Great Canadian Jazz Series
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
There was a time when jazz didn't take itself too seriously.You went to a jazz show to have fun, to dance, to get cheered up.
The vocal trio Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou – did its damnedest to bring back that era at its Ottawa Jazz Festival concert Saturday. Supported by a strong rhythm section, they sang cheerful jazz standards in tight harmony, in a show that was very easy to enjoy.
“Girl-on-girl harmony” is how the trio describes its music, and a great deal of it was sung in unison. They alternated verses and even lines, and their voices melded well as they celebrated the songs – which were mostly from the 1930s to 50s, and which they described as “timeless”. They followed that theme through by dressing similarly – though not identically – in well-cut, blue polka-dot dresses in a distinctly retro style.
Ottawa Jazz Festival Late-night jam
Spin Kitchen & Bar, Ottawa Marriott Hotel
10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 to 1 a.m. Sunday, June 21, 2015
View photos of this jam by OttawaJazzScene.ca photojournalist Brett Delmage
Jazz fans who wanted an upbeat end to Saturday evening would have enjoyed the Ottawa Jazz Festival's late-night jam session. For 2½ hours, Spin Kitchen & Bar was filled with fast-moving jazz, with a good participation by both local and visiting musicians.
The house band – Roddy Ellias (guitar), John Geggie (double bass), and Nick Fraser (drums) – all have years of experience running jams. They opened with a half-hour set of three standards, including “Cheek to Cheek” and “Domino”. Each was given an extended treatment, and the music quickly captured the attention of the listeners near the stage.
By 11 p.m., the room, seating approximately 50 with clear sight lines to the stage, was mostly full. Ellias called up local pianist Steve Boudreau to the stage to join the band for several instrumentals. That set the shape of the music for the evening: energetic with lots of interplay, including a swinging duet between Boudreau and Ellias. The audience responded with continued appreciative applause.
Overlapping concerts, long line-ups, people who won't shut up, and not enough jazz – those are the main frustrations to expect at the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival, according to respondents to OttawaJazzScene.ca's listeners poll.
On the other hand, many listeners love the festival's atmosphere, and highlighted jazz groups on the schedule which they were eagerly looking forward to.
The poll was open to subscribers of OttawaJazzScene.ca's weekly jazz events newsletter, in the week leading up the festival's start. Because it was not a randomly sampled poll, the results can only be considered indicative, not statistically significant.
A little more than one-half (55%) of those who responded aren't happy with the amount of jazz they'll be hearing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival this year, and several complained that the festival was moving its focus away from jazz and improvised music.
But they still were enthusiastic about some of the musicians and groups appearing at the festival, including Kneebody, Robi Botos and Seamus Blake, the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Snarky Puppy, The Stanley Clarke Band and Branford Marsalis.
Interestingly enough, 50% of those who responded were not buying a pass for this festival, but instead were buying individual tickets to shows. 17% were buying an all-access Gold Pass, and 15% a Bronze Pass.
The prevalence of non-jazz in the Concert Under the Stars and other series was the most consistent criticism, although some people praised several non-jazz artists, including Tower of Power and Huey Lewis.
“I understand that non jazz acts are part of paying for the festival, but this year's main stage shows are the weakest ever. The headliners are b list at best,” said one. “There's so much non-jazz crapola in this category, it's like shooting fish in a barrel to diss it,” said another.
“It's better than in the worst years, but really - no serious jazz on the main stage, and a few evenings with only 1 or no real jazz artists,” said a third.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival opened with a slighted muted fanfare Thursday, with a late-afternoon concert featuring six horns celebrating its 35th anniversary.
It was a low-key affair, with the musicians simply standing or sitting in the shade of trees surrounding Confederation Park's fountain, and listeners pulling up plastic chairs nearby. But on the other hand, it was real jazz, not Bollywood or rock, and the audience sounded consistently appreciative.
Festival programming manager Petr Cancura brought together six well-known Ottawa musicians – Tyler Harris (alto sax), Ed Lister (trumpet), Mike Shultz (sousaphone), Ryan Purchase (trombone), Roddy Ellias (guitar), and Mike Essoudry (drums) – along with trumpeter Lina Allemano from Toronto, and himself on clarinet and tenor sax. They played a mixture of standards, rearrangements of pop tunes, and New Orleans and Balkan-style jazz.
Five years ago, the 30th edition of the festival opened with a procession down Elgin Street and through the park – led by Essoudry's marching band, The Mash Potato Mashers. While the Mashers ended their run last year, the set list for this show included several songs which were originally written or arranged for that group.
