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>.
Creating jazz charts is often necessary to jazz vocalists, who rarely sing in the 'book' key. To look professional and build repertoire, charts are what it takes. And you have to provide charts for all instruments.
Or you may have a bent to compose music, or simply to provide charts for your band. Hiring others to do this for you can get pretty costly. This workshop, offered by the inimitable Betty Ann Bryanton, assisted by Mary Moore, will teach you how to create and transpose professional-looking charts quickly and easily in Finale; however, other options (including the free option, Musescore) will also be discussed.
If you have a laptop with Finale PrintMusic on it, by all means, bring it, and we can walk step-by-step together to use the software to do what you want to do.
The End Result
Not only will you feel good about advancing your own learning, but you should be proud you did this all on your own, and the receiving band mates getting your charts will be super-impressed with you – I’d say it’s win-win all around!
To preview the course outline <click here>
Only $5 payable at the door. A great investment! (And a great savings! We offered a similar workshop in 2013 and the cost was $25.)
See past, but still relevant, reasons for this workshop:
Submitted by Betty Ann Bryanton & Mary Moore
Mike Tremblay Mentored Jam a Success
A happy crowd of sixteen musicians gathered at Festival House on May 1 for a Jazzworks mentored jam session. Saxophonist and jazz teacher extraordinaire Mike Tremblay shepherded the flock masterfully, offering helpful feedback to all the participants. A nice balance of instruments and singers, horn and rhythm players, ensured that everyone had a chance to strut their stuff.
The mentored jams offer an opportunity for novice and experienced jammers not only to have fun playing, but also to benefit from the advice of seasoned, professional jazz musicians. The welcoming informal atmosphere encourages jammers to leave their fears at the door, and to experiment with new approaches to playing.
This was the final Jazzworks mentored jam session of the season. Regular (unmentored) jam sessions will continue on the third Friday of every month at the Georgetown Pub. That is except for August, when we will all be at Jazzcamp! The Sunday afternoon mentored sessions will resume in the fall.
Submitted by Mark Fried
While Jazz Camp preparations are well on the way, this spring the JazzWorks team has a few other events on the go. First on the list next Saturday is our Taste of Torino event. This event is tagged as a fundraiser, and our wonderful musicians have offered their services at reduced rates to help make this happen...But we need YOU, our JW community, to come out and support this event. Your $55 ticket (Friend price) includes a $20 assortment of hot Italian appetizers, and cool Italian pastries, plus a couple of hot Italians on piano and sax. PLUS Julie Michels, Nick Fraser and Kieran Overs. It doesn’t get any better than this!
And last, but not least, we would like to thank our major sponsors.
Imagine a lively jazz venue, nestled into a beautiful Italian cityscape, brimming with excited enthusiasts and offering tasty tapas and desserts. A Taste of Torino brings that experience to Ottawa, to the lovely Tudor Hall.
This concert connects Canadian greats, jazz vocalist Julie Michels, along with Nick Fraser (drums) and Kieran Overs (bass), with Italian jazz greats Fulvio Albano (sax) and Massimo Foraó (piano).
You’ve seen her at JazzWorks JazzCamp, and likely on tour – she travels around the globe. About this concert Julie says “A few years ago I met two amazing musicians in a little club in Torino, Italy. – Saxophonist Fulvio Albano, and pianist Massimo Faraò. We hit it off, and before we parted we talked about getting together again for a crazy, wonderful concert. Well, that day has come folks! We'll be joined by bassist Kieran Overs, and drummer Nick Fraser. It's going to be an amazing night!”
The evening includes Cash Bar, Silent Auction & Door Prizes, 2 Sets of music, plus hot appetizers and dessert.
It is not too late to purchase tickets for a Taste of Torino! Call Anna at 613-523-0316 or visit the event page to reserve yours today!
JazzWorks is very excited to host Italian saxophonist, Fulvio Albano, founder of the Torino Jazz Club and Torino Jazz Festival, as well as pianist Massimo Farao, founder of the “We Love Jazz” workshop, one of the biggest events in Europe for jazz teaching. They will be performing with Toronto artist’s vocalist Julie Michels and drummer Nick Fraser, with Toronto bassist Keiran Overs. We invite you to come watch these talented artists perform two incredible sets while enjoying finger foods.
Are you a musician yourself? Fulvio and Massimo will be offering a masterclass opportunity in addition to the concert. A cash bar will be available for guests to purchase Italian inspired spirits and wine. In addition, we are planning a silent auction, proceeds to JazzWorks scholarship funds and programming.
We will announce the venue and other details next week, so stay tuned!
Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth and Kirk MacDonald.
We're aiming for a full house this Sunday, February 7, so come on down! We try to engage all comers, so bring your instruments along and plan to join in.
2-4 pm, Festival House, 450 Churchill. $5.00 for JW Friends, $8 for others.
After more that 20 years as Artistic Director, John Geggie announced his resignation just before Christmas. Citing a “need to balance various aspects of my professional and private life”, John goes on to say:
“From its beginnings at Christie Lake and its development and expansion, it has been a privilege for me to participate in the blossoming of this unique jazz education resource. It is a tribute to the dedication of the board as well as the staff that JazzWorks has grown to its present position with a solid and position reputation. As director of Artistic and Educational Programming for many years, I am proud of the high artistic standards and the innovative educational approach that has been developed. This past year was particularly inspiring for me with the inclusion of guest faculty as well as well-planned workshops and activities for the participants. It is gratifying to know that we can keep attracting new interest as well as returning participants. It is also inspiring and humbling for me to work with the fantastic faculty - they share with me a common vision about JazzWorks is about"
Indeed, John presents very large shoes to fill, and the transition will require much reflection and planning from our Board of Directors. The JazzWorks Board will unroll our 3 Year Strategic Plan by the end of January. This will keep you, our JazzWorks community, informed as to what we are planning over the next 3 years. Plans for camp 2016, and upcoming events and workshops are currently underway and will soon be announced, so please stay posted.
JazzWorks hopes to continue our relationship with John at camp and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Charley Gordon, a former board member, past President (acting), has honoured us with a wonderful article expressing the feelings that we all share about the artistry and direction of John Geggie. <click here>
The next JazzWorks Jam, Friday, January 15, will feature members of the SRO Big Band. Called the SRO Snippets, these musicians will have you swinging and swaying, guaranteed.
SRO (Standing Room Only) is a classic big band with 14 instrumentalists and a vocalist. Band members live in the Almonte area and in Ottawa. The band is best known for its popular Tea Dances, which it organizes and for which it provides the music. The Sunday afternoon tea dances - now in their 10th season - are held monthly from October to March in the historic Almonte Old Town Hall, a beautifully preserved venue with a clean and spacious wooden dance floor, natural lighting, and wonderful acoustics. On Jan. 17 (i.e. 2 days after the jam session) SRO will be hosting its first Ottawa Sunday afternoon tea dance, the “Beat the January Blues” big band dance. This will take place at the Glebe Community Centre from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The SRO Snippets was formed to provide music for dance lessons that occur before full band dances and it usually only gets to play small snippets of songs before the dance instructor stops the music to move on to the next part of the lesson. They include:
John Haysom - trumpet
Alan Wilkinson - tenor sax
David Somppi - piano
Howard Tweddle - bass
Chris Thompson - drums
Alf Warnock - guitar
Bring along your instruments, charts and Real Books and join in the fun! The show starts at 7:30, with the jam starting at about 8:30. JazzWorks Jams are held on the third Friday of the month at the Georgetown pub. For details <click here>
I'd like to put in a word about our Jazzworks mentored jams, especially our upcoming jam on Sunday, January 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 with Tim Bedner.
The jams offer an opportunity for novice and experienced jammers both to benefit from the advice of our seasoned, professional jazz musicians. The format is quite informal, and there is no definite blueprint for each session. Instead, jammers are exposed to the specific style and experience the mentor brings to the stage.
This month's mentor, Tim Bedner, is well known as a superb jazz guitarist, and an incredible teacher and coach. Tim brings a generosity of sharing his deep knowledge - not only of guitar but any instrument. His wealth of experience allows him to coach all members on stage towards a better approach, sound and arrangement. Ask him anything! He will be there to answer your questions and give jammers and audience alike the credit of his advice.
I have had the privilege of both performing and studying with Tim for the past few years. He is thorough, methodical, kind and generous. I hope you can make it out this Sunday - to continue this series we really need your support!
For details, <click here>