Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10, 2015
Tuition: $450
Registration deadline: June 3, 2015


  • Mike Tremblay
  • Patrick Denison
  • Brady Leafloor

The camp will include working within a quartet or quintet, jazz improvisation workshops, masterclasses, a jam session, a saxophone choir and chamber groups, and sight-reading sessions. Students will work through challenging material of varying styles, and will perform at a public concert at the end of the week.

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Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue (at Loretta, just west of Preston Avenue)
Ottawa, ON
Accessible by OC Transpo routes 14 and 85

Thursday, March 25 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (available at the door or in advance)
Advance ticket locations:  Dave's Drum Shop or Carleton University Music Department (Loeb Building, 9th Floor)

Ian Froman, an alumni from Nepean High School, will describe and demonstrate the elements and techniques used by many of today's top contemporary jazz drummers.

Contact Jeff Asselin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

A seasoned creative and working musician, Ian moved to the US from Ottawa where he began playing drums in his early teens, to study Jazz Performance, first at Berklee College of Music (B.M., 1984; selected to attend the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida to study with Elvin Jones), and then with Miroslav Vitous at the New England Conservatory (M.M., 1986).

Ian is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, New School University and City College of New York. Ian lives in New York City, where he has performed and recorded with many of the city’s top artists.

His extensive touring in North America, Europe, and Asia has included club, concert, and festival appearances, as well as television and radio broadcasts with such artists as: John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton, Marc Copland, Garry Dial, Mathew Garrison, George Garzone, Larry Goldings, Mick Goodrick, Larry Grenadier, Tim Hagans, Craig Handy, John Hart, Kevin Hayes, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Cecil McBee, Ron McClure, Ben Monder, George Mraz, Mike Stern, John Taylor, Miroslav Vitous, and Kenny Wheeler.

He has received two Canadian Juno Awards (1998, 1999), two Jazz Report Magazine awards (1998, 1999), and a West Coast Music Award (1998) for his work with the Canadian group Metalwood.

Ian’s discography is also extensive. The range of his work can be appreciated by listening to his contributions to Rick Margitza’s Heart of Hearts, Sheryl Bailey’s Power of 3 CD’s, Wolfgang Schalk’s Quartet CD’s, The Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet, Laszlo Gardony’s The Secret, Manu Pekar’s Passages, Ahmad Mansour’s Penumbra, Episode, Oxiana and Tumbleweed.

The Ian Froman Quartet will perform at Cafe Paradiso on Friday March 26th with local artists  Mike Tremblay, Mark Ferguson, and Alex Mastronardi.
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Studio A
Ninth Floor, Loeb Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Carleton University

Saturday, March 12 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: $10 (adults) $5 (students)

Hailed as “A jazz genius to call our own” by Maclean’s Magazine, David Braid is among a new generation of Canadian artists making a compelling statement about original Canadian music on international stages. Braid has performed across Western Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada.

Recently awarded 2009 Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year (2007), recognizing his output of over 70 works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. He is a JUNO Award winner, multi-National Jazz Award winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ JazzID Award.

David Braid will perform at Cafe Paradiso on Saturday, March 12, in a CD release concert for his new solo CD, Verge.

For more information, call the Carleton University Music Department Office at 613-520-5770. Private lessons also available.

Studio A
Ninth Floor, Loeb Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Carleton University

Saturday, May 21 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Admission: $20 (adults) $10 (students) (available at the door)

Hosted by Tim Bedner and James McGowan

David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the early ‘70s with his "apprenticeship" period performing and recording in the groups of drummer Elvin Jones ("Live At The Lighthouse") and Miles Davis ("On The Corner"). Since then he has led his own combo, featuring musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris. Dave Liebman has consistently placed among the top three in the Downbeat Critics Poll for Soprano Saxophone since 1973 and is considered by critics as the leading exponent of this very specialized instrument.

Quite possibly the hardest-working saxophonist—if not the hardest working musician, period—active today, not a month goes by when there doesn't seem to be a new release from veteran jazzer Dave Liebman. In the last two years alone, Liebman has been spotted collaborating with another active saxophonist, Evan Parker, on Relevance (Red Toucan, 2010), and drummer Michael Stephans on Nomads (ITMP, 2009), while mining the modern mainstream with the collective super group Contact on Five on One (Pirouet, 2010), also featuring pianist Marc Copland, guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Billy Hart.

• Multiple Grammy Award nominations
• 2011 National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz Award (highest distinction in American jazz)
• 2010 German Journalists Association Record of the Year Award (“Turnaround”)
• 2009 Order of Arts and Letters (France)
• 2007 Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone
• 2000 Inductee, International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame
• 1997 Honorary Doctorate, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
• Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz
• Artist in Residence, Manhattan School of Music, New York City

Liebman is also playing at Café Paradiso the same weekend.

