Updated February 19, 2015
In Ottawa, February is the coldest month, but it's got plenty of hot music scheduled! Here are a few jazz highlights in the next month from OttawaJazzScene.ca's more extensive listings.
On Thursday, Florquestra is back, adding its Brazilian rhythms to la Chasse-Galerie's celebration of francophone music in the Market. And it's the second week of Zakari Frantz' new Jazz Thursdays downtown, which will feature some of Ottawa-Gatineau's brightest jazz musicians and highlight new projects each week.
On Friday evening, put on your dancing shoes and swing to two local bands who only occasionally play around town. At the Unitarian Church, Mango Upstart brings its Latin rhythms to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, while in Sandy Hill, Sonic Blue performs for swing dancers.
This Saturday (February 7), three well-known local jazz pianists – Steve Boudreau, Mark Ferguson, and Clayton Connell – are teaming up to help GigSpace buy its own piano. Expect a mix of their own compositions and standards, playing with lots of verve.
If you love organ music, you might want to attend the Saturday afternoon symposium sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists on the history and technology of electronic organs. The talks at Christ Church Cathedral will be divided into “The Profane: Tonewheel (Hammond) & Transistor Organs” (with local Hammond enthusiast and jazz/R&B musician Don Cummings), and “The Sacred: Modern Digital Organs”.
Or, if your tastes run more to the avant-garde, trumpeter Peter Evans is guaranteed to stretch your ears on Saturday evening. Evans plays everything from Baroque music to the freeest of free jazz, and is a prominent member of the New York City scene. He was featured on trumpet in Blue, the controversial note-for-note reproduction of a Miles Davis recording by the avant-bebop group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing (he was a founding member of that group and left them just recently). Evans' solo set will be preceded by solo sets by two prominent Ottawa jazz musicians: Adam Saikaley on Rhodes and Linsey Wellman on alto sax.
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio (National Arts Centre Fourth Stage)
Matt Wilson Quartet (National Arts Centre Fourth Stage)
Late-night jam sessions (Arc The Hotel)
2015 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, Day 2
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
It was remarkable how many times people I talked to about Saturday evening's winter jazzfest performances mentioned how much fun the shows were. I wasn't initially going to use that word in this review – one wants to be original, after all – but in fact, simple fun, both on the bandstand and in the audience, was an important part of both shows, by the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio and by the Matt Wilson Quartet.
Not that either concert was simple. They both involved highly talented musicians playing full-out and creating complicated and unexpected patterns on the fly.
But on top of all of that musical thought and dexterity was a deep love of and enjoyment in performing the music. Whether it was Matt Wilson's big grin or Jeff Lederer dancing as he played his tenor sax or the smiles flashing among Pilc's trio, you could see an underlying joy and playfulness.
Megan Jerome Together Ensemble
2015 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, Day 1
National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 5 p.m.
Megan Jerome went to a funeral on the morning of the day of her Winter Jazz Festival appearance. It was for her late mother's best friend, and it symbolized a change in the last few years in the music she'd been composing – to happier and less fraught.
The concert also featured a new, full-bodied sound for Jerome, with her Together Ensemble – Jerome on Wurlitzer, Don Cummings on full-size Hammond organ (and giant Leslie speaker), Fred Guignon on electric guitar, and husband Mike Essoudry on drums. The ensemble has been playing around town since late last fall, and the instruments provided a strong base for Jerome's soprano and the artful lyrics in her songs.
Jerome's music can't be easily categorized: the nearest might be alt-cabaret with jazz touches. Her background is in jazz piano, Essoudry plays everything from mainstream jazz to avant-garde improvisation, Cummings performs in both jazz and R&B/soul circles, while Guignon has primarily played in folk groups.
But it was a far richer blend than your average singer-songwriter show: Jerome's vocals floated over intricate patterns from Cummings' organ and Guignon's guitar, which both counterpointed and echoed her voice and provided a strong underlying groove and power
Nancy Walker Quintet
2015 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, Day 1
National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 7 p.m.
It's surprising how relatively infrequently Toronto jazz musicians make it up to Ottawa for shows – you wouldn't think the two cities were in the same province and only five hours apart. But, in the last three years, pianist Nancy Walker has only been sporadically in Ottawa and not at all as a leader, despite having picked up an enthusiastic Ottawa fan base from many years of playing in the Geggie house band for the jazz festival jams.
What finally brought her back here was her recently-released album, ‘Til Now Is Secret [Addo, 2014]. This concert primarily featured pieces from that CD, and four of the five musicians who played on it (drummer Jim Doxas sat in for Ethan Ardelli, who wasn't available for this date).
It was a strong set-list – all originals by Walker – and they were given an intense and propulsive treatment by the quintet. There was no one star in the show: Walker, Doxas, bassist Kieran Overs, guitarist Ted Quinlan, and reed player Shirantha Beddage all contributed noticeably to the sound.
Jazz Mondays at Le Petit Chicago are moving into new hands as of February 9. Ottawa bassist Alex Bilodeau will curate the long-standing late-night jazz showcase and jam, taking over from saxophonist Zakari Frantz.
Frantz is moving on to a new series he's created: Jazz Thursdays at the Lunenburg Pub, which started January 29. The shows at the Rideau-Street-area bar will highlight local jazz musicians and their projects.
