The 2014 Juno Award nominations, announced February 4, have recognized many jazz musicians whom you could have heard in Ottawa or Gatineau recently.
In the Vocal Jazz category, guitarist Mike Rud's Notes On Montréal, which features singer Sienna Dahlen, is up against albums by Amy McConnell, Erin Propp, and Matt Dusk. Rud is a frequent visitor to Ottawa and introduced many of the songs in this album in a GigSpace concert. As well, the vocal trio of Sonia Johnson, Charles Biddle Jr. & Annie Poulain is nominated for their album Triades; they'll bring that to Gatineau on April 17.
In the Contemporary Jazz category, Trifolia, who appeared at the 2013 Ottawa jazz festival, is nominated for Le Refuge; Brandi Disterheft, who appeared in the NAC Presents series, for Gratitude; Christine Jensen, who will be here for the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, for her big band album, Habitat; and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, who were at the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival, for Brooklyn Babylon.
For Traditional Jazz Album, William Carn and Tara Davidson, who appeared with John Geggie in his Invitational concert at the NAC in May 2013, are nominated for the Carn Davidson 9's album, Nine. Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson introduced their latest album, Look for the Silver Lining, to a very appreciative audience at Chamberfest last July; and it's nominated in this category. (Dwyer will be back in Gatineau March 2 with a trio.) Also in contention is Our Second Set by John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra; MacLeod brought his music to the Carleton University Jazz Camp for a concert there in August, 2012. Bassist Mike Downes, who appeared here with Molly Johnson last spring, is nominated for his album Ripple Effect.
In the Instrumental Album category, Ottawa favourite Colin Stetson is nominated for New History Warfare Vol.3: To See More Light, as well as Esmerine (who appeared recently at the Black Sheep Inn) for Dalmak. Ottawa Jazz Festival programming director and multi-instrumentalist Petr Cancura is on the list for his roots/jazz combination in Down Home, which he played for a select audience at Carleton University last June. And Vancouver's Peggy Lee Band, who performed an adventurous and melodic concert at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival, are nominated for Invitation.
In the World Music category appears the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, which rattled St. Brigid's last August in a Chamberfringe concert, with Lume, Lume.
In Adult Contemporary, Coral Egan, who opened the Festival de Jazz Desjardins in Aylmer last summer, is included for The Year He Drove Me Crazy.
And crooner Michael Bublé, who will perform here in July, is up for the Juno Fan Choice Award, against a wide field including Justin Bieber and Arcade Fire, as well as for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year.
You can see the full list of nominees at junoawards.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-JUNO-Nominee-List.pdf . The winners will be announced at the end of March at the award presentation in Winnipeg.
– Alayne McGregor
- Mike Rud tells stories with his guitar (review)
- Sonia Johnson: not playing it safe with jazz
- Trifolia: adventurous jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson celebrate the long-lasting beauty of standards (review)
- The gift of reverberation: Colin Stetson and Ben Grossman at the Guelph Jazz Festival (review)
- John MacLeod Big Band (review)
- Brandi Disterheft Quartet brings an energetic vibe to the Fourth Stage (review)