One of Canada's best student big bands is coming to town Tuesday night – not only to show off what they've learned from the likes of Donny McCaslin and Joe Lovano, but also to attract Ottawa jazz talent to their school.
The Humber College Studio Jazz Ensemble from Toronto will share the stage with the Nepean All-City Jazz Band (NACJB) from Ottawa. Don't expect swing era music at the concert at Nepean High School: each big band will be featuring pieces primarily by modern jazz composers like McCaslin, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Brecker, and Pat Metheny.
Mark Promane, the director of the Humber ensemble, said the Ottawa concert was obviously something special for his students, to show “what we're made of” in another city. But they picked Ottawa, he said, because it's “a hotbed of young talent” which “we're looking at recruiting” for Humber.
NACJB director Neil Yorke-Slader said that the Studio Jazz Ensemble is “one of the elite post-secondary jazz ensembles in the country”, and that many former members of the NACJB have gone on to study at Humber.
The 2015 Ottawa Chamberfest, which runs from July 23 to August 6, will feature some of the best jazz musicians in Canada – plus a one-of-a-kind improvising cellist from Holland. The full line-up was announced this morning.
The Dutch cellist is Ernst Reijseger, who made a huge splash at last year's Guelph Jazz Festival for his adventurous style and technical mastery. The Canadians include David Braid, Dave Young, Michael Occhipinti, Drew Jurecka, Bob DeAngelis, Gene DiNovi, David Mott, Mark Kieswetter, the Montreal Guitar Trio – and Ottawan Jesse Stewart.
Their concerts will range in style from swing-era clarinet, to free improv, to a combination of string quartet and jazz piano, to guitar virtuosity, to jazz interpretations of Sicilian folksongs.
The festival's prime-time concerts will continue to focus on the classical, chamber, and early music which it is best known for (and this year in particular on Joseph Haydn). But late at night and during the day, Chamberfest will again offer a good selection of concerts of interest to fans of jazz and improvised music in its Chamberfringe series.
- July 24, noon: Ernst Reijseger and friends (with guests Roman Borys on cello and Jamie Parker on piano)
- July 24, 10 p.m.: Toronto jazz violinist, saxophonist, and vocalist Drew Jurecka performs in a trio with double bassist Dave Young and pianist Mark Kieswetter.
- July 25, 1 p.m.: a free outdoor concert by the Drew Jurecka Trio at the National Gallery of Canada amphitheater.
- July 25, 10 p.m.: Ernst Reijseger in a “late-night display of interpretive verve” with Toronto baritone saxophonist David Mott and Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart.
- July 26, 10 p.m.: Bernie Meets Artie: Clarinetists James Campbell and Bob DeAngelis team up with double bassist Dave Young and pianist Gene DiNovi to pay tribute to real-life rivals Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
- July 27, 10 p.m.: Braid 'n' Strings. Toronto jazz pianist David Braid in concert with the Sinfonia UK Chamber Orchestra, the group with which he first started playing piano-strings compositions four years ago. They'll perform some of the same pieces Braid showcased at his NAC concert in March, including “Chauvet” and “Spirit Dance”, and some new pieces.
A new showcase for local jazz groups has popped up in Hintonburg.
The Record Centre, a store which sells vinyl, CDs, and vintage audio equipment, started offering regular jazz shows at the end of 2014, and plans to continue offering them at least every month.
Their next show is on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m., with the Sunburst Ensemble (with Pierre Chrétien, Alex Bilodeau, and Michel Delage) playing original music drawing from jazz, funk, and Afrobeat.
Record Centre owner John Thompson said the store wanted to support local musicians. “We still feel like we're building something, so hopefully people will come out and catch some live music.”
Over the past few years, the store has occasionally featured local indie/pop groups, he said, but last year it doubled in size, expanding into the storefront next door. The new location is “a good place to see a band – the acoustics in this room are incredible.”
“I think it started [because local jazz musician] Mark Ferguson shops here, looks at records. We were always joking that 'You're going to play in the store one day' – and he wanted to once we moved here. So he was almost the first jazz band.”