Saxophonist Mike Tremblay, guitarist Tim Bedner, and bassist Ben Heard will be playing without the safety net of multiple takes on Friday evening, when they record their show live for a CD in front of an audience at GigSpace.
“I wanted to see if I could put together a program and have the challenge of 'no second takes'. This is recording, and it's a live concert, and it's nice to be under that pressure,” said Tremblay, who leads the new trio for this occasion.
“When you're in the studio, you do two or three takes of full tunes and then you sit on them and listen for a while - 'Do we need to go back and record them again?' It's really nice to just go in and say 'Here it is'. And tapes don't lie. This is how you play,” Tremblay said, laughing at the other end the phone.
Joining him and Bedner, both who have decades of experience performing and teaching, will be Ben Heard. He graduated from high school just this week.
“It's a bit daunting for me. I've done tapes and stuff like that but never a true recording with the intention of it being released,” said Heard. “It's funny, because when I play gigs with older players and there's been a CD table, we've always joked how I bring my full discography – which of course is nothing.”
“I'm so honoured, playing with Tim Bedner and Mike Tremblay. I'm excited but scared in a way too. In a healthy way.”
Experience performing together
“This is 'old school' jazz recording. We just show up to the session and see what happens,” Bedner said, laughing.
“I'm going to trust Mike that he knows what he's doing. But I am glad we're having a rehearsal,” Bedner added, speaking to his own healthy concerns about doing the best possible job.
The members of the trio have extensive experience playing or working together in pairs, developing the trust needed to perform without a net.
Heard was in Grade 9 when Tremblay discovered him while teaching one of the Ottawa Jazz Festival's “Jazz Ed” workshops. He's continued working with him for four years now, including after Heard moved to Canterbury High School, where Tremblay runs the senior jazz ensemble.
The Festival de Jazz Desjardins in Aylmer will feature the younger generation of Quebec and Ontario jazz artists in its free outdoor concerts this July and August. The line-up was announced this week.
Pianists Emie R. Roussel and Jérôme Beaulieu – who both played well-received concerts recently at the National Arts Centre – will bring their trios to Aylmer, along with the Jazz Street Boyz from Montreal and the Chocolate Hot Pockets from Ottawa. The four consecutive evening concerts will run from July 29 to August 1, 2015.
On Wednesdays in July, the City of Gatineau will also feature Ontario and Quebec world music artists, several of which also have a jazz flavour: Patricia Cano, Elage Mbaye, and Vox Sambou.
The Festival de Jazz Desjardins concerts will be held in Parc de l'Imaginaire in Aylmer, immediately across from the Aylmer Marina. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and last for at least an hour. Picnics and families are welcome. Listeners should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, because seating is not provided. And they should hope for clear skies, because concerts are canceled in the event of rain. Donations are welcome.
This is the 29th year of the Desjardins festival, and in a change from previous years, all the musicians featured are in their 20s and in the earlier stages of their careers. Both Beaulieu and Roussel were named as Radio-Canada’s jazz “Discoveries of the Year” in its Révélations program, in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The 2015 Polaris Prize longlist, which was announced Tuesday, includes three jazz-related CDs out of 40 nominees:
- the trio BADBADNOTGOOD,
- vocalist and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd, and
- saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld.
It's the highest number of jazz-related CDs in the Canadian best-of list in recent years.
Shepherd is nominated for her recent CD, The Signal; she played selections from that CD at her show at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival in February. BADBADNOTGOOD are nominated for Sour Soup, recorded with Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. Stetson is nominated for his instrumental collaboration with Neufeld, Never were the way she was.
The short list will be announced July 16, and the winner September 21.
The 2014 Polaris Prize was won by improvising vocalist Tanya Tagaq, for Animism. The only other jazz-related nominee that year was BADBADNOTGOOD. In 2013, Colin Stetson was the only jazz/improv-related nominee for New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.
Next year, the JazzN.ca house concert series wants to double up.
JazzN.ca is about to announce its 2015-16 season of monthly jazz concerts from September to next June. The series will feature local favourites like vocalist Diane White and the Robert Fontaine Quartet, as well as visiting artists like Mike Rud and Sienna Dahlen from Montreal.
But the Almonte/Mississippi Mills-based series has almost reached capacity – an impressive seven of its eight concerts this season were sold out, often weeks in advance. So JazzN.ca organizer Arnie Francis told OttawaJazzScene.ca that he's looking to start a second series, based closer to Ottawa.
