There is one full week of Jazzfest remaining and a lot of great music to be heard on the local stages from talented Ottawa-Gatineau musicians. There's something for everyone, from smaller groups playing standards and originals, to 20-piece big bands – much of this for free courtesy of the Ottawa-Gatineau Musicians' Association trust fund.

For nine years, saxophonist Doug Martin has brought interesting programs to the local stages. Last year his Trio performed songs based on world cities, including Doug's world premiere of an original,  "Bytowne Serenade". Find out what original tunes his group, Jasmine Quartet, will play on noon on Tuesday, June 29 at the free Rideau Centre Stage. See listing

Since returning to the scene, Los Gringos played to two full audiences since last fall. (read our review, Los Gringos has a Rousing Reunion). If you couldn't get into either of those shows, you have another chance on Tuesday June 28 at Noon at the free OLG Stage, in Confederation Park, next to Elgin Street. See listing

The more adventurous should not miss Geggie, Vu, Lewis and Doxas at the NAC Fourth Stage Improv Invitational Series on Tuesday June 29, at 7 p.m. All have played with John Geggie in his winter series, to appreciative audiences. This is sure to be another excellent show. See listing

If Latin isn't your thing or you just love big bands, come back to the OLG Stage at Noon on Wednesday, June 30 for the Straight Ahead Big Band. Playing "a savvy adventure in the best of the big band sounds of the last 50 years,  the Straight Ahead Big Band performs accessible music." The emphasis here is on Big, with 20 local jazz musicians participating. See listing

With an exploding worldwide fan base, Ottawa's own Souljazz Orchestra hits the Main Stage in the Great Canadian Jazz Series on Friday July 2 at 6 p.m., with a African, Latin, funky and soulful sound. See listing

And if you're free in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 30, or Friday, July 2, don't miss the last two installments of the Workshop series at the OLG Stage in Confederation Park. There's three different combinations each afternoon, and the results are always adventurous and exciting. You can read our story about the first afternoon here.

Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz Stage - near Sears - FREE

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  • Tue June 29, Noon - Jasmine Quartet
  • Wed June 30, Noon - Sandy Faux Trio
  • Fri July  2, Noon -  East Side Septet - see listing
  • Sat July  3, Noon - Elise Letourneau Quartet
  • Sat July  3, 2:00 pm - New Orleans Express
  • Sun July  4, Noon - Mermaid Beach
  • Sun July  4, 2:00 pm - Helen Glover Quintet

World Exchange Plaza Noon Jazz Stage - FREE

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  • Tue June 29, Noon - Mike Sasso Group
  • Wed June 30, Noon - Vince Rimbach Quartet
  • Fri July  2, Noon - Caridad Cruz

OLG Stage Noon Jazz - FREE

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  • Tue June 29, Noon - Los Gringos
  • Wed June 30, Noon - Straight Ahead Big Band
  • Fri July  2, Noon - MAM
  • Sat July  3, Noon - Servantes
  • Sun July  4, Noon - Magnolia Rhythm Kings

OLG Workshops - FREE

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  • Wed, June 30, 1 p.m. - Working It
  • Wed, June 30, 2:10 p.m. - New Directions
  • Wed, June 30, 3:20 p.m. - Reeds Meet Strings
  • Fri, July 2, 1 p.m. - It's Only a Paper Balloon
  • Fri, July 2, 1 p.m. - Bottoms Out
  • Fri, July 2, 1 p.m. - Jagged Lines