The Ottawa Jazz Festival has just announced a new headliner for its first Saturday night (June 26).

American soul singer Bettye LaVette will be performing on the main stage. She will be preceded by the Al Henderson Septet (6 p.m.) and the David Sanborn Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco (7:30).

LaVette was last seen in Ottawa in 2008 at Bluesfest.

In late May, LaVette released a new album: Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, which she gives soul/R&B interpretations of 60s and 70s hits by artists like The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, The Moody Blues, The Animals, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and The Beatles. The theme for the album was suggested by Lavette's husband, after she brought down the house at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. with a performance of The Who's Love, Reign O'er Me.

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– Alayne McGregor