June Jam day change
In June, two things of note: first, a day change from Thursday to Wednesday, June 17, to avoid conflict with the opening of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
Second is who will be playing:
Betty Ann Bryanton - vocals
Ted Phillips - keys
Pat Kelly - guitar
Rob Ward - guitar
Brian Kirk - saxes
Craig Reid - trumpet
Lance Schwerdfager - bass
Tim Leah - drums
They're working on a set list of some really awesome jazz standards and some not-so-often heard 'standards', so we all hope you can make it!
We really appreciate those who come for the performance. Our volunteer performers work hard on their presentation! Then you get to jam with all these fine musicians afterwards - all for only $5.00!
Hope to see you there!
After much effort and not without a little hand wringing, JazzWorks has had to cancel the second and third sessions of the Vocal Series with Sharada Banman due to lack of enrollment. We are pleased, though, to keep the first session on, and those participants will get a very good opportunity to meet Sharada, and learn from her wealth of knowledge on vocal technique and jazz. It is hoped that those who are new to JazzWorks, and who have never been to camp, will register and be able not only to use the skills Sharada will impart in the workshop, but follow up with masterclasses from our 2 other great coaches at camp this year, Christine Duncan and Alex Samaras.
I want to send out a huge thank you to Anna Frlan, our administrator who keeps us on track, Ira our treasurer who keeps our financial stewardship on the up and up, John Geggie (Artistic Director) who recommended and set up this program with Sharada. Kudos to Betty Ann Bryanton, who drives the Ottawa Jazz Happenings Newsletter - her messaging was responsible for quite a number of the registrants. And, of course, the rest of the JW Board team who helped push the message through to as many folks as possible.
We know the series was a great offering, but perhaps the timing was off. Later we will run a survey to check with our constituents to see what other programs we might offer, in addition to our combo mentoring and jazz-in-the-schools programs. For now our focus is on Camp. Registration is open, and to take advantage of our early registration special, you must register before June 6th. Hope to see you all there!
JazzWorks President and Webmaster
A little personal tale here, first. As a fairly busy graphic designer, art teacher and amateur musician, I often find myself making great efforts to balance things and accomplish everything I set out to do each day. Yesterday one of the tasks on my "to do" list was to get the buttons up and running on the website (for which I am the volunteer creator and webmaster). I had some client stuff to deal with first thing Tuesday, then ran into a little slow down creating the fee table to embed in the website. Turns out I was using the wrong Excel file, so had to redo.
OK, no panic... I had a band rehearsal at Frank Gallaghers (Frank, George Buys and I) at 12:30, followed by a meeting with Judy H and Geoff from Bluesfest Festival House (he is with Dovercourt recreation, actually) about using their facilities on a more regular basis. We would like to forge a stronger partnership with them and give JazzWorks a 'home' as it were. Next a guitar lesson and a combo class lesson from Tim Bedner at Alcorn.
Well, things went awry at the Excel file, so off I trundled, buttons undone (almost literally too!). My plan, create the buttons at friend Sue McCarthy's, who puts me up (and puts up with me) Tuesday evenings as I live an hour's drive away in Spencerville. While we watched the Voice over a glass of wine (or two...) I dealt with JW related emails. Plan B, get up very early and get those buttons done.
OK, up at 3:30 only to realize that, while I had placed the pertinent pricing and tracking docs in my DropBox, I neglected to place the @ZX#%&* password file for JW therein. Meaning, no entry into PayPal, therefore no can do...
Plan C. Get up at 6:30, drive home and get 'er done. And it is DONE, YAY! All this to say, most of us at JW are volunteers, who believe in the concept, have greatly benefited from all JW offers, built lasting friendships and had too many great experiences to count.
Sue and I plan to register toute suite for the shared room at Cammac House. We will both attend the Composer's Symposium too. Can't wait! Hope to see you all there:)
JazzWorks Board President,
Marketing Chair & Webmaster
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