Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $20, $15 for students

  • Mike Rud - guitar

One of Canada’s finest jazz guitarists, Mike Rud will talk about one of the things that makes jazz unique among musical styles: improvising using a pre-set vocabulary. How do our favorite artists seemingly make grooving melodies up, right off the top of their heads? There’s a fascinating solution to this problem, that is rarely discussed. Don’t miss this under-the-hood perspective, at the engine of jazz improv. It’s a beautiful and inspiring process that will help you play more solidly, and with more inspiration.

Also, Mike will answer your questions on any guitar or jazz topic!

Mike Rud is a jazz guitarist and music teacher currently living in Montreal. He holds two music degrees from McGill University, and has studied at the Banff International Jazz Workshop and with jazz guitar master Jim Hall in New York. Mike has performed with Herb Ellis, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Randy Brecker, Ralph Bowen, Joe LaBarbera, Guido Basso, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Denzal Sinclaire, John Stetch and many others. He has three CDs of his own out, Whyte Avenue, Chimbe, and Live from Lotusland, and is a guest on several other CDs. He is currently working on a new CD project, Notes on Montreal.

www.mikerud.com/

Tickets available at the door. Advance tickets available by calling 613-729-0693. Because of the limited space, advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Rud will also be  playing a duo show with Tim Bedner on Sunday at ZenKitchen, and will be playing in a trio at BrookStreet Options Jazz Lounge on Friday and Saturday.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693
www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturdays - 2 to 3 p.m. (continuing in 2014)
Cost: $10/drop-in or $15/three classes.

Weekly sessions designed to help you improve your sight reading. We will listen, sing & play through melodies and chord changes from the jazz standard repertoire.

Instructor: Steve Boudreau, M.M., B.MUS.

“Steve, if I could read like you I’d stay home all day and play piano music.”-Jerry Bergonzi

For beginner to advance readers. Weekly handouts. For all instruments – bring it with you or contact us to borrow a keyboard. To sign up, get more info, and confirm weekly dates contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-302-6859.

Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Ingrid Jensen is visiting Ottawa on Tuesday, April 22nd to perform at the NAC Fourth Stage with Michael Webster's Momentus Ontario Tour II – Ottawa. Nick Dyson and Trumpet Bootcamp have arranged for Ingrid to give a masterclass at GigSpace that day.

Student performances from trumpeters:

  • Éric Littlewood
  • Ben King
  • Evan Dalling
  • Megan Venables

Rhythm Section:

  • Benaias Lemma, guitar
  • Cyan Donati, bass
  • Andrew Laporte Ferderber, drums

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid Jensen headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the ENJA label and her latest CD, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.

Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.

Jensen can be heard as a soloist with the Christine Jensen Orchestra, her own own quartet and quintet formations, Project O, Nordic Connect and a number of other New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York and is seen yearly in the top five of the Downbeat Critic polls in the Talent deserving wider recognition category. She has performed with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra for more than a decade.

Currently, she is an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693
www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost for both sessions: $175

This workshop is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists who wish to understand basic improvisation skills and techniques. Using an organized system to clarify chord theory, basic rhythm counting, hearing the chord changes and keeping your place within the form, you’ll start building very important tools to improvise in any idiom.

The only instrument you will use in this class is your voice, even if you have never sung before. The ability to sing your ideas gives you a way to express them and make them yours, even if you haven’t worked them out on your regular instrument.

Instructor: Tim Bedner, an award winning music educator who presents a well-grounded class in a step-by-step manner designed for ease of understanding.

To register, call all 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More info: www.alcornmusicstudios.com/jazz-improv-everyone/

Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693


Christine Duncan teaches vocal jazz at the 2008 JazzWorks jazz camp ©Brett Delmage, 2008
Christine Duncan teaches vocal jazz at the 2008 JazzWorks jazz camp ©Brett Delmage, 2008
Ottawa Jazz Happenings announced July 24 that the registration deadline for the 2010 JazzWorks Jazz Camp (August 19-22) has been extended, and applications are still being accepted.

As well, a new guest artist has been announced: New York recording artist Don Braden (replacing Ted Nash). "Don Braden is a master of the tenor and soprano saxophone and also an outstanding flutist. He has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest and as a sideman with such greats as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others. Don has composed music for everything from duo to symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings, film and television. An active performer in the New York area, he is also on the faculty of the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Gronengin, Holland."

