Each week OttawaJazzScene.ca recommends a live jazz or improvised music performance in Ottawa-Gatineau from our comprehensive Jazz Bulletins. There's a lot of wonderful jazz being presented, so it's often a difficult choice.

NOTE: As of December 4, OttawaJazzScene.ca has changed when it releases its pick of the week, in order to give listeners more notice of shows they might want to attend before they sell out. Instead of being released on Wednesday, our pick will now be published on Sunday, and cover the following Monday to Sunday.

Saturday, December 16, 2017: The Justin Duhaime Trio featuring Denis Chang at the Bronson Centre

Ottawa jazz guitarist Justin Duhaime loves the swing and energy of gypsy jazz. He not only regularly plays it, but he's been responsible for showcasing several of its fine performers in concerts in Ottawa over the last few years, including violinist Tcha Limberger and guitarist Stephane Wrembel.

Montreal guitarist Denis Chang is a gypsy jazz performer and enthusiast; he's actually studied with gypsy jazz masters in Europe, and learned to understand Romany culture and Romanes, the language of the Gypsies. In concerts, he sings in Romanes. Besides guitar, he also plays acoustic bass and violin.

On Saturday, these two will team up with guitarist Zak Martel (formerly from northern Ontario, now studying with Chang in Montreal) for an evening of music inspired by the legacy of legendary French gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The show will end with a jam so bring your instruments or your voice.

Each week OttawaJazzScene.ca recommends a live jazz or improvised music performance in Ottawa-Gatineau from our comprehensive Jazz Bulletins. There's a lot of wonderful jazz being presented, so it's often a difficult choice.

NOTE: As of December 4, OttawaJazzScene.ca has changed when it releases its pick of the week, in order to give listeners more notice of shows they might want to attend before they sell out. Instead of being released on Wednesday, our pick will now be published on Sunday, and cover the following Monday to Sunday. Our previous pick was the Miguel de Armas Quartet at the NAC Fourth Stage, which is on December 6.

Saturday, December 9, 2017: The Christmas Cookout with The Prime Rib Big Band at Arts Court

Trumpeter Ed Lister is best known locally for the grooving jazz/neo-soul which he plays with the Chocolate Hot Pockets and ERU-ERA. But he's also a long-time fan of big band swing, and writes big band music in tradition of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. In March, he formed The Prime Rib Big Band, which includes many accomplished musicians on the Ottawa jazz scene, and they've been playing monthly at Irene's Pub as well as in special concerts. The band plays Ed's original material plus some big band classics. OttawaJazzScene.ca's Alayne McGregor heard them play at Southminster in October: it was music definitely in the tradition but with a well-written individual edge.

Each week OttawaJazzScene.ca recommends a live jazz or improvised music performance in Ottawa-Gatineau from our comprehensive Jazz Bulletins. There's a lot of wonderful jazz being presented, so it's often a difficult choice!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017: The Miguel de Armas Trio with special guests Amado Dedeu-Garcia, Lucas Haneman, and Petr Cancura at the NAC Fourth Stage

It’s going to be a lot of heat in an intimate space!

Following a series of high-profile, repeatedly sold-out concerts including at the Ottawa and Merrickville Jazz Festivals, Afro-Cuban master pianist Miguel Angel de Armas brings his tight latin jazz ensemble of percussion, electric bass, and piano back to the NAC Fourth Stage after four years. It’s a rare performance by a local jazz musician in the NAC Presents series. They'll will play tunes from their new album "What's To Come" released in Toronto November 1.

de Armas had an impressive musical background in Cuba, recording dozens of albums, and collaborating with Cuban legends. He brought his energy to Ottawa when he moved here, playing with a huge expanse of local jazz musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds in his own series; presenting his own special shows, and composing original music. He’s brought ‘global warming’ to Ottawa in a good way with his original, Cuban, and Canadian jazz.

The group will be joined by Amado-Dedeu Garcia on batás (Afro Cuban percussion) and vocals, Lucas Haneman on guitar and Petr Cancura on saxophone, to augment the Latin rhythms.

You may want to sit near the bar, where there’s room for you get up and dance if you just can’t stay in your seat - and be conveniently cooled down again afterwards with a beverage.

