The Ottawa Jazz Festival has not yet found a new location for thousands of jazz fans to hear music outdoors in 2016.
And to add to its difficulties, the festival lost money this year, despite record ticket sales.
At the festival's annual general meeting November 19, executive director Catherine O'Grady confirmed that the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be completely renovating Confederation Park in 2016, in coordination with major sewer work by the City of Ottawa.
The NCC told the festival last spring that the park – the festival's primary location – would be closed in 2015, but has now pushed the work back a year.
O'Grady said she continues to negotiate with the NCC to find an alternative location for the festival's outdoor shows in 2016. “They do feel a kind of commitment to us to try and house us because we're grandfathered into everything the NCC does,” she said.
Ottawa jazz percussionist, composer, and educator Jesse Stewart was named to the Order of Ottawa last week.
He was among 15 local residents inducted into the order at a ceremony at City Hall on November 20. As part of the ceremony, Stewart performed alongside Korean master percussionist Dong-Won Kim, who was in Ottawa in order to perform and record with Stewart. They had previously played together at this September's Guelph Jazz Festival.
The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture.
In 2012, the Stretch Orchestra (with Stewart, Kevin Breit, and Matt Brubeck) won the Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Stewart has also performed with numerous other notable jazz musicians and avant-garde improvisers, in Ottawa and elsewhere. He has been widely commissioned as a composer and his music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
Stewart is an associate professor in the music department at Carleton University, and an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa. At Carleton, he received the Marston LaFrance Research Fellowship in 2013 and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Achievement Award in 2014. He has also volunteered his time to bring music and improvisation to local schools, H'Art of Ottawa, KidsAbility Youth Orchestra in Guelph, and the Ottawa Mission's Discovery University.
In the last year, Ottawa guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias was awarded a four-star review in Downbeat Magazine for his new trio album Monday's Dream. He's been playing steadily with his own group and other notable musicians in Ottawa and abroad. Now he returns to GigSpace on Saturday, November 22 to play by himself.
“As much as I love playing with other musicians, there’s a freedom that comes with playing solo guitar that is central to the way I hear music unfold,” he says.
OttawaJazzScene.ca's video documentary crew was at his previous solo concert at GigSpace on March 23, 2013, to capture the experience. Watch our video to experience (as much as one can in a video as opposed to actually being there) Ellias' performance, improvisation, and good humour. Listen carefully for Gigspace's exceptionally low noise: it's a highly supportive room for listening to a solo guitar performance with the subtlety and dynamic range that a master guitarist like Ellias delivers.
– Brett Delmage
One's a Montrealer, of Taiwanese-Canadian heritage. The other's from Belgium, of Flemish-Gypsy heritage.
But what guitarist Denis Chang and violinist Tcha Limberger have in common is a deep love of Manouche or Gypsy jazz – and the drive to spend years immersed in its culture and learning from its practitioners all over Europe.
And you can hear some of what they've learned in a trio concert in Ottawa this Thursday evening.
Limberger, 37, is blind. He has taught himself eight languages, most (including Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish) to give him the background on and allow him to understand musicians from Eastern Europe, including those playing Gypsy jazz. In his teens, he learned Django Reinhardt-style guitar playing from masters such as Fapy Lafertin and Koen De Cauter. At 17, he started studying the violin, inspired by stories from his grandfather, the legendary Manouche musician Piotto Limberger, and recordings of Toki Horvath. By the time he was 21, he left Belgium for Budapest, where he took classical and tzigane classes from Horvath Bela. He has founded a traditional Magyar Nota band, played folk music from Transylvania in the Kalotaszeg Trio, and started the jazz violin quintet Les Violons de Bruxelles. He also plays completely improvised music with guitarist Herman Schamp.
Chang, 32, has repeatedly learned from Manouche players in trips to Europe, including learning to understand the Romany language. He has performed abroad with top Gypsy jazz musicians including the Rosenberg Trio, Joscho Stephan, Gonzalo Bergara, Paulus Schäfer, and Limberger, and has toured with his own Gypsy Jazz Quartet across Canada, including playing six shows at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival.
