Ottawa jazz seen

These articles showcase photographs, by OttawaJazzScene.ca's Brett Delmage, of Ottawa-Gatineau jazz musicians and jazz performances.

Matt Aston Group at Café Nostalgica

(l-r) Elizabeth Foster, Matt Aston and Joe Hincke at Café Nostalgica on April 6. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
(l-r) Elizabeth Foster, Matt Aston and Joe Hincke at Café Nostalgica on April 6. ©Brett Delmage, 2011



Drummer Matt Aston, together with violinist Elizabeth Foster and bassist Joe Hincke, tried out new material and a new sound on the first night of the group's Wednesday-night residency at Café Nostalgica. Their two sets were well-received, as you can see here on our video interview with Matt. You can still see them tonight (April 20), and on April 27 – maybe with some surprise guests as well!

Search Engine releases its first album at le Petit Chicago

At Le Petit Chicago in March: (l-r) Jeff Asselin, Brian Asselin, Alex Mastronardi, Eric Disero. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
At Le Petit Chicago in March: (l-r) Jeff Asselin, Brian Asselin, Alex Mastronardi, Eric Disero. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Search Engine has been one of the most stable groups in the Ottawa jazz scene – and has had one of the longest-running gigs: five years (with a few interruptions) at Le Petit Chicago. But they've never put out an album, until now.

Tonight (Monday, April 18) is the CD release party for I'm Feeling Lucky, an album of mostly originals, with two standards. It was produced by renowned jazz drummer Ian Froman. And you can see the group: Brian Asselin on tenor sax, Jeff Asselin on drums, Alex Mastronardi on bass, and Eric Disero on keyboards, play their hearts out to celebrate the launch. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5; the album costs $10.

Carleton University Contemporary Music Ensemble fills the Umi Café

Jesse Stewart conducts students in the Carleton U Contemporary Music Ensemble March 27 at the Umi Café.  ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Jesse Stewart conducts students in the Carleton U Contemporary Music Ensemble March 27 at the Umi Café. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

The Carleton University Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the guidance of Jesse Stewart, played its term-end concert at the Umi Café on March 27. The concert was part of the regular Improvising Musicians of Ottawa-Outaouais (IMOO) series, and, true to the series, was almost completely improvised, albeit with some conducting by Stewart and by student Justin Duhaime.

The full ensemble has more than 20 students. 14 were able to play at the Umi concert – the largest number ever on the Umi "stage". The audience area was also full.

    – Alayne McGregor

 

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Florquestra Brasil brightens up a winter Monday in Gatineau

Florquestra Brasil's Evandro Gracelli, Regina Gomes Teixeira, Leonard Constant, Silvio Modolo (r-l) brighten Les Brasseurs du Temps on February 28. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Florquestra Brasil's Evandro Gracelli, Regina Gomes Teixeira, Leonard Constant, Silvio Modolo (r-l) brighten Les Brasseurs du Temps on February 28. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Florquestra Brasil recently played to a full house at Les Brasseurs du Temps on a wintry evening, and brought in just a bit of the South American sun and warmth. Near the end, they inspired several listeners to dance and a lot of toe-tapping, with their combination of unusual instruments, different percussion beats, infectious vocals, and smiling enthusiasm.

The number of Latin- and Brazilian-influenced local groups in Ottawa has jumped in the last few years, with appearances by Florquestra Brasil, Rimbombante, Pulse Mondiale, La Roda da Samba, Rômmel Ribeiro, Duo/Trio Zansa, Sol da Capital, Farinha Biriba (Sambaway), the Evandro Gracelli Group, Shaman Rhythms, Tropicantos, Los Gringos, Flow, Mango Upstart, and many others.

Salomon Carrillo Sr. at Mercury Lounge with Shaman Rhythms, and Sol da Capital on February 10. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Salomon Carrillo Sr. at Mercury Lounge with Shaman Rhythms, and Sol da Capital on February 10. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Perhaps Latin music has a double advantage: it reminds us of warmth in the winter, and is a good way to last through our tropical heat in the summer ?

