Jesse stewart conducts the IMOO Orchestra in rehearsal
Jesse stewart conducts the IMOO Orchestra in rehearsal
Congratulations to Bradley Evans who won the free pair of tickets (a $30 value) to hear the exciting debut performance of the IMOO (Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais) Orchestra at the first Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival. Thanks to everyone who entered and to random.org for providing the winning number.

The concert will take place in Club SAW at Arts Court on Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 3 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase if you didn't win.

The IMOO Orchestra (or IMOOO, with an emphasis on the ooooooo...) will be comprised of many artists who have participated in IMOO’s bi-weekly concert series. It will be led by drummer and percussionist Jesse Stewart.

Congratulations to Joanna Lennox who won the pair of tickets to hear Ron Miles, David Occhipinti and John Geggie on Saturday, January 14. A big thanks to the NAC for their generous donation of these tickets, to everyone who entered the draw, and  to random.org for supplying our lucky winner's number.

To purchase tickets to this concert, go to www2.nac-cna.ca/en/presents/event/1801 or visit the NAC box office.


David Occhipinti jams with John Geggie at the 2004 Ottawa Jazz Festival. ©Brett Delmage
David Occhipinti jams with John Geggie at the 2004 Ottawa Jazz Festival. ©Brett Delmage
The National Arts Centre has generously donated a pair of tickets (a $60 value) for the second concert of the current Geggie Series, with Ron Miles, David Occhipinti  and John Geggie. The concert will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage.

This is our first free ticket draw of many to come in 2012. Only JazzScene weekly email newsletter subscribers may enter to win this pair of tickets. Not a subscriber yet? See below – it's easy to subscribe, to be eligible to win these and future tickets.

The draw for two tickets to the concert is open until noon on Wednesday January 11, 2012. To enter, simply email with your name, email address, phone number, and the correct answer to our skill testing question:





© Brett Delmage

Congratulations to Fiona Gregory who won the ticket to hear Ottawa's talented guitarists Lucas Haneman and Tim Bedner, and Montreal drummer Evan Tighe, on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at GigSpace, for Guitar Wizardry 2 on Saturday, January 14. A big thanks to GigSpace for their  donation of the ticket, to everyone who entered the draw, and  to random.org for supplying our lucky winner's number.

More info on this show and how to buy tickets: upcoming-shows/3523-guitar-wizardry-2-at-gigspace

Susie Ibarra, courtesy of the artist
Susie Ibarra, courtesy of the artist

Congratulations to Jean-Marc Mangin who won the pair of tickets to hear this opening concert of the Geggie 2011-12 Series. A big thanks to everyone who entered the draw. Thanks again to random.org for suppling our winner's number.

This concert is one of the rare opportunities to hear Susie Ibarra perform in Ottawa. We encourage listeners to take advantage of this opportunity to hear her. Details on how to purchase a ticket are below.


"Susie Ibarra is one of the most celebrated free jazz drummers and composers in North America."

The National Arts Centre has generously donated a pair of tickets (a $60 value) for the first concert of the 2011-12 Geggie Series, with Susie Ibarra and John Geggie. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage.

Alex Dean enjoys Brian Browne's solo at a 2010 Carleton U Jazz Camp concert. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Alex Dean enjoys Brian Browne's solo at a 2010 Carleton U Jazz Camp concert. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
The Carleton University Jazz Camp  has generously donated 4 pairs of tickets (a $80 value) to their wonderful concert series from Monday August 8 to Friday August 12.  All JazzScene weekly email newsletter subscribers may enter the draw to win these tickets. Not a subscriber yet? See below – it's easy to subscribe, to be eligible to enter this and future draws.

* Monday, August 8: Brian Browne Trio with guest Elise Letourneau
* Tuesday, August 9: Alex Dean and Kieran Overs (with Dave Dunlop)
* Wednesday, August 10: A Tribute to Charlie Parker
* Thursday, August 11.: Roddy Ellias Trio
* Friday, August 12: Participants' Concert

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. except for the Friday concert which starts at 7 p.m.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's story about last year's Carleton University Jazz Camp, and see photos and reviews of last year's concerts (at bottom of page)

All concerts will be in Kailash Mital Theatre in the Loeb Building at Carleton University. The university is served by NCC multi-use paths from the east and west (along the canal), and there is ample bicycle parking near the door. You can also take  OC Transpo's O-Train or bus routes 4 or 7 to the campus. There is also nearby car parking.

The draw for all tickets to the concerts is now open.  To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the list of which specific concert or concerts (Monday - Thursday) you are entering the draw for. Include your name, email address, and phone number we can reach you at, and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Cindy Deachman who won this pair of tickets. Thanks to everyone who entered the draw, and to random.org for the winning number.



Ottawa's World Famous Music has generously donated a pair of tickets ($44 value) to hear  the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, with with Daughters of the Revolution / DJ Zattar at Ritual Nightclub on Thursday, September 8, 2011.

Hypnotic are eight brothers. Combining the urgency of Hip Hop, the heritage of Jazz, and the soul of Chicago, they have known music and played together all of their lives. They have collaborated in performances with Gorillaz, Femi Kuti, Mos Def, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, Flea, and numerous other hip hop and jazz luminaries including Ottawa's own Souljazz Orchestra.

To enter our draw for the tickets, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, and phone number we can reach you at, and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

Craig Pedersen Quartet, Nov. 2010 ©Brett Delmage
Craig Pedersen Quartet, Nov. 2010 ©Brett Delmage

 

And we have a winner! Congratulations to Catherine Radatus, and thanks to everyone who entered! Thanks to random.org for providing a random number for the draw.

OttawaJazzScene.ca has a new draw, exclusively for our fabulous JazzScene weekly newsletter subscribers. Not a subscriber yet? See below – it's easy to subscribe and be eligible to enter this and future draws.

Flamingo and The Craig Pedersen Quartet have generously donated a pair of tickets to their Friday night show and a copy of the Quartet's just-released, limited edition CD, Early Winter, to be won by a JazzScene subscriber.

The Quartet will play from 8:30 to 11:00 pm on Friday March 11 at Flamingo, 380 Elgin Street (at Gladstone). Flamingo identifies itself as "Ottawa's newest destination for the gay and fabulous!" Since opening on January 28, they have frequently presented jazz on many Friday nights, in an environment where they welcome gays and straights alike to enjoy excellent music.

"I want people to sit there and watch. It's not just background music," Flamingo producer Sebastien Provost told OttawaJazzScene.ca in our recent story about this new club.

Given Provost's approach, it's no surprise that The Craig Pedersen Quartet is playing this Friday. Craig Pedersen (trumpet) and his Quartet (Linsey Wellman - alto saxophone, Alex Mastronardi – bass, and Mike Essoudry – drums) are among Ottawa's most active and creative musicians. The Craig Pedersen Quartet engaged listeners week after week when they played at Café Nostalgica last November.

The draw for two tickets to hear them and receive a copy of their new CD is open now, until 11:59 PM (23:59) on Thursday, March 10. To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, phone number (if possible) and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

Mark Rehder will perform in Monk, Miles and Mingus Go To Town. photo by ©Brett Delmage, 2009
Mark Rehder will perform in Monk, Miles and Mingus Go To Town. photo by ©Brett Delmage, 2009

And we have a winner! Congratulations to Mark Hitchcock, and thanks to everyone who entered! Thanks to random.org for providing a random number for the draw.

And even if you didn't win, tickets will still be available for sale at the door.

The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra has generously donated a pair of tickets (a $50 value) to this week's concert, Monk, Miles and Mingus Go To Town at Glebe-St. James United Church, this Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.

All JazzScene weekly email newsletter subscribers may enter to win this pair of tickets. Not a subscriber yet? See below – it's easy to subscribe, to be eligible to enter this and future draws.

"Bebop and chamber music come together for an intimate evening of swinging tunes and refreshing sounds with the hippest music from three jazz masters – Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus performed by the OJO’s unique chamber jazz ensemble.  With its unusual instrumentation, this unique twelve-piece collective of jazz and symphony musicians offers up a feast for the ears with arrangements from Adrian Cho and Rick Rangno inspired by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and Johnny Richards."

The concert will be in Glebe-St. James United Church. This is a new performance space for Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, that has excellent acoustics. The concert location is only 2 minutes away from the corner of Bronson Avenue and Carling Avenue,  3 minutes away the 417, and is a short walk from OC Transpo routes 1, 4, 7,  and 85.

The draw for two tickets to the concert is open now until 11:59 PM (23:59) on Thursday, March 24. To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, phone number, and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

Michelle Grégoire Quintet (photo courtesy of the artist)
Michelle Grégoire Quintet (photo courtesy of the artist)

And we have a winner! Congratulations to J.G. Morin, and thanks to everyone who entered! Thanks to random.org for providing a random number for the draw.

And even if you didn't win, tickets will still be available for sale at the door.

The National Arts Centre has generously donated a pair of tickets (a $30 value) to the Prairie Scene concert with the Michelle Grégoire Group at the NAC Fourth Stage, this Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

All JazzScene weekly email newsletter subscribers may enter to win this pair of tickets. Not a subscriber yet? See below – it's easy to subscribe, to be eligible to enter this and future draws.

"Manitoba composer/pianist Michelle Grégoire’s quintet is an extraordinary ensemble of some of the country’s best jazz musicians coming together in an environment of openness,musicality, challenge and adventure. They  share a terrific performing chemistry.

With several prestigious award nominations, hugely successful appearances at the Festival international de jazz de Montréal and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and a highlight gig opening for Branford Marsalis, this quintet has become the in-demand jazz act on the circuit."

The draw for two tickets to the concert is open now until noon on Thursday, May 4. To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, phone number, and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

JazzWorks Originals: New Shoots from Jazz Roots (click for full PDF poster)
JazzWorks Originals: New Shoots from Jazz Roots (click for full PDF poster)
Congratulations to Rick Pearlman who won the tickets to see this unique show. Thanks to random.org for providing the random number for the draw.

JazzWorks Canada has generously donated a pair of tickets (a $40 value) to Originals: a JazzWorks Showcase at the NAC Fourth Stage on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz lovers and supporters are in for an evening of fine music at Originals: A JazzWorks Showcase. Each summer, as part of its intensive Summer Jazz Workshop, Ottawa JazzWorks holds a Composers' Symposium to help participating singers and instrumentalists develop their musical compositions in collaboration with a faculty of professional jazz musicians from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and New York. Some of these innovative tunes will be presented in concert on May 17th at the NAC’s Fourth Stage.

"Originals: A JazzWorks Showcase" features some of the most exceptional compositions from the workshops, performed by the composers and other local musicians in collaboration with Ottawa bassist and JazzWorks Artistic Director, John Geggie and four highly accomplished members of the JazzWorks faculty: pianist Dave Restivo, trumpet player Jim Lewis and vocalist Christine Duncan, all from Toronto; and saxophonist Frank Lozano, from Montreal.

Good luck to all participants! And don't miss “Originals: a JazzWorks Showcase” on Tuesday May 17 even if you don't win.

Tickets can be purchased

  • online at www.jazzworkscanada.com
  • by calling 613-523-0316
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