Updated March 15, 2015
Jane Bunnett has been a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of Cuban jazz and Cuban musicians for decades. On Saturday, that support again bore fruit as she and her group Maqueque won the 2015 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group.
The jazz and other genre music awards were handed out on Saturday, March 14, in Hamilton, Ontario. Other, mostly pop-oriented, awards were revealed on March 15.
Maqueque is an all-female group of young, energetic Cuban musicians, plus Bunnett. They released their first, self-titled, album last June to excellent reviews. Their series of four CD release concerts at GigSpace in early July were extremely warmly received by Ottawa audiences. OttawaJazzScene.ca interviewed Bunnett about Maqueque in June.
Bunnett has won four previous Junos, in 1993, 2001, 2006, and 2009. The first three were also for albums featuring Cuban-influenced jazz.
Other jazz or improvised music artists taking home Juno awards this year included:
When Toronto jazz pianist David Braid saw the film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, it touched him on many levels, and made him reflect on how he composed music and communicated with his audience
It also inspired “Chauvet”, the piano and strings composition which is the centrepiece of his National Arts Centre concert Saturday.
The Werner Herzog movie is about the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave in southern France, which contains some of the oldest and most vividly beautiful and expressive cave art in the world. Paintings in the cave have been dated to as old as 32,000 years ago; when discovered in 1994, they had not been disturbed for 27,000 years. Only archaeologists and scientists can work in the cave in order to preserve the art, but in 2010, Herzog and his three-person crew were allowed very limited access over six days to film their documentary.
When the movie reached Toronto in 2011, Braid went to see it – and again, and again.
“There's this friend of mine whenever he says I should go see a movie – and he doesn't say it too often – I know there's a reason why I should go see this movie. So he's like, 'You should go see Cave of Forgotten Dreams'. And oh, OK, fine, I'm going. Because I know something heavy is going to happen. But still I didn't know much about the film.”
“I don't even know how to describe it in words, but that film had very special impact on me for a few different reasons, some which I can articulate and some which I can't. Among the things I can talk about, probably the first thing that hit me was the realization that experiencing these paintings through this film allowed me to have some shared imagination space with these artists who lived in this particular part of Europe tens of thousands of years ago. Now I have this strange kind of connection to them!”
Mike Rud took his obsession with a city, a Don Quixote-like quest, and his daughters' bed-time stories, and turned them into a Juno-winning album.
You can hear the results Saturday, as Rud showcases his album, Notes on Montreal, in a concert at the National Arts Centre. It's the first time that he'll present it in Ottawa in its final form, and the first time he's played the material here since it won a Juno in 2014 for best Vocal Jazz Album.
The show will be simpler than the album – just Rud on guitar and Sienna Dahlen singing the lyrics. But it will still reflect how much Rud has been obsessed by the city of Montreal in the 16 years he's lived there, and how he captured the city and its people in music.
Read about Mike Rud's newest solo project in our linked story.
“I feel that I really had to say that album. I was really haunted by the place. I moved here [to Montreal] first in the late 80s and did an undergrad here, and then moved away, went to the west coast, went to New York, came back and did a graduate degree, and then moved back to the west coast and then moved to Ottawa for a few years, and then came back.”
“And every time I was gone from Montreal, I'd miss it fiercely. Just a sort of raging nostalgia for the place. That's why, when I got the idea, I think I was on to something about who I am as a person. I needed to take the long, long, long hours and walk around St. Henri and think about what the city had meant. I think it's partially because I'm from the West, and in Edmonton, a lot of the structures went up during the oil boom. It doesn't have ghosts the way this place does. And I was transfixed by that.”
Rud didn't just use his own impressions of the city, however. Over a period of four years, from 2009 until he recorded the CD in 2013, he read dozens of novels and plays by Québeçois authors, in both English and French. Those books then inspired almost all the songs on the album.
Unlike many jazz guitarists, Mike Rud enjoys singing.