    – Alayne McGregor

 

Richard Page met the HML Trio

JP Lapensee at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
JP Lapensee at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

  

Richard Page at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Richard Page at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

  

Richard Page and Jamie Holmes at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Richard Page and Jamie Holmes at Avant-Garde Bar. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

 

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Richard Page has returned to Avant-Garde Bar every Tuesday night, to deliver some hard-hitting sax-based tunes. His newest group, with Alex Moxon on guitar, JP Lapensee on electric bass, and Jamie Holmes on drums and cymbals, has been paying homage to some of Sonny Rollins' work recently. As regular listeners know, you'll hear plenty of new and original material by Richard. And while Richard doesn't have a new sax this month, he does have a new mouthpiece, and the combo sounds great.

Pierre-Yves Martel anticipated at IMOO

Pierre-Yves Martel on his viola da gamba at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. ©Brett Delmage, 2007
Pierre-Yves Martel on his viola da gamba at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. ©Brett Delmage, 2007

Expect to hear instruments more normally heard in chamber music, as Sainct Laurens visits IMOO this Sunday. Philippe Lauzier will play bass clarinet, while Pierre-Yves Martel will play the seven-stringed viola da gamba. And apparently there will be feedback too: from the musicians, in addition to the usual audience reactions.

In the first set, IMOO will also welcome its first touring musician from Europe: Kim Myhr from Oslo, on guitar, zithers, and objects.

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IMOO: Unusual playing and unusual instruments

David Broscoe ran out of time to play all the notes so he doubled-up, while Rory Magill brightened the scene with his wand. It was all part of the magic of the Uzumaki concert on Jan 23 in the IMOO Series at the Umi Café.  ©Brett Delmage, 2011
David Broscoe ran out of time to play all the notes so he doubled-up, while Rory Magill brightened the scene with his wand. It was all part of the magic of the Uzumaki concert on Jan 23 in the IMOO Series at the Umi Café. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Lucas Haneman and Sean Duhaime: a young collaboration

Lucan Haneman with Sean Duhaime at Café Nostalgica, Dec. 2010  ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Lucan Haneman with Sean Duhaime at Café Nostalgica, Dec. 2010 ©Brett Delmage, 2010

Lucas Haneman and Sean Duhaime played together for the first time at Tim Bedner's Inside the Music workshop in October 2010, when clinician and master guitarist Vic Juris asked for volunteers to play. The participants, almost all guitarists, were pleasantly surprised by what they heard. Even Vic Juris expressed some surprise that the two had not played together before.

Now Lucas and Sean are playing together for a full evening (Saturday, February 5 - 8 p.m. to midnight at the Avant-Garde Bar). While the line-up might not appeal to jazz purists, it's likely to be full of the same good vibes and music-making communication that workshop participants enjoyed earlier.

   – Brett Delmage

Jesse Stewart to play Winterlude again tonight

Jesse Stewart will perform his World premiere of Dynergetics for fire, ice, gongs, and drums tonight, Feb 4, as part of the 2011 Winterlude opening ceremonies. Last year, his ensemble played custom ice instruments at the Winterlude opening. They resonated beautifully at -25C.

We froze, so you can watch the videos (below) of that opening performance on Feb 5, 2010, and a repeat performance on Feb. 7 in Confederation Park from the comfort of your computer chair.

Tonight's temperatures are forecast to be a pleasant -10C. Unless you are at one of the other live performances tonight, you have no excuse not to enjoy this one live.

Rory Magill and eldritch Priest return to IMOO at UMI on Jan 23

Rory Magill plays the IMOO show at UMI on Dec 12, 2010. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Rory Magill plays the IMOO show at UMI on Dec 12, 2010. ©Brett Delmage, 2010

On Sunday December 12, Rory Magill (drums), eldritch Priest (guitar, digital horn), and Darren Williams (sax) delivered IMOO's regular ear-worm cleaning.

Magill and Priest return to the regular IMOO at UMI series on Sunday January 23 with Linsey Wellman and David Broscoe on saxes, as part of Uzumaki.

