Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5, 2013
Three-Day comprehensive tuition and concert pass: $160
Individual one-day tuition and single concert pass: $65
Single concert ticket: $35
Three-day concert pass (only): $80

Guitar Now! brings together some of Canada's (and the world's!) finest guitarists for a three-day series of workshops and concerts. Guitar students aged 14 and older will learn their craft from the masters in a series of explorations, workshops and concerts.

Jazz musicians performing and teaching include: Vic Juris, Ben Monder, Mike Rud, Matt Warnock, Guilherme Vincens, Brandon Bernstein, Steve Raegele, Amy Brandon, Tim Bedner, Wayne Eagles, Roddy Ellias, Garry Elliott, and Lucas Haneman. Classical, country, and fingerstyle guitarists (including Don Ross) will also be participating.

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Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

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Monday, March 18, 2013 and continuing to April 29 (no class on April 1) - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 for six sessions

Have you ever wanted to learn about how jazz is performed and how it evolved? Ottawa Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Adrian Cho will teach a six-part series in jazz history. Previous sessions of this course, taught at Carleton University’s Learning in Retirement program, were highly praised. Adrian talks about jazz history and the social and cultural setting in which jazz evolved, analyses audio and video recordings, provides insight into jazz performance, performs with other jazz musicians, and uses rhythm and singing exercises to engage participants.

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Leeds House Building, Room 124
Carleton University

Last updated March 7, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95 (JazzWorks members); $125 (non-members)

Looking for a hands-on musical challenge? Attend the JazzWorks Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout!

Building on twenty years of successful summer camp workshops, JazzWorks is pleased to announce the March launch of its first Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, organized by our Artistic Director John Geggie.

This intensive one-day event focuses on playing pre-selected well-known tunes in different styles, keys, feels, group combinations and tempos– the ultimate combo workout for all musicians. There will be a limit of 40 participants, to be divided into two sections, each with the capacity for up to two complete rhythm sections, at least half a dozen instrumentalists and as many as four vocalists. Different combinations within each section will be coached by two faculty members who will offer advice, direction and immediate feedback on such topics as improvisation, ensemble playing, stylistic considerations and group interaction.

Faculty: Joining longtime JazzWorks faculty member Nancy Walker (piano) is Ottawa's most respected and busiest jazz musician, Roddy Ellias (guitar) and JazzWorks newcomer, vocalist and composer Sienna Dahlen from Toronto.

Update March 7: Montreal saxophonist, composer, and arranger Christine Jensen will also be a faculty member, replacing Frank Lozano. Jensen won the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2011 for her album, Treelines.

All instrumentalists will be required to bring their own instruments and gear; a PA will be provided for the vocalists in each combo. The lists of required repertoire and accompanying instructions will be made available upon registration, to ensure all participants are prepared in advance.

Refreshments will be provided mid morning and mid afternoon. Bring your own lunch

To register or for more information: Anna Frlan at 613-523-0316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard
just east of Place d'Orleans
easy and frequent transit access (routes 95 and 101, plus local buses)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95 (JazzWorks members); $125 (non-members)

Building on the success of our popular summer Jazz Camp, JazzWorks is pleased to announce our second annual one-day spring workshop, the Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, organized by JazzWorks Artistic Director, John Geggie. This intensive, hands-on workshop focuses on how to get inside a tune: playing it in different styles, keys, and tempos.

Discover how tunes are constructed from a melodic and harmonic perspective in a fun and supportive atmosphere. In the process, you’ll get plenty of playing time with various group combinations, and feedback from the instructors:

  • guitarist Kevin Barrett
  • piano player Steve Boudreau
  • vocalist Sharada Banman and
  • trumpet player Jim Lewis,

all exceptional jazz musicians and educators. This workshop is open to musicians at all levels from beginner to advanced.

All instrumentalists will be required to bring their own instruments and gear. A PA will be provided for the vocalists in each combo. Music charts for practice purposes will be provided to registrants beforehand. To help with key changing strategies, additional keys can be supplied upon request.

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Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
(Sandy Hill, just east of the Rideau Centre)

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $105 (Friends of JazzWorks or full-time students); $135 otherwise

Have You ever Wanted to Learn to Sing Jazz?

Whether you are new to vocal jazz, or want to take your music to new heights of expression and musicality, JazzWorks is hosting a workshop series that is designed to help you achieve your goals. This comprehensive, hands-on series of workshops will be led by jazz vocalist Sharada Banman, who holds a Masters degree in music, is an educator in the vocal program at Vanier College in Montreal, and is a regular faculty member at JazzWorks.

In addition to touching on the fundamental and essential parts of jazz development, under Sharada’s professional coaching participants will work with accomplished accompanists in song presentation and performance.

The first day-long workshop in the series is Learning a New Tune in Your Personal Style. In the morning, participants will learn how to build a repertoire of tunes suited to them, how to create a binder with lead sheets in their key, critical listening and ear training exercises. A traditional masterclass will follow in the afternoon. Participants will sing in front of the group with accompanist Mark Ferguson on piano. Sharada will provide feedback on individual performances and make suggestions on how to improve the songs.

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Bluesfest School of Music & Art
450 Churchill Avenue (Westboro)

Monday, October 15, 2012 (and each week until November 19) - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $95 Soloway members, $115 non-members

Instructor: Adrian Cho

This six-part course will demystify jazz by helping participants understand how jazz originated and evolved and how it was performed over the years. This will give participants the opportunity to appreciate jazz in its many forms. Key figures in the history of jazz including Mile Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Benny Goodman and many others will be covered. The curriculum will include a focus on the Jewish influence in jazz. The instructor will breakdown jazz performances by providing live demonstrations with other professional jazz musicians.

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Soloway Jewish Community Centre
21 Nadolny Sachs Private

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 1 p.m.
Cost: $50 for participants, $10 for audience
Spaces must be purchased in advance at Café Paradiso.

Steve Kuhn will offer a piano masterclass session at Café Paradiso. Minimum of 10 participants required.

Kuhn played with John Coltran and  Kenny Dorham in the 1960s and more recently has recorded with players such as Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Tom Harrell.

Café Paradiso
199 Bank Street

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 6 p.m.
Free, but advance registration required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ten Legal Problems You Didn't Know You Had
Sponsored by Artists' Legal Services Ottawa

For all artists (not just musicians): legal issues regarding your craft.

Saw Gallery
67 Nicholas Street (below Arts Court)

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Tom Puwalski - clarinet

Tom Puwalski (Principal Soloist, US Army Field Band, retired) will focus on the improvement of individual and section clarinet sound and intonation. Tom is an excellent clinician, and we would encourage all of your students, local band and ensembles and even yourself to attend. The masterclass will be free, and will also be interactive (so bring your instrument!).

Sponsored by St. John's Music and Backun Musical Services.

St. John's Music
1541 Merivale Road (at Capilano)
Ottawa, ON

Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 10 to 5 p.m.

Hosted by the University of Ottawa, and includes:

  • masterclasses in the morning
  • clinics in the afternoon
  • a concert by the University of Ottawa saxophone studio at 3 p.m.
  • equipment displays by local music stores.

Perez Hall
610 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON