Local jazz or jazz-related groups released twelve CDs of their music in 2012, down from 2011.
It was a year of firsts - five were first releases (Tim Bedner, Capital Vox, Go Long!, Back-Talk Organ Trio+1, and the Chocolate Hot Pockets).
- Steve Berndt and Brian Browne: Déjà Vu (February)
[video interview with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne]
- Craig Pedersen: Grey Areas (May) [article]
- Ottawa Jazz Festival: Valley Giants 2012 (May) (free sampler/compilation) [article]
- The Souljazz Orchestra: Solidarity (September)
- Tim Bedner: Of Light and Shadow (September)
[written interview with Tim Bedner]
- Go Long! (Lucas Haneman and Danielle Allard): Strings Untied (September)
- Back-Talk Organ Trio+1: Black Flower (October)
- IMOO: IMOO.v2.solos (October) [video interview]
- Megan Jerome: Megan Jerome (November)
- Capital Vox: Capital Vox Sings Elise Letourneau (November)
- Chocolate Hot Pockets: The Filthy Chapter (December) [video interview]
- Renée Yoxon and Mark Ferguson: Here We Go Again (December) [video of preview concert]
The albums range right across the jazz spectrum, from free improv to jazz choirs to crossovers to mainstream.
Putting out a CD is an expensive and time-consuming effort for jazz musicians, which is obvious if you compare the 2011 and 2012 lists. Only Craig Pedersen and Lucas Haneman had CDs out in both years. In fact, you could call each of these CDs a labour of love.
– Alayne McGregor
Please let us know if we have missed any 2012 Ottawa jazz CDs, and we'll update this list.