The Ottawa Jazz Festival has announced three concerts for October:
Drummer Jerry Granelli provided "the unmistakable steady swing beats for the classic Charlie Brown Peanuts theme song". In the volatile West Coast scene of the 60s, he played with Charlie Haden, Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Lou Rawls, John Handy, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Dewey Redman. In the early 90s Jerry moved to Halifax and immediately became a keystone in the Atlantic Canada jazz community. This spring, the 70-year-old Granelli released his latest album, Let Go, with bassist Simon Fisk and saxophonist Danny Oore, both of whom will be playing with him in this concert.
The SF Jazz Collective (Thursday, October 13 at the Centrepointe Theatre)
The Jazz Collective has changed a few members since it last appeared in Ottawa in 2009. New are Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Stefon Harris on vibraphone, and Edward Simon on piano, replacing Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Renee Rosnes. But the new names should be almost as well known as the old for anyone who has been following the American jazz mainstream. Each year the Jazz Collective picks an artist to use as an inspiration. In the past this has included Ornette Coleman and McCoy Turner and Thelonious Monk; this year, the music will be a tribute to Stevie Wonder.
The Ari Hoenig Quartet (Tuesday, October 25 at the NAC Fourth Stage)
Energetic and innovative drummer Hoenig appeared at the Ottawa Jazz Festival with James Farm in 2010, and with Pilc/ Moutin/ Hoenig in 2011. His pianist, Tigran Hamasyan, also appeared at the Festival in 2011.
The festival has also announced that Juno-award-winning singer Kellylee Evans will be the featured artist at the festival's annual fundraiser on Thursday, December 8 at National Library and Archives auditorium.