 

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Virgule returns to Café Nostalgica to kickoff 2011

Virgule returns to Café Nostalgica on Wednesdays in January 2010. Last September, Virgule delivered an healthy dose of free playing that challenged and delighted audiences. Read the full event listing

Phil Charbonneau at Café Nostalgica, 2009 Sep 30. ©Brett Delmage, 2009

Olivier Fairfield at Café Nostalgica, 2009 Sep 30. ©Brett Delmage, 2009

Last chance to hear Mike Essoudry Septet at Le Petit Chicago

Mike Essoudry's Septet is featured  at Le Petit Chicago this month. Tonight, Monday December 20, is the last time you'll be able to hear them. 

Mike Essoudry discusses the music with Ryan Purchase. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Mike Essoudry discusses the music with Ryan Purchase. ©Brett Delmage, 2010

Two weeks ago, this group came together for the first time to play some of the complex and very listenable tunes from Mike's CD, Passage, reworked for seven instruments. As we mentioned in Marc Decho debuts his new bass, you'll hear an interesting combination of less-frequently-heard instrumentation from this group, including Matt Ouimet on 'laptop steel' and Don Cummings on the Rhodes.

And at Le Petit Chicago, you will hear the music.  Jazz fans and musicians alike come to this club on Monday nights to actually listen. Distracting noise is almost always substantially lower than other Ottawa-Gatineau venues – some which charge substantially more. If you're running out of cash (and who isn't this time of year?) but still want to hear some great music, you can enjoy Mike Essoudry's Septet for the mere cost of a drink and tip. The service is excellent and friendly and there's ample room to stretch your legs.

Unfortunately, underage music fans can't enter at all, even if they abstain from alcohol.

If you haven't visited Le Petit Chicago, this might be your last chance to do so this year. Mike Essoudry's Septet is worth staying up past your usual bedtime for.

    – Brett Delmage

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Guitar wizardry at Café Nostalgica

Lucas Haneman and Tim Bedner applied their guitar wizardry to old and new standards at to Café Nostalgica on Wednesday December 9, playing to a spellbound and respectful audience. Montreal drummer Evan Tighe completed that week`s trio, and vocalist Renée Yoxon and trumpeter Craig Pedersen sat in for a few tunes.

Café Nostalgica is closed for Christmas, so December 15 is the your last chance to catch Lucas in this booking. Tonight he will be playing with Jeff Asselin on drums and Alex Mastronardi on bass. Read our full listing.

All photos ©Brett Delmage, 2010. Click a thumbnail to view a larger image.

Crimson and Blues celebrates its first year

Crimson and Blues celebrates 1st Anniversary at Bar 56  ©photo Brett Delmage, 2010
Crimson and Blues celebrates 1st Anniversary at Bar 56 ©photo Brett Delmage, 2010

Crimson and Blues, the collaboration of vocalist Renée Yoxon and keyboardist François Gravel at Bar 56 on Mondays, celebrated its first anniversary on November 15, 2010. The room was full of dancers and listeners, and the band (with the addition of Craig Pedersen on trumpet) responded in fine style.

Craig Pedersen Quartet warms up Nostalgica's November

Craig Pedersen (trumpet) with Linsey Wellman (alto). photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Craig Pedersen (trumpet) with Linsey Wellman (alto). photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010

It's one of the greyest months of the year, but the Craig Pedersen Quartet is fighting that by warming up Café Nostalgica's November Wednesdays.

At his opening show on November 3, Craig Pedersen's trumpet work alternated and weaved with Linsey Wellman's sounds on alto sax and bass clarinet, before a highly attentive and appreciative audience. Playing originals and a wide ranging selection of pieces from Zorn to Ellington, Pedersen left ample space for Mike Essoudry on drums and Alex Mastronardi on bass to respond, and to express themselves.

The Quartet returns tonight with Phil Charbonneau on bass.

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See Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers in their previous appearance at Irene's

On Friday November 5, Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers will release their first CD at Irene's Pub.