The changeover at Le Petit Chicago is friendly: Bilodeau has been a regular participant in the late-night jams at the Gatineau bar. On Facebook, Frantz welcomed Bilodeau as the new curator. “A graduate of McGill University, Alex is one of the region's freshest talents & definitely no stranger to the LPC stage. Expect him to raise the bar with some new jazz/hip hop inspirations and a new sound to welcome in the spring!”
Bilodeau told OttawaJazzScene.ca that he planned to have the host bands – from the Ottawa/Gatineau region – rotate monthly. “You will definitely see some of my own projects performing for the monthly residencies but the plan is to bring in other exciting jazz groups as well.”
For the remainder of February, the host band will be Bilodeau on bass, Richard Page on saxophone, and Michel Delage on drums, performing jazz classics by Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, as well as band members' original music.
In March, the Ed Lister Quartet, with Lister on trumpet, Marc Decho on bass, Pierre Chrétien on keyboards, and Mike Essoudry on drums, will perform, with “more of an electric aesthetic”, Bilodeau said. On March 23, that quartet will be joined by special guests Richard Page and Lee Hollingsworth.
The Jazz Monday format won't change: “The band hosting that month will perform during the first set and the second set will be an open jam.”
You can hear music in the making, this Tuesday and Wednesday, in an art space in downtown Gatineau.
Ottawa jazz musician Linsey Wellman will be recording a new solo saxophone album live over two evenings, and is inviting jazz fans to listen for free. The only requirement: show up on time – in fact, early – so you don't disturb the recording.
Wellman performs in a wide variety of contexts, from mainstream jazz to Punjabi folk/fusion to calypso to Balkan marching band to prog-noise, but is best known for playing avant-garde or free jazz and as a co-founder of the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa-Outaouais (IMOO). In 2010, he released his first solo album, Ephemera, a suite of guided improvisations for saxophone.
The working title for this new CD is Manifesto, and Wellman says it reflects the solo performances he's been doing over the past few years. It's a “culmination of a lot of performing and a lot of ideas and a lot of the things that I've been doing. I don't think people will be surprised by what comes out. People who have heard me play a lot – there's some stuff people will have heard. There's at least one or two things that I haven't recorded but that I've played in solo saxophone settings.”
At least one of the pieces is a natural outgrowth of the material on Ephemera, he said, and the format is similar: both solo alto saxophone pieces of about the same length.
“But there's a lot of new material. I'm going to guess that this one is a little more 'out'. There's a little bit more textural playing than this one than on Ephemera, which had a lot of shifting tonal centres, whereas this one there's going to be a fair bit of textural playing. Clicking keys, a lot of multiphonics, and extra extended technique-sort of sounds. But not all that: there's definitely going to be some melodic sections, too.”
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Wellman will play two approximately 20-minute sets, performing “Manifesto”, the material which he has been composing for the album. He will follow that with a third set, of about the same length, which will be entirely improvised.
That third set could go anywhere. “Who knows? If it's good it might find its way onto a recording. Or maybe it's so much better than the other stuff, that that's what I want to put on a recording. I'm excited about doing that, because my solo playing to date has been very scripted. I mean obviously there's a lot a freedom in what I've written and a lot of it is more guidelines but it's been very scripted and I'm excited about the idea of just playing free for at least a section of the show.”
For the past 15 years, Ottawa's Rake-star Arkestra has tried to capture the joy and passion of jazz iconoclast Sun Ra, with music which can range from the sublime to the chaotic.
After an extended hiatus, they're back – for an Improvising Musicians of Ottawa-Outaouais (IMOO) concert at the Raw Sugar Café on Sunday, and on February 28 at Mugshots.
“We're just doing because it's fun,” said Rake-star co-founder and percussionist Rory Magill. “Everybody loves to do it. Everyone in the group has an abiding love of Sun Ra and his music and his inspiration. So it's just an opportunity for everyone to get together and share that passion and explore ... it's a pretty free outfit, so there's tons of creative room for everybody to move.”
Magill said there has been “a shift in the sound” in the band to a combination of saxes and percussion, with a Hammond organ and baritone saxes providing the deep bass bottom of the music. But there's still lots of continuity: this edition of the group includes nine local musicians, five of whom have been with the band since it started in 2000 – and almost all of whom are very well known on the local jazz scene.
They primarily play Sun Ra's compositions, rearranged for their line-up, combined with some originals inspired by his music.
Sun Ra was a extraordinarily original musician, and a major figure in avant-garde jazz from the 50s to the early 90s. He started out in big bands in the 1940s, and was influenced by bebop, but then shifted into very much his own large-group sound with his Arkestra. To his jazz roots he added elements of avant-garde classical music; he was a pioneer in using electronic keyboards; and he believed in the power of spectacle, with his Arkestra usually dressed in bright, flamboyant costumes, and occasionally including jugglers or stilt-walkers. He became obsessed with Egyptology and the possibility that Earth had been visited by travelers from outer space, and much of his music referenced those ideas.
It made for a very diverse body of music over the decades.
“Ra loved the tradition,” Magill said. “He worked for Fletcher Henderson as an arranger and rehearsal pianist for years and that was his foundation in jazz. So he loved that stuff and he admired Duke Ellington and he's got that side. We [Rake-star] have some earlier sounds before from things reflecting his earlier days. But a lot of the tunes that we do are probably 60s/70s. Later on, the last couple recordings, he was going back in a sense to traditional big band, with a twist obviously, but far more subtle than his totally out-there astro-infinity.”
