Are there some artists coming to the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival whom you've never heard before, or aren't sure what they sound like?

Never fear: Ron Sweetman will let you know, on his annual Ottawa Jazz Festival preview show on CKCU-FM.

Listen to In a Mellow Tone this Wednesday, June 6, from 9 to 11 p.m., on CKCU-FM 93.1 and live on the Internet. If you miss the show, you can also listen to it archived for 30 days on the CKCU website.

As usual, Ron’s choice of tracks include a wide range of styles from blues to mainstream to extremely free jazz, and are a mix of international and Canadian musicians:

Thursday June 21
Artist: Robert Cray Album: This Time Tune: Trouble & Pain Label: Dub

Friday June 22
Artist: Ig Henneman Sextet Album: Cut A Caper Tune: A Far Cry Label: Wig
Artist: Brian Blade Fellowship Band Album: Season of Changes Tune: Stoner Hill Label: Verve
Artist: Joel Miller Album: Swim Tune: Step Into My Office Label: Origin

Saturday June 23
Artist: Rob Garcia Album: The Drop and the Ocean Tune: The Drop Part 2 Label: Bjurecords
Artist: John Surman Album: John Surman Tune: My Pussin Label: Vocalion

Sunday June 24
Artist: Marc Ribot Album: Silent Movies Tune: Solaris Label: Pi
Artist: L’Orkestre Des Pas Perdus Album: L’Age du Cuivre Tune: Maux Croises Label: Cross Current Music

Monday June 25
Artist: Hexen Trio [Homberger/Guy/Favre] Album: Dakryon Tune: Veni Creator Spiritus Label: Maya

Tuesday June 26
Artist: Francois Houle/Benoit Delbecq Album: Because She Hoped Tune: Le Concombre de Chicoutimi Label: Songlines
Artist: Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo Album: Songs of Mirth and Melancholy Tune: The Bard Lachrymose Label: Marsalis
Artist: Elaine Elias Album: Light My Fire Tune: Isto Aqui O Que E Label: Concord
Artist: Ziggy Marley Album: Wild and Free Tune: A Sign Label: Tuff Gong

Wednesday June 27
Artist: Park X Trio Album: Cent Questions Sans Reponse Tune: Cent Questions Sans Reponse Label: Multiple Chord Music
Artist: Bill Frisell Album: All We Are Saying…. Tune: Please, Please Me Label: Savoy Jazz
Artist: Angelika Niescier Album: Sublim III Tune: Bill Label: Enja

Thursday June 28
Artist: Maria Farinha Band Album: Uwattibi Tune: Dream Inside A Dream Label: Farpat
Artist: Jack DeJohnette Album: Sound Travels Tune: Sonny Light Label: Entertainment One
Artist: Mederic Collignon Album: Shangri Tunkashi-La Tune: Billy Preston Label: Just Looking

Friday June 29
Artist: Nellie McKay Album: Normal As Blueberry Pie Tune: Mean To Me Label: Verve

Saturday June 30
Artist: Get The Blessing Album: OCDC Tune: Torque Label: Naim Jazz Sunday July 1
Artist: The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Album: Promotional Tune: Otter’s Song Label: Nashville

See the interview with Ron about how he picks the artists for this annual preview show.

View the playlist of Sweetman's upcoming shows and access a link to the In a Mellow Tone blog and other jazz radio shows on our Ottawa Jazz Radio Shows page.

See the full 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup.

More information about the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival: