In-young Choung and her band engaged the Chinatown sidewalk audience with jazz  ©Brett Delmage, 2012
In-young Choung and her band engaged the Chinatown sidewalk audience with jazz ©Brett Delmage, 2012
You can hear jazz in Ottawa's Chinatown every Saturday afternoon until September. Local jazz musicians, who will be well known to readers, will play free outdoor shows as part of the FestivAsia programming sponsored by the Chinatown BIA:

Lucas Haneman - August 4
Sean Duhaime Trio - August 11, 18
Peter Liu/Yves Laroche Duo - Aug. 18
Justin Duhaime - August 25
Django Libre - September 1
Jazz Mutants Duo - September 1

And on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, vegetarian restaurant ZenKitchen will present  saxophonist Nathan Cepelinski and pianist Peter Hum for their Sunday Jazz Brunch. The music is free, although a $15/person minimum purchase is requested.

One of the FestivAsia groups, The In-young Jazz Band (In-young Choung - vocals, Emmanuel Buckshi - guitar, Preston Jennings - bass, and Michel Delage - drums) played two sets of songs in a shaded spot next to the authentic Chinese Kowloon Market, just off Somerset Street, Chinatown's main street, on July 28.

Singer In-young Choung attracted and held the attention of a growing sidewalk audience, with her unique delivery of swinging jazz and other standards, dialogue with the audience, and sense of humour. Her fellow band members performed the tunes playfully, and with a level of musicianship and care that one doesn't always find for free on a street corner.

With the roster of jazz musicians to come, listeners can look forward to a wide variety of excellent free jazz in Chinatown in August. And after you build up an appetite listening to a free outdoor show, you can enjoy eating at one of the many nearby and excellent Chinese restaurants afterwards, or pick up some hard-to-find authentic ingredients to do your own Chinese cooking. Yummy!

    – Brett Delmage

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