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Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9, 2019:  The 2019 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival at La Nouvelle Scène

Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee plays with two different groups at the 2019 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival ©Brett Delmage, 2012

Three good things about this year's winter jazz festival:

1) It's all jazz

2) It features an excellent mix of talented American and Canadian jazz musicians, with a wide enough range of styles to appeal to almost all jazz fans

3) It has invited three talented musicians – Montreal pianist Marianne Trudel, the JUNO-nominated Toronto guitarist Kevin Breit, and NYC saxophonist Michael Blake – as festival artists-in-residence, and will feature them in four concerts in new collaborations among themselves and with other artists.

Like vocal jazz? Go hear Nellie McKay, Megan Jerome's Together Ensemble, or vocalist Marin Patenaude with Pugs & Crows.

Piano jazz? The Joey Calderazzo Trio, and the Marianne Trudel Trio.

Something funkier? The 33Z's tribute to Aretha Franklin, or Rémi-Jean LeBlanc's quartet.

Music a bit off-the-wall? Kevin Breit’s Bona Fide Scoundrels.

Enjoy the unexpected? Try any of the four Artists-in-Residence Collaborations, or the “unscripted” and “intuitive” music of the  Michael Blake Trio with Jerry Granelli and Peggy Lee.

Interested in everything? Check out the full line-up.

Read about the 2019 winter festival, the artists who will be performing there, and its new approach this year in our overview article. We've added extra information to give you a fuller picture of each of the concerts and artists.

As of Thursday morning, the number of day passes is limited, but none of the individual concerts is yet sold out. The 33Z concert (which has sold out in previous years) has only a limited number of tickets.

The 2019 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival runs from Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9, with 4-5 concerts per night, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Concerts generally run 1 to 1¼ hours long. There will also be free late-night jam sessions starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. You can buy tickets to individual concerts or a pass for an entire day.Tickets are $25 or $30, plus tax and fees. The Thursday and Friday day passes are $68.93, plus tax and fees; the Saturday pass is 74.58, plus tax and fees. Tickets are available in advance from the Ottawa Jazz Festival: on-line, over the phone, or in person at their offices. Tickets will also be sold at the door, if available.

The festival will be held at La Nouvelle Scène, which is located at 333 King Edward Avenue in Lowertown, one long block north of Rideau Street. OC Transpo routes 7, 12, 14, and 18 all stop on Rideau Street nearby, and the theatre is also walking distance from the Mackenzie-King station on the Transitway. Try the OC Transpo Trip Planner to find your trip to the show!

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