Dominique Forest's new CD is more personal – and more of a risk – than she had ever planned.
The Ottawa jazz vocalist has made her name over the last dozen years as an assured interpreter of the Great American Songbook, a repertoire she loves. When she finally decided in 2013 to record her first CD, she put together a list of her favourite standards. And then she thought she'd add one original song. And then another...
On Saturday at the NAC Fourth Stage, Forest will launch the CD – a completely original album of her own compositions. Called C'est à moi – the English translation is “It's up to me” – it's also a very personal effort.
All the songs “tell a little bit about a life lived. If I had written this body of work three years ago, it would have been a very different album. This particular time in my life, it was one of hope and of joy and I really wanted to bring out reflections. It's reflective and introspective.”
The title song was particularly important to her: “ 'C'est à moi' is the first song that I wrote for this album. The words of the song are it's up to me to move forward and to find my way. I can't let grief or anything else stop me. And so it just made sense that if I was doing this album, as soon as I agreed that if I'm doing this body of work, then that's going to be the title song.”
The songs range in style from funk to pop to chanson, as well as more classic swinging jazz numbers and ballads. Some are directly personal – a tribute to her parents, a joyful celebration of a sister's recovery from illness – while others are just for fun.
Updated February 23, 2015
Whiplash, the controversial new film about the toxic relationship between a professor and an aspiring drummer at a renowned (fictional) jazz conservatory, has received considerable notice in the 2015 Academy Awards race, with three Oscar wins out of five nominations.
The indie film, based on its director's own experiences as an aspiring big band jazz drummer, was nominated for:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons as the professor)
- Best Film Editing
- Best Sound Mixing
- Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay (also by director Damien Chazelle)
It won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
2014 was a year of milestones – some worth celebrating, some unfortunate – in Ottawa-Gatineau's jazz scene.
There were several major anniversaries, including OttawaJazzScene.ca's fifth birthday in July! The Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Carleton University Jazz Camp also turned five. It was the JazzWorks Jazz Camp's 21st anniversary, and the Apex Jazz Band's 40th.
The National Arts Centre – still the most prestigious jazz location in Ottawa – announced a major renovation over the next two years, to be finished for Canada's sesquicentennial (and the centre's 48th birthday) in 2017. It will substantially improve the centre's acoustics and facilities, but – as OttawaJazzScene.ca revealed – will mean closing the Fourth Stage (where most NAC jazz shows are staged) for several months; the exact timing and impact of that closure have not yet been determined.
This spring, OttawaJazzScene.ca initiated its Jazz Favourites Poll, which allowed local fans to identify and celebrate the successes in Ottawa-Gatineau's jazz scene. We were delighted at the warm response. More than 350 jazz fans voted on their favourites in nine categories covering many aspects of the local jazz and improvised music scene, from venues to CDs. But even more importantly, they told us why, in some fascinating comments which said a lot more. In some cases, the results were closely contested. In almost all cases, they were diverse, reflecting the many different types of music under the jazz umbrella, and the many ways to enjoy it.
The JazzWorks Sunday afternoon jazz jams are moving to a new space with a new vibe this weekend, and hoping to attract a new, broader audience.
They'll be held at Festival House (the Bluesfest School of Music and Art) in Westboro, a more family-friendly, quiet location – and will feature coaching from a series of highly experienced local jazz teachers.
“The primary goal of the Sunday sessions is to get people out playing music. People who have never had a chance, people who love to play and want to play on a Sunday,” said JazzWorks board member Peggy Cameron, who has been involved in planning the sessions.
She said the Sunday jams would be “much more relaxed, much less pressure” than JazzWorks' long-running evening jams.
“People who might have been intimidated by the Thursday night jams – the number of people and the quality of the music – might think, 'Well if I go Sunday afternoon, maybe I can play'. People who have been a little bit fearful maybe in the past, young people [for whom] Thursday night is too late for them. [We want to] get a different bunch of people involved.”
This Sunday's jam, which will run from 2 to 5 p.m., will be mentored by JazzWorks' Artistic Director and double bassist John Geggie. In a posting on the JazzWorks website, Geggie said that this first jam would be “concentrating on the basics”, starting with two easy tunes which work for singers and instrumentalists of all descriptions: a blues, “Bag's Groove”, and George Gershwin's “I Got Rhythm”.
