Updated October 19, 2012
The fall jazz season is starting to fill in, with announcements on Sunday from GigSpace, on Wednesday from the Centrepointe and Shenkman Theatres, and recently from the Ottawa Jazz Festival, as well as earlier announcements from the City of Gatineau and the National Arts Centre.

The biggest mainstream jazz names are Chick Corea and Gary Burton, on October 11. Big Canadian names include Vic Vogel in his 75th birthday concert on October 4, followed by Oliver Jones on October 23.

Avant-garde jazz enthusiasts will not want to miss the tribute to Willem Breuker on October 1, or IMOOFEST the following weekend.

Roddy Ellias is curating an ambitious eight-concert series at GigSpace (some with multiple seatings) from September to April. The series includes performances with well-known jazz artists he has played with before like Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, and Petr Cancura, concerts ranging into the chamber music side (with string quartet, or with pipa and flute), one solo performance, and one with his trio.

You can also see the Walrus Quartet, with four prominent Canadian jazz guitarists, including Ellias, on October 12.

Vocalists Carol Welsman and Jill Barber will appear only five days apart in early December. Saxophonist Candy Dulfer is in town just before the holidays on December 19 (you could make the $80 ticket your Christmas gift?), and Holly Cole is presenting her Christmas concert on December 20.

Brazilian jazz fans have a wealth of big-name possibilities, starting with mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda on September 7, then guitarist Guinga as part of International Guitar Night on November 16, and then closely followed by vocalist and guitarist Gilberto Gil on November 20.

Cuban jazz fans will not want to miss Eliades Ochoa at the Museum of Civilization on November 2, or Caridad Cruz with Miguel de Armas on September 7. The NAC Orchestra will present A Night in Havana on December 13 to 15. Habana Café will be in Gatineau on April 12, 2013.

The new year brings Cory Weeds to the NAC Fourth Stage, John Scofield and Tigran Hamasyan separately to Gatineau, and Oliver Jones will be back with a violinist in May. The National Arts Centre is also bringing in a wide selection of Canadian female jazz vocalists.

Several artists are appearing twice, several months apart, including Alex Cuba, Amélie et les Singes Bleus, and the Benoit Paradis Trio.

Many local artists have yet to announce their concerts, nor have we seen the full National Arts Centre Presents line-up, so there should be even more interesting music to add to this list.

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    – Alayne McGregor

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  • October 19: Added Sienna Dahlen
  • October 16: Added Esmerine and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.
  • October 8: Added Frank Vignola, Los Gringos, Serbia Sounds Global (MPM), and four GigSpace concerts: Tim Bedner/John Geggie Duo, Rene Lavoie, Ken Seeley and Miguel de Armas Trio, Craig Pedersen, andf Geri Childs
  • October 4: Added The Misses Satchmo
  • October 3: Added Mireille Proulx at the National Gallery, and October and November IMOO shows
  • October 1: Added the Will Fisher Coastal Quartet, the Trombone Summit, Dave Clark's Woodshed Orchestra, Tom McMahon House Concert, and concerts at Les Brasseurs du Temps: Nicole Ratté Jazz Trio, Vince Rimbach Jazz Trio, Grand "B" Jazz Boréal CD Release, Sonia Johnson, Brésil Brassens
  • September 30 - Added the Brian Browne Trio's annual 4th Stage concert, Tom: Songs from a drunken piano, Claudia Salguero, Lucas Haneman Trio House Concert, Hobson's Choice, and the NAC Presents shows. Changed the date and location of Cory Weeds' show.
  • September 28: Added a second night for the Rob Frayne Dream Band
  • September 24: Added the Rob Frayne Dream Band. Megan Jerome CD release concert
  • September 22: Added the Back-Talk Organ Trio+1's CD Release.
  • September 19: Added Ioan Harea: Alegria
  • September 12: Added Caridad Cruz with Miguel de Armas
  • September 3: Added Walrus Guitar Quartet, Klub Podrum and Nicholas Dyson's Spastic Songbook
  • August 28: Added Elizabeth Shepherd
  • August 27: Added Renée Yoxon and Mark Ferguson's CD Release concert, and the Tribute to George Gershwin
  • August 25: Added Merrickville Jazz Festival
  • August 22 Added Cory Weeds
  • August 20: Added Capital Vox series, concerts at La Grange, and Tribute to Ella and Billie
  • August 19: Added Roddy Ellias series and other GigSpace concerts