Jazz musicians will celebrate Canada's birthday in Ottawa on July 1, in free concerts.
The jazz festival closes out with three free jazz shows in Confederation Park on the festival main stage. At 2 p.m., you can hear young jazz musicians from across Canada (right from St. John's to Vancouver) showing off what they've learned in the festival's Youth Summit in the last 10 days.
Did you know that the Canadian Forces has its own band, and many of Ottawa's most talented jazz musicians played or still do play in that band? At 4 p.m., their Central Band jazz quintet will play their originals and some standards . And at 6 p.m., the Heavyweights Brass Band from Toronto play music rooted in the New Orleans brass band tradition, with additions from other parts of the musical spectrum.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra will be collaborating with Quebec bossa nova singer Florence K for two free concerts in Southam Hall, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
And that afternoon, from noon to 5 p.m., the Adam Saikaley Quartet will be playing in the courtyard of the SAW Gallery. Their music will also include some of Alex Moxon's recent Grant Green tribute.
And, if you're not downtown,
you can hear guitarist Tim Bedner, with bassist Mark Alcorn, and drummer Marilee Townsend at the Nepean Museum (Fairfields, 3080 Richmond Road) play jazz to celebrate the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Alayne McGregor