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Jazz makes Christmas music so much better. A bit of swing will brighten your mood and make you more able to enjoy (or at least cope with) the season.
There's a wide range of Christmas-themed shows you can enjoy this year
- Tonight, crooner Matt Dusk teams up with Latin-influenced jazz vocalist Florence K and the NAC Orchestra for his Christmas show in the National Arts Centre's Southam Hall.
- On Saturday, Karen Oxorn features many seasonal songs along with her favourite jazz standards in a show with pianist J.P. Allain at Zolas.
- Also on Saturday, GigSpace presents its third annual Jazzin' the Holidays fundraiser, this year with pianist Brian Browne. A popular event, it's already marked as sold out - but you can still watch our video story about last year's Jazzin' the Holidays.
- On Sunday, Bernard Stepien is presenting the 8th annual edition of his A Very Ayler Christmas, which mashes together Christmas carols with the gospel-influenced free jazz of Albert Ayler. It's at IMOO at the Raw Sugar Cafe. Watch our video story and interview with Bernard Stepien about this annual performance.
And there are many other shows at clubs from now until the end of Tuesday, many of which (we suspect) will include a Christmas tune or three, given a jazz treatment that will remove them from cliche and turn them into seasonal comfort. Enjoy!
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This week, Ottawa saxophonist Doug Martin is having an adventure at the Havana Jazz Festival – one that may provide inspiration for a new album.
He has been invited to perform three shows in theatres in the Cuban capital, as part of the festival. But he'll be playing with musicians he's never even met before.
“The only one whose name I know is Miguel de Armas, jr ,” Martin told OttawaJazzScene.ca shortly before he departed for Havana last week.
Yes, the son of Ottawa-based Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas, who began playing here in the spring of 2012, and has quickly made a splash in the Ottawa and Montreal jazz scenes.
“When I finally realized I wasn't going to be taking any musicians from here, and that I wanted to use Cuban musicians, I approached Miguel and asked if his son would be willing to play for me. And so the son, Miguel junior, is picking the other two musicians and I'm not sure who they are.”
The band will be de Armas jr. on piano, plus bass and drums, and possibly one or more conga players. They'll be playing primarily Martin's compositions, plus a few standards. He's looking forward to hearing an Afro-Cuban take on his music, which is mainstream modern jazz.
“I'm sure they'll have their own ideas, their own style, their own way of doing things. A lot of my tunes have never had a conga player in them, so it will be interesting to hear what that turns out to be.”
He's already sent his charts to Cuba and was hoping to rehearse for a few days before the group's first show at on Wednesday, December 17, at the Jardines del Teatro Mella theatre. They will also perform on Friday at Café Miramar, and on Saturday at Pabellón Cuba.
But he expected a fair amount of improvisation – not only in the music, but also in the arrangements. “Definitely it's going to be one minute to the next. I don't know what's going to happen. It will be an adventure for sure.”
The adventure first started in October, 2012, when Martin visited Cuba, and brought a few copies of his most recent CD, Odyssey, with him. “I never thought anything would happen, but just by chance I happened to meet a guy who had a jazz show on Radio Taino in Havana. And I gave him a couple CDs and he checked them out and he really liked them, so they started playing them on the radio down there.”
In the program for Requiem for Fourteen Roses was an advertisement for the 2015 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, which provides a not-completely-confirmed peek at the Winter Jazz Festival's line-up. This information has not been yet published on the Ottawa Jazz Festival's website or Twitter feed or Facebook page.
Here's your first notice:
- Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
- Megan Jerome, Fred Guignon, and Mike Essoudry
- The Matt Wilson Quartet
- The Nancy Walker Quintet
- The Roddy Ellias Septet plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler
- The Tigran Trio
Requiem for 14 Roses
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa
It began with 14 ringing notes on a gong, the sound of each note rising and falling throughout Knox Presbyterian Church.
Then long lines of flickering candlelights slowly moved down the church's nave. They were held by 40 female and male choristers, there to sing the premiere of Elise Letourneau's Requiem for 14 Roses, and to remember the women killed in the École Polytechnique Massacre, exactly 25 years before.
As the music continued, first the men and then the women singers moved to the front of the church, singing the emotion-filled and deeply solemn music.
Letourneau combined choral passages, eloquent soloists (including jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen and local cantor Jeremy Burko), and instrumental sections in her requiem. While remaining within the standard requiem form, she interposed 14 short instrumental passages throughout, featuring two trombones and two flugelhorns, to commemorate each of the women murdered, the melodies emphasizing the promise and loss of lives cut short.
The National Arts Centre (NAC) announced an extensive renovation today – one that may disrupt jazz shows and the jazz festival in Ottawa in 2016.
The renovation will surround the current building with new glass wings on three sides, move the centre's primary entrance to Elgin Street, and upgrade the performance spaces, washrooms, and lobbies. It is scheduled to be ready in 2017, in time for Canada's 150th birthday.
But its construction will require the closure of the Fourth Stage (which fronts on Elgin Street) for an indeterminate period in 2016. The NAC's Director of Communications, Rosemary Thompson, said “we don't actually know exactly how long it will take to reconstruct that portion of the building. The entire construction phase is 12 to 18 months. But that face of the building I don't exactly know yet.”
In the OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll this spring, the Fourth Stage was voted as local jazz fans' Favourite Jazz Concert Venue. The stage is heavily used by the NAC Presents series and by local musicians to present jazz and other shows.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival, which runs in late June, has regularly held its Improv Invitational series in the Fourth Stage, with two or three shows every night. The jazz festival is already facing the loss of its main outdoor venue in 2016, with Confederation Park undergoing major renovations, and has not yet found a substitute outdoor space.
Thompson said NAC Presents programming would not be affected for 2015, and she expected the Fourth Stage will continue to be open for the next 12 months. “It's 2016 that's the issue, and we'll have more clarity in the next weeks and months to come.”
On November 20, Ottawa Jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté was awarded the Performing Arts Award from the Outaouais Art Council Foundation, for her 2013 show Le jazz d’une génération à l’autre (Jazz Across Generations).
Ratté was the initiator and artistic director of the project, which featured 40 artists from 5 to 75 years old. She spent 18 months developing the show.
You can see a video of the first song of the show, "It Don’t Mean a Thing", featuring six adults and six teenagers, at www.jazzgenerations.com.
In the midst of a nation-wide discussion about violence against women, an Ottawa jazz vocalist and choral composer is presenting a musical memorial to the 14 women murdered in the Montreal Massacre.
This Saturday – 25 years to the day after that tragedy – Elise Letourneau will unveil her Requiem for Fourteen Roses at Knox Presbyterian Church. It's a major, concert-length production involving 40 choristers, five soloists, and an eight-piece instrumental ensemble.
Its message is hope and remembrance.
“It's about making sure that we stay open to talking to each other about it. Because it's been 25 years and so many of the same things are still happening. And we can't forget. We have to keep talking about it,” Letourneau said.
But both the music and poetry included in the concert look beyond anger to finding solutions, she said. “I don't want to leave people with a sense of hopelessness. It's not about going to hell in a handbasket or anything. Personally I would rather hope that one way or another it can be figured out – and I hope I live to see it.”
"Somebody's got to write a requiem"
It's a project that's consumed most of a year (in fact, she's still making minor changes to the music) – and almost got derailed by a life-threatening medical emergency along the way.
A new band, a new location, new organizers – everything came together for a new jazz jam in Ottawa last month.
And it's returning for its second set this Friday.
On November 7, OttawaJazzScene.ca arrived at Christopher's, a cozy Greek restaurant near Mooney's Bay. It was shortly before the jam was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. – and the front parking lot was already completely full.
Inside were many people eating heaping platters of Greek food, and chatting animatedly in two different sections of the dining room. Lots of guitar and horn cases were piled near tables and sitting in corners. The sign-up sheet for the jam was being passed from table to table, and getting carefully filled in.
The host band, MMAD-Men, was also new. This was the group's first public appearance, but the group (Michael Lechasseur on bass, Marc Salsbury on guitar, Andre Ferraton on drums, and Dmitry Egunov on alto sax) opened the jam smoothly and competently. Beginning with the Miles Davis classic, “All Blues”, they played a set of classic jazz instrumentals featuring strong bass lines and an overall swinging feel.
It was easy to hear the band (aside from an annoying and frequent door chime), and there was a happy, generally listening vibe in the audience.
Super Awesome Club / Carleton University Jazz Fusion Ensembles
Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University
Thursday, November 27, 2014 – 7 p.m.
In the late 60s, jazz musicians started picking up electric instruments and incorporating musical ideas from rock, funk, and R&B – and jazz fusion was born. And it's stayed vibrant ever since, as a concert last Thursday at Carleton University showed.
Headlining was a long-time Ottawa groove/jazz band, the Super Awesome Club – torn out of its usual haunt of Irene's Pub in the Glebe. They were preceded by three student ensembles, directed by Carleton jazz instructor – and Super Awesome Club member – Wayne Eagles.
Why the “Super Awesome Club”? Because, unlike some jazz musicians, these ones don't take themselves at all seriously.
“We're awesome and we're super and bingo! We added two and three together and got the Super Awesome Club,” says drummer Matt Ouimet. “And everyone's a member who comes to see it because everyone's welcome in our club! But we're very important in that club. We might be the leaders.”
Three of the group's members – Ouimet, Steve Boudreau on keyboards, and Jake von Wurden on electric bass – met in Ottawa and formed the group close to a decade ago; Eagles (electric guitar) joined three to four years ago.
But because one or another was almost always touring or working elsewhere, they'd only really get together during the holidays – particularly Christmas – for a blow-out show at Irene's, with lots of laughter. Von Wurden moved back to Ottawa about a year ago, which has allowed the group to get together more regularly and possibly record.
- CYJO's sixth season commences with eight decades of big band music
- Ottawa Jazz Festival loses money in 2014, needs new home in 2016
- Jesse Stewart receives City of Ottawa award
- Roddy Ellias returns to GigSpace alone (video)
- Tcha Limberger and Denis Chang: a passion for finding the sources of Gypsy jazz
- The unpredictable Brian Browne
- Sold-out audience applauds Rob Frayne's return to the sax (video)
- A nod to Johnny Hartman and a defining concert for Floyd Hutchinson
- Geri Childs puts her life into her second CD
- Lara Solnicki chose jazz, but added a classical twist
- Marianne Trudel: the joy of being surprised, in the moment, by music
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 3: polished vocals and joyful instrumentals
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 2: crowded with music
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 1: full houses and happy listeners and dancers
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest Day 2: Packed with music
- Norman Marshall Villeneuve brings his Message to Merrickville
- Adam Daudrich Trio at MJF: melodic and propulsive with a solid bass
- Brian Browne is MJF's first and busy artist-in-residence this year
- Blossom Dearie tribute is 'hip' at Merrickville's Jazz Fest (video)
- Sun Crescent Barbecue Stompers bring The Big Easy to Merrickville
- Joel Miller Trio: quiet audiences make acoustic jazz come alive
- Rob Frayne is back, with a tenor sax
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest starts in 10 days
- IMOOfest 2014 celebrates local talent as well as Canada's top improvisers
- Peter Liu: love songs and jazz cross cultural boundaries in Bamboo Groove
- ZenKitchen quietly launches new Wednesday Night Jazz (video)
- New Santé Restaurant jazz series will highlight male vocalists in October
- Bernie Senensky, in two voices
- Ottawa benefit raises $900 for Canadian trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler (video)
- David Braid, Jill Barber, Mike Rud, and John Geggie featured in NAC concerts in 2015
- Ottawa musicians hold a benefit this Friday for the ailing Kenny Wheeler
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest features new artists, and some greatest hits, for its 4th year
- ZenKitchen doubles its jazz, with musicians rarely heard in Ottawa
- Guelph Jazz Festival helps kids find their voices through technology
- Guelph Jazzfest celebrates Sun Ra, features Vijay Iyer and Randy Weston for its 21st year
- Jane Bunnett and Maqueque bring Cuban passion to Ottawa
- Jane Bunnett spotlights the spirit & energy of female Cuban musicians in Maqueque
- The Patrick Smith Trio recreates history (video)
- Kellylee Evans celebrates Canada Day with 2 free concerts with the NAC Orchestra
- Kirk MacDonald explores symmetry in music
- Jazz Festival jams at new Albion Rooms treat listeners to fine musical moments
- High-profile Montreal and Ottawa jazz artists to perform in Aylmer this summer