His most recent album, Notes on Montreal, won a 2014 Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album, although Sienna Dahlen sang all the vocals on that CD. But on his next album, due out later this year, he's not only planning to sing, himself – he's found a new way to combine his voice and his guitar.
Rud has called the fundraising campaign for this upcoming CD “Mike Rud Splits His Brain For Your Amusement”. What that means is that there will be two melodic lines in each piece: one that he sings, and a completely different one that he simultaneously plays on his guitar.
It's a “a challenging new approach to solo guitar-and-vocal music, that I've been working at every day, for two years.”
Read about Mike Rud's four-year obsession to produce his Juno-winning CD, Notes on Montreal, and its Ottawa premiere on Saturday, March 14, in our linked story.
The idea is to simulate a small group by himself. Rud said he's “come up with a CD worth of material, ranging from 'comfortable and mellow' to (for me) 'death-defying'. The songs are familiar – the arrangements are not. Each piece embodies guitar-voice interdependence in a different way. Each one involved gallons of espresso, and hundreds of careful decisions, hundreds of hours of practice.”
“In some cases that means I'm walking a bass line underneath the melody, and in some cases it means I'm singing a bass line while I'm playing a melody. In a lot of cases I'm doing a Freddie Green or gypsy jazz type strum.”
“It's variations on the idea of how can you make one guitar and one voice sound satisfying and entertaining and interesting and story-telling, playing standards and not just falling into the ways that it's traditionally been done.”
It started while recording his last CD, when he got tired of the complicated process involving many musicians, and just wanted to get back to basics.
When Toronto (and ex-Ottawa) drummer Nick Fraser released his CD, Towns and Villages, with NYC saxophonist Tony Malaby two years ago, it turned out to be the start of a very fruitful musical relationship.
Together with cellist Andrew Downing and bassist Rob Clutton, they're now on their third tour together, with a stop tonight in Ottawa at the Raw Sugar Café as part of the IMOO series.
On their second tour, OttawaJazzScene.ca filmed the group in concert at GigSpace, and interviewed Fraser about his compositions and how the group interprets and improvises on them. It's an experience he enthuses about: "It's pretty exciting for me to play my music with these guys who I admire so much. It's a dream for me, honestly,"
Our video story includes excerpts from the GigSpace show and the interview with Fraser.
– Brett Delmage
See the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with Fraser about the album: Nick Fraser's CD is full of resonances .
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One of Ottawa's busiest jazz musicians returns to one of his favourite roles on Thursday – as a large ensemble composer and bandleader – after a break of five years.
Drummer Mike Essoudry will bring a stack of new compositions to the NAC Fourth Stage that evening, along with a new sextet to perform them. In February, 2010, he appeared there in a similar concert with his former octet.
It's an evening he's been planning for a long time. He wrote most of the music at least two years ago, he booked the hall last August, and he's been working with the musicians for several months. But that's Essoudry's style: lots of preparation to get everything just right.
“I remember that with the octet, it was always, 'OK is this going to be a train-wreck?' Because we'd have one rehearsal for these eight people for fairly complex things. So it was always tough for me because I'm always listening because I can hear it all. It's like, 'OK, how do I get to signal people from the drumkit – you need to be here, you need to be here.' How do I do that, on stage, performing?”
But he's a lot more secure with this group because they've had enough time to work together: “That means when I go to play the drums, I feel really comfortable playing my own music. I'm not too too worried about everybody else. That's nice.”
The group is all musicians from Ottawa, whom Essoudry has played with before in many different contexts. He picked them very deliberately to get the exact mix of sounds he needed for the music.
“It's not enough that this is a great player ... I mean everybody's a great player in this band. But I was really thinking about the sound.”
