August 18 to 20, 2015 (Composers' Symposium and Independent Practice)
Cost: $335, including accommodation and meals and mentorship

August 20 to 23, 2015 (Jazz Camp)
Tuition: $405 by June 6, $430 afterwards. Accommodation/food charges (which are necessary) are separate and range from $185 (camping) to $420.

Ottawa JazzWorks 22nd annual Summer Jazz Workshop will be held at CAMMAC Music Centre in Quebec (north of Hawkesbury). This unique 3-day weekend jazz workshop is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians of all levels, beginner through professional, and advanced high school musicians.

Participants immerse themselves in a program that includes combo rehearsals, master classes, special workshops, the big jazz choir, origijnal composition combos, vocal intensive combo, improvisation classes, and jam sessions.

This year's faculty includes Artistic Director John Geggie, vocalists Sharada Banman, Christine Duncan and Alex Samaras, drummers Ethan Ardelli and Nick Fraser, piano players Dave Restivo and Nancy Walker, guitarists Kevin Barrett and Kim Ratcliffe, bassist Kieran Overs, trumpet player Jim Lewis, trombone player William Carn, woodwind specialist Rob Frayne, and saxophonists Rémi Bolduc and Frank Lozano.

JazzWorks also offers an optional two-day Composer's Symposium or Independent Practice option for two days before the workshop.

All will give a public concert on Sunday, August 23 at 12:30 p.m. at CAMMAC.

Registration deadline: July 18.

More info: www.jazzworkscanada.com
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613-523-0316

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. to noon
Cost: $50

Guitarist Christian Flores (of Django Libre) will present a workshop on Gypsy Jazz Rhythm, sharing some of the lessons he learned during the last seven years studying this style. Registration is limited to four students.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Patricia Nicholson Parker is an acclaimed New York poet, dancer, and choreographer. She is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization Arts for Art and the Vision Festival, which fosters multidisciplinary experimentation among some of the world's leading avant jazz musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists. Ms. Nicholson has received the “Producer of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association on three occasions (2003, 2007, and 2008).

William Parker is an improviser, composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donson ngoni, and guembri. Over the past four decades, Parker has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz and creative music including Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, and many others. According to the Boston Globe, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz." Similarly, a recent review in UK’s Jazzwize magazine described William as "a monumental pillar of the global free jazz community."

They will speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation.

Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology and the School for Studies in Art and Culture.

William Parker will also give a masterclass on Friday afternoon at Carleton University.

Patricia Nicholson and William Parker will perform with percussionist Jesse Stewart on Thursday evening at the Carleton University Art Gallery. William Parker will perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.

Room A720
7th floor, Loeb Building, Tower A
Carleton University
Ottawa
[map] (look for "LA")

See some of OttawaJazzScene.ca's coverage of William Parker:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4 p.m.
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The 2014 Marston LaFrance Lecture will take the form of a lecture/performance by Juno award-winning composer/percussionist and Associate Professor of Music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, Jesse Stewart.

Stewart will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of his creative practice, focusing in particular on two recent large-scale compositional projects: “Gnomon Variations,” an extended work for drum set and string quartet and “Elements,” a generative compositional system based on the periodic table of elements.

Stewart will also use a new electronic instrument known as the “Reactable” to create a musical remix of his recent recording and compositional projects and of the lecture itself. He recently opened the 2014 edition of Winterlude with music on the Reactable in a live performance titled “Memories of Ice.”

“The Marston LaFrance Award is one of the best things that has ever happened to me professionally,” said Stewart. “Having time to focus on my own research allowed me to finish several large-scale compositional, recording, writing, and community music projects. I also used the time to develop an original theoretical framework and system of musical logic that will inform my compositional and performance practice for many years to come.”

More information: carleton.ca/fass/2014/2014-marston-lafrance-lectureremix-musical-elements-form-process-representation-community-recent-creative-practice-jesse-stewart/

Patterson Hall, Room 303 (College of the Humanities auditorium)
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

See also:

Courses in French and English on how to improve one's jazz vocal techniques, given by well-known local singer Nicole Ratté.

Débutants/Beginners:
Début : Mercredi 22 janvier, 2014 - 19h30 à 22h / Begins: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Session de 14 semaines / 14-week session
Musique Adagio, 851, boul. St-René ouest, Gatineau

Intermédiaires-avancés/Intermediate-advanced:
Début : Jeudi, 23 janvier, 2014, de 19h à 21h30 /Begins: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7 to 9:30 p.m.
GigSpace (Alcorn Music Studios), 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa
Session de 14 semaines / 14-week session

Les ateliers sont offerts par la chanteuse Nicole Ratté qui a mis sur pied une formation destinée à ceux qui veulent apprendre les rudiments du jazz tout en développant leurs habiletés vocales et scéniques. Ces ateliers peuvent accueillir de huit à dix personnes. A l'issu du cours, l'étudiant devrait comprendre davantage les styles de jazz, la structure des standards, les intros et les finales, comment travailler avec des musiciens, etc. Il sera également en mesure de chanter des standards avec un ou plusieurs musiciens après avoir appris des notions de techniques vocales, de phrasé, d'interprétation, de présence scénique, etc. On abordera aussi l'improvisation.

