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Ron Sweetman previews 2011 Jazzfest lineup on Wed. June 8 CKCU show

Ron Sweetman, host of CKCU's "In a Mellow Tone" ©Brett Delmage, 2010CKCU radio host Ron Sweetman will play music by artists appearing at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival,  this Wednesday June 8, 9-11 p.m., on CKCU FM 93.1 and live on the Internet.

Ron’s choice of tracks include a mix of international and local musicians:

  • Darcy James Argue
  • Atomic
  • Chick Corea
  • James Cotton
  • Elvis Costello
  • Kelly Craig
  • Chet Doxas
  • Kurt Elling
  • Gord Grdina
  • Mats Gustafsson
  • Jon Irabagon
  • Vijay Iyer
  • Christian McBride
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Myra Melford
  • Lucky Peterson
  • Nicole Ratte
  • Joshua Redman
  • The Thing
  • Marianne Trudel
  • Erik Truffaz
  • Kenny Wheeler

It's a good opportunity for listeners to check out musicians they may want to hear and not miss at the Ottawa Jazz Festival this year, without risking the cost of an expensive ticket or long wait in a lineup.

You can read the track-by-track lineup including what he'll play for Elvis Costello at inamellowtone.blogspot.com

This is a special show that Ron does annually in support of local jazz music fans. OttawaJazzScene.ca interviewed Ron about his jazz festival show last year.

    – Brett Delmage

 

Evan Parker preview tonight

On Rabble Without a Cause tonight (April 6) (CKCU 93.1FM, 11 p.m.), Bernard Stepien will be previewing Sunday's concert with British saxophonist Evan Parker, Toronto drummer Martin, and Ottawa double bassist John Geggie – all known for their jazz improvisation.

"For the avant-garde Jazz aficionados, this week will look like an all hands on deck scenario. Evan Parker, one of the celebrated high-priests of European Free Jazz will be in Town (April 10th at Club Saw). The second noteworthy fact about this concert is that John Geggie will be involved. Geggie has already made some moves to show that he has a deep interest in the new music with several concerts, one of the most staggering being his association with pianist Mailyn Crispell. Although some may think that Geggie is more into Cool Free Jazz, a form devoid of any radicalism, this concert should prove that radicalism is not the essential element of Free Jazz. The Evan Parker House Full Of Floors CD that we will present tonight illustrates that Evan Parker seeks similar esthetical forms. In any case, this concert should reinforce the international stature of Ottawan John Geggie. A comparative study with Geggie's Across the Sky and Geggie Project will be attempted."

 

Ottawa Jazz Festival concerts now available for listening on CBC

CBC taped a number of concerts at the 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival, and all four of them are now available to listen to on-line:

  • Michelle Grégoire (with Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Turcotte, Ted Warren, and Jim Vivian)
  • Min Rager (with Kevin Dean, Donny Kennedy, Fraser Hollins, and John Fraboni)
  • Franca Masu
  • Caridad Cruz (with César Ricardo, Israel Martinez,  Armando Delfin Marsal, Carlos Santana, Julián Zapata, Marc Decho, Arien Villegas, and René Fortier)

CBC also taped Bria Skonberg (who appeared at the Ottawa Festival with Solomon Douglas) a few days before at the Vancouver Festival.

Ottawa Jazz Scene editor Alayne McGregor heard Grégoire, Rager, and Skonberg (in Ottawa), and recommends them.

 

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