- Doug Martin takes Canadian jazz to The Havana Jazz Festival
- Sneak peek at the 2015 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival line-up
- Major NAC renovation will shutter Ottawa's favourite jazz hall for months in 2016
- Requiem for Fourteen Roses inspires standing ovations for its emotion-laden music
- Audacious vocalist Phil Minton inspires IMOO improvisers
- Requiem for Fourteen Roses: hope and remembrance after 25 years
- New jazz jam has a popular opening set
- CYJO's sixth season commences with eight decades of big band music
- A Super Awesome Fusion
- Ottawa Jazz Festival loses money in 2014, needs new home in 2016
- Roddy Ellias returns to GigSpace alone (video)
- Whiplash drums up the tension, but doesn't do justice to jazz (movie review)
- The Brian Browne Trio shows why the jazz piano trio has enduring appeal (review)
- The Alex Goodman Trio presents a wide-ranging show of fast, fluid jazz (review)
- The Adam Saikaley Quartet sets the walls to grooving at Mugshots (review)
- A memorable evening of Gypsy Jazz & more with Tcha Limberger and Denis Chang (review)
- Sold-out audience applauds Rob Frayne's return to the sax (video)
- The unpredictable Brian Browne
- Tcha Limberger and Denis Chang: a passion for finding the sources of Gypsy jazz
- A nod to Johnny Hartman and a defining concert for Floyd Hutchinson
- Guelph 2014: Ernst Reijseger plays the cello as you have not heard it before (review)
- Geri Childs sings about long-time friendship in More than Magic CD release (review)
- Marianne Trudel Quintet: An exhilarating, subtle start to the 2014-15 NAC Presents jazz series (review)
- Evoking the soul of Hank Mobley (review)
- Lara Solnicki chose jazz, but added a classical twist
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 3: polished vocals and joyful instrumentals
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 2: crowded with music
- Marianne Trudel: the joy of being surprised, in the moment, by music
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 1: full houses and happy listeners and dancers
- Norman Marshall Villeneuve brings his Message to Merrickville
- Adam Daudrich Trio at MJF: melodic and propulsive with a solid bass
- Blossom Dearie tribute is 'hip' at Merrickville's Jazz Fest (video)
- Brian Browne is MJF's first and busy artist-in-residence this year
- Sun Crescent Barbecue Stompers bring The Big Easy to Merrickville
- Rob Frayne is back, with a tenor sax
- Joel Miller Trio: quiet audiences make acoustic jazz come alive
- IMOOfest 2014 celebrates local talent as well as Canada's top improvisers
- Peter Liu: love songs and jazz cross cultural boundaries in Bamboo Groove
- ZenKitchen quietly launches new Wednesday Night Jazz (video)
- Ottawa benefit raises $900 for Canadian trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler (video)
- A cross-Canada celebration of poet P.K. Page in music and dance
- Ottawa audience enjoys Organic's groove (review)
- New Santé Restaurant jazz series will highlight male vocalists in October
- Bernie Senensky, in two voices
- David Braid, Jill Barber, Mike Rud, and John Geggie featured in NAC concerts in 2015
- ZenKitchen doubles its jazz, with musicians rarely heard in Ottawa
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest features new artists, and some greatest hits, for its 4th year
- Guelph 2014: John Heward and Barre Phillips are 80-year-olds with oomph (review)
- Guelph 2014: Pugs & Crows didn't live up to its talent (review)
- Local improvisers put on the spot at IMOO season opener (review)
- Guelph 2014: Lee Pui Ming and Dong-Won Kim astonish the audience (review)
- Guelph Jazz Festival helps kids find their voices through technology
- Guelph Jazzfest celebrates Sun Ra, features Vijay Iyer and Randy Weston for its 21st year
- The Christian McBride Trio fulfills the tradition; the Darius Jones Quartet fights with it
- Bobby McFerrin never forgets to experiment (review)
- Collaboration in two acts: Newport Festival Now 60 & the Norma Winstone Trio
- Real jazz is a big hit in Confederation Park, with Kirk MacDonald and Dianne Reeves
- Virtuosity in improvisation and composition: Colin Stetson & Hamid Drake, Darcy James Argue (review)
- Jane Bunnett and Maqueque bring Cuban passion to Ottawa
- Jane Bunnett spotlights the spirit & energy of female Cuban musicians in Maqueque
- The Patrick Smith Trio recreates history (video)
- Kellylee Evans celebrates Canada Day with 2 free concerts with the NAC Orchestra
- Branford Marsalis to open Music and Beyond; Oliver Jones also featured
- Myriad3 creates dramatic, percussive music (review)
- Kirk MacDonald explores symmetry in music
- CYJO celebrates its 5th anniversary with flair and many past faces
- Jazz Festival jams at new Albion Rooms treat listeners to fine musical moments
- High-profile Montreal and Ottawa jazz artists to perform in Aylmer this summer
- Ottawa Fringe Festival will present jazz for the first time
- Jon Ballantyne starts the Ottawa Jazz Festival with complex melodies (review)
- ZenKitchen may be closer to reopening after packed fundraiser
- Jazz Scene: Jazz Heard! OttawaJazzScene.ca celebrates 5 years, with a photo exhibit
- Vocalists, instrumentalists, Latin and more for free at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
- Ottawa composers thrilled by JazzWorks Originals concert
