of his recent recording and compositional projects and of the lecture itself. He recently opened the 2014 edition of Winterlude with music on the Reactable in a live performance titled “Memories of Ice.”

“The Marston LaFrance Award is one of the best things that has ever happened to me professionally,” said Stewart. “Having time to focus on my own research allowed me to finish several large-scale compositional, recording, writing, and community music projects. I also used the time to develop an original theoretical framework and system of musical logic that will inform my compositional and performance practice for many years to come.”

More information:

Patterson Hall, Room 303 (College of the Humanities auditorium)
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

See also:


Phil Dwyer Workshop at Les Brasseurs du Temps

Sunday, March 2, 2014 – 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 for workshop only, $20 for evening concert and afternoon workshop
Reservations recommended.

  • Phil Dwyer - saxophones

Recently appointed to the Order of Canada, Phil Dwyer is recognized as one of the greats of Canadian music. He has worked with many of the top names in jazz, classical and popular music. Join Phil for an informative and entertaining session of music, memories, great playing tips and more.

Phil will look back at his illustrious 30 year career, sharing recorded highlights (including unreleased personal recordings) and ‘behind the scenes’ anecdotes. He will also discuss some of his views on practicing, goal-setting, equipment and how he came to develop the Phil Dwyer Edition saxophones.

Phil Dwyer has been nominated for Juno Awards five times. He won Best Mainstream Jazz Album in 1994 and Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2012 for the recording Changing Seasons. Dwyer has also appeared on Juno Award winning recordings with Hugh Fraser (1988), Guido Basso (2004), Don Thompson (2006), Joe Sealy (1997), Terry Clarke (2010), and Molly Johnson (2009).


Phil's bio:

Les Brasseurs du Temps is Gatineau's first micro-brewery, in Vieux-Hull.

Les Brasseurs du Temps
170, rue Montcalm
Gatineau, Québec


Masterclass with Jane Bunnett at Carleton University

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 3 p.m.
Free, open to the public.

  • Jane Bunnett - soprano sax, flute

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

Bunnett’s Cuban connection started in 1982 when a trip to the island with husband Larry Cramer turned her musical world upside down. Everywhere Bunnett and Cramer went they found drummers whose rhythmic complexity liberated the senses; horn players who deployed amazing dexterity in the service of heartstopping lyricism; and pianists who could make any decrepit old upright roar like doom or sing like a heart in love. No fools, they took their horns and played along. “Over the years I developed relationships with some of Cuba’s legendary musicians,” Bunnett recalls. “I’ve had a great opportunity to learn the music in the streets and in the homes of these celebrated talents… and that’s what has fueled my vision.”

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
[directions and map: ]

See the review of Jane Bunnett's show with Jamie Baum at GigSpace in November, 2013:


Sight Reading class for Jazz/Pop musicians at Alcorn Music Studios

Saturdays - 2 to 3 p.m. (continuing in 2014)
Cost: $10/drop-in or $15/three classes.

Weekly sessions designed to help you improve your sight reading. We will listen, sing & play through melodies and chord changes from the jazz standard repertoire.

Instructor: Steve Boudreau, M.M., B.MUS.

“Steve, if I could read like you I’d stay home all day and play piano music.”-Jerry Bergonzi

For beginner to advance readers. Weekly handouts. For all instruments – bring it with you or contact us to borrow a keyboard. To sign up, get more info, and confirm weekly dates contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 613-302-6859.

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


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