[Ottawa Jazz Festival ©Brett Delmage, 2010]

Updated March 17
This afternoon, the Ottawa Jazz Festival announced the line-up for its summer festival from Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Pass prices are the same as last year, but may increase after March 29.

Among the notable jazz artists announced are:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • SF Jazz Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson and Originals
  • The Chick Corea Trio, with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade
  • The Thing
  • Stacey Kent
  • Dan Brubeck Quartet
  • Iva Bittova and Peggy Lee
  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra
  • Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen

Canadian artists have not been emphasized in the festival's initial release, although some excellent Canadians are appearing. These include

  • Dan Brubeck
  • André Leroux
  • Marianne Trudel,
  • Amanda Tosoff
  • Laila Biali
  • Peggy Lee
  • Pugs and Crows
  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, and
  • The Miguel de Armas Quartet

This is despite the festival's previously-expressed concerns about not being able to afford to pay artists in American dollars.

Non-jazz artists announced to date include Brian Wilson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sarah McLauchlan – a somewhat smaller percentage than in previous years.

On March 17, the festival announced the dates and locations of most of the shows, although there are several notable empty spots in the Great Canadian Jazz line-up, in the Improv Invitational 8 p.m. shows, and at the 7:30 and 10:30 Laurier Avenue Music Stage.

The local stage line-up and the location and host band for the jams have yet to be announced, although these have been announced later in previous years.

See the full 2016 lineup (as so far announced), in our easy-to-read guide. We will continue to update the page as more information becomes available.

The festival will not have use of the NAC Fourth Stage this year, because of the NAC's renovations. Improv Invitational shows have been moved to the smaller Back Stage at the NAC, while for the first time, three shows will be presented in the 897-seat NAC Theatre.

    – Alayne McGregor

March 17: Updated to include dates and locations, as released by the festival.