Dave Young ©Brett Delmage, 2017
Toronto bassist Dave Young performs in GigSpace's winter / spring lineup, in a trio with Tim Bedner and Kevin Turcotte, on April 26 ©Brett Delmage, 2017

Updated February 10, 2019

GigSpace has just announced its spring 2019 line-up. All the groups so far booked have played in Ottawa before, and most at GigSpace.

The winter-spring season opens with Montreal's PSC Trio playing their arrangements of well-known songs from pop, rock and jazz, re-built into their own jazz voice (January 12).

For vocal jazz fans: the duo of Christine Fagan and guitarist Garry Elliott playing jazz-inspired interpretations of Joni Mitchell (April 6); Toronto vocalist Micah Barnes (May 10); 16-year-old Vancouver vocalist Maya Rae and her quartet with noted west coast pianist Miles Black singing tunes from and inspired by the Great American Songbook (February 9); and the quartet of Ottawa vocalist Nicole Ratté with violinist William Lamoureux paying tribute to jazz and Paris (February 22).

For jazz in the tradition: Toronto bassist Dave Young and his trio of trumpeter Kevin Turcotte and guitarist Tim Bedner (April 26); Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer and his quartet (with piano this time instead of organ) (March 2); pianists Mark Ferguson and Steve Boudreau performing a double piano tribute to Bill Evans, similar to their show at the 24-hour Jazz Ramble (March 22 and 23); Tim Bedner and his quartet playing some of his favourite ballads, blues, and original compositions (May 11). Guitarist Garry Elliott will reprise his collaboration with Bumpin' Binary (Don Cummings on Hammond organ and Mike Essoudry on drums) in "an evening of groove featuring music from the canon of great guitar - organ trios" (May 4).

Unveiling personal projects: pianist/vocalist Steve Amirault playing from his recent recording, Hold On, Let Go (January 18); Montreal sax/piano duo Tevet Sela and John Roney with their 2018 album, The River (March 30); Toronto flutist Bill McBirnie with an Ottawa ensemble and new material (April 13).

So far, GigSpace has announced fewer shows for next spring than this fall (14 versus 18), but not all spring slots are yet filled. In addition, percussionist Jesse Stewart has a show scheduled for April 27 whose exact musical shape is not yet defined.

See the GigSpace website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Read related stories on OttawaJazzScene.ca:

December 19: Added the Maya Rae Quartet on February 9, which was confirmed after initial publication.
January 3: Added the Nicole Ratté Quartet on February 22.
January 21: Added Garry Elliott's guitar-organ trio show on May 4.
February 10: Noted that a second show (March 22) was added for Mark Ferguson and Steve Boudreau