Thanks to all who contributed to the success of JazzWorks's debut at the Great Glebe Garage Sale. It was a great day with a little rain at the end. A specific thank you to Stephen and Sarah Szabo for organizing the event and offering their home as HQ. Thanks also go to the Nepean, Glebe and John McCrae high school band ensembles and their teachers. They thoroughly entertained the crowd. Another thank you to The Works @ 580 Bank St. who supplied hamburgers, salads and drinks for the musicians. Lastly, thanks to our Jazz Works friends who kindly offered items to sell. We plan to repeat this venture again next year, making it bigger and better!
For our fundraiser Pop-Up Store at the Glebe Garage Sale on May 25, 2019
We are looking for anything musical that can be sold. All items for sale should qualify as "gently used."
Suggestions for items which can be sold, but not limited to, are as follows:
Please note that any items that are unsold at the end of the garage sale will be donated to charity.
Ottawa JazzWorks has released a preliminary list of clinicians for its 2019 Jazz Camp:
The main camp runs Aug. 15-18, 2019.
The Composers' Symposium and Private Practice Option runs Aug. 12-15, 2019.
For more information, visit our Jazz Camp page.
Please note that registration is not yet open.
Kirk MacDonald "Generations" CD Launch Concert
Toronto-based saxophonist Kirk MacDonald will perform ballads and standards with his quintet from his new CD, "Generations", to be released in November. The CD features three generations of jazz—from Kirk and his musical partners, Brian Dickinson, Neil Swainson and André White, to elder statesman, iconic New York pianist Harold Mabern, and Kirk's talented daughter, clarinetist Virginia MacDonald. "Generations" is Kirk's first album of standards in his repertoire of over 14 CDs as a leader and over 50 CDs in total.
This is going to be a great evening and one you won't want to miss! Book your tickets early because we expect this concert to sell out fast.
Advance tickets for this event range from $20 to $30 and are available through Eventbrite.ca via the link in this event or by calling JazzWorks at 613-220-3819.
$30 - General Admission
$25 - Friends of Jazzworks Admission
$20 - Student Admission
(Tickets at the door will be $5 extra)
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For those of you who wish to purchase tickets by credit card by phone, please call JazzWorks at 613-220-3819. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Patrons will be able to enjoy the special Jazz Night Discount Menu offered by Festival Japan during the performance ($15 minimum food/drink purchase).
Location: Festival Japan Restaurant, 149 Kent St, near Kent and Albert
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Festival Japan website
Parking: Parking on nearby streets is free after 6 pm, but please always check any parking signs. There is also a parking lot at Kent and Queen for a fee.
“A-List” Bassist Dezron Douglas, lauded by the New York Times for his “deep and soulful sound”, visits Ottawa to play the first in a new series of jazz concert events, “JazzWorks Presents”, at Festival Japan Restaurant on Friday October 5th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas, one of the most in-demand young bassists in jazz today, will be joined in a trio setting by Ottawa’s Steve Boudreau on piano and Petr Cancura on saxophones.
“Ottawa JazzWorks and Festival Japan are thrilled to welcome one of New York’s busiest young jazz bassists, Dezron Douglas, to perform with 2 great local musicians, at our first evening in the ‘JazzWorks Presents’ concert series,” said Judith Humenick, JazzWorks Executive Director and Producer of the series. “JazzWorks is excited to offer some of the best in Canadian and International jazz performances. With the availability of a new acoustic piano and a specially created jazz menu, Festival Japan, currently the home of JazzWorks’ monthly jam sessions, is the perfect venue,” she added.
Advance tickets for the October 5th concert at Festival Japan, ranging from $25 to $15 for students, are available through Eventbrite.ca or by calling JazzWorks at 613-523-0316 (tickets at the door will be $5 extra).
In addition, Dezron Douglas will present a special Jazz Bass Master Class for Ottawa’s acoustic bass players at Nepean High School on Thursday, October 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.ca or by calling 613-523-0316.
Dezron Douglas has been playing in New York City since 1999, carving a name for himself both as a leader and sideman. In recent years he has performed and recorded with Michael Carvin, Pharaoh Sanders, Cyrus Chestnut, Louis Hayes, George Cables, Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Al Foster, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Drummond, Steve Davis, Victor Lewis, Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Kevin Mahogany, Carla Cook, Kenny Garrett, Steve Coleman, Willie Jones III, Duane Eubanks, Eric Reed, Tomasz Stanko, Vincent Herring, Papo Vazquez and The Marsalis Family.
Currently a member of the Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, and the Enrico Rava Quintet, Dezron’s latest recording “Soul Jazz” on VENUS RECORDS is garnering attention at radio stations all across America.
“Learned as it may be, this is living-language music — jazz as it’s practiced, more than as it’s studied.”
—Ben Ratliff: “Dezron Douglas Live at Smalls” (2012), The New York Times
More information about Dezron Douglas is available at www.dezrondouglas.com.
For Information about “JazzWorks Presents”, contact Judith Humenick at 613-859-8438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULE - Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:30 to 6:15 VOCAL MASTER CLASS
Location: Nepean High School. Music Department
574 Broadview Ave, Ottawa
Fees: $25 regular, $20 Friends of JazzWorks, $10 student
(fee includes jam session admission)
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7:30 PM JAM SESSION
Host Band: Swing Lovers
Kristin Marion - Vocals
Philippe Martel - keyboards
Cover Charge: $10 regular, $5 Friends of JazzWorks
(admission included if you attend the Vocal Master Class)
Location: Festival Japan Restaurant, 149 Kent St, near Kent and Albert
For those of you who enjoy a meal at the jams, food from Festival Japan's dinner menu will be available. For participants who like to arrive later in the evening, a selection of appetizers for $6 and drinks for $5 will be available. It is not necessary to order food to attend the jams, but the option is available for you.
Link to map: Google Map Festival Japan Location
Link to Festival Japan website
Parking: Parking on nearby streets is free after 6 pm, but please always check any parking signs. There are also City of Ottawa parking lots nearby (parking fees applicable):
In our search for a venue that offers good listening and viewing, the JW board is moving the JW Jam to Festival Japan. Samantha Liu is excited to host the jam, and is working on an broader menu for the event. Having the jam there will complement the monthly jazz performances FJ has offered for several years. We hope you can all come out to our first jam in 2018 at the new location!
The board sincerely thanks Derek and the Black Irish Pub for their support in 2017.