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 March 22, 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).

For music not heard before: Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart is bringing in Montreal bassist Nicolas Caloia and legendary American improviser  Joe McPhee for two back-to-back concerts on Saturday, April 27. The same trio played to at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2015 in a highly inventive and upbeat concert.

McPhee (from Poughkeepsie, NY) has performed with European and American masters including Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, and The Thing, as well as in his long-time Trio X with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. He's also a conceptual thinker in creative improvisation with his concept of “Po” (process of provocation) music. Caloia is a bandleader and bassist who isn't afraid of either melody or disharmony; we profiled his Mercury collaboration with Lori Freedman last year. Stewart is a JUNO-winning drummer/percussionist who can coax out music from stone or ice or fire or balloons or waterphones or a multitude of different drums, and who has collaborated with many of the greats in jazz and improvised music.

So far, GigSpace has announced fewer shows for next spring than this fall (14 versus 18), but not all spring slots are yet filled.

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

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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
March 22: Added the Jesse Stewart, Joe McPhee, Nicolas Caloia concert on April 27.