- The Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio swept the audience along with its vigorous music
- 2014 Geggie Invitational Concert: complex tapestries of music (review)
- Diana Krall to perform a free outdoor concert at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
- What you - and we - learned from the OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll
- Some praise, some sorrow at jazz festival programming
- Great teachers make the difference for jazz camps
- Local jazz CDs inspire many viewpoints - but they're not well enough known
- Jazz fans vote for radio shows with longest and newest hosts as favourites
- Jazz fans head west for their favourite bars, cafés, and restaurants
- OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll: Concert Venues
- OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll: Big bands
- NAC Presents to feature Petr Cancura, Marianne Trudel, and Tanya Tagaq this fall
- Prince Edward County Jazz Festival to offer “all jazz, all the time!" in August
- H'Art artists and Jesse Stewart collaborate for a multi-media musical theatre show
- After 75 years of playing, Oliver Jones still masterfully shares the joy of jazz (review)
- Kirk MacDonald shows 'next level of musicianship' at NACJB on Friday
- No Rideau Centre stage at the Ottawa Jazz Festival this year
- 2014 Chamberfest features clarinetist Don Byron in its genre-bending concerts
- Jacques Emond's jazz recordings play on, at Carleton University
- John Geggie reunites with favourite Canadians for an Invitational concert tonight
- Omer Klein gave an exhilarating and intense performance for his Canadian debut
- Omer Klein's lifelong love affair with the piano ... and improvisation
- The Mash Potato Mashers parade for their final time
- Steve Berndt and Brian Browne turn tasty leftovers into gold with "All Over Again"
- The Roddy Ellias Trio never stops talking with their music (video)
- Bumpin' Binary grooves on organ and drums
- The Adam Saikaley Quintet brings Miles Davis' Filles de Kilimanjaro to vivid life
- Beeched Wailers open a new jazz jam at the Rochester Pub & Eatery
- 2React takes hip-hop back to its roots in jazz
- Jesse Stewart brings renowned improviser William Parker to Ottawa for innovative concerts and lectures
- Jesse Stewart talks about the challenges of making music outdoors at -25C (video)
- After 30 years playing jazz, Phil Dwyer is going to law school
- Phil Dwyer Trio energizes BDT with a compelling collaboration (review)
- Three standing ovations for Jérôme Beaulieu Trio's first show outside Québec
- Café Nostalgica is bringing back jazz nights
- Matt Dusk and Molly Johnson to celebrate Christmas with the NAC Orchestra
- A Jazzy March in Ottawa-Gatineau
- Jérôme Beaulieu meets his audiences half-way, with melodic and unexpected jazz
- Jesse Stewart brings Jane Bunnett, one of his favourite musicians, to Ottawa
- Tonight is the last night for the iconic Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver
- Warm and sincere, Denzal Sinclaire wows the orchestra audience
- Denzal Sinclaire pays tribute to his musical hero Nat King Cole - with orchestra
- Once a year, Michael Pytura celebrates his favourite big band jazz singers
- The Sicilian Jazz Project reached the audience's hearts (and made them dance)
- The Maskell-Cousineau Quintet: serious, accessible, and fun music
- Jesse Stewart brings 'Memories of Ice' to free Winterlude shows
- Juno Award nominations recognize many musicians who played in Ottawa-Gatineau
- FOLKRUM dreams big for a new Ottawa-Gatineau concert venue
- Ottawa-Gatineau's 2013 Jazz Score
- Afrocentric jazz returns to Le Petit Chicago after an intense and satisfying debut
- Roddy Ellias, Petr Cancura, and Andrew Downing form equal sides of trekan
- Clayton Connell shows his piano range Wednesday, before heading off to Austria
- Linsey Wellman's Wedding and Funeral Trio melds Balkan rhythms and jazz
- Jazzin' the Holidays creates holiday cheer for GigSpace (video)
- Gaby Warren hosts a baker's dozen of Christmas jazz jams
- AlphaSoul Café to close its doors after more than two years presenting jazz
- The Adrian Matte Quartet heated up AlphaSoul on a frosty night
- Jamie Baum and Jane Bunnett: two voices in close conversation (review)
- CYJO brings a century of music to life in first 2013-14 concert
- Ottawa Jazz Festival shows a 2013 surplus, mainly from non-jazz acts and beer
- Capital Vox remembers Dave Brubeck through both his words and music
- Jamie Baum and Jane Bunnett bring new, Indian-influenced music to life
- Bryn Roberts returns to making his own, lyrical music
- Diverse concerts sell out to Ottawa audiences
- Roddy Ellias stops fidgeting and hits the Record button
- Donations to jazz radio shows fall while CKCU exceeds funding target
- David Occhipinti in Ottawa Friday afternoon to debut his new chamber jazz CD
- An early and jazzy start to Christmas
- IMOOfest to return after financial break-even and artistic successes
- IMOOfest 2013 Night 3: unpacking the music (review)
- IMOOfest 2013 Night 2: stretching the rules (review)
- IMOOfest 2013 Night 1: a huge dynamic range (review)
- Will Accordion Conspiracy take over IMOOfest? (video)
- Organ-ic fusion fills the church (review)
- Phil Nimmons and David Braid reinvent their music with each concert
- Ensemble SuperMusique takes a chance with IMOO at Club SAW
- Mortimer Katz remembered: a very long life filled with bebop
- Guelph 2013: Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers moved from sorrow to triumph (review)
- Guelph 2013: The improvisers get improv'd
- Three Ottawa vocalists recreate classic Ella and Billie Newport concerts (video)
- Guelph Jazz Festival listeners treated to elevator music (review)
- William Parker tells Guelph 2013: You can't resurrect the jazz masters
- Guelph 2013: Bomata warmed a rainy-day audience with melodic yet unusual jazz
- Guelph 2013: Satoko Fujii and Kaze blew away preconceptions
- Garry Elliott and Steve Boudreau share the improvising spirit in their new CD
- Guelph 2013: Hamid Drake & Jesse Stewart share a creative imagination (review)
- Guelph Jazzfest's community-built concert reaches new heights
- Which Canadian jazz musicians did “NAC Presents” miss? (commentary)
- More Saturday night jazz at AlphaSoul Café
- Guelph 2013: Espousing music of the moment (review)
- NAC Presents instrumental jazz in its 2013-14 program
- Nick Fraser's CD is full of resonances
- Guelph 2013: Matt Brubeck pushes the cello's boundaries in a solo concert (review)
- Guelph 2013: The Indigo Trio soars and leaves the audience exalted (review)
- Steve Boudreau's back, with a new solo CD
- Adam Daudrich celebrates the tradition of the jazz piano trio with his own new music
- William Parker and Ken Aldcroft: subtle textures which filled the room (review)
- L'OFF Festival in Montreal and Le Festival de Jazz de Quebec announce lineups for October
- Guelph 2013: World Percussion Summit breaks the borders of rhythm (review)
- Jesse Stewart's Gnomon Variations a timely arrival for 20th Guelph Jazzfest
- Cool and groovin' - with gelato
- The Montreal Jazz Festival pays an upbeat tribute to Dave Brubeck (review)
- Orchestre national de jazz Montréal scores with Joni Mitchell tribute (review)
- Jayme Stone melds chamber music, jazz, and bit of bluegrass into an intricate whole (review)
- The Lemon Bucket Orkestra: a dancing good time (review)
- Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson celebrate the long-lasting beauty of standards (review)
- Second annual IMOOfest in November
- Paul Tynan sees different big band styles on each side of the border
- An ensemble who enjoyed celebrating Horace Silver's music (review)
- The Element Choir brings an element of surprise and beauty (review)
- Henrique Cazes and Sambacana fill St. Brigid's with gentle Brazilian rhythms (review)
- Jayme Stone expands the horizons of the banjo, along with his favourite musicians
- Scott Thomson explains how he fills large spaces with resonant sound
- The Jesse Stewart Trio sparks everyone's imagination (review)
- Montréal Guitare Trio starts Chamberfringe on a strong note (review)
- Renée Yoxon and her Gentlemen Friends swing the park (review)
- Three young musicians bring new music and their new experiences back to Ottawa
- Joel Miller and Honeycomb at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Caridad Cruz and Miguel de Armas ignite their audience
- Trifolia: adventurous jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Kellylee Evans charms Montreal audience with hip-hop and jazz (review)
- Prairie jazz wins the Grand Prix de Jazz (review)
- Guelph Jazz Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary with World Artist Summit Sep 3-8
- Ten Years of the Triplets of Belleville, in Ottawa et Montreal (review)
- Finding the patterns in Tim Berne's free jazz (review)
- A romantic evening: The Thomas Enhco Trio and the Steve Kuhn Trio at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Christine Jensen, Ingrid Jensen, Gary Versace at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- 2013 Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates pianists – and the late Dave Brubeck
- Almonte's JazzN announces new house concerts, reflects on successful first year
- AlphaSoul jazzfest jams get jammed
- Alan Jones embraces risk with his all-Canadian, all-star sextet
- The Stretch Orchestra makes jazz bend
- Two exceptional percussionists play the Ottawa Jazz Festival this week (video)
- David Byrne talks about music and the music biz, in all its eclectic glory (book review)
- Roberto López combines Colombian rhythms and jazz into danceable music
- Festival pass awarded - and two more to be won!
- Listeners follow Ottawa Jazz Festival jams westward to AlphaSoul Cafe
- Jazzfest 2013: Great jazz from across Canada
- Jazzfest 2013: CKCU-FM previews the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Three generations of music at Italian Week Festival
- Two jazz improvisers put on their cowboy boots
- Be Bop Duo does pho
- Jazz at The Cube
- Jazzfest 2013: Hear our Ottawa Jazz Festival picks on CKCU FM
- 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival jams move 3.5 km west to Hintonburg
- Jazzfest 2013: Local musicians you will want to hear
- Stellar year for young Ottawa musicians at 2013 MusicFest Canada
- Gaby Warren's years as a jazz fan recognized at CD launch (review)
- Split Cycle plays intricately-woven modern jazz (review)
- Next concert in John Geggie Invitational series may be the last
- The community celebrates Ottawa Jazz Hero Roddy Ellias (video)
- Gaby Warren: a jazz fanatic steps to the other side of the footlights
- No Ottawa Jazz Festival jam sessions in 2013? Listeners object.
- Jeff Johnston Trio enraptures the audience (review)
- Kellylee Evans to appear again at NAC Presents
- Roddy Ellias: a humble Jazz Hero
- Jeff Johnston returns to his trio's musical roots and then moves forward with his new album
- Evandro Gracelli brings Brazilian warmth to Ottawa for three busy weeks
- Energetic music attracts a packed house at Rimbombante CD release show
- Expecting the unexpected at Saturday's GigSpace concert of improvising composers
- Listeners get JazzED at 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup announcement
- Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra - in the making (video)
- The Jivewires are on an upswing
- Ontario government funds jazz (and other Ottawa festivals)
- Three Ottawa vocalists to recreate classic Ella and Billie Newport concerts
- 2013 Chamberfest builds on past jazz successes, adds Phil Dwyer & Don Thompson
- Hamid Drake and Jesse Stewart fill GigSpace with complex sounds (review)
- Guitar Now! Festival to present workshops, concerts and jams in May
- Monday night jazz is returning to Le Petit Chicago
- ZenKitchen to offer jazz every second Sunday
- Hamid Drake and Jesse Stewart: percussion as you've never heard it before this Friday
- Laila Biali takes risks with choosing and playing music
- Molly Johnson ups the energy and vibe at a sold-out NAC show
- Brookstreet makes jazz the option seven nights a week
- Roddy Ellias Ensemble plays an intimate concert of intricate music
- Diana Krall invokes the spirit of the Glad Rag Dolls (review)
- Ottawa Jazz Festival announces Main Stage lineup for 2013: music of every style
- 2012-13 Geggie Series: In rich harmony (review)
- Melody into places far afield: Roddy Ellias with Gene Bertoncini (review)
- Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra nominated for 2013 Juno Award
- "Morphology of a Lover": Intricate instrumental interactions (review)
- Chucho Valdés to play at 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Nick Maclean creates a new sound with Snaggle
- Ottawa jazz vocalist finalist for local arts award
- Elizabeth Shepherd plays bittersweet music for a full house (review)
- John Scofield at la Maison de la Culture (review)
- Elizabeth Shepherd marries a pop sensibility to a jazz aesthetic
- “I wouldn’t be playing what I play if it wasn’t for Miles”: an interview with John Scofield
- Florquestra Brasil launches their first album, Flortografia, with all-around enthusiasm
- Pressed jazz jam creates a happy vibe for the start of its second season
- Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Jacques Emond on special "Swing is in the Air"
- Cory Weeds Quartet with Steve Davis: remembering music and musicians past
- How do you run a successful jazz club? We ask The Cellar's Cory Weeds
- Cory Weeds swings across the country and into Ottawa
- Remembering Jacques Emond's life-long love of jazz
- Local jazz fans pack the house for last Monday jazz night at Le Petit Chicago
- What's inside Chocolate Hot Pockets ?
- Our favourite shows (Ottawa-Gatineau jazz in 2012)
- Bill Coon and Tim Bedner attract record crowd to ZenKitchen's jazz brunch
- Oswald, Thomson, Stewart play engaging improvisations at final 2012 IMOO concert
- Holly Cole Christmas at the NAC (review)
- 2013 Geggie series is shorter and starts later, but has the same spirit
- The Nepean All-City Jazz Band: never accepting "good enough"
- The Ottawa Junior Jazz Band: a passion to play
- Dave Brubeck, who thrilled record Ottawa audiences, dies at age 91
- Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis featured at both 2013 Ottawa and Montreal jazz festivals
- Sonia Johnson: not playing it safe with jazz
- Ottawa Jazz Festival AGM talks money, not music
- Tim Bedner finds the right time for his first CD
- A musical connection which spans continents
- Chick Corea & Gary Burton: A fiery delight on a cold, wet night (review)
- IMOOfest 2012 Night 1: showing off variety in improvised music (review)
- Jesse Stewart brings the audience into his D.O.M.E at Electric Fields
- Larry Ochs and Hamid Drake at the Guelph Jazz Festival (review)
- Inaugural IMOOfest opens with a strong lineup, with more to follow tonight
- IMOO: Still making it up as they go, two years later (video)
- NAC Presents - an all-vocal jazz lineup for 2012-13
- The Happiness Project at the Guelph Jazz Festival (review)
- John Coltrane at the Guelph Jazz Festival (review)
- The gift of reverberation: Colin Stetson and Ben Grossman at the Guelph Jazz Festival (review)
- Huntsville: louder in Guelph, quieter in Ottawa?
- 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival: around the world and into new places
- You'll lose sleep over Guelph's Nuit Blanche
- Yoxon/Ferguson CD fundraising campaign reaches its goal
- A musical preview of Renée Yoxon's and Mark Ferguson's new CD
- Strong jazz lineup in Ottawa and Gatineau this fall
- Mark Fewer's violin extravaganza at Ottawa Chamberfest (review)
- John MacLeod Big Band (review)
- John MacLeod harnesses the creative energy of a big band with his Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra
- Riverside (review)
- Carleton U Jazz Camp goes batty presenting a quartet of duos
- 2012 Chamberfest: "a real fascination with jazz"
- Trumpets, Trumpets at IMOO
- Chamber Elements: Many unique ways of listening to improvised music
- FestivAsia brings Jazz to Chinatown this summer
- Thomson, Hood, and Stewart: Poetry in motion at IMOO
- Rachel Therrien develops new sounds at IMOO
- Notes in Triplicate's world premiere at Avant-Garde
- 2012 Community Fundraising Campaign a great success - thanks to you!