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- 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup advance preview
- Oscar Peterson: Germans and Canadians celebrate music that transcends boundaries
- Three Ottawa vocalists await their critiques in the final NAC Manhattan on the Rideau masterclass
- The Stretch Orchestra wins a 2012 Juno Award; tour delayed
- CYJO heats up Ottawa with a Latin vibe and 46 musicians
- Juno nominee Fern Lindzon: "whatever inspires"
- Celebrating Katie Malloch's commitment to jazz
- Amy Cervini: swinging in her own way with Blossom Dearie
- 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival: pass prices increase
- The Walrus Guitar Quartet: all together
- Pulse Mondiale warms up the Winter 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Stretch Orchestra nominated for Juno Award
- Our 2011 recap: jazz and improvisation probe the boundaries in Ottawa
- The Titanium Trio: a different sound each time
- David Occhipinti: beyond categories
- Ottawa musicians: Festival deadlines in January
- Have a jazzy New Year's Eve!
- Zakari Frantz initiates a new era at Le Petit Chicago
- A Very Ayler Christmas
- CBC's Share Central features jazz on Friday
- Inside the Music: every musician has a story
- Franky Rousseau: thinking large
- Jazz Festival Winter series: a February weekend of Canadian jazz (+1)
- Craig Pedersen Quartet CD Release Concert gets a bravo
- JunoFest: an opportunity for Ottawa-area jazz musicians
- Two modern big bands: one small bar
- Controversy over non-jazz acts reaches Ottawa Jazz Festival Annual Meeting
- Craig Pedersen, Hands-on musician
- NCC cuts funding for Canada Day jazz programming and Jazz Youth Summit
- Roddy Ellias reunites with Vic Juris for the third time
- Capital Vox stretches the boundaries with jazz and the Beatles
- Susie Ibarra: listening to the elders
- Season tickets available for 2011-12 Geggie series
- More local jazz for the CKCU funding drive
- Alice Groves: a flowing lateral arabesque
- Hear jazz artists on CBC before you see them!
- Bernard Stepien reminds you that CKCU FM 93.1 supports local jazz
- Mark Miller releases his latest book: "Way Down that Lonesome Road"
- Roda da Samba produces smiles
- Standards singers overflow new GigSpace at Culture Days
- The Robert Fontaine Quartet: Jazz to enjoy
- Jazz to look forward to in 2011-12
- National Arts Centre enriching its Canadian jazz lineup
- The 2011 OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Listener Survey Results
- 2011-12 Geggie series: more Canadian ... or not?
- Where there's no smoke there's Fire
- It's about time to see Jesse Stewart's "Time pieces"
- Bill Jupp Sextet packs in appreciative audience at Taste of Wellington
- Carleton University Jazz Camp: from the inside
- Put jazz into the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards
- Ottawa Jazz Festival to produce compilation CD of local artists
- NAC announces 2011-12 Manhattan on the Rideau masterclasses
- Ottawa performers and listeners look forward to 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival
- Differences in ticket prices?
- Roddy Ellias, Brian Browne, Michel Donato: emphasizing the melody
- Jerry Granelli interview on CBC, now on-line
- A rare chance to hear Charlie Parker's music live
- This weekend: JAZZ.FM Live Webstream of "What it takes to make it in today's music business"
- Chamberfest shows off links between classical and jazz music
- Julie Lamontagne Quartet opens 2011 Festival de Jazz Desjardins
- Granelli, Hoenig, SF Jazz Collective in Ottawa in October
- JazzWorks jams feeling the pressures of success
- Pssst! Jazz in Aylmer in July and August!
- Nicole Ratté dresses Québec songs in jazz
- Jazzfest 2011: Nicole Ratté Quintet at Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Jazzfest 2011: Megan Jerome brings unusual instrumentation and songs to Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Jazzfest 2011: Lucas Haneman Trio at Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage
- Jazzfest 2011: Angele Desbois Jazz Ensemble Rendez-Vous with their audience
- How to enjoy the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival more
- TD Ottawa Jazz Festival denies 2011 media access to OttawaJazzScene.ca
- Caridad Cruz fires up the Ottawa Jazz Festival OLG Noon Stage on Friday
- 'My First NAC' recognizes three promising Ottawa jazz artists
- PianoLessMonk returns at IMOO on Sunday June 19
- Doug Martin undertakes an Odyssey
- Hugh Masekela replaces Youssou N'Dour in the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup
- Ottawa Jazz Festival's Catherine O'Grady receives award for Festival work
- Daniel Ko receives the 2011 Yamaha Kando award at MusicFest Canada
- Marc Decho's NU-Trio: "It's just going to get more interesting now"
- Who has priority in Ottawa Jazz Festival line-ups? (And why you don't want to be late.)
