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Pssst! Jazz in Aylmer in July and August!

This is the 2011 lineup.  Read about this year's (2015) festival.

One of the best-kept secrets of the local jazz scene is a free outdoor concert series that happens every summer in Aylmer, featuring Quebec and Ottawa-area jazz artists.

Now in its 25th year, Le Festival de jazz Desjardins will run from July 27 to 30, 2011 and feature

The city of Gatineau will continue offering jazz concerts in Aylmer into August including:

Marianne Breton, the programming director for the festival and the concert series, said the choice of artists reflects the many different tastes in the jazz  world. The festival tries to offer a balance between "real jazz" and jazz that's easy for non-jazz-fans to connect to, she said. It normally includes some jazz with world music influences as well: this year, that's Mel M'rabet playing the Middle Eastern instrument the oud to produce a fusion of jazz, blues and world music.

It's also proud to present local artists, Breton said. This year this includes M'rabet and the Souljazz Orchestra.


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When asked which artists had been particularly popular in past years, she mentioned two Quebec musicians: singer Karen Young and saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella. Last year's collaboration between Karen Young et bassist Éric Auclair was "a great success", with Auclair's use of electronics and computer-generated music definitely appreciated by the audience.

All concerts will be held outdoors in Parc de l'Imaginaire, near the Aylmer Marina and beside Le Centre d'expostion L'Imagier (9 Front Street, in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau). Breton said lawn chairs were welcome. Concerts will be cancelled in case of rain.

– Alayne McGregor

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