JazzWorks Fundraiser Dinner at La Grotta
Wednesday March 26, 2014
Caffe La Grotta - 262 Preston Street
Mingling at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
Tom Burrow will hold a whisky tasting fundraiser at Caffé La Grotta on Preston Street 26 March 2014 – cost $75pp with net proceeds going to JazzWorks Dinner only $55pp. Space is limited to 34 so please register early.
Bruschetta and antipasto
Homemade vegetable soup
Rabbit in white wine sauce (with potatoes and vegetables)
Roast beef (with potatoes and vegetables)
Sample any 3 of 5 premium single malt whiskies selected and donated by Tom Burrow President of the Ottawa Whisky Guild.
Please RSVP with your food selection to Tom Burrow: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Jerry Heath scholarship winner makes a great impression
Colin with Charley Gordon, Jerry's long-time musical associate
Young trombone player Colin Lloyd is the first winner of the scholarship established in the name of Jerry Heath, an inspiring contributor to the JazzWorks jazz camp for 10 years. Like Jerry, Colin has a deep sense of the jazz tradition, even though he is only 18. He impressed everyone who heard him at this year's camp with his strong playing and eagerness to soak up jazz knowledge from faculty members and other players.
Colin is a graduate of Earl of March high school in Kanata. In the fall he is heading to McGill University to enter the jazz program. He promises to keep up his JazzWorks connections. That might involve turning up a Carleton Tavern jam session during a school break. Don't miss the opportunity to hear him.
Jam session season is here
Elsewhere on this site you will find detailed references to upcoming JazzWorks jam sessions at the Carleton Tavern. They occur on the third Thursday of the month at 8:30 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month, at 2 p.m.
For both jams we are seeking set-up wizards, people to help with sound equipment. We are hoping to find folks who will commit to attend two to four jam sessions a season (more would be okay too!). Contact email@example.com to sign up or find out more.
John Geggie's spring thoughts of summer camp
So spring is here (a great tune by the way) – a time for renewal and making plans. Some people plan their gardens, others plan their holidays, their summer concert listening. I am finishing up my university teaching responsibilities and making my own summer plans. Part of my own renewal is looking for new approaches. Lately I find myself listening to music in fairly contrasting categories: from an amazing duo from the late 1940s with saxophonist Don Byas and bassist Slam Stewart doing I Got Rhythm, to back even farther with some radio broadcasts of the Charlie Barnett and Woody Herman big bands, to the 1950s and 1960s with the stunning Duke Ellington big band … and then to the very recent with the online broadcasts from WBGO in NYC and the latest groups on the NY scene (Craig Taborn, Jeff Ballard, Sex Mob, Stephan Crump, Jaleel Shaw et al). As you can see, I am curious about improvised music and all the ways it can be approached.
That’s probably why I am always excited about the Jazzworks summer camp season: it is a given that during those days in late August at Lake MacDonald, I won’t get enough sleep, I will lose my voice from teaching and being on the go nonstop BUT I’ll get a tremendous charge out of working and hanging out with my longtime friends who make up the summer workshop faculty. This summer’s faculty consists of Rob Frayne, Jean Martin, Frank Lozano, Julie Michels, Remi Bolduc, Christine Duncan, Jim Lewis, Nick Fraser, Kevin Barrett, Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo, Kim Ratcliffe and Garry Elliott … oh yes and me. I look forward to catching up with these folks and checking out what THEY’ve been listening to and what directions they’re taking.
As professional musicians, educators and artists, we all investigate the old and new. We’ll be returning to camp with new perspectives and approaches. Each year we aim to take creative and fresh approaches to such topics as phrasing, chord progressions, how to learn tunes and on-the-spot arranging. In this way, we like to switch around the faculty duties so that no one gets in a rut.
Once again this summer, we are offering our two-day Composing and Mentorship Program at Lake MacDonald. It is a chance for people to really settle into some focused time to work on writing and practising. I am delighted that Rémi Bolduc, Nancy Walker and Nick Fraser have all agreed to mentor at this summer’s two-day extended program. They have much to share on the topics of composing music, how to practise and what to practise. Check out the website for more information.
As our listening habits change over time, so does our approach to music and ideas. It’s a ongoing process for all of us. If we stay open minded about listening to music and how to work on improvising, we open much more potential for improvement and personal accomplishment.
We all look forward to the faculty concerts at jazz camp. For us, it can be daunting to play some tunes after teaching or coaching all day. But the reality is that we also get caught up in the excitement of the weekend, being amongst friends and trying new things. It is about being and playing in the moment.
While you are contemplating this summer, I hope you’ll plan to share the moment with us in late August at Lake MacDonald.
( John Geggie, bassist and composer, is artistic director of JazzWorks)
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