- Love lost, music found (review)
- Happy birthday – with saxophones (review)
- Mash Potato Mashers attract the masses in Montreal
- The Souljazz Orchestra sets the beat at the Montreal Jazz Festival
- More jazz - in Montreal
- Marc Copland and Roddy Ellias: finding connections
- David Mott's Journey to the Land of Oz
- NAC to showcase three jazz artists next fall
- Last song for JazzWorks jam coordinator Peter Liu
- Two voices are more than one at Boy's Night Out
- Poetry inspires music at IMOO on Sunday
- CKCU host Ron Sweetman previews the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival line-up
- 2011-12 Geggie Series: Ballads and blues and quiet (review)
- Diane White: a career with unexpected twists
- Craig Pedersen explores Grey Areas with his new CD
- Hear about the new Jazz Festival CD
- Kelly Craig Sextet plays Adam Daudrich at the NAC 4th Stage (review)
- Ottawa Hard Bop Association co-leaders speak about their music
- Michael Snow: making music in the now
- It's Déjá Vu with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne
- Making the most of great songs (review)
- The benefits of experience (review)
- Brandi Disterheft Quartet brings an energetic vibe to the Fourth Stage (review)
- Alex Moxon talks about his new 4tet and his music
- Brandi Disterheft: "you can only be who you are, on stage"
- Norah Jones, Souljazz Orchestra, Lucas Haneman at Bluesfest 2012
- Jazzfest 2012: Jazz music highlights of the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Renée Yoxon: making Dave Frishberg her pal
- Jazzfest 2012: Younger and a bit jazzier but definitely covered (an analysis)
- Oscar Peterson: Germans and Canadians celebrate music that transcends boundaries
- Amy Cervini: swinging in her own way with Blossom Dearie
- The Stretch Orchestra wins a 2012 Juno Award; tour delayed
- Three Ottawa vocalists await their critiques in the final NAC Manhattan on the Rideau masterclass
- Juno nominee Fern Lindzon: "whatever inspires"
- CYJO heats up Ottawa with a Latin vibe and 46 musicians
- Celebrating Katie Malloch's commitment to jazz
- Mike Rud tells stories with his guitar (review)
- 2011-12 Geggie Series: "It's not work, it's play" (review)
- 2011-12 Geggie Series: four musicians in concert (review)
- 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival: pass prices increase
- The Walrus Guitar Quartet: all together
- Ottawa Winter Jazzfest engages audiences for Canadian and local artists
- Two personae of Patrick Breiner
- Pulse Mondiale warms up the Winter 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Our 2011 recap: jazz and improvisation probe the boundaries in Ottawa
- Guitar wizards satisfy audience (review)
- Full house, intent listeners greet Titanium Trio
- SSS Trio brings youthful energy to January Wednesdays
- David Occhipinti: beyond categories
- Kellylee Evans: body and soul (review)
- Franky Rousseau: thinking large
- Inside the Music: every musician has a story
- IMOO musicians explore new 'instruments' and new approaches
- Craig Pedersen Quartet CD Release Concert gets a bravo
- 2011-12 Geggie Series: two masters communicate (review)
- JunoFest: an opportunity for Ottawa-area jazz musicians
- Two modern big bands: one small bar
- Craig Pedersen, Hands-on musician
- Controversy over non-jazz acts reaches Ottawa Jazz Festival Annual Meeting
- NCC cuts funding for Canada Day jazz programming and Jazz Youth Summit
- Jensen / Geggie / Olin Trio: jazz flowing out into the quiet (review)
- Beatlemania: music for all ages
- Curiosity Killed the Quartet - Again
- Renée Yoxon: Two years of Monday late-night jazz
- Season tickets available for 2011-12 Geggie series
- Hear jazz artists on CBC before you see them!
- Alice Groves: a flowing lateral arabesque
- 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival: Creative Collective
- Standards singers overflow new GigSpace at Culture Days
- The 2011 OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Listener Survey Results
- Where there's no smoke there's Fire
- 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival: Tilting, and Plimley-Parker-Martin
- Bill Jupp Sextet packs in appreciative audience at Taste of Wellington
- IMOO's "quiet" concert #31 ends a successful first year
- Carleton University Jazz Camp: from the inside
- Jazz to look forward to in 2011-12
- NAC announces 2011-12 Manhattan on the Rideau masterclasses
- Roddy Ellias, Brian Browne, Michel Donato: emphasizing the melody
- Differences in ticket prices?
- Jerry Granelli interview on CBC, now on-line
- An improvised rock concert
- Carleton University Jazz Camp (from the vault)
- JazzWorks jams feeling the pressures of success
- Django Libre gets listeners out of their seats at Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Nicole Ratté dresses Québec songs in jazz
- Jazzfest 2011: Megan Jerome brings unusual instrumentation and songs to Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Jazzfest 2011: Renée Yoxon and René Gely
- Jazzfest 2011: Lucas Haneman Trio at Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Jazzfest 2011: Angele Desbois Jazz Ensemble Rendez-Vous with their audience
- 'My First NAC' recognizes three promising Ottawa jazz artists
- PianoLessMonk plays IMOO
- Doug Martin undertakes an Odyssey
- Ottawa Jazz Festival's Catherine O'Grady receives award for Festival work
- Less outdoor and more indoor jazz at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Ottawa Jazz Festival Programmer Petr Cancura talks about the 2011 Festival
- One fewer stage at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Jazz Festival workshops gone
- 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup: what's on
- Inside the Scene: The Matt Aston Trio at Café Nostalgica
- Carleton University Contemporary Music Ensemble fills the Umi Café
- Pauline Oliveros and Jesse Stewart present unique concert on St. Patrick's Day
- The Denisons: a family playing jazz together
- Jazz in the woods attracts a large and quiet audience
- A tribute to Bill Jupp's lasting influence
- New Ottawa venue Flamingo wants to showcase jazz musicians
- Jesse Stewart talks about the link between art and sound
- Ottawa Jazz Festival names Petr Cancura as new programming director
- Our most memorable Ottawa-Gatineau jazz shows in 2010
- Peter Hum on the other side of the keyboards
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