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Jazzfest 2013: CKCU-FM previews the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Updated June 19, 2013

TRon Sweetman, host of CKCU's In a Mellow Tone ©Brett Delmage, 2011hree jazz radio hosts on CKCU (93.1 FM) will preview the musicians playing at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival this month. Each has already presented one festival preview show in the first week of June.

You can hear all these shows (and the ones below, after broadcast) on the Internet at cod.ckcufm.com; just search for the specific show.

Wednesday, June 19 from 11 p.m. to midnight: Bernard Stepien will present his third and last show about the Ottawa jazz festival on Rabble Without a Cause. He will interview festival programming director Petr Cancura about his "diversity of musical horizon" as a musician. "Petr will be in the studio tonight to discuss both his musical quest and how he puts it to use in programming the Jazz festival."

Sunday, June 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Swing is in the Air host Vince Rimbach will interview festival programming director Petr Cancura about Cancura's picks for the festival, plus his just-released album, Down Home. Rimbach will also interview Ottawa guitarist Garry Elliott and pianist Steve Boudreau about their new CD, Pre-Dawn Skies, which they will present in a free festival concert on Saturday, June 29 at noon at the Rideau Centre.


Wednesday, June 12 from 9-11 p.m.: Ron Sweetman will broadcast his second show of 2013 festival recommendations on In a Mellow Tone. He will play cuts by artists appearing in the Improv Invitational Series, Studio Series, and OLG Late Night Shows Series. Sweetman has been pointing listeners to the gems in the festival lineups for more than three decades.

See our story about how he makes his picks.

Wednesday, June 12 from 11 p.m. to midnight: Bernard Stepien will present his second of three festival shows on Rabble Without a Cause. He will concentrate on the avant-garde musicians appearing in the Improv Invitational series including saxophonist Peter van Huffel, vocalist Monica Akihary (in Boi Akih), and drummer Mike Reed, as well as Tin Men and the Telephone, who play with found sound, and Ottawa composer Rob Frayne's Dream Band. You can hear Stepien's third set of festival picks on June 19.

See a list of all jazz radio shows heard in Ottawa on our Ottawa Jazz Radio Shows page.

    – Alayne McGregor

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