Miguel de Armas with special guests Amado Dedeu-Garcia, Lucas Haneman, and Petr Cancura performs at at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage (1 Elgin Street) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. See here to purchase tickets and for more information. All OC Transpo Transitway routes and Routes 5 and 14 stop nearby. New, covered bicycle parking is located at the back of the NAC (canal side) by the Studio.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017: Peter and Will Anderson with Adam Moezinia at Southminster United Church

As many jazz listeners have experienced, a group of musicians sound better (“tighter”) together the more they perform together. This Saturday you can hear two brothers who have a lifetime of experience playing, earning music degrees, and performing together.

Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson seamlessly weave their saxophone, clarinet, and flute melodies and improvisations in compositions from the Great American Songbook and by themselves. They’re inspired by Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron, and classical composers like Debussy, Ravel, Aaron Copland, and Gershwin.

The NYC musicians spend half their time touring, but Ottawa will be their first Canadian performance.

Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with the duo: Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson make Canadian jazz debut in Concerts by the Canal

Peter and Will Anderson will perform with Adam Moezinia in the Concerts by the Canal series on Saturday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street, just south of the Bank Street Bridge). Tickets are $25 ($10 for students), and are available at the door or at www.southminsterunitedchurch.com/concerts-by-the-canal . OC Transpo routes 6 and 7 stop immediately in front of the church.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017: Live @ Record Runner: Mélanie E. CD Release at Record Runner Rehearsal Studios

At OttawaJazzScene.ca, we love projects that reflect musicians' individuality, music that only they could create and perform. That's certainly true with this project: jazz reimaginings of songs that were popular on Quebec radio between the 1950s and 1980s. Many favourite Québeçois songwriters are included – Félix Leclerc, Robert Charlebois, Claude Léveillée – all music which vocalist Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton loved to listen to as she was growing up.

She and her husband, tuba player Keith Hartshorn-Walton, have rearranged these songs for a jazz quartet (voice, tuba, guitar, drums), adding jazz grooves while still keeping the songs recognizable and enjoyable. The result:  upbeat and melodic, with the tuba holding down the bass end, and voice and guitar floating above. It's a celebration of this music, and a new way of looking at and listening to it – just what jazz is supposed to do!

You can hear the songs on the quartet's new CD, Chemin, and live at the quartet's CD release show on Saturday evening at Record Runner Rehearsal Studios.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with Mélanie and Keith Hartshorn-Walton about this project, this CD, and this show, and how they combine family and music.

Mélanie E (Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton, Keith Hartshorn-Walton, Michel Delage, and Alex Tompkins) release their new CD, Chemin, at Record Runner Rehearsal Studios, Unit 6, 159 Colonnade Road South, on Saturday, November 18, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. See here for tickets and more information. OC Transpo route 86C stops in front of the building. The venue is also easily accessible by bike or car.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017: "Better Late than Never" at Live! on Elgin

Peter Feldman has always been passionate about jazz and singing, but for most of his life he's promoted and helped other musicians. In the past few years, he's been singing jazz and pop with the a cappella group Cuppa Joe. This week, he finally steps out as a leader, supported by three experienced local jazz musicians: bassist and musical director Normand Glaude, pianist J.P. Allain, and drummer Angel Araos. Feldman promises a repertoire with jazz tunes that you won't have heard every vocalist perform: songs like a vocal version of "Take Five", and Joni Mitchell's "Edith and the Kingpin".

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with Feldman about this show.

Peter Feldman presents "Better Late than Never" at Live! on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor (downtown at Lisgar Street), on Thursday, November 9, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. See here for tickets and more information. OC Transpo routes 5 and 14 run on Elgin Street immediately by the venue, and the downtown Transitway is only a few blocks away. The venue is also easily accessible by bike or car.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017: The Bank Street Bonbons CD Release Show at Irene's

The Bank Street Bonbons are Mike Essoudry's newest brass band. It's eight horn players – ranging from trumpet to sousaphone – plus him on drums. They play Mike's own compositions, plus his arrangements of pop songs not usually given the jazz treatment. It's all a very upbeat and dancing vibe, played by very fine Ottawa jazz musicians. As Mike describes it: "Brass like you've never heard!"

