Wednesday evenings have just become much more special for Ottawa jazz fans. Starting September 24, ZenKitchen is introducing a high-profile series of jazz shows, featuring many musicians rarely heard in Ottawa.
Curated by guitarist Roddy Ellias, the series will run weekly at the Centretown gourmet vegan restaurant. It will bring in well-known jazz artists from Montreal and Toronto, including Joel Miller, Dave Young, Lorne Lofsky, Bernie Senensky, Jeri Brown, and Mike Rud, as well as high-profile Ottawa-based musicians like Diane White and John Geggie – and Ellias.
The list includes several Juno Award winners, and musicians who have played with Canadian jazz icons like Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell, and Moe Koffman.
Although food and drink will be served, “The focus will be on listening”, Ellias said.
ZenKitchen co-founder Dave Loan said that this series will be building on the success of the Sunday jazz programming which the restaurant has been running for the past two years – but with a slightly different concept.
The gamut of music-making technology – from simple tin can shakers to advanced tangible electronic surfaces – contributed to the upbeat sound of the annual KidsAbility Youth Orchestra concert at the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival.
The result was lots of smiles and action – for both the participants and the children and adults in the audience – at the show at Guelph City Hall.
Each year, the Guelph Jazz Festival commissions a musician to work with young musicians with disabilities to help them learn more about music and tools they can use to express themselves musically. This year, Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart (who recently worked with disabled adults at H'Art of Ottawa) came to a local day camp run by Playsense to work with nine youth, for an hour daily over one week in late August. Most of the young musicians he worked with were able to participate in the Youth Orchestra concert which opened the jazz festival's series of free Saturday concerts.
At the concert, Stewart mentioned that this work exploring possible future sounds tied into the festival's theme of “Sounding Futures”.
The tools Stewart taught the students began with rattles, squeakers, and other simple percussion instruments. But they also included the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) software and the Reactable.
We are reporting from one of our favourite festivals, the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium, this week.
For its coming of age this week, the Guelph Jazz Festival is bringing in well-known performers from around the world – and as far out as Saturn.
The festival, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday (September 3-7), is turning 21. To celebrate, it's shaken up its 2014 lineup with performers who are returning after long absences, including pianists Randy Weston, Vijay Iyer, and D.D. Jackson. But its biggest musical focus will be on Sun Ra, the late composer and bandleader, to celebrate the centennial of his arrival on Earth.
Sun Ra famously claimed he came from Saturn, and his cosmic music and other-worldly costuming was one of a kind. His Arkestra, now led by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, will perform “Hymn to the Universe” on Saturday evening (September 6), in a collaboration with Quebec dance company Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
But there's more. For those interested in Sun Ra's life and work, the festival is offering a whole series of free talks and panels exploring his legacy, including a keynote address entitled “Sun Ra on Earth” by Columbia University professor and Sun Ra biographer John Szwed, and “Black Utopia LP” by American filmmaker and visual artist Cauleen Smith, who has intensely researched Sun Ra's work and influence. Four other researchers will discuss his Afrofuturist philosophy, which “fuses Egyptian iconography with the sounds, texts, and imagery of space travel and technology”; three will examine his myth-making and spirituality; and another will look as Sun Ra as a jester.
The bright sounds and beats of summer heated up GigSpace Thursday night, as Jane Bunnett and her new AfroCuban band, Maqueque, played their first two of four Ottawa shows. They return for 7 and 9 p.m. shows tonight.
The Toronto saxophonist/flutist has teamed up with five young women musicians from Cuba for this new band. Their music combines AfroCuban rhythms with four soaring voices, for a dynamic and melodic show.
Bunnett and vocalist Daymé Arceno each contributed several songs for the shows. They even included a soulful version of Bill Withers' “Ain't no sunshine when she's gone”, reimagined with a Latin beat, for this performance. Bunnett told the audience that she heard the tune on Holger Petersen's blues show on CBC as she was preparing to record the group's album, and realized how perfectly it would fit the group.Each song gave lots of room for all the musicians: Yissy García with impressively intense and exact drumming, Yusa providing melodic bass solos that crossed into guitar territory, Danae playing rippling and beautiful piano solos, Magdelys switching effortlessly among the percussion instruments surrounding her to give the music its AfroCuban edge, Daymé's show-stopping vocals bouncing the energy level of the room up by several notches, and Bunnett's soprano sax and flute adding both sweetness and sharpness to the music.
The jazz face which Cuba has shown to the outside world has been primarily male. But Jane Bunnett is working to change that with her new group, Maqueque.
The Toronto jazz flutist/saxophonist is famed for her decades-long championing of Cuban music, and for being a mentor to many well-known Cuban jazz musicians who have come north to learn and to perform. But until now, those Cubans she mentored in Canada were all male.
This new group, though, consists of five young women musicians from Cuba, plus Bunnett – the first all-female group she's led. They've just released their first CD and are currently touring across Canada.
The band's name, “Maqueque”, means “the spirit or the energy of a little girl,” Bunnett said. “We went to the lead vocalist – well I can't really say she's the lead but she's the foundation of how the whole group started – Daymé went to her grandmother who's very steeped in the Afro-Cuban religion and asked her for a good name for the group when we formed. And she came up with about five different names and that was the one that I really liked. I liked the sound of it and then I liked the idea of the feisty young little girl. I picture how I was as a child – I was feisty!”
The Cuban musicians are young: with one exception, they're in their very early 20s. All graduates of Cuban music conservatories, they come from several different Cuban provinces, including Santiago de Cuba and Havana, each of which has a different musical tradition and vibe. They play a wide range of instruments: drums (Yissy García), percussion (Daymé Arceno), tres guitar and fretless bass (Yusa), piano (Danae), and batás and congas (Magdelys).
And four of the five are also strong vocalists. “They all could stand up on a stage and sing as lead singers. They're all very, very strong voices. So when they pool their voices together, it gives a very dynamic sound that happens within the band. It's very different.”
That makes the band's sound distinctive, she said: tight vocal harmonies within a Cuban jazz perspective.
Bunnett said she was excited about the group both because of its musical potential, and because of the message it sent of possibilities for young female musicians.
Jazz musicians often refer to favourite albums, or quote tiny passages. But most don't get so far into their favourites that they try to play the entire album as is.
Saxophonist Patrick Smith initially didn't like what turned out to be his favourite album. But as he kept listening to it, he realized what a great ensemble record this 1960s classic really was. And that inspired him to persuade two other local young jazz musicians to join him in paying the most sincere compliment they could to that record and to those late musicians: to play the album in public from front to back, paying tribute without copying.
On Friday, June 13, the trio, with Ben Heard on double bass and Keagan Eskritt on drums, did exactly that for patrons of Gaia Java, a small coffeehouse in Stittsville which often offers jazz on Friday nights. They received a warm response.
In our video of that concert, you can hear the trio playing and listen to them explain what they learned from the experience. And you can learn the name of the album, too!
And you can hear all three musicians live on Friday, July 4, at Pressed – but in different combinations, and playing their own original music.
Kellylee Evans is used to having quiet Canada Days with her family. This year, she'll be on the main stage of the National Arts Centre, with almost 400 other musicians around her.
The Ottawa-based jazz vocalist will be the headliner with the NAC Orchestra for its annual Canada Day concerts, playing in the air-conditioned 2,323-seat Southam Hall. Both concerts, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. are free.
When she talked with OttawaJazzScene.ca, she was bubbling with excitement, because this was her very first official Canada Day gig. “I'd got used to not doing anything on Canada Day. I've lived here for so long, and I don't think I'm on the National Capital's radar.”
“I never knew the NAC did anything [on July 1]. So when they wrote me I was shocked ... and happy. What an honour! And it was absolute like yes, right away.”
Besides the 50-odd orchestra musicians, Evans will also be joined by her jazz trio – and the Unisong Choir, composed of 72 local and over 250 visiting choristers from across the country. “It's a really tight space.”
Evans' share of the program will be four songs, each of which has been rearranged for the orchestra. She will perform “Free”, a song she wrote in honour of Nelson Mandela, with the Unisong Choir. She said she picked that song and “Feeling Good”, from her Juno-winning album, Nina, because both are “message songs, songs that I felt would be really great for Canada Day.”
The remaining two are from her most recent album, I Remember When: the title track and “My Name is”. That song was inspired by two Eminem songs, “so the NAC Orchestra is going to be playing music inspired by Eminem – I'm sure that's a first!”
The title of Kirk MacDonald's new album is Symmetry, and listening to it you can hear all the connotations of that word: poise, proportion, and beauty.
“The underlying goal of all of that really is to compositionally find balance. Balance the elements so that we're seeing all sides ... two sides of the coin, or ying and yang,” MacDonald told OttawaJazzScene.ca.
Ottawa audiences can hear this new music for the first time on Wednesday, June 25, as MacDonald's quartet performs in Confederation Park for the Ottawa Jazz Festival. The group will also play at the Rex as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 26.
After several big band albums, the Juno-Award-winning saxophonist moved back to a smaller group for this album. It's his first quintet CD in almost 25 years. He teamed up with three musicians with whom he's played for many years: pianist Brian Dickinson and bassist Neil Swainson, both from Toronto, and American drummer Dennis Mackrel.
They'll be playing with MacDonald in Ottawa and Toronto next week. But the CD is augmented by another voice: renowned American trumpeter Tom Harrell.
Harrell was one of the first musicians MacDonald considered when planning the CD in early 2013. “I first heard him in the late 70s. I was just knocked out with his playing and I'm a huge fan of his writing.”
They had met again in 2012 when Harrell came to Humber College to do a clinic with his group, “and we talked a bit and I gave him a few recordings to listen to, and I thought, 'OK, that'll be the end of it'. [laughs] And he got back in touch and said 'Listen, I really love your recordings and your writing and your playing and it would be nice to ...' Basically he just reached out and said thank you for the music, [he] really enjoyed it.”
That inspired MacDonald to develop a project which could combine both their musical voices.
2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival, Day 2: Festival jam session
The Albion Rooms, Novotel Hotel
Saturday, June 21, 2014 – 10:30 p.m. to almost 2 a.m.
I heard almost all of the late-night jam session Saturday night, and was treated to some fine musical moments with local and visiting musicians, including pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus, guitarist Alex Goodman and his trio, alto saxophonist Matt Woroshyl, trumpeter Itamar Borochov, and tenor saxophonist Jonathan Greenstein.
The jams are happening in The Albion Rooms, a restaurant in a walled-off section of the lobby of the Novotel Hotel (on Nicholas Street, just south of Rideau Street and north of Arts Court). The Albion Rooms are also the late-night dining spot for the Fringe Festival; however, there seemed to be little conflict between the two roles, with almost everyone in the main room aware of the music and mostly listening.
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- Jesse Stewart brings renowned improviser William Parker to Ottawa for innovative concerts and lectures
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- Roddy Ellias, Petr Cancura, and Andrew Downing form equal sides of trekan
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- Jazzin' the Holidays creates holiday cheer for GigSpace (video)
- Ottawa Jazz Festival shows a 2013 surplus, mainly from non-jazz acts and beer
- AlphaSoul Café to close its doors after more than two years presenting jazz
- 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
- Preserving unique performances: Marc Bright-Chochlekov, GigSpace recording engineer
- Roddy Ellias stops fidgeting and hits the Record button
- David Occhipinti in Ottawa Friday afternoon to debut his new chamber jazz CD
- An early and jazzy start to Christmas
- Donations to jazz radio shows fall while CKCU exceeds funding target
- IMOOfest to return after financial break-even and artistic successes
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- Garry Elliott and Steve Boudreau share the improvising spirit in their new CD
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- More Saturday night jazz at AlphaSoul Café
- NAC Presents instrumental jazz in its 2013-14 program
- Nick Fraser's CD is full of resonances
- Adam Daudrich celebrates the tradition of the jazz piano trio with his own new music
- Steve Boudreau's back, with a new solo CD
- L'OFF Festival in Montreal and Le Festival de Jazz de Quebec announce lineups for October
- Ottawa -2; Montreal +2
- Jesse Stewart's Gnomon Variations a timely arrival for 20th Guelph Jazzfest
- Second annual IMOOfest in November
- Merrickville Jazz Festival announces its third annual line-up
- Paul Tynan sees different big band styles on each side of the border
- Jayme Stone expands the horizons of the banjo, along with his favourite musicians
- Scott Thomson explains how he fills large spaces with resonant sound
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- Three young musicians bring new music and their new experiences back to Ottawa
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- AlphaSoul jazzfest jams get jammed
- Alan Jones embraces risk with his all-Canadian, all-star sextet
- The Stretch Orchestra makes jazz bend
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- Almonte's JazzN announces new house concerts, reflects on successful first year
- Roberto López combines Colombian rhythms and jazz into danceable music
- Listeners follow Ottawa Jazz Festival jams westward to AlphaSoul Cafe
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- Ottawa Jazz Festival's good jazz, for free!