Led by Toronto trumpet player and Guest Artistic Director, Jim Lewis, other 2010 JazzWorks returning faculty include Canadian jazz musicians: vocalists Julie Michels, Christine Duncan and Sharada Banman, pianist David Restivo, drummers Jean Martin and Nick Fraser, saxophonists Remi Bolduc and Frank Lozano, as well as Rob Frayne for composition and arranging. New or returning after several years are pianist Nancy Walker, bassist Kieran Overs, guitarists Kim Ratcliffe and Garry Elliott and trombonist William Carn.

The camp is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians (all levels, beginner through professional), and advanced high school musicians, to immerse themselves in a full weekend of music-making through original composition, solo and combo performance. Many local jazz musicians have attended the camp over the last 17-odd years and said they learned a great deal from the experience.

Ottawa Jazz Happenings also said that the original composition development done by jazz combos at the camp will be part of the preparation for a special event/concert that will take place in Ottawa in fall 2010. Originals, sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council, will feature JazzWorks faculty and participants as they present their newly created works to the Ottawa community.

See more photos by Brett Delmage of the 2008 Jazz Camp here.

Wednesdays, starting January 18, 2012 - 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: TBA

Jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté will guide the participants with the ABC's of jazz techniques while helping them discovering their voice with individual songs and group exploration and improvisation. At the end of the session, students should have an idea of the origins and styles of jazz, structure of standards, intros, endings, how to work with musicians, etc. The participants should also have some notions of vocal technique, phrasing, interpretation, stage presence, etc. Scat and singing in harmony will also be introduced.

More information: www.ateliersjazzvocal.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location: TBA (in Gatineau)

Mondays from January 23 to May 14, 2012 - 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: TBA

The Club de Jazz will be organized within the next few weeks with two components: a weekly workshop and social activities, all in French.

Jazz singer Nicole Ratté will be hosting this weekly workshop. Participants should already have some experience in jazz singing, whether at jazz camp or elsewhere. Nicole will teach vocal technique, stage presence, how to work with musicians, exploration of jazz repertoire, etc.  Every week, all the participants will sing individually and receive coaching. Guest musicians will be invited and we might organize small concerts for those interested. A bigger show will be held at the end of the session with a trio or a quartet. We are also planning some social activities.

Join us if you want to sing jazz and practice your French at the same time!

More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuition: $30

The ABCs of jazz singing, with jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté.

It's the first of a series of workshops hosted by jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté every fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 until 10 p.m.

This week, Nicole will guide jazz beginners into the discovery of jazz. She will talk about what's a jazz standard, its structure, intros & endings, the characteristics of jazz, etc.

More information:  819 665-2906 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or see www.vocaljazzworkshops.com .

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, February 11, 2012 -
Tickets: TBA

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Thursdays for six weeks beginning March 22, 2012 - 6 to 7 p.m.
Tuition: $75
Call 613-729-0693 to register

Each week, enjoy music selections chosen by veteran jazz critic Lois Moody from her extensive collection of recordings. Compare and contrast different versions of songs, engage in open discussion about what your gut reaction is.  Become confident in your musical tastes while appreciating alternate points of view. Lois Moody has researched the music and drawn on her years of music writing to create a course full of interesting choices bridging several genres of music.

Lois Moody:
Lois Moody’s active involvement in music began in the early years of elementary school. A more demanding phase started in university where she was assigned the “music beat” on the university newspaper.  After arriving in Ottawa to join a federal government agency, she soon became a contributor to the monthly newspaper of the Recreation Association of the Public Service.  The next challenge arose when, as a committee member for the recently formed Jazz Ottawa organization, she was tasked with drumming up media coverage for the organization’s plans. This led to an offer to write about jazz as a freelancer for the Ottawa Citizen for the next fifteen years.  Along the way, Ottawa’s annual jazz festival was inaugurated.  From early writing about this festival, her later involvement extended to becoming s volunteer and serving a term on the festival’s Board of Directors.  Subsequent freelance writing opportunities arose with jazz publications in both Canada and the US, ranging from brief news summaries to longer articles and interviews.  Active support of music organizations and events in the National Capital regions and increasing opportunities to hear a growing community of excellent musicians keep Lois busy- free from deadlines.  Musician’s value Lois for her knowledge, valuable input and her honest and direct feedback on performances.

More information: gigspaceottawa.com/the-listening-room

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com