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Norah Jones, Souljazz Orchestra, Lucas Haneman at Bluesfest 2012

The Souljazz Orchestra ©Brett Delmage, 2010The 2012 lineup for the Ottawa Blues Festival, announced April 24, includes one American jazz vocalist and two local jazz groups on major stages.

For jazz fans, this is an improvement over 2011, when there were no jazz headliners and only a few local groups.

American vocalist Norah Jones, who made a huge splash in the jazz world with her Grammy-award-winning first album in 2002, has continued as a jazz-pop-crossover artist since then. She will release her sixth album, Little Broken Hearts, at the beginning of May. She will perform on the main stage on Sunday, July 8 at 9:30 p.m.

Guitarist Lucas Haneman, who released his first album in 2011 and who has appeared in Ottawa, Montreal, and other cities both as a solo artist and with his trio and other groups, will appear indoors at the Barney Danson Theatre, on Sunday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m.

The Souljazz Orchestra, which has released three albums, been nominated for a Juno for its most recent album,  toured Europe several times and just recently completed its first, successful, American tour, will be playing on the Electro Stage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

The full schedule is at ottawabluesfest.ca. The schedule still continues a number of unfilled or "Coming Soon" slots, so there still is a  possibility of more jazz artists.