Vocalist Nicole Ratté is now offering bilingual jazz workshops. Her weekly workshops include a series of techniques and tips about everything that concerns a jazz vocalist and the participants learn and master them along the way. At the end of a session, they do a concert with a jazz band. More details at www.ateliersjazzvocal.com or vocaljazzworkshops.com. Some of the topics covered: vocal technique, stage presence, interpretation, jazz techniques (phrasing, styles, etc.), communication with the musicians, how to find the key and transpose, etc.

Information :
www.ateliersjazzvocal.com or vocaljazzworkshops.com
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819-665-2906

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 2:30 p.m.
Free

MA in Music and Culture Graduate Colloquium: “Directions in Digital Musics: On the Entanglement of Technological, Social and Aesthetic Change”
by Georgina Born, Professor of Music and Anthropology, Oxford University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Abstract: In this paper I present some of the mid-point findings of a six-country comparative ethnographic research program called ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’. Funded by the European Research Council, the MusDig program is intended to be non-parochial: not just about the UK, Europe and North America. In this sense it responds to the post-colonial rebalancing of research and theory towards formerly marginalised areas, illuminating through comparative studies the changes wrought by digital media to musics worldwide. MusDig is also interdisciplinary: as well as the music disciplines, it makes use of anthropology, sociology, media theory, sound studies and critical legal studies. Moreover, the program addresses a range of musics – popular and folk as well as art musics – and their evolving interrelations, across a spectrum of practices – production, circulation and consumption. In these ways MusDig embodies a relational musicology (Born 2010). I first present some of the wider comparative findings, and then focus in on my ethnography of digital art musics in the UK. Starting from a symptomatic crisis in 2012, I draw on research in universities and other key British institutions supporting digital art musics, tracing the diffusion of knowledge economy and creative industries policies through the sector and analysing the frictional entanglement of political, institutional, technological, social and aesthetic change.

Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University, and was previously Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at Cambridge University. In fall 2013 she is Schulich Visiting Professor in Music at McGill University, and in spring 2014 Bloch Visiting Professor in Music at the University of California, Berkeley.

Room A720
Loeb Building
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Join award-winning flautist Jamie Baum, along with her quintet featuring the legendary Jane Bunnett, for a flute and improvisation clinic!

Please contact Richard at 613-521-5909 or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information or to register for the event.

Long & McQuade
2631 Alta Vista Dr
Ottawa, Ontario
613-521-5909

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8 to 11 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (available at the door or reserved in advance at https://markmclean.eventbrite.ca/ )

A Dave's Drum Shop Drum Clinic.

Mark McLean has worked with a who's-who assortment of jazz giants and pop icons, including Andrea Bocelli, Jamie Cullum, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Sample, Jimmy Webb, Vanessa Williams and producer Phil Ramone.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has an interest in jazz or any drummer who is looking for some musical inspiration. This clinic is sure to feature techniques and tips to help enhance your playing and music knowledge... plus its going to be a lot of fun. Join us at the very cozy Clock Tower Brewhouse downstairs bar for a pint and find out why Mark McLean is fast becoming known as "the drum whisperer".

More info: www.davesdrumshop.com/Sticks-Hardware-Accessories/Events/Mark+Mclean+Drum+Clinic

Clocktower Brew House (downstairs)
575 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario
613-233-7849

Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 10, 2013
Cost: $548.05 (tax included) + optional accommodation

Students will participate in a variety of activities:

  • Big band ensembles
  • Jazz combos
  • Choir
  • Small vocal ensembles
  • Guitar ensembles
  • Jazz theory classes
  • Ear training sessions
  • Improvising classes
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses

2013 Instructors include Joel Frahm, Andre White, Paul Tynan, Brian Browne, John Geggie, Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Mike Tremblay, Tim Bedner, Elise Letourneau, Nick Dyson, Wayne Eagles, James McGowan, James Wright.

Each evening, students will be treated to free concerts put on by the faculty and invited guests. These concerts start 7:00 pm are are held in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Tickets packages are available to the general public.

There will be a final student concert on Saturday August 10th at 7 p.m. also in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Each ensemble from the camp will get a chance to perform for family, friends and the general public.

Information: www.cujazzcamp.ca/

Loeb Building and Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

Thursday, August 21 to Monday, August 25, 2014
Cost: $565 (tax included) + optional accommodation
Carleton University Music students: $254.25 + optional accommodation

Students will participate in a variety of activities:

  • Big band ensembles
  • Jazz combos
  • Choir
  • Small vocal ensembles
  • Guitar ensembles
  • Jazz theory classes
  • Ear training sessions
  • Improvising classes
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses

2014 instructors include David Liebman, Dave Young, Joe Sullivan, Richard Irwin,  Brian Browne, Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Mike Tremblay, Tim Bedner, Elise Letourneau, Nick Dyson, Wayne Eagles, James McGowan, and James Wright.

Each evening, students will be treated to free concerts put on by the faculty and invited guests. These concerts start 7 p.m. are are held in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Ticket packages are available to the general public.

There will be a final student concert on Monday August 25 at 7 p.m. also in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Each ensemble from the camp will get a chance to perform for family, friends and the general public.

Information: www.cujazzcamp.ca/

Loeb Building and Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON