If you enjoyed CBC's shows from the Ottawa Jazz Festival last week, there's more!

Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 7 p.m.
Canada Live in CBC Radio 2 (103.3 FM) will broadcast Alicia Borisonik's Confederation Park show from June 25.
Ottawa's Alicia Borisonik on accordian, with Veronique Turcotte on violin/vocals, Israel Martinez on guitar/vox, Joe Hincke on bass, Alvaro de Minya on Latin percussion, Ross Murray on drums/electric loops, and Angel Araos on more Latin percussion.

Saturday, July 25 - 8 to 10 p.m.
Radio Canada Espace Musique (102.5FM) will rebroadcast the Steve Koven concert from June 27:
Steve Koven (piano), Anthony Michelli (drums), Rob Clutton (bass)

You can also hear the entire Steve Koven concert on-line at www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20090627koven

And the Esperanza Spalding concert (June 30) has just been put up on-line as well:

CBC is also broadcasting shows from other jazz festivals across Canada on Canada Live and The Signal. See
http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/calendar/ .

CBC has finally announced a broadcast date for the Michael Snow / Jesse Stewart concert that was recorded at the National Gallery in March.

You can hear it on The Signal at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

As CBC says: "Michael Snow has also had a long career as a pianist working first in jazz and later with free improvisation. In this concert, Snow showcases his musical skills in partnership with percussionist and Carleton University professor, Jesse Stewart. Jesse, who is also a visual artist, plays everything from drum kit to waterphone as he interacts with and inspires music from his partner."

The concert is already up for streaming on the CBC website at http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20100318msnow , if you don't want to wait for the radio.

Your  OJS editors heard the concert live and found it exhilarating. The audience was utterly quiet, engrossed in the music. Recommended.

Marching band drums up interest at the Jazz Festival. Photo © Brett Delmage.
Marching band drums up interest at the Jazz Festival. Photo © Brett Delmage.

The Festival marching band made its second tour of Confederation Park under rain-free skies on the second-last day of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Led by Petr Cancura, the band included some of Ottawa's most active and accomplished jazz musicians: Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Linsey Wellman, and Nicholas Dyson, and others. A range of instruments, from bass drum to sousaphone to soprano sax, gave a full sound.

The marchers delighted the limited audience late afternoon Saturday, who had not yet arrived in large numbers for the evening shows. Perhaps a march from The Market to Confederation Park, as was done many years ago, might give greater exposure to this fun musical presentation and The Festival.   — Brett Delmage.  Photo © Brett Delmage.

Monday night's jazz concert will be a first for Mike Tremblay.

While the Ottawa sax player has had an extensive email correspondence with Toronto sax player Mike Murley, and even passed students along to him, they've never played together.

"He's one of my favourite players for my whole life. We've known about each other for years and years, but never had a chance to meet or play. I figured it was time: just do it."

For the first time this year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has sponsored a series of afternoon jazz workshops. The first two were held June 26 and July 2, and the last one will occur today (July 3), from a little after 1 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m.

As organizer Petr Cancura explained at the first workshop, these are based on a models used at folk festivals. Musicians -- who may have never played together before -- are plopped onto a stage, given a theme, and invited to produce music fitting that theme. At this festival, the results were always interesting, and mostly excellent.

Each day has three workshops. On the first two days, one workshop was experimental, with musicians trying new mixtures of instruments, time signatures, and tones. The other two were more mainstream, but still offering lots of room for trying new combinations: for example a sousaphone playing against trumpet and sax.

Do the rainclouds hate the Ottawa Jazz Festival?

Another rainy day at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
Another rainy day at the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Just before Michael Kaeshammer stepped on stage for his Canada Day concert, the skies opened for a nasty, pounding - if short - thunderstorm which soaked the park and his audience.

But only 4km to the west, there was no rain at all. It was perfectly dry.

The same phenomenon was reported on Sunday: fierce rain in the park, nothing just a few kilometres westward.

It's not unknown in Ottawa to have very localized bad weather — but it does seem unlucky that Confederation Park should keep getting targeted. Fortunately, jazz festival goers are generally able to endure a bit of rain for some good music. The new OLG Stage and tent, the National Library, the NAC Studio and Fourth Stage have presented excellent music under cover.

Be sure to vote in our poll about how you deal with the rain.