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In the first week of The Jazz Favourites Poll we've received a lot of positive feedback and excitement from local jazz fans. "Thanks, it was fun to fill out!" was one response. "My pleasure!" was another. Many nominees have thanked us for including them. "You couldn't imagine how honoured we are to be nominees," said one group.

There are only nine favourites to vote on in the poll -- and if you can't make up your mind in any category, you can choose to give two a half-vote each, or skip the question.

We hope that you'll find the poll to be a journey of discovery, introducing you to jazz you weren't aware of happening in your neighbourhood.   Click here for your ballot


Rob Frayne Dream Band plays in closing festival tribute to Jacques Emond

The Rob Frayne Dream Band debuted in a well-attended, two-evening run at the NAC last October. The band returns, as part of the Ottawa Jazz Festival's closing evening's big-band tribute to the late festival programming director, Jacques Emond, who loved big bands. Expect great music and a lot of emotion as everyone plays goodbye to Jacques.
(8:00 p.m. Sunday June 30, Main Stage)

Rob Frayne is a saxophonist, keyboard player, composer, and arranger. Over the past 25 years, he's had a huge presence on the Ottawa jazz scene as a musician in several prominent groups, as a founder of the JazzWorks jazz camp, and as a mentor and teacher.

Nine years ago, he was injured when his car was hit by a truck. But he's come back and is dreaming bigger than ever. His latest project features his Dream Band: 15 well-respected Canadian jazz musicians, the people he knew could interpret his compositions well.

Frayne talked with before October's concerts about the music he's written, and how he's fulfilling his dreams.

Rob Frayne's Dream Band brought a lot of great Canadian jazz musicians to the NAC Fourth Stage in October ©Brett Delmage, 2012

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