Two exceptional improvising percussionists: Ottawa's own Jesse Stewart, and Chicago's Hamid Drake, will play at the Ottawa Jazz Festival's Improv Invitational Series this week.

Hamid Drake plays in the French American Peace Ensemble with William Parker, Kidd Jordan, and François Tusques on Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

Jesse Stewart plays with the Matt Brubeck and Kevin Breit in the Juno-award-winning Stretch Orchestra  on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. attended Stewart and Drake's first joint concert at GigSpace in March. Although you won't hear them play together this week, our video with excerpts from their concert will give you a real feel for their skill and versatility as percussionists and improvisers, together and apart.

    – Brett Delmage

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