One of the highlights of this summer’s jazz camp will be the return of Sharada Banman as a vocal coach. Sharada joined the JazzWorks faculty in 2010, working alongside Christine Duncan and Julie Michels. She was a big hit with the vocalists and everyone else and returned the next year. Then she took 2012 and 2013 for for a very good reason: the arrival of her son Matthew. Sharada was a full-time mom for a year, then returned to teaching at Vanier College last September, as well as accepting a few private students.
Now Sharada is becoming more active, which includes booking some gigs and returning to JazzWorks: “I am really looking forward to being a part of JazzWorks this August,” she said in an email. “I have always had the most wonderful musical experiences at the camp. I feel excited to see all of you again and hear all of your beautiful music.”
Sharada will also be a faculty member at this spring’s Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, April 26 at Arts Court. She will be working with Jim Lewis, Steve Boudreau and Kevin Barrett. (If you haven’t registered for that one yet, some spaces are available. Details are available here.)
A few year’s ago, Sharada discussed her teaching philosophy in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum: “I really enjoy teaching especially when the students work hard and we can work as a team to achieve their goals,” she said. “I have certain skill sets I can teach — for example vocal technique, or jazz interpretation, but I try to understand the needs and desires of the individual and help them find their musical path. I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter mentality when it comes to the arts.”
At this summer’s camp, Sharada will be working again with Christine Duncan and Julie Michels. “I am looking forward to seeing how the Singer Intensive has progressed as a program. I also can’t