There's lots of places to listen to jazz at the 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival – but not a lot of chances to talk about it.

In 2008 and 2009, the Festival worked with the Jazz Journalists Association to produce noon-hour panels with local and out-of-town experts on topics like Fusion at 40 and 1959: The Wonder Year. The initiative was not continued this year.

However, the jazz news and criticism site is running its own mini-panel on Friday, June 25, co-sponsored by the Festival. Admission is free.

The panel will feature AAJ founder Michael Ricci and managing editor John Kelman, who will be covering the Ottawa Festival. They will be giving a behind-the-scenes look at AAJ: "the web's most successful jazz music website". They will discuss the website's 15-year history, how it operates, its ongoing challenges, its current projects, and its plans for the future.

If you read or write about jazz, you might be interested. A 30-minute Q&A will follow their talk.

The panel run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, at The Black Tomato (11 George Street, just east of Sussex Drive, in the Byward Market). [map]