- 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup: what's on
- Less outdoor and more indoor jazz at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Ottawa Jazz Festival Programmer Petr Cancura talks about the 2011 Festival
- Jazz Festival workshops gone
- One fewer stage at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival Jam sessions move 4 blocks closer
- Inside the Scene: The Matt Aston Trio at Café Nostalgica
- Ottawa Jazz Festival 2011 artists: first tickets on sale
- Congratulations to Juno winner Kellylee Evans!
- David Braid: uncovering music
- An epic composition: brown study at IMOO
- MVP Quartet plays their final February show at Café Nostalgica tonight
- The Denisons: a family playing jazz together
- A tribute to Bill Jupp's lasting influence
- Jazz in the woods attracts a large and quiet audience
- IMOO founders present original music on February 20
- M. Sean Dowd: Poetic reviewer of improvised music
- New Ottawa venue Flamingo wants to showcase jazz musicians
- Mayor Jim Watson and Industry Minister Tony Clement at Feb 8 NAC masterclass with Wycliffe Gordon
- Inside the Scene: Don Cummings and the Back-Talk Organ Trio
- John Geggie presents an all-Canadian show, with jazz stalwarts from Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto
- Vanessa Mercier debuts at Paradiso
- Ottawa Jazz Orchestra rethinks its season; postpones shows
- Ottawa Jazz Festival names Petr Cancura as new programming director
- 2010: a busy year for Jazz and improvisation in Ottawa
- Our most memorable Ottawa-Gatineau jazz shows in 2010
- Mark Ferguson interview tonight on CHUO-FM
- A CD for Christmas: A Very Ayler Christmas
- Christine Fagan: a collaboration with lyrics
- Ottawa Jazz Festival reports small loss, continued worries
- Peter Hum on the other side of the keyboards
- Prairie Scene includes jazz
- Ottawa Jazz Orchestra: new name, new location, some new sounds
- Roddy Ellias: "I'm going to continue playing music"
- Win a Free ticket to the exciting Ottawa Jazz Festival Showcase at the NAC Fourth Stage
- Silent - except for the music
- Lettuce listen to jazz
- JazzWorks Jam is a jam
- Mentoring evenings return to Café Paradiso
- Geggie Series artists for 2010-11 revealed
- Ottawa jazz concert on CBC-TV this Saturday evening
- Carleton University Jazz Camp: a happy first set
- Festival volunteers: your feedback is needed
- Cuban percussion master joins Los Gringos concert
- Letourneau-Ferguson-Bedner-Overs present first Carleton U Jazz Camp concert
- Lucas Haneman wins national music contest
- Carleton U Jazz Camp commences
- Servantes on CBC TV Saturday
- Jane Bunnett and the Cuban Piano Masters Ottawa concert now available for relistening
- Chick Corea's new trio in Ottawa October 3
- Craig Pedersen talks about the Pedersen Essoudry Wellman Trio playing freely
- OttawaJazzScene.ca celebrates our first year!
- Festival's Jazz Workshop Series offered eclectic treats
- Dave Brubeck and NAC Orchestra draw 10,500 listeners to the Park
- Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra returns to the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Roy Hargrove returns to the Ottawa Jazz Festival Main Stage
- Mostly Other People do the Killing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Mainstage duo silences Confederation Park
- Ottawa-Gatineau musicians not to be missed during the Jazzfest
- Al Henderson Septet at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Roddy Ellias and Jeri Brown at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Local artists present eclectic mix at first of three OLG Workshops
- Herbie Hancock crosses over at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Ottawa Jazz Festival opens to enthusiastic crowds despite rain, delays
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Playing with friends
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Jazz Talk at the Festival
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: The joy of jams with John Geggie
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Ottawa's Jazz history in focus
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Jazz in the Glebe
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: CBC tapes the Festival
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Confederation Park prep commences
- The October Trio keeps Ottawa audience listening
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: Alternatives to the Festival
- 2010 Jazz Festival Countdown: "Decoration" at the festival?
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: June 23 free concert lineup revealed
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Ron Sweetman's radio show samples the Festival
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: New Festival "Platinum" seating: $65 to sit near the stage?
- The 2010 TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival is coming!
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Jim Fogo receives Community Recognition Award
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Dave Brubeck
- CBC broadcasts Michael Snow / Jesse Stewart concert
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: New headliner for first Saturday
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Hidden Artists
- Jazz Evolution at the Lookout Bar is no more
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: John Scofield returns
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Herbie Hancock returns
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Canada Day Jazz: Not just in Confederation Park
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Christine and Ingrid Jensen
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: What the loss of Marquee funding means for jazz festival fans
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Bill Frisell
- 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: by the numbers
- Capital Vox: having fun with Paul Simon
- Roddy Ellias at Music and Beyond Festival
- No Marquee funding for Ottawa jazz festival
- Ottawa Jazz Festival announces closing act
- Full house celebrates Hugh O'Connor's CD Release "For the First Time"
- Tulip Festival: lots of big bands
- A modicum of jazz at Bluesfest
- Chamberfest: jazz for classical music fans
- Hugh O'Connor, 81, records CD “For the First Time”
- A new jazz camp in town
- 4 saxes + 2 flutes + clarinet + 2 players = much texture
- JazzFest 2010: Great artists, and more to come
- JazzFest 2010: Lots of local artists
- JazzFest 2010: Free OLG Stage returns with local artists, unusual music
- JazzFest 2010: Not the same festival for fans
- A look and listen inside Theo Bleckmann's masterclass with Renée Yoxon
- Paradiso mentoring series to continue next fall
- Hard-working audience treated to Treatise
- Big group, big sound, big ideas
- Ottawa-Gatineau contributors considered for Jazz Awards
- Jacques Emond retirement party tonight
- All ears for René Gely, Evandro Gracelli, Rob Graves at Paradiso
- Karen Oxorn, Caroline Gibson, and Marcie Campbell make spring blossom
- Nicole Ratté: coming to jazz by her own path
- TD Jazz Youth Summit: Apply by March 30
- New - Free classified ads service
- Roddy Ellias at Cafe Paradiso
- Indoor / Outdoor Jazz
- Jamie Baum: developing her own sound on the flute
- The Mash Potato Mashers: a very big sound
- Mike Essoudry: New adventures in sound
- Coolest concert of the year: Glacialis at Winterlude
- January 29 deadline for Jazz Festival applications
- One, Two, Three for Haiti raises $570
- Still undecided for New Year's?
- Roddy Ellias unveils his 2010 series at Café Paradiso
- The John Geggie Project interview on RWAC - tonight
- December 31 deadline for Jazz Festival applications
- Holiday Listening
- Ottawa Jazz Festival plans program changes for 2010
- Fall in Love with Capital Vox: not your standard fall choir concert
- 4th Stage gets "Extreme Makeover" on Thursday - Jazz versions of pop hits
- Cory Weeds: Dedication inspires me
- Tim Bedner helps students learn from the masters
- Los Gringos has a rousing reunion
- Ottawa Jazz Festival Fall/Winter series announced
- The Geggie Project on CBC Radio
- John Geggie's 2009-10 series at the NAC Fourth Stage
- Geggie series released
- Live soundtracks by local jazz musicians at the Mayfair Theatre
- One fewer jazz club in Ottawa
- RIP: Doug McNab
- Karsh photographed jazz musicians, too
- CBC broadcasts the Jazz Festival: July 25, Aug. 11
- Petr Cancura's Jazz Workshops: Worth Hearing
- Mike Tremblay, Murley play together for first time on July 6
- Marching band drums up interest at the 'Fest
- Rain, rain go away
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