Updated June 28, 2019. We update this article as we acquire additional information.

OttawaJazzScene.ca presents your independent guide to the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup and tickets, with everything in one place.

Read our in-depth analysis of the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival, with its slimmed-down schedule and more concerts featuring women and jazz.

Read our list of Ten shows at the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival worth hearing.

For an explanation of the smaller lineup and no programming on Monday, June 24 this year, read OttawaJazzScene.ca's story about the festival's large 2018 financial loss.

Friday, June 21 to Monday, July 1, 2019
Pass prices: Gold: $364.47 (sold out), Bronze: $228.87, Youth: $105.70. Day passes and Platinum (reserved seating close to the Main Stage) tickets are also available. All passes are transferable.

Historically, the order of admittance to Ottawa Jazz Festival to inside shows has been individual ticket holders, then Gold pass holders, then Bronze pass holders, then youth pass holders, then volunteers. We have been informed that Bronze pass holders have been denied access to particularly popular indoor shows, despite seats being available.

Tickets for individual indoor shows, or outdoor shows in one day are also available. There is an extra charge for tickets purchased the day of the show.

Main Stage - 6:30 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Friday, June 21:  Los Anormales
  • Saturday, June 22:  Angelique Francis
  • Sunday, June 23:  (no programming)
  • Monday, June 24:  (no programming)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Rebecca Noelle
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Ferguson/Tremblay/Young/Clarke
  • Thursday, June 27:  Alison Young
  • Friday, June 28:  The Larnell Lewis Band Moved to the NAC Fourth Stage at 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29:  Mack & Ben
  • Sunday, June 30:  TD Jazz Youth Summit

Confederation Park Stage - 7:30 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

Concerts Under the Stars, Main Stage (Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall) - 8:30 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Friday, June 21:  Judith Hill
  • Saturday, June 22:  Galactic
  • Sunday, June 23:  Chicago
  • Monday, June 24:  (no programming)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Norah Jones
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Brad Mehldau Quintet featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Joe Sanders, Leon Parker
  • Thursday, June 27:  Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
  • Friday, June 28:  Omara Portuondo, with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Saturday, June 29:  The Roots
  • Sunday, June 30:  Lee Fields & The Expressions

Discovery Series (NAC Fourth Stage) - 6 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Friday, June 21:  Anna Webber's Simple Trio
  • Saturday, June 22:  Gordon Grdina Quartet
  • Sunday, June 23:  Kris Davis & Ingrid Laubrock [review of Nick Fraser's CD with Kris Davis]
  • Monday, June 24:  (no programming)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Jakob Bro, Thomas Morgan, and Joey Baron (NOTE: this show has been moved to 10 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Melissa Aldana Quartet
  • Thursday, June 27:  Hayden Chisholm Trio
  • Saturday, June 29, 4 p.m.:  Nubya Garcia
  • Saturday, June 29:  Sasha Berliner

Discovery Series (NAC Fourth Stage) - 8 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Friday, June 21:  Gilad Hekselman Trio
  • Saturday, June 22:  Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn
  • Sunday, June 23:  The Romance Of Improvisation In Canada - The Genius of Eldon Rathburn
  • Monday, June 24:  (no programming)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  The Joëlle Léandre/ Lori Freedman Duo [interview with Lori Freedman] [review]
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Illegal Crowns
  • Thursday, June 27:  ITACA
  • Friday, June 28:  Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Trio
  • Friday, June 28:  The Larnell Lewis Band (10 p.m.)
  • Saturday, June 29:  Daniel Szabo Trio

NAC Studio Series (NAC Studio) - 7 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Saturday, June 22:  The Patricia Barber Trio (new show added at 9 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  '=' Jazz Orchestra + Christine Jensen [interview with Christine Jensen about this new orchestra] [review]
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Hayden Chisholm with Strings (including Roddy Ellias)
  • Thursday, June 27:  Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim Adventure
  • Friday, June 28:  Donny McCaslin
  • Saturday, June 29:  CANCELLED due to the death of drummer Lawrence Leathers: Cécile McLorin Salvant with The Aaron Diehl Trio (also at 9 p.m.)

Grill 41, Lord Elgin Hotel (free)

  • Friday, June 21 (9:30 p.m.):  John Hollenbeck’s McCQ featuring Anna Webber and Matt Mitchell
  • June 21 to 30 (10:30 p.m.):  Late night jazz jams.

Late-night jazz jams will again take place from June 21 to 30 at the Lord Elgin Hotel, across the street from Confederation Park. We'd recommend showing up early for a seat. In the host band will be Roddy Ellias (guitar), Alec Walkington, Ron Seguin, or John Geggie (double bass), and Greg Ritchie (drums).