Want an advance hint of what it will be like? They previously played Irene's March 19, 2010, and OttawaJazzScene.ca's Brett Delmage was there with a video camera.

If you missed it earlier, be sure to check out our interview with Mike Essoudry about how the Mash Potato Mashers started.

Juris and Ellias enthrall Paradiso crowd

NYC guitarist Vic Juris and Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias enthralled an almost-capacity crowd at Café Paradiso Friday night with a program of standards and one original ("Moon" by Ellias). Playing electric guitar with a restrained use of effects, Juris showed off an impressive dynamic and rhythmic range. He and Ellias on acoustic guitar moved over and under each other's lead with ease, supported and listened to each other, and never lost track of the melody.                                                                 

The quiet audience included six well-known local jazz musicians as well as four younger local players, and there was lots of appreciative applause. There was also lots of laughter – particularly at the dueling Antonio Carlos Jobim anecdotes, as well as Paradiso owner Alex Demianenko's recounting of their sound check that afternoon.       

The duo will play again at Paradiso Saturday night and promise some Juris originals on that night. There is a limited number of seats available, and tickets are $20.

Vic Juris and Roddy Ellias ©Brett Delmage 2010
Vic Juris and Roddy Ellias ©Brett Delmage 2010

Richard Page Trio and two new horns at le petit Chicago tonight

Richard Page plays his new Phil Barone tenor sax ©BrettDelmage, 2010.
Richard Page plays his new Phil Barone tenor sax ©BrettDelmage, 2010.

For the second and final week, The Richard Page Trio will play Le Petit Chicago tonight, sitting in for Search Engine. This may be your best bet to get your weekly Page Trio fix for a while, as they have suspended their Tuesday night shows at Avant-Garde Bar for now.

It's also an opportunity to hear Richard play his newest horns, a Phil Barone gold plated soprano sax and a brass plated tenor sax. (They sound great)

See our event listing — and see you there!

Richard Page plays his new Phil Barone soprano sax ©BrettDelmage, 2010.
Richard Page plays his new Phil Barone soprano sax ©BrettDelmage, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen opens July Jazz nights at Café Nostalgica

©Brett Delmage, 2010
©Brett Delmage, 2010

For the first time, Café Nostalgica is continuing to run its jazz nights over the summer (except for two weeks' closure at the beginning of August). Steve Berndt (vocals), along with Eric Disero (keys) and Alex Mastronardi (bass), will be there every Wednesday in July trying out new material.

At their opening show, the three saluted the Queen for her intent attention to the music, despite the brutal heat that drove both the band and the rest of the audience out onto the porch to cool down between sets.

The Roddy Ellias Organ Quartet

Kirk MacDonald listens to Roddy Ellias play. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Kirk MacDonald listens to Roddy Ellias play. ©Brett Delmage, 2010

The Roddy Ellias Organ Quartet featuring Kirk MacDonald (sax), Daniel Thouin (organ),  and John Fraboni (drums) played an excellent show at Café Paradiso on 2010 May 8. The insistent beat of the organ contrasted and underlined the explorations on sax and guitar. The almost-full restaurant enthusiastically received the music.

The show was the final show in Roddy Ellias' 2010 concert series.

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Mash Potato Mashers officially open the 30th Jazz Festival!

Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers Marching Band officially open the 30th Ottawa Jazz Festival. photo ©Brett Delmage 2010
Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers marching band officially open the 30th Ottawa Jazz Festival. photo ©Brett Delmage 2010

Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers Marching Band and the "Dancing in the Street" dancers officially opened the 30th Jazz Festival at 5 PM on June 25. They surprised and delighted the public as they marched down Elgin Street and the waiting audience when they arrived in the Park.

Ottawa Jazz Scene's earlier story about the Mashers is here.

