Rob Frayne directs the first edition of this Dream Band ©2012 Brett Delmage
Rob Frayne directs the first edition of this Dream Band ©2012 Brett Delmage
Congratulation to Michael Toope, who won the pair of tickets to hear Rob Frayne's Dream Combo at the NAC Fourth Stage on Friday, September 11! Rob Frayne generously donated these tickets for our first contest of the 2015-16 jazz season.

This all-star combo features Compositions: by Frayne, Mingus, songs from the groovy B-3 tradition, and a surprise update of “The Girl from Impanema.” It is the third edition of the Dream Band.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview about the Dream BigBand's April 2015 concert, Watch video from that concert, and watch our interview with Rob about his inaugural BigBand.concerts.

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Good luck to all contestants!

Emie R. Roussel Trio

Congratulation to Karen Oxorn, who won a pair of tickets to hear Laura Crema on Saturday May 30 at the NAC Fourth Stage! NAC Presents generously donated these tickets.

The skill testing question was "Name two of the musicians in this performance and briefly tell us why you would like to hear them. Spelling matters!"

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Congratulations to Chris Fleming, who won the pair of tickets to hear the double-bill Juno-winning Stretch Orchestra, with Matt Brubeck, Kevin Breit and Jesse Stewart, and also Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite Of Everything on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage. Ontario Scene generously donated these tickets.

The skill testing question, "Name a musician you are looking forward to hearing in this performance and briefly tell us why. Spelling counts!" received a wide variety of interesting personal answers. Here are a few of them:

"Kevin Breit. He is a great guitarist, and I have seen him before. He is constantly evolving!"

"Jaron Freeman-Fox is who I look forward most, because he plays the very unique 5 string violin, in the tradition of his late mentor Oliver Schroer"

"Actually I'm interested to hear them all! I've heard Stretch Orchestra before and loved them. I love their quirky instrumentation. I LOVE the cello. It's great to hear Matt Brubeck use it in a different, unique way other than just classical orchestral music. And I'm looking forward to hearing Jason Freeman-Fox because I associate fiddle with Maritimes and then to hear it paired with Indian music - which is so unique..."

Helpful information to answer this skill-testing question could be found on the NAC website where you can also find out more about the concert and purchase tickets.

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Emie R. Roussel Trio

Congratulations to Eugene Gorgichuk, who won a pair of tickets to see the Mike Murley Septet on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage. Ontario Scene generously donated these tickets.

The skill testing question for this contest was "Name a musician you are looking forward to hearing in this performance and briefly tell us why. Spelling counts!"

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Thanks to all participants!

Emie R. Roussel Trio

Congratulations to John Upper, who won a pair of tickets to hear the Roddy Ellias Quartet featuring four of Ottawa's most accomplished jazz musicians: Roddy Ellias – guitars, Mark Ferguson – trombone and piano, Mike Tremblay – saxophones, and John Geggie – bass, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at GigSpace. The tickets were generously donated by the artists.

The answer to the skill-testing question "What is Roddy Ellias not?" was "no mere moodmeister" The answer can be found at the GigSpace website.

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©Brett Delmage, 2013
©Brett Delmage, 2013
Congratulations to Rick Smith! He won pair of tickets to attend The Jivewires' high-energy release of their new CD at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Billed as "The missing link between swing & rock 'n roll", this seven piece horn-fueled band delivers a high-energy show with the instrumental improvisation and satirical lyrics characteristic of post-war artists like Louis Jordan.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with leader Steve Berndt about the band's 25+ years of crowd-pleasing concerts and the lead-up to the album they're releasing at this concert.

The answer to the skill-testing question, "Where should you drive on May 1?" was "drive yourself sane" and could be found at the Centrepointe Theatre website, where you can also buy tickets to this concert.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Congratulations to Marcia Rodriguez, who won a pair of tickets to hear John Geggie and special guests Kelly Jefferson, Frank Lozano and Jim Doxas at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, April 25. The tickets were generously donated by NAC Presents.

The answer to the skill-testing question, "Who are two musicians that John Geggie has performed with?" could be found at the NAC website.

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Congratulations to Suzanne Hiscock, who won a pair of tickets to hear Rob Frayne's Dream Band “Time Travelling” Jazz Music Extravaganza at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with Rob Frayne and learn more about this spectacle.

The skill-testing question was "Who are five of the musicians who will perform in the Dream Band?" and the answer could be found at the Dream Band “Time Travelling” Jazz Music Extravaganza website.

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photo: Yvan Couillard
photo: Yvan Couillard
Congratulations to Ross Rankin, who won a pair of tickets to hear the Emie R. Roussel Trio  on Friday, April 10 at the NAC Fourth Stage. NAC Presents generously donated these tickets.

Pianist Emie Rioux Roussel is known for her solid yet nuanced compositions. She began classical piano lessons at age five, then studied jazz with her father, jazz pianist Martin Roussel, and with Lorraine Desmarais, and obtained a diploma (first class honours) in jazz piano performance. In 2011 she completed her BA in jazz piano performance at the University of Montreal. She burst onto Quebec’s live music scene in 2007, and has shared the stage with such leading talents as Terry Clarke, Mike Gauthier, Éric Lagacé, Alex Bellegarde, Dave Watts, Michel Berthiaume and Norman Lachapelle.

Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with her, Emie Roussel likes her jazz energetic, complex – and accessible.

The correct answer to the skill testing question, "What kind of sound can you expect to hear in this performance ?" was "Quebec’s contemporary jazz sound: resolutely young, rhythm-based, and infused with straightforward rock and pop harmonies."

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Congratulations to Catherine Radatus, who won a pair of tickets to hear the Frédéric Pauze Quartet at La Grange de la Gatineau. The tickets were generously donated by La Grange de la Gatineau.

The answer to the sill testing question, "What are Frederic Pauze's influences?" was "a broad set of musical influences, ranging from jazz to classical and world music."

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