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- See jazz guitarists play cool guitars at Ottawa Guitar Show
- Two jazz improvisers put on their cowboy boots
- Be Bop Duo does pho
- Festival de Jazz Desjardins and other free jazz concerts come to Aylmer in July
- Stellar year for young Ottawa musicians at 2013 MusicFest Canada
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- Gaby Warren: a jazz fanatic steps to the other side of the footlights
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- Kellylee Evans to appear again at NAC Presents
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- Jeff Johnston returns to his trio's musical roots and then moves forward with his new album
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- Three Ottawa vocalists to recreate classic Ella and Billie Newport concerts
- Roddy Ellias: a humble Jazz Hero
- Roddy Ellias can fill an entire room with the music from just his guitar (video)
- 2013 Chamberfest builds on past jazz successes, adds Phil Dwyer & Don Thompson
- Kate Oakley's "Hot Fusion" exhibit is inspired by "the energy of jazz"
- Hamid Drake and Jesse Stewart: percussion as you've never heard it before this Friday
- Guitar Now! Festival to present workshops, concerts and jams in May
- Laila Biali takes risks with choosing and playing music
- ZenKitchen to offer jazz every second Sunday
- Monday night jazz is returning to Le Petit Chicago
- Ottawa Jazz Festival announces Main Stage lineup for 2013: music of every style
- Brookstreet makes jazz the option seven nights a week
- Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra nominated for 2013 Juno Award
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- Elizabeth Shepherd marries a pop sensibility to a jazz aesthetic
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- Renée Yoxon: Two years of Monday late-night jazz
- CKCU-FM pays tribute to Jacques Emond on Sunday afternoon
- Local jazz fans pack the house for last Monday jazz night at Le Petit Chicago
- Remembering Jacques Emond's life-long love of jazz
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- Monday jazz at Le Petit Chicago canceled suddenly
- Jacques Emond funeral announced
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- Tim Bedner finds the right time for his first CD
- Rob Frayne Dream Band plays in closing festival tribute to Jacques Emond
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- Inaugural IMOOfest opens with a strong lineup, with more to follow tonight
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- NAC Presents - an all-vocal jazz lineup for 2012-13
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- You'll lose sleep over Guelph's Nuit Blanche
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- Strong jazz lineup in Ottawa and Gatineau this fall
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- Riverside looks to the past to move into the future
- Carleton University Jazz Camp thinks big with its evening concerts this week
- Chamber Elements: Many unique ways of listening to improvised music
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- Notes in Triplicate's world premiere at Avant-Garde
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- Marc Copland and Roddy Ellias: finding connections
- David Mott's Journey to the Land of Oz
- NAC to showcase three jazz artists next fall
- Why OttawaJazzScene.ca is not covering the 2012 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Last song for JazzWorks jam coordinator Peter Liu
- Jacques Emond honoured as a Jazz Hero tonight
- The other outdoor jazz festival: in Aylmer in July and August
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- Poetry inspires music at IMOO on Sunday
- Diane White: a career with unexpected twists
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- Peace & Rhythm: free jazz that sustains the melody
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- It's Déjá Vu with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne
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- Michael Snow: making music in the now
- Brandi Disterheft: "you can only be who you are, on stage"
- Alex Moxon talks about his new 4tet and his music
- Norah Jones, Souljazz Orchestra, Lucas Haneman at Bluesfest 2012
- Renée Yoxon: making Dave Frishberg her pal
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- 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
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- 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival: pass prices increase
- The Walrus Guitar Quartet: all together
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- 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
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- The Robert Fontaine Quartet: Jazz to enjoy
- Jazz to look forward to in 2011-12
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- The 2011 OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Listener Survey Results
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- Where there's no smoke there's Fire
- It's about time to see Jesse Stewart's "Time pieces"
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- 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"
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- 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
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- Ottawa Jazz Festival's Catherine O'Grady receives award for Festival work
- Daniel Ko receives the 2011 Yamaha Kando award at MusicFest Canada
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- 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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