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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


The full and authoritative list of jazz and improvised music events in Ottawa and Gatineau, and within 100km of Parliament Hill.

The Beeched Wailers at the Rochester Pub

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:30 p.m.
No cover. All ages.

The Beeched Wailers are:

  • Nicholas Dyson - trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Tyler Harris - alto & tenor saxophones
  • Steve Boudreau - keyboard
  • Dave Schroeder - electric & upright bass
  • Michel Delage - drums

A new all ages jazz jam session on Tuesday evenings. The kitchen is open late.

The Beeched Wailers will open each night at 9:30 p.m. Jamming ensues after first set. Keyboard, bass amplifier, drums and PA (for vocalists) are all provided. Guitarists, please bring a (small) amp.

Rochester Pub & Eatery
502 Rochester Street
Ottawa, ON

See the story about the first night of this new jam:


Steve Groves Trio at Café Nostalgica

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9 p.m.
No cover

  • Steve Groves - guitar
  • Owen Brown - bass
  • Jorge Reyes - drums

Steve will be playing Nostalgica every second Tuesday, starting April 1, until the end of May.

The trio will be playing songs from Steve's previous CD, The Long Haul, and his new CD, Notes from the Underground.

Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000


Alex Moxon at the Daily Grind

Every Wednesday - 6 to 8 p.m.
No cover

  • Alex Moxon - guitar

At this new weekly gig at the Daily Grind, Alex will be playing jazz standards, originals, and songs of the 21st century. Expect a constantly evolving repertoire and some superb ax slinging. This intimate setting is an ideal place for an up-close and personal encounter with this veteran performer and his new conceptions for the guitar.

Daily Grind
601 Somerset Street West (at Percy)


Anouk-Michelle Grégoire and Pierre Monfils at Brookstreet Hotel Options Jazz Lounge

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
No cover. No reservations required.
Age of majority (19+) required after 9 p.m.

  • Anouk-Michelle Grégoire - vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Pierre Monfils - guitar, vocals

Anouk-Michelle Grégoire will be offering a performance of jazz and variations on world folk and chanson française in the company of guitarist Pierre Monfils.

Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive


Richard Page and Terence Wright at Second Cup

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7 to 9 p.m.
No cover

  • Terence Wright - guitar
  • Richard Page - saxophones, clarinets

Catch the duo playing originals, standards, and not-so-standards, at a new location for jazz.

Richard and Terence will play every second Wednesday, alternating with Nathan Corr and Betty Ann Bryanton.

Second Cup - Heron Park
1440 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario


Jazz Vespers at Knox Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7 to 8 p.m.

  • James McGowan - piano

"Vespers is the traditional evening prayer service. As day fades to night, lamps are lit in our sanctuary as we join together in worship and prayer. We are introducing a jazz vespers to be held on the third Wednesday of each month. Quiet jazz will be the backdrop to a time of reflection, meditation, and communal prayer."

Jazz vespers will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church on the third Wednesday evening of each month.

More info:

Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin Street)


Charley Gordon-Rob Martin Duo at Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7 to 10 p.m.
No cover

  • Charley Gordon - trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Rob Martin - guitar

Originals, standards and jazz compositions by Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell, Bill Frisell, Duke Pearson, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Django Reinhardt etc.

Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street, in the Market


2React at Café Nostalgica

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9 p.m.
No cover

  • Marc Decho - bass, sampler
  • Alex Moxon - guitar
  • Mike Essoudry - drums and skins

Improvised Hip-Hop:

Unique interpretations of J Dilla, Dj Premier, Guru, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Common, Jaylib, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Phife Dawg & Mo'.

Read the interview with Marc Decho about the origins of this group:

Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000


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