After Dark (Confederation Park Stage) - 10:30 p.m. (tickets or passes required)

  • Friday, June 21:  The Suffers
  • Saturday, June 22:  Jane Siberry
  • Sunday, June 23:  Jerome Klein
  • Monday, June 24:  (no programming)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Donna Grantis
  • Wednesday, June 26:  paris_monster
  • Thursday, June 27:  DakhaBrakha
  • Friday, June 28:  Cha Wa
  • Saturday, June 29:  DJ Questlove
  • Sunday, June 30:  Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Club Series (separately ticketed)

  • Saturday, June 22, 10 p.m.:  Rômmel Ribeiro at the Mercury Lounge
  • Friday, June 28, 8 p.m.:  CANCELLED: Marutyri at the Mercury Lounge
  • Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.:  Valérie Ékoumè at the Mercury Lounge

Local Groups (Confederation Park Stage) - 12 noon (free)

  • Saturday, June 22:  Youth Band Series (all day, starting at 10 a.m,)
  • Sunday, June 23:  Youth Band Series (all day, starting at 10 a.m,)
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Julie Corrigan
  • Wednesday, June 26:  CYJO 10th Anniversary Alumni Band
  • Thursday, June 27:  Nicole Ratté Jazz Quintet - Tribute to Michel Legrand
  • Friday, June 28:  Renée Landry
  • Saturday, June 29:  The Chocolate Hot Pockets with special guest Michel Medrano
  • Sunday, June 30:  Justin Duhaime's Gypsy Muse

Local Groups (Queen Street Fare) - 4 p.m. (free)

  • Friday, June 21:  Funk-A-Tron 5000
  • Saturday, June 22:  Graven & The Firing Squad (featuring Vicki Brittle)
  • Sunday, June 23:  Kimberly Sunstrum + The Wilds
  • Tuesday, June 25:  Riishi Von Rex
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Pimienta Blanca
  • Thursday, June 27:  DeeDee7even
  • Friday, June 28:  Bella Cat
  • Saturday, June 29:  Mélanie E.
  • Sunday, June 30:  Patterns of Change

Youth Band Series

  • Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.:  Nepean All City Jazz Band
  • Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.:  The Nepean High School Senior Jazz Band
  • Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m.:  Longfields Grade 9/10 Jazz Band
  • Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.:  Lisgar Collegiate Institute Senior Jazz Ensemble
  • Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m.:  Ottawa Junior Jazz Band
  • Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m.:  Earl of March Gerard Loehr
  • Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m.:  Canterbury HS Intermediate Jazz Band
  • Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m.:  Earl of March Junior Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, June 23, 12 p.m.:  Canterbury HS Senior Jazz Band
  • Sunday, June 23, 1 p.m.:  John McCrae SS Jazz Orchestra
  • Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m.:  The Nepean All-City Lab Band
  • Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m.:  Longfields-Davidson Heights Senior Jazz Band

Canada Day - Monday, July 1 (Confederation Park Stage) (free)

  • 12 noon: The Artichoke Hearts
  • 2 p.m. TD Jazz Youth Summit and Stingray Rising Stars
  • 4 p.m.: Helena Deland
  • 6 p.m.: Dirty Catfish Brass Band

Original sources for this report: Ottawa Jazz Festival website and press releases, ticket sales pages, and musicians.

March 8: Added 6:30 p.m. shows after initial publication, when we found them on the festival's ticket page; they were not on the festival's shows page.
March 20: Updated the location of the 6:30 p.m. concerts. Updated the June 26 6:30 p.m. concert to "Ferguson/Tremblay/Young/Clarke" based on new information from the musicians.
April 3: Added Main Stage headliner Galactic for June 22.
April 4: Added Ottawa group Mack & Ben as the 6:30 p.m. Main Stage opener on June 29. Added The Artichoke Hearts (July 1).
April 11: Added Donna Grantis (June 25), Illegal Crowns (June 26), Sasha Berliner (June 29), the Daniel Szabo Trio (June 29). Noted that Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform with The Aaron Diehl Trio. The Hayden Chisholm with Strings concert on June 26 has been moved from the NAC Fourth Stage to the NAC Studio.
April 17: Added three concerts (June 22 and 29) at the Mercury Lounge in the Club series. Added the TD Jazz Youth Summit and Stingray Rising Stars to Canada Day. Added the two local groups series: at noon on the Confederation Park stage and at 4 p,m. at Queen Street Fare.
April 25: Add the host band for the late-night jams, and that Roddy Ellias will be performing with Hayden Chisholm on June 26.
May 8: Added the NACJB and the NACLB to the Youth Band series.
May 13: Updated the order of groups at Queen Street Fare according to revised dates from the festival.
May 29: Noted that the National Arts Centre Orchestra will be performing with Omara Portuondo on June 28.
June 10: Both of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s concerts on June 29 have been cancelled due to the death of drummer Lawrence Leathers. They will not be replaced.
June 11: Marutyri at the Mercury Lounge on June 28 has been cancelled. Added the Youth band lineups.
June 12: Added special guest Michel Medrano to the Chocolate Hot Pockets show on June 29. Added the Larnell Lewis Band on June 28
June 14: Moved the Nubya Garcia Show from 6 p.m. on June 28 to 4 p.m. on June 29. Added John Hollenbeck’s McCQ featuring Anna Webber and Matt Mitchell on June 21. Note that jazz jams are not scheduled on Sunday, June 23, but are on Monday, June 24.
June 22: The Ottawa Jazz Festival announced a second Patricia Barber show has been added on Saturday, June 22, at 9 p.m.
June 23: The festival clarified that the late-night jazz jams are running throughout the festival, including on the dark Monday.
June 25: The Jakob Bro, Thomas Morgan, and Joey Baron show on Tuesday, June 25 has been moved from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
June 28: The Larnell Lewis Band show on Friday, June 28, has been moved from 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at 10 p.m. in the NAC Fourth Stage

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