For information: 613-520-5700 (Carleton Music Office) Free parking available in Lot P1, shown on the campus map:

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Friday, October 28, 2011 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 (adults) $5 (students) (available at the door)

  • Kevin Breit - guitar
  • Matt Brubeck - cello
  • Jesse Stewart - drums

Stretch Orchestra (formerly the Tallboys) is an improvisational trio. An assembly of three highly sympathetic players, they represent the cream of improvising musicians who live in, near to, or maintain strong ties to Guelph.

Jesse writes: "The Stretch Orchestra consists of guitar wizard Kevin Breit (6’4”), cellist extraordinaire Matt Brubeck (6’8”), and me. In addition to being really tall, Kevin and Matt are really talented. Indeed, they are two of the finest musicians I know. Kevin has performed and/or recorded with Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Celine Dion, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, and many more. He has performed on 13 Grammy Award-winning recordings and multiple Juno winners. Cellist Matt Brubeck’s list of performing/recording credentials is similarly impressive and equally diverse: has worked with Tom Waits, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks, and his father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, among many others.

"It is hard for me to describe the music of this group because there is nothing else quite like it (that I know of anyways). The music ranges from jazz to folk to rock to various world influences—sometimes within a single tune."

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Friday, November 11, 2011 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 (adults) $5 (students) (available at the door)

Malcolm Goldstein, as composer/violinist, has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960's, in New York City, as co-founder of the Tone Roads Ensemble and as participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, presenting solo violin concerts and appearing as soloist with new music and dance ensembles.

Since the mid-1960's, Goldstein has integrated structured improvisation elements into his compositions, exploring the rich sound-textures of new performance techniques within a variety of instrumental and vocal frameworks. His "soundings" improvisations have received international acclaim for having "reinventing violin playing", extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity.

Goldstein will appear in concert with Jesse Stewart at the Carleton University Art Gallery on the same evening.

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Friday, November 25, 2011 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 (adults) $5 (students) (available at the door)

The masterclass will cover both jazz and rock guitar.

Artist: Ken Rosser

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 ($5 for students)

Carleton University will host an afternoon workshop by Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux. Nachoff, Canadian-born but based in New York City, is not only a leading innovator on tenor saxophone but also a clarinetist and composer. He has toured extensively across the globe as both a leader and a sideman. Nachoff has also completed many significant commissions, composing in contemporary and classical styles as easily as he does in the jazz idiom. His musical talents have been recognised through many awards, including a Juno Award.

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux—comprised of Dave Binney on alto saxophone; Matt Mitchell on the Fender Rhodes electric piano; Kenny Wolleson on drums; and Nachoff himself on tenor saxophone—will lead this workshop as part of the first annual Ottawa Winter JazzFest. They will perform again at 10 p.m. at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. The workshop will mark the beginning of a partnership between the Ottawa Jazz Festival and Carleton University. This year, the Winter JazzFest is being introduced to the Ottawa Jazz Festival concert series by artistic director Petr Cancura, a Carleton University Music alumnus.

NYC-based Canadian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Quinsin “Nachoff is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts” (Globe and Mail).  His CD of original music, Magic Numbers (Songlines), was heralded as “one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years"(

He has recently completed several weighty commissions. A suite for Australian trumpeter Peter Knight’s 5+2 Brass Ensemble was premiered in June 2011 at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. An extended work for big band was commissioned by the Greg Runions big band and was premiered in September 2010 with guest soloist trumpet ace Tim Hagans. A commission for contemporary music ensemble Toca Loca was released on Centrediscs (2009). Nachoff is currently working on a Violin Concerto commission for virtuoso Montreal violinist Nathalie Bonin and a classical work for clarinetist Peter Stoll and the Cecilia String Quartet.

He has toured internationally and nationally as a leader and is also active as a sideman with a multitude of creative projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. Most recently he was in Australia for a 3-week tour of his disc FoMo, and in France with Bruno Tocanne’s Collective New Dreams. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Japan, China, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand.

Nachoff was the winner of a 2007 Chalmers Fellowship, the 2004 KM Hunter Award in Music, semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition, a winner in the Canada Council Jazz I.D. Showcase and has been nominated for numerous Canadian National Jazz Awards, including Saxophonist and Clarinetist of the Year (2007 & 2008). “...a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor” - Downbeat Magazine “ impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.” - Don Heckman, LA Times

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Admission: TBA

Carleton University will host an afternoon workshop by saxophonist Petr Cancura. Cancura is a well-known jazz musician, based in Brooklyn, NY, as well the programming manager of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

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Carleton University
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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 3 p.m.

Hamid Drake is a master and unforgettable drummer and percussionist based in Chicago, best known for his work in improvisational music. He has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, and bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups).

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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