Updated November 12, 2014
At his NAC Fourth Stage performance this Saturday, Ottawa pianist Brian Browne will let the music flow. Each beloved jazz standard will inspire the next one, unconstrained by a set list.
“Most of the time I don't even know what I'm going to play until I go there. I don't even know when I'm there. As a matter of fact, a couple years ago, there's a joke about this, I wrote up a set list. I was forced to write a set list but when I got there I didn't do it. There's nothing more boring than to me than to do a set list.”
Browne said he starts with a “subconscious idea of flow” – what songs flow together well, rather than dictating the order in advance. He doesn't want to have to think about what tune comes next: “I don't want to be thinking – I just want to play. And sometimes if I'm playing a tune, when I'm into it, another tune might pop up into my head that should be next.”
And for Saturday's show, he'll be joined by two “top-drawer” Toronto jazz musicians who will have no trouble keeping up with that flow: bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Terry Clarke. Browne has known and performed with both for decades, but this will be the first time Ottawa audiences will hear them as a trio.
The show will be recorded for a possible CD, which would be Browne's 15th. That means his choice of music will be slightly more limited than usual.
“I don't want to record any songs I recorded on albums before, which is a awful lot of them. So I put a list of songs on a envelope here somewhere, and when the time comes, I'm going to do those. Some of them are just standards, standards like 'Come Rain or Come Shine' and 'Girl Talk' and a few things like that. Just stuff I haven't recorded before, that's all.”
On October 10, 2014 Rob Frayne returned to the stage before a sold-out audience at GigSpace with his original compositions, musical friends, good humour – and his tenor saxophone.
It was the first time he'd played the sax in a concert in almost a decade. Read our full interview.
Ten years ago (November, 2004), Frayne's car was hit by a truck, and he was badly injured. His return followed a long period of recovery, readjustment – and determination.
OttawaJazzScene.ca was there to capture this momentous occasion on video, and talk with Frayne about his music and his return as a saxophonist.
He'll be back at GigSpace for round two on Saturday, November 15, in Cooking with Courage 4. He will play bass and sax to support his partner and the group leader Martine Courage on piano and vocals; they will be joined by Mike Essoudry on drums and Laura Nerenberg on violin.
“The first time I heard Johnny Hartman, he left such an impression on me I never forgot about it. Even though I've gone back and liked other singers, I always come back to him,” vocalist Floyd Hutchinson told OttawaJazzScene.ca this week.
On Friday, he's stepping out front to give his own big nod to this jazz vocalist whom he has always admired, in what will be “a huge show” for him at GigSpace. He'll be performing with the Steve Boudreau Quartet: “four of Ottawa's premiere musicians,” he says, including Boudreau on piano, Jeff Asselin on drums, Brian Asselin on sax, and Joe Hincke on bass. They are musicians whom he has a musical history with and can put his full trust in for his important show.
“You have shows that define you as a musician. I think this is one of the shows that will define me, in my own brain, as a vocalist. I've sung a fair amount of shows [he had already sung two shows on the day we talked] but this is a show I've been waiting for a while. It was time for me to do the show.”
It's taken Hutchinson, who works for the Ottawa Police Service and is not a full-time musician, ten years of singing to get to this point – with almost 100 years of musical family history included in that. A related jazz singer in the 1920s. A second cousin who sings jazz standards in NYC. Relatives in a reggae band, and another relative who was a “heavy duty funk player in the 70s.” And more recently and influentially, “parents who always played music.”
“Maybe I'm just late coming out of the gate. But I'm not out of the show. Hugh O'Connor is still lighting up the town.”
Hutchinson grew up at a time when other music was wildly popular - but it didn't lead him astray.
“I went to my share of discos. I listened to my share of disco music too. But I never lost touch with listening to jazz. It's a very big part of my life. ...Mel and Nat, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Coltrane, Dizzy, Cannonball Adderley, Clifford Brown, it's always been a part of kind of who I am.”
