Congratulations to Kate Oakley, who won a pair of tickets (a $50 value!) to "Whose Solo Is It Anyway?" at the NAC Fourth Stage on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The tickets were generously donated by the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.

© Brett Delmage, 2009
© Brett Delmage, 2009

"Returning for the third time by popular demand. Chamber music meets improv theatre meets free jazz in this unique evening of audience-directed musical improvisation. Eight musicians from the orchestra will improvise an entire evening of music. No script, no safety net. Just the musicians and the audience and a set of musical games. A highly-entertaining evening of laughs, musical mayhem and mystery multimedia."

The skill-testing questions was "Tell us a few details about one of the other concerts that Ottawa Jazz Orchestra is presenting this season, and its date." An answer (many were possible) could be found at www.ottawajazzorchestra.com, where you can also purchase tickets for "Whose Solo Is It Anyway?" and the other concerts in the season.

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Congratulations to Jason Nuyens, who won a pair of tickets to hear Claudia Salguero – Boleros Unplugged (Une soirée de boléros et de jazz Latin) for an evening of boleros and Latin jazz at les Brasseurs du Temps on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) generously donated the tickets.

Latin American music is renowned by its rich mix of poetic content, exuberant harmonies, decadent vocal interpretation and instrumentation, all of which sets the stage for an intimate evening of evocative and romantic melodies interpreted in Spanish by Claudia and her ensemble.

The correct answer to our skill testing question "What is the name of the song that Claudia Salguero performs in the video linked to from her concert listing at the BDT website?" was
 La Gloria eres tu".

The Jivewires (Kelly Craig - trumpet, Steve Berndt - vocals shown)  will have a wild performance of new material for the band's recently recorded fifth album at BDT on Sunday August 18 ©Brett Delmage, 2013
The Jivewires (Kelly Craig - trumpet, Steve Berndt - vocals shown) will have a wild performance of new material for the band's recently recorded fifth album at BDT on Sunday August 18 ©Brett Delmage, 2013
Congratulations to Christiane Poirier, who won a pair of tickets to enjoy Ottawa's The Jivewires for a wild performance of new material for the band's recently recorded fifth album at the fantastic Brasseurs Du Temps.  on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. 

BDT has a lot of great jazz to come. They have generously provided draw tickets for the upcoming shows. Keep watching OttawaJazzScene.ca to win a pair.

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Miguel Angel de Armas © Brett Delmage, 2013
Miguel Angel de Armas © Brett Delmage, 2013
Caridad Cruz © Brett Delmage, 2013
Caridad Cruz © Brett Delmage, 2013

Congratulations to Phil Gosewich who won a pair of tickets to hear the award-winning Caridad Cruz and Miguel de Armas at Les Brasseurs du Temps on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.!  Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) has generously donated the tickets (a $30 value!)

Ottawa's ladies of jazz: Karen Oxorn , Dominique Forest et Nicole Ratté (photos by Claude Brazeau,Laura Kelly,Claude Brazeau))
Ottawa's ladies of jazz: Karen Oxorn , Dominique Forest et Nicole Ratté (photos by Claude Brazeau,Laura Kelly,Claude Brazeau)

Congratulations to Keith Jackson, who won a pair of tickets to hear A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, April 6! The tickets were generously donated by Karen Oxorn, Dominique Forest and Nicole Ratté.

This tribute show partners three of Ottawa's ladies of jazz for an unforgettable evening of music and fun. It will explore their performing and recording careers as well as very different personal stories through the veil of a shared jazz festival bill in the 1950s.  Read our interview with the vocalists about this concert.

Karen Oxorn, Nicole Ratté et Dominique Forest vous prépare un répertoire inspiré des concerts du Newport Jazz Festival de 1957 de deux des plus grandes interprètes féminines de la chanson américaine.

The correct answer to our skill testing question "Who are two (or more) of the songwriters whose music will be featured?" could be found at nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/5287. It was any two names from the following sentence: "The concert will feature jazz standards from the live album by well-known songwriters including George and Ira Gershwin; Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields; Rodgers and Hart; Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg; Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton and Johnny Mercer."

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The Jivewires  (photo by Eric Disero)
The Jivewires (photo by Eric Disero)

Congratulations to Susan Nishi, who won a pair of tickets to hear The Jivewires at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, April 13! The tickets were generously donated by the Jivewires.

Featuring some of Ottawa's best-known jazz musicians, The Jivewires perform "New Jives For Album 5", a premiere of new material for the band's fifth album.   A seven piece "jump blues" horn band, the Jives will mix their new songs with some of their favorites and a cover or two for seasoning.  Join them for another journey to the era between swing & rock 'n roll.

Read our interview with Steve Berndt, Jivewires leader and co-founder.

The correct answer to our skill testing question "What is the name of the sample song available on the front page of the Jivewires website?" is "Let the Good Times Roll".

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Laila Biali photo by Edith Maybin
Laila Biali photo by Edith Maybin
Congratulations to Andre Cornut, who won our random draw for pair of tickets (a $54 value!) to hear Laila Biali at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The tickets were generously donated by the National Arts Centre.

Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with Laila Biali about this Ottawa concert.

Laila's music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards, and her latest release Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year."

The correct answer to our skill testing question "Where is Laila Biali currently living?" was"New York and Toronto."

Thanks to all the participants.

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Congratulations to Leonard Constant, who won the pair of tickets (a $50 value) to hear renowned percussionists Hamid Drake and Jesse Stewart at GigSpace on Friday, March 15. The tickets were donated by the Carleton University School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music.

Drake is considered one the best improvising drummers in the world, playing jazz from Ellington to avant-garde in concerts across Europe and America. Stewart won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album, as part of Stretch Orchestra .

The answer to our skill-testing question "What instruments will Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake play at this concert?" was "drums" "percussion" or a more detailed version of the these.

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Congratulations to Josh Chartrand, who won a pair of tickets to hear the first Geggie Series concert of the 2013 season with with Jean-Nicolas Trottier. Thom Gossage, and Frank Lozano at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, February 16. The tickets were generously donated by the National Arts Centre. Thanks to random.org for providing the winning number.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with John Geggie about the 2013 Geggie Series including this concert.

The correct answer to our skill testing question "Which musician in this performance is formerly from Ottawa?" was "Frank Lozano." The answer could be found at nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4551 where you can find out more about this concert and purchase tickets.

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Congratulations to Lynn Clayton, who won the pair of tickets to hear the next Geggie Series concert with Roddy Ellias, Pierre Tanguay, David Braid and John Geggie at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, March 9! The tickets were generously donated by the National Arts Centre.

All four renowned Canadian musicians have performed for highly appreciative Ottawa audiences in the past, although not in this interesting combination.

The answer to our skill-testing question, "Which musician was called a jazz genius to call our own?" is "David Braid". The answer could be found at nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4552 where you can find out more about this concert and purchase tickets.

Thanks to all our participants for your interest.

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