Merrickville's Jazz Fest starts on Thursday, October 16, and we're excited about that.
Jazz fans whole-heartedly voted Merrickville's Jazz Fest (MJF) as their favourite among festivals of similar size in our first-ever OttawaJazzScene.ca Jazz Favourites Poll this spring. (With its $3 million budget and up to 10,000 listeners attending one show in Confederation Park, the Ottawa Jazz Festival was respondents' favourite but is really in a different class.)
Responding to listeners' enthusiasm, we're going to explore and report about what makes MJF a fav of jazz listeners in the next two weeks – and let you know. Between now and the launch of MJF on Thursday, October 16, we'll be presenting interviews with some of the many artists who will perform at this year's festival, from bebop, to New Orleans-gospel gumbo, to modern mainstream, to the vocal classics. Regardless of the flavour, MJF proudly notes that it offers almost 100% jazz content.
From the Friday, October 17, concert featuring a baliset (Tom McMahon Trio, 3 p.m.) through to Sunday October 19's “A Tribute to Blossom Dearie” closing highlight, we will be at MJF to bring you closer to the music, the musicians, the experience, and the volunteers who make it all happen.
MJF offers tickets for individual concerts, an affordable day pass for Saturday or Sunday, and a complete festival pass, which also includes Friday's shows. See the MJF ticket page for full details. Reservations, available on a first-ordered basis, are required for some venues. Those purchasing a festival pass at the reduced rate of $60 by this Friday, October 10, will be eligible to win a second, free pass.
We hope we'll see you there – and please say hello if you see us!
Full disclosure: Merrickville's Jazz Fest arranged a billet for Alayne McGregor and Brett Delmage to make it possible for us to report more from the festival during the festival.