- Ottawa Jazz fans' favourite jazz festival starts Friday
- Ottawa Fringe Festival will present jazz for the first time
- ZenKitchen may be closer to reopening after packed fundraiser
- Vocalists, instrumentalists, Latin and more for free at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
- Young musicians and Nepean All-City Jazz Band do well at 2014 Musicfest
- Ottawa composers thrilled by JazzWorks Originals concert
- Branford Marsalis to open Music and Beyond; Oliver Jones also featured
- Diana Krall to perform a free outdoor concert at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
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- OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll: Why and how we ran this poll
- Roddy Ellias and John Geggie to play stripped-down duo concert this Saturday
- Prince Edward County Jazz Festival to offer “all jazz, all the time!" in August
- H'Art artists and Jesse Stewart collaborate for a multi-media musical theatre show
- Kirk MacDonald shows 'next level of musicianship' at NACJB on Friday
- No Rideau Centre stage at the Ottawa Jazz Festival this year
- 2014 Chamberfest features clarinetist Don Byron in its genre-bending concerts
- John Geggie reunites with favourite Canadians for an Invitational concert tonight
- Jacques Emond's jazz recordings play on, at Carleton University
- Omer Klein's lifelong love affair with the piano ... and improvisation
- Steve Berndt and Brian Browne turn tasty leftovers into gold with "All Over Again"
- The Roddy Ellias Trio never stops talking with their music (video)
- The Mash Potato Mashers parade for their final time
- Bumpin' Binary grooves on organ and drums
- 2React takes hip-hop back to its roots in jazz
- Jesse Stewart brings renowned improviser William Parker to Ottawa for innovative concerts and lectures
- Jesse Stewart talks about the challenges of making music outdoors at -25C (video)
- After 30 years playing jazz, Phil Dwyer is going to law school
- Beeched Wailers open a new jazz jam at the Rochester Pub & Eatery
- Café Nostalgica is bringing back jazz nights
- Matt Dusk and Molly Johnson to celebrate Christmas with the NAC Orchestra
- Jesse Stewart brings Jane Bunnett, one of his favourite musicians, to Ottawa
- Tonight is the last night for the iconic Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver
- Jérôme Beaulieu meets his audiences half-way, with melodic and unexpected jazz
- A Jazzy March in Ottawa-Gatineau
- Festival of New Trumpet Music in Montreal March 13 to 16
- Denzal Sinclaire pays tribute to his musical hero Nat King Cole - with orchestra
- Once a year, Michael Pytura celebrates his favourite big band jazz singers
- The Maskell-Cousineau Quintet: serious, accessible, and fun music
- Juno Award nominations recognize many musicians who played in Ottawa-Gatineau
- FOLKRUM dreams big for a new Ottawa-Gatineau concert venue
- Afrocentric jazz returns to Le Petit Chicago after an intense and satisfying debut
- Ottawa-Gatineau's 2013 Jazz Score
- Roddy Ellias, Petr Cancura, and Andrew Downing form equal sides of trekan
- Clayton Connell shows his piano range Wednesday, before heading off to Austria
- 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
- Will Accordion Conspiracy take over IMOOfest? (video)
- Phil Nimmons and David Braid reinvent their music with each concert
- Mortimer Katz remembered: a very long life filled with bebop
- Three Ottawa vocalists recreate classic Ella and Billie Newport concerts (video)
- William Parker tells Guelph 2013: You can't resurrect the jazz masters
- Garry Elliott and Steve Boudreau share the improvising spirit in their new CD
- Which Canadian jazz musicians did “NAC Presents” miss? (commentary)
- 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
- Guelph Jazz Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary with World Artist Summit Sep 3-8
- Three young musicians bring new music and their new experiences back to Ottawa
- Christine Duncan's Element Choir is looking for singers
- Jazz on Canada Day?
- AlphaSoul jazzfest jams get jammed
- Alan Jones embraces risk with his all-Canadian, all-star sextet
- The Stretch Orchestra makes jazz bend
- Gypsophilia at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Saturday
- Two exceptional percussionists play the Ottawa Jazz Festival this week (video)
- 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
- Rendez-Vous Rideau Stage ready for first Jazzfest performance at noon today
- Ottawa Jazz Festival's good jazz, for free!