They recorded their first CD, MOVE! several months ago. This is the official CD release show, and they'll play the entire album, plus old Mash Potato Mashers songs, and more.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's review of the Bank Street Bonbons. We thoroughly enjoyed the band's energy and interaction.

The Bank Street Bonbons release their first CD on Saturday, November 4, starting at 9:30 p.m.. at Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street in the Glebe. Cover is $10. The pub isn't all that big, so early arrival is recommended. OC Transpo routes 6 and 7 run on Bank Street immediately by the pub, and it's also easily accessible by bike or car.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017: TABLE 4 FOUR Debut/Première at Les Brasseurs du Temps

At OttawaJazzScene.ca, we love writing about dreamers, musicians who try a new project and throw their hearts into it. Nicole Ratté has been dreaming about this project for four years, about how she could combine these four specific voices. You can hear the result in their debut on Sunday at BDT.

It's a new group of four Ottawa Jazz vocalists –  Ratté herself, Dominique Forest, Kieran Milne, and Steve Berndt – who sing jazz and jazz-related songs. They've each picked a specific jazz style: mainstream jazz for Berndt, jazz/pop for Forest, funk for Milne and chanson Française for Ratté. They'll be singing some songs in 4-part harmony, and others in duos, and solos, in many different combinations. Backing them will be an experienced jazz trio: J.P. Allain on piano, Normand Glaude on bass, and Scott Latham on drums.

It's it's smaller than Ratté's last project, which had 40 musicians on-stage, but still big enough. There's a lot of past connections within the group: she and Forest performed together in several tribute shows, Milne performed on Forest's debut CD, Ratté performed with Milne's Big Band Caravane, and Ratté knew Steve Berndt. For this group, they've adapted some arrangements from vocal groups like the New York Voices and the Swingle Singers, and written other original arrangements.

Listen to OttawaJazzScene.ca's podcast interview with the members of Table 4 Four to learn more about the project and how they're blending their voices.

Table 4 Four, with Nicole Ratté, Dominique Forest, Kieran Milne, and Steve Berndt, will perform at Les Brasseurs du Temps, 170 rue Montcalm in downtown Gatineau, on Sunday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($25) can be bought in advance at table4four.ca .  Les Brasseurs du Temps is a local micro-brewery and restaurant; it is on the STO bus Rapibus line. From Ottawa, take OC Transpo route 8 to Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere and walk north on Montcalm (a 6-8 minute walk). BDT is also easily accessible by bike or car: take the Chaudière Bridge across the Ottawa River.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017: Steve Boudreau Trio "Preludes" CD release show at the NAC Fourth Stage

This will be the very first jazz show at the newly-rebuilt NAC Fourth Stage. It will be an quiet piano trio show where every note matters, which plays to the strengths of the Fourth Stage: its intimacy and its closeness between the performers and the audience

It's also a CD release show: Boudreau's first for a jazz trio, and showcases his increasing interest in the music of Jazz Age composer George Gershwin. The centerpiece of the CD, and of the show, will be Gershwin's three short Preludes, but there will also be numerous other Gershwin pieces, many from Porgy and Bess. Boudreau will also add several of his own pieces performed in the same overall style.

This has been a real labour of love for Boudreau, a project which he has been refining in live performances with the trio over the past two years, and doing considerable research for. While he read a biography of Gershwin, he would add each piece mentioned to his queue on Spotify and listen to versions both by Gershwin and by other pianists to understand how each piece had been interpreted. He also arranged each of the pieces, and in particular the Preludes which are more usually presented for solo piano, to work with the strengths of this jazz trio.

Listen to OttawaJazzScene.ca's podcast interview with Boudreau to learn more about why Boudreau thinks so highly of Gershwin, and about the CD and concert.

The Steve Boudreau Trio, with Boudreau on piano, John Geggie on double bass, and Michel Delage on drums, releases its CD, Preludes, at the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance on the NAC website via Ticketmaster or in person at the NAC box office without fees. The NAC can be reached by any Transitway or other bus that runs downtown. It's also easily accessible by bike or car.

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