Friday's concert of mostly Johnny Hartman ballads won't be a flashback to sparkling glass balls and dancing shoes. He elaborated about the singer, with whom he has a close affinity.
In her new CD, Ottawa jazz vocalist Geri Childs is looking back – and maybe even getting a bit sentimental.
More Than Magic has its official release concert this Friday at the NAC Fourth Stage. It contains “the songs that have influenced me not only as a singer, but as the woman I am today,” Childs said.
The CD is filled with ballads – but not the jazz standards she's best known for singing. Instead it contains some of her favourite songs from the movies and the folk and pop worlds, rearranged in a quiet jazz style by Ottawa composer/arranger Mark Ferguson.
“There's not one song in the CD that is what you would consider to be the Great American classic standard. Not because I don't like that music – I love that music! I just wanted to go in a different direction. I thought this is an opportunity to do songs that I've always wanted to do, and I grabbed it.”
Which gives it an interesting duality. “The CD has a sentimental feel to it. The lyrics are very sentimental. But the arrangements aren't necessarily. They're quite up in a way. It's a bit of a juxtaposition.”
It also reflects her own journey as a vocalist, where she only started singing jazz well into her 20s, after singing folk and pop professionally – and has kept singing despite many years abroad.
Ottawa audiences are probably most recently familiar with Childs from the sold-out concerts she's put on at the NAC Fourth Stage; the most recent (October 2013) was 'Torch', which celebrated torch songs, those jazzy, highly emotional, and sometimes risqué numbers. Her two previous shows, also with a specific theme, were 'Winter Songs and Stories' in 2006 and 'Nightfall' in 2012. She's also presented 'Homage' at Les Brasseurs du Temps and two Christmas shows at GigSpace, and sung at many jazz clubs around Ottawa-Gatineau.
But More Than Magic will only be her second CD, after a gap of 17 years. Credit Mark Ferguson, who also produced Childs' first CD, Intimate State of Mind, back in 1997.
When Lara Solnicki abandoned opera and chose jazz, she went all out – and succeeded.
The Toronto vocalist, who will make her first Ottawa appearance on Saturday at GigSpace with guitarist Roddy Ellias, is a classically-trained singer with a four-octave range. She originally intended a career in opera, but in 2008, radically changed her direction – to jazz and creative music.
“I totally changed my technique and my voice. If you do it properly you're not supposed to be on the fence about it.”
She's now reached the point where Radio-Canada's primary jazz radio host, Stanley Péan, offered to write the liner notes for her just-released second CD. He praised Solnicki's “striking sense of nuance that characterizes her style as an interpreter, a lyricist and a composer,” and said that the new album reaffirmed “without doubt, her sure position in Canadian contemporary jazz.”
At the time she changed direction, Solnicki had been listening to jazz (for example, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson) for years, and had taken some jazz vocal lessons a decade before in New York City. “When I came back to Toronto, I didn't stay with jazz for some reason”, and instead took a degree in classical voice from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. “I listened to jazz all through my classical degree, too, but I never thought of singing it at that point.”
However, she realized she wanted more opportunities to compose, to combine her poetry with music, to be more creative, which she couldn't get with classical voice. “I started writing poetry when I finished my degree. I decided that it would be interesting to get into new music and do some collaborative stuff, and then I really did make a conscious decision, that if I wanted to be more of a creator type, that it would be better for me to move into jazz and creative music.”
“I wasn't at that point really that glued to singing Italian opera any more. So I gave it about a solid year, or year and a half, when I started trying out jazz and taking a few lessons, to make a decision whether or not I was going to go all the way with it.”
And the jazz choice worked: she started singing jazz regularly in restaurants around Toronto; she collaborated with well-known jazz musicians like guitarist Ted Quinlan and bassist George Koller; she released a well-reviewed album of jazz standards in 2010.
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- 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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