 

Renée Yoxon and Francois Gravel have the Crimson and Blues every Monday

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up! Vocalist Renée Yoxon and keyboardist Francois Gravel help listeners catch up on their live music early in the week with Crimson and Blues at Bar 56. OttawaJazzScene caught up with them on May 3 at Bar 56 (below the Mercury Lounge) in The Market. It was a lively evening with Linsey Wellman (alto), Richard Page (bass clarinet), and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) joining in.

Ottawa JazzWorksGala - Jazz Camp photos

JazzWorks is holding its annual JazzWorksGala fundraiser on May 6, 2010 at Arts Court. There will be five hours of entertainment and tickets are still available.

The funds raised will help support JazzWorks' annual jazz workshop, which provides intensive training and master classes by professional musicians over an extended weekend in late August. OttawaJazzScene.ca publisher Brett Delmage photographed the 2008 Camp. Learn more about what happens at Jazz Camp by viewing Brett's photographs of combos, master classes, the Big Choir, meals, jam sessions, the faculty concert, and more.

Carleton U Music Showcase features Guitar Ensemble

The Carleton University Guitar Ensemble - photo ©2010 Brett Delmage
The Carleton University Guitar Ensemble - photo ©2010 Brett Delmage

The Carleton University Guitar Ensemble performs in the Carleton University Music Showcase on April 5. They will play at Café Paradiso on Monday, April 19.

Craig Pedersen's final Recital Mashup delights audience

Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital   photo ©2010 Brett Delmage
Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital photo ©2010 Brett Delmage


Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital   photo ©2010 Brett Delmage

Craig Pedersen (trumpet) wrapped up his Masters in Music Performance with a recital at the University of Ottawa on April 16. He delighted his audience by performing with a mini-version of Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers for two numbers. Prior to the Mashers marching from the back of the room through the audience to the stage, Craig demonstrated his proficiency on trumpet by playing classical pieces by Handel and Hummel; "Winter becomes Spring", an electronic piece of his own with music from his laptop computer; and 20th century classical piece by Jean Hubeau. For the classical pieces, he was accompanied by Frédéric Lacroix on piano. The Mash Potato Mashers accompanying Craig were Linsey Wellman (saxophone), Ryan Purchase (trombone) and Mike Essoudry (drums).

Listeners can hear Craig Pedersen play with the Mash Potato Mashers  on May 1 at The Elmdale Tavern. The Mashers will also open the 30th Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 24 by marching down Elgin Street into Confederation Park.

     – Brett Delmage

Clarinetist Scott Poll and The Pollcats

Scott Poll - photo ©2009 Brett Delmage
Scott Poll - photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

Scott Poll is playing with Tim Bedner (guitar), Tom Denison (bass), and special guest Fred Paci (trumpet, flugelhorn) at Café Paradiso from 8:30 to 11:30 pm Friday night (April 16), presenting classic swing from the 1930’s & 40’s.

photo: Scott Poll plays with the Jazz Mutants at the Lookout Bar, December 2009    ©2009 Brett Delmage

Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at the NAC Fourth Stage

Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage. photo ©2009 Brett Delmage
Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage. photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage.. Their 2010 show takes place on Saturday April 10.    photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

The Richard Page Trio does Tuesdays

Philippe Charbonneau Richard Page Matt Aston

Richard Page Trio  at The Rainbow,  March 22, 2009 © 2009 Brett Delmage.

Richard Page, Philippe Charbonneau, and Matt Aston launch a regular Tuesday gig tonight at the Avant-Garde bar:  9 p.m. to midnight.

Linsey Wellman, Mike Essoudry, and Philippe Charbonneau fill Café Nostalgica with music and listeners

Linsey Wellman, Mike Essoudry, and Philippe Charbonneau have kept Café Nostalgica both hot and busy in February 2010, with their creative versions of standards, orginal music and improvisations.

All photos ©2010 Brett Delmage. All rights reserved.

(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto). ©2010 Brett Delmage
(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto). ©2010 Brett Delmage

(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto).

 

A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins. ©2010 Brett Delmage
A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins. ©2010 Brett Delmage

A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins.

 

Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town. ©2010 Brett Delmage
Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town. ©2010 Brett Delmage

Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town.