“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)
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE VISIT THE LINK BELOW:
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.
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Jazzworks is pleased to announce that our roster of talented jazz musicians/educators are available to assist your combo with issues like:
For a fee of $110, split equally between your combo and JazzWorks, a faculty member of your choice will attend your rehearsal and give pointers for a maximum of 2 hours. To qualify for this split fee of $55, one of your combo members must be a Friend of JazzWorks or a full time student, otherwise the entire fee of $110 is the responsibility of the combo.
If you would like to take advantage of this amazing program, check out our mentorship page for registration and payment details. You may also contact Combo Mentorship Chair Ian Schwartz for more information.
Since my taking over the editorship at OJH following Betty Ann's leave, I have come to fully appreciate the depth of work, attention to detail, and ongoing pizzazz and humour she contributed every week for 6 years. OJH receives at least 10 emails per week with gig submissions, and many of those highlight several dates. Tracking these is a process, for sure.
In the past weeks I have looked for ways to streamline the process, and it is the JazzWorks Board's intention to seek a new volunteer editor, with their head in the world of jazz and their fingers firmly on a keyboard (computer, that is). If your interests lean in that direction, and you would like to make a strong contribution to our JazzWorks community, please contact me!
One of our new initiatives is to offer advertising opportunities within the newsletter. Proceeds from advertising will help us support expanding programming and scholarships. Wouldn't it be great, for example, to bring a whole combo of talented, young jazz musicians to camp? This along with two other adults who are studying music full time, or through financial duress just can't afford to come in any given year. Visit our scholarship page for more details.
You may be aware, as well, that it can be difficult to fully support programs (combo mentoring, jazz in the Schools, Sunday Mentored Jams, and workshops like the fabulous Megaband project led by Rob Frayne in spring 2016) through registration fees alone. Advertising revenue through OJH is a win-win: advertisers can access our list of 800+ subscribers, a targeted audience of jazz enthusiasts. And we can in turn use the revenue as stated above.
In the coming weeks we will launch our full campaign seeking advertisers, and this will be an ongoing program. Possibly comforting news to submitters is that we will NOT be monetizing submissions to the OJH, which are core to the Newsletter. What we do ask, and will monitor come October 1, 2016, is that you respect the need to simplify the process by using our contact forms for your submissions. There are two forms, one for venues like GigSpace, Festival Japan, Zolas etc who regularly support jazz music in the community, and one for musicians. Please visit out OJH contact page for all the details. Your feedback is also welcomed.
This week I will launch a new look and feel to enhance the effectiveness of display ads, especially, by simplifying the sidebar graphics. The top section of the right hand column will display JazzWorks' notices and events.
Thanks very much for your continued readership. As was evident at Jazz Camp 2016, our JazzWorks community grows stronger each year, helping to support and launch talented jazz musicians in our town and beyond!
Webmaster & JW Vice President (oh yeah, and interim OJH editor:)
We're looking for your Jazz Camp 2016 photos!
Again this year we are running our little contest to encourage you to send photos. Send 5 photos ONLY for each category:
Here are the steps to take:
A $25 gift certificate from one of our sponsors will be offered to the winner in each
of the 5 categories!
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We are also happy to receive your best group shots, either of your combo, masterclass, choir, or the whole darn gang!
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CONTEST ENDS SEPTEMBER 31. PRIZES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT OUR OCTOBER JAM, FRIDAY OCTOBER 21.
One of my favorites, Garry Elliot in vocal masterclass, taken by myself (Mary Moore).
On behalf of the JazzWorks Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce our 2016 scholarship recipients.
Since it’s inception in 1994, JazzWorks has provided scholarships to enable promising high school jazz musicians to attend our three-day summer Jazz Workshop,”Jazz Camp”. Recipients are chosen in collaboration with the Capital Region MusicFest in Ottawa and the MusicFest National Festival each spring.
JazzWorks also offers 2 Memorial Fund scholarships. This year we are able to bring to camp two adult recipients, Andrew Turcotte under the Jerry Heath fund, and Orazio Fantini under the Alun Davies Scholarship fund. The fund allows up to two persons to come to camp who may not otherwise be able to do so in any given year.
Congratulations all, looking forward to seeing you at camp!
For more information on our scholarship programs, <click here>.