But he needs houses, and hosts, in locations like Manotick, or Stittsville, or west Ottawa.
Francis and his wife Ingrid Kadoke are long-time jazz fans. In 2012, they decided to share their love of jazz with their neighbours – and hear more of their favourite music – by hosting jazz concerts in their home in Almonte, and the JazzNhouse series was born. When they downsized from that house the following year, they found several hosts in the Almonte area who were willing to lend their homes for a concert once or twice a year. The concerts have continued to move from house to house in the general Mississippi Mills area for the last two years.
“Every year [attendance] gets a little better,” Francis said. “The first year based on averages, we had about 26 people per concert in the first 8 concerts. Then in 2013-2014, we had about 35 people on average. Well, this year, we're averaging 41-42 people per concert which is quite towards the top end of what house concerts can handle. We're not going to be expecting to expand that.” (In comparison, GigSpace, which hosts many jazz concerts, normally accommodates 46 listeners.)
And that has meant that he's had to turn people away – for example, the last concert of this season, on June 20 with the Melissa Boyce Trio from Toronto, has been sold out since early May and there's a wait-list. So Francis would like to find other locations so he could book artists, particularly visiting ones, for two consecutive concerts, for example on Friday and Saturday nights.
Providing as much variety in venue as the people who play in them, the Ottawa Jazz Festival jams have moved to yet another location this year: the Marriott Hotel's Spin Kitchen and Bar.
The 2015 jam location is at the northwest corner of Kent and Queen streets, four blocks west of Confederation Park and the NAC. It is one-half block closer than the 2008-10 jam sessions in the Delta Hotel.
Complementing the new location, five different variations of the house band will host this year's jams, providing even more variety for regular jam listeners beyond the guest musicians who are expected to show up to jam. The musicians in the band will be mostly familiar to jazzfest jam regulars and people who enjoy live jazz all year long. John Geggie, who has led the jam's house band for 11 of the past 14 years, will be there for the entire run. Geggie has a demonstrated track record of attracting a wide range of musicians to participate in the jams, from high-profile festival headliners to talented members of the youth summit.
The jazz festival jams have been an essential part of the jazz festival since it started. Musicians and listeners vocally objected when the Ottawa Jazz Festival threatened their cancellation in 2013.
The 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival jams run for the duration of the festival: June 19 to 30. They will be hosted by:
Vocalist Renée Yoxon returns to Ottawa Saturday, with a show evoking memories of childhood.
Together with two Montreal musicians – pianist Chad Linsley and bassist Adrian Vedady – Yoxon will present music from and inspired by film adaptations of children's stories, arranged by her and Linsley for jazz trio.
The GigSpace concert will be a “sneak peek” at songs she'll be releasing on a live CD later this summer, she said. Discovering those songs has obsessed her in an “archaeological project” for the last year.
Yoxon was a major force in Ottawa's jazz scene from 2009 to 2013, developing new venues and series and releasing two CDs. For more than four years, her jazz series at the Mercury Lounge was a Monday night staple. Her tribute concert to Dave Frishberg, in collaboration with pianist/arranger J.P. Allain, garnered her praise from Frishberg himself.
She moved to Montreal two years ago, and since last fall has been studying in the jazz performance program at McGill University.
Yoxon ended up watching – and rewatching – many movies to pick the songs for this concert: two different versions of Cinderella, the 1960 version of Peter Pan with Mary Martin, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and even The Muppet Movie.
National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
Saturday, May 30, 2015
There have been times when I've become Great American Songbooked-out. No more Broadway show tunes. No more songs that are indelibly associated with Billie or Peggy or Lena or Blossom. No more George Gershwin or Harold Arlen.
It's not that these jazz standards aren't extremely well-written – both lyrics and melody. But I've heard them sung in much the same way too many times.
This is an issue for any singer who includes more than a few standards in a show. Recognizability gives you an extra link to the audience, but it can also make you blend into a crowd of similar singers – unless you make an individual connection to a song.
So we come to Vancouver jazz vocalist Laura Crema, who made her National Arts Centre debut as part of the NAC Presents series on May 30. Crema's four solo albums have almost exclusively featured jazz standards; her latest, Fotografia , includes seven standards, but also two songs by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and two originals.
For the NAC show, she interspersed the jazz standards with three Jobim numbers, two songs by John Lennon and by Paul McCartney (“new standards”), and a few originals. And what really appealed to me is that she and her musicians took a fresh approach to the music.
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- 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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