- Three generations of music at Italian Week Festival
- 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
- 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival jams move 3.5 km west to Hintonburg
- Gaby Warren: a jazz fanatic steps to the other side of the footlights
- The community celebrates Ottawa Jazz Hero Roddy Ellias (video)
- Next concert in John Geggie Invitational series may be the last
- Split Cycle: One Band, Two Cities, Three Continents
- Kellylee Evans to appear again at NAC Presents
- 2013 Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates pianists – and the late Dave Brubeck
- Jazzfest 2013: Great jazz from across Canada
- Jeff Johnston returns to his trio's musical roots and then moves forward with his new album
- Expecting the unexpected at Saturday's GigSpace concert of improvising composers
- No Ottawa Jazz Festival jam sessions in 2013? Listeners object.
- Jazzfest 2013: Local musicians you will want to hear
- Ottawa Jazz Festival 2013 lineup: what's on
- Jazzfest 2013: Finding the music you like, by local musicians
- 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
- 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
- Nick Maclean creates a new sound with Snaggle
- Chucho Valdés to play at 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- Ottawa jazz vocalist finalist for local arts award
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- Cory Weeds swings across the country and into Ottawa
- How do you run a successful jazz club? We ask The Cellar's Cory Weeds
- Monday jazz at Le Petit Chicago canceled suddenly
- Jacques Emond funeral announced
- Helping each other (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- Where's that sound (not) coming from? (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012: The doors that opened and closed, songs that started and ended
- CDs in every style released (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- The festival experience here and near (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- What we heard and what we talked about (Ottawa-Gatineau jazz in 2012)
- Winning the draw (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- Our favourite shows (Ottawa-Gatineau jazz in 2012)
- Community supported! (Ottawa-Gatineau Jazz in 2012)
- Three composers cross the jazz boundary
- 2013 Geggie series is shorter and starts later, but has the same spirit
- What's inside Chocolate Hot Pockets ?
- The Nepean All-City Jazz Band: never accepting "good enough"
- The Ottawa Junior Jazz Band: a passion to play
- Fred Hersch, Charlie Hunter headline 2013 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival
- 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
- Learn more about the Ottawa Jazz Festival at its AGM this Thursday, November 22
- Tim Bedner finds the right time for his first CD
- Rob Frayne Dream Band plays in closing festival tribute to Jacques Emond
- 2012 CKCU funding drive ends this Sunday (November 4)
- A musical connection which spans continents
- Inaugural IMOOfest opens with a strong lineup, with more to follow tonight
- IMOO: Still making it up as they go, two years later (video)
- OttawaJazzScene.ca wants to take you on a free musical adventure this weekend!
- NAC Presents - an all-vocal jazz lineup for 2012-13
- Robi Botos wins the 2012 TD Grand Prize at the Montreal Jazz Festival
- Déjá Vu live with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne
- 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival: around the world and into new places
- You'll lose sleep over Guelph's Nuit Blanche
- A musical preview of Renée Yoxon's and Mark Ferguson's new CD
- Yoxon/Ferguson CD fundraising campaign reaches its goal
- Strong jazz lineup in Ottawa and Gatineau this fall
- John MacLeod harnesses the creative energy of a big band with his Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra
- 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
- This weekend: choose how you hear the music at Chamber Elements
- 2012 Chamberfest: "a real fascination with jazz"
- FestivAsia brings Jazz to Chinatown this summer
- Notes in Triplicate's world premiere at Avant-Garde
- More jazz - in Montreal
- Mash Potato Mashers attract the masses 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
- 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
- Two voices are more than one at Boy's Night Out
- Poetry inspires music at IMOO on Sunday
- Diane White: a career with unexpected twists
- Hear about the new Jazz Festival CD
- Craig Pedersen explores Grey Areas with his new CD
- Peace & Rhythm: free jazz that sustains the melody
- Ottawa Hard Bop Association co-leaders speak about their music
- It's Déjá Vu with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne
- The Kelly Craig Sextet plays Adam Daudrich at the NAC Fourth Stage
- 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
- Pat LaBarbera: An Elder Speaks
- Jazzfest 2012: Younger and a bit jazzier but definitely covered (an analysis)
- Jazzfest 2012: Jazz music highlights of the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival
- 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup: what's on
- Jazzfest 2012: For the Listener
- Jazzfest 2012: jams will be familiar but unpredictable
- 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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