In March 2014, jazz listeners will have almost a superfluity of great jazz to hear, including two local CD releases:

William Parker ©Brett Delmage, 2013
William Parker ©Brett Delmage, 2013
Starting with the first weekend (February 28 to March 2):

  • soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett returns to Ottawa on Friday to play with guitarist Roddy Ellias, bassist John Geggie, and percussionist Jesse Stewart (think of Jane more in her modern jazz rather than her Cuban jazz persona),

we move on to Saturday with

On Sunday, there's

  • renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist Phil Dwyer giving an afternoon workshop and evening concert at Les Brasseurs du Temps in Gatineau.
  • the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra's second show of the season with a diverse and upbeat program of big band music, some arranged by local jazz musicians
  • the Keys 2 Drums Trio with Steve Boudreau, Jeff Asselin, and Michel Delage getting into percussive instruments at IMOO, and
  • a new group, 2React, with Marc Decho, Alex Moxon, and Mike Essoudry, playing improvised hip-hop at Stella Luna.

And lastly Montreal guitarist Mike Rud will appear twice, at Brookstreet on Saturday and with Tim Bedner at Zen Kitchen on Sunday.

Starting March 4, The Beeched Wailers, led by trumpeter Nick Dyson, start a new weekly jazz jam at the Rochester Pub.

On the second weekend (March 6-8):

  • Claudia Salguero brings her new show, IDILIO, to the NAC with some of the best local Latin jazz performers
  • The Capital Vox Jazz Choir presents jazz interpretations of 60s music in its Sounds of the 60s concerts at Arts Court
  • The Boilermaker Jazz Band comes up from Pittsburgh to play at two special swing dances
  • There's experimental, improvised chamber music and poetry,with Music in the Barns at the Black Sheep Inn

The third weekend (March 13-14), renowned avant-garde jazz bassist William Parker is in town.

That Saturday (March 15), you again have a difficult choice, this time between two excellent Toronto groups:

  • Lina Allemano Four (with Andrew Downing, Brodie West, and Nick Fraser) at GigSpace
  • Myriad 3 (with Chris Donnelly, Ernesto Cervini, and Daniel Fortin) at Brookstreet Options Jazz Lounge
  • Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra getting everyone for a second debut of Inner Fire at the Babylon Nightclub

The following Saturday (March 22), there's even more worth hearing:

  • The Roddy Ellias Trio (with Adrian Vedady and Thom Gossage) launches their new CD, Monday's Dream, at GigSpace
  • The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra plays a big band tribute to Duke, Dizzy, Miles, Monk, Mingus and More at the NAC Fourth Stage
  • vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow performs both her latest French jazz numbers and her favourite hits at the NAC Studio

Steve Berndt and Brian Browne ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Steve Berndt and Brian Browne ©Brett Delmage, 2012
There's one less choice if you don't already have your tickets: Barlow's show is sold out, just like her show a few months ago in Gatineau. (and be sure to watch "Events further out" in our free weekly email newsletter so you can purchase your tickets to popular upcoming concerts before they sell out.)

The following Friday (March 28),

And to close off the month on Monday, March 31:

Keep checking our Upcoming Shows section for updates on these shows and additions to the list.

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