Update March 13: With the Junos being awarded this weekend (the jazz categories will be announced Saturday night), we're reminding you of which nominees you may have heard or be interested in.

The 2015 Juno award nominations, announced today, recognized several jazz musicians who presented major concerts in Ottawa in the last year.

Marianne Trudel telling the NAC audience about her new compositions on La Vie Commence Ici. ©2014 Brett Delmage
Marianne Trudel telling the NAC audience about her new compositions on La Vie Commence Ici. ©2014 Brett Delmage
They include Marianne Trudel, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Tanya Tagaq, Myriad3, Kirk MacDonald, and the Sultans of String – but unfortunately no Ottawa/Gatineau jazz or improvising musicians.

Montreal pianist Marianne Trudel was recognized for her new CD with Ingrid Jensen. OttawaJazzScene.ca interviewed her about the CD and reviewed her release concert at the NAC Fourth Stage as part of NAC Presents.

Toronto saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett was nominated for her CD with her new group of female musicians from Cuba. We interviewed her about Maqueque and reviewed their sold-out concerts here in July at GigSpace.

Toronto saxophonist Kirk MacDonald released two CDs in 2014, including the nominated album, Vista Obscura. OttawaJazzScene.ca interviewed him about his other album, Symmetry, and reviewed his show presenting that album at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Myriad3 (with Chris Donnelly, Ernesto Cervini, and Dan Fortin) presented their nominated album, The Where, at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and we reviewed their concert.

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq presented her new album, Animism, with jazz artists Jesse Zubot and Jean Martin, in a sold-out show at the NAC Fourth Stage in November, also as part of NAC Presents. That CD was nominated both both “Alternative Album of the Year” and “Aboriginal Album Of The Year”. Zubot was also nominated as “Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year” for his work on two songs on that album.

Jane Bunnett and Daymé Arceno of Maqueque at GigSpace ©Brett Delmage, 2014
Jane Bunnett and Daymé Arceno of Maqueque at GigSpace ©Brett Delmage, 2014
The Sultans of String appeared at the 2014 Ottawa Chamberfest Chamberfringe, and in several other concerts as well.

Elizabeth Shepherd, whom OttawaJazzScene.ca interviewed and reviewed in 2013 on the occasion of her previous album, was nominated for The Signal in the "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" category. She will perform in Ottawa in February.

As we reported before, non-vocal jazz albums were in new categories in 2015: solo and group. However, many of the “solo” nominees featured groups of musicians playing the lead artists' compositions, making it difficult to distinguish the categories.

The “Instrumental” category also contains several jazz-related artists, in particular pianist John Stetch, who appeared at the 2013 Ottawa jazz festival.

Jazz vocalist Nikki Yanofsky was nominated for her album, Little Secret, in the "Pop Album of the Year" category.

Here is the full list of jazz-related 2015 Juno nominees

Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year

  • Angela Galuppo: Angela Galuppo [Justin Time/Universal]
  • Diana Panton: Red [eOne]
  • Elizabeth Shepherd: The Signal [Linus/eOne]
  • Julie Crochetière: Counting Dreams [Vega/D.E.P.]
  • Molly Johnson: Because of Billie [Molly Johnson/Universal]

Jazz Album Of The Year: Solo

  • Jim Head: Zoetrope [Independent]
  • Kirk MacDonald: Vista Obscura [Addo/Conveyor]
  • Lenny Breau: LA Bootleg 1984 [Linus/eOne]
  • Marianne Trudel: La vie commence ici [Justin Time/Universal]
  • Owen Howard: Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore [Brooklyn Jazz Underground/Independent]

Jazz Album Of The Year: Group

  • Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti: Bristles [Independent]
  • Bobby Rice: Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz [Addo/Conveyor]
  • Brian Dickinson Trio featuring George Mraz and Ethan Ardelli: Fishs Eddy [Addo/Conveyor]
  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque [Justin Time/Universal]
  • Myriad3: The Where [Addo/Conveyor]

Instrumental Album Of The Year

  • Canadian Brass: Great Wall of China [Linus/eOne]
  • Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine [Anti/F.A.B.]
  • John Stetch: Off With the Cuffs [Addo/Conveyor]
  • Quartango: Encuentro [Tangovation]
  • Sultans of String: Symphony! [Independent/Red River]

Pop Album of the Year

  • Nikki Yanofsky: Little Secret [A440/Universal]

Recording Engineer of the Year

  • John “Beetle” Bailey for “Fine and Mellow” in Because Of Billie – Molly Johnson [Molly Johnson/Universal]

Recording Package Of The Year

  • Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) for Wonders Of The World – The Lost Fingers [Tandem/Sony]

Alternative Album of the Year

  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism [Six Shooter/Universal]

Aboriginal Album Of The Year

  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism [Six Shooter/Universal]

Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year

  • Jesse Zubot for “Caribou”, “Uja” on Tanya Tagaq: Animism [Six Shooter/Universal]

    – Alayne McGregor