In March 2014, jazz listeners will have almost a superfluity of great jazz to hear, including two local CD releases:
Starting with the first weekend (February 28 to March 2):
- soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett returns to Ottawa on Friday to play with guitarist Roddy Ellias, bassist John Geggie, and percussionist Jesse Stewart (think of Jane more in her modern jazz rather than her Cuban jazz persona),
we move on to Saturday with
- the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio making its first appearance outside Quebec at the NAC (read our interview with Beaulieu to learn more about the trio's innovative modern jazz),
- American guitarist Joel Harrison with a high-powered NYC quintet, making a rare Ottawa appearance at GigSpace,
- the first J'acousmatic experimental music performance at the University of Ottawa.
On Sunday, there's
- renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist Phil Dwyer giving an afternoon workshop and evening concert at Les Brasseurs du Temps in Gatineau.
- the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra's second show of the season with a diverse and upbeat program of big band music, some arranged by local jazz musicians
- the Keys 2 Drums Trio with Steve Boudreau, Jeff Asselin, and Michel Delage getting into percussive instruments at IMOO, and
- a new group, 2React, with Marc Decho, Alex Moxon, and Mike Essoudry, playing improvised hip-hop at Stella Luna.
Starting March 4, The Beeched Wailers, led by trumpeter Nick Dyson, start a new weekly jazz jam at the Rochester Pub.
On the second weekend (March 6-8):
- Claudia Salguero brings her new show, IDILIO, to the NAC with some of the best local Latin jazz performers
- The Capital Vox Jazz Choir presents jazz interpretations of 60s music in its Sounds of the 60s concerts at Arts Court
- The Boilermaker Jazz Band comes up from Pittsburgh to play at two special swing dances
- There's experimental, improvised chamber music and poetry,with Music in the Barns at the Black Sheep Inn
The third weekend (March 13-14), renowned avant-garde jazz bassist William Parker is in town.
- He'll give a free masterclass at Carleton University
- Perform with Jesse Stewart and dancer Patricia Nicholson at the Carleton University Art Gallery, and
- Be interviewed with Nicholson at Carleton University,
- Perform with David Mott and Jesse Stewart at GigSpace
That Saturday (March 15), you again have a difficult choice, this time between two excellent Toronto groups:
- Lina Allemano Four (with Andrew Downing, Brodie West, and Nick Fraser) at GigSpace
- Myriad 3 (with Chris Donnelly, Ernesto Cervini, and Daniel Fortin) at Brookstreet Options Jazz Lounge
- Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra getting everyone for a second debut of Inner Fire at the Babylon Nightclub
The following Saturday (March 22), there's even more worth hearing:
- The Roddy Ellias Trio (with Adrian Vedady and Thom Gossage) launches their new CD, Monday's Dream, at GigSpace
- The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra plays a big band tribute to Duke, Dizzy, Miles, Monk, Mingus and More at the NAC Fourth Stage
- vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow performs both her latest French jazz numbers and her favourite hits at the NAC Studio
There's one less choice if you don't already have your tickets: Barlow's show is sold out, just like her show a few months ago in Gatineau. (and be sure to watch "Events further out" in our free weekly email newsletter so you can purchase your tickets to popular upcoming concerts before they sell out.)
The following Friday (March 28),
- Jazz singer Steve Berndt and renowned jazz pianist Brian Browne release their new album All Over Again, the follow up to 2012's Déjà Vu, at the NAC Fourth Stage.
- the Benoit Paradis Trio plays blues-jazz chansons at Cabaret La Basoche in Aylmer
followed on the Saturday by
- the high-energy Parc-X Trio from Montreal at GigSpace.
And to close off the month on Monday, March 31:
- from Luxemburg, the Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio at the NAC Fourth Stage
Keep checking our Upcoming Shows section for updates on these shows and additions to the list.
See OttawaJazzScene.ca's previous coverage of these artists
- Jamie Baum and Jane Bunnett: two voices in close conversation (review)
- Mike Rud tells stories with his guitar (review)
- Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson celebrate the long-lasting beauty of standards (review)
- Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra - in the making (video)
- Capital Vox remembers Dave Brubeck through both his words and music
- Full house, intent listeners greet Titanium Trio (Lina Allemano, Nick Fraser)
- Ernesto Cervini Quartet at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- The Souljazz Orchestra sets the beat at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Diverse concerts sell out to Ottawa audiences (Roddy Ellias Trio)
- Roddy Ellias stops fidgeting and hits the Record button
- National Arts Centre enriching its Canadian jazz lineup (Emilie-Claire Barlow)
- Déjá Vu live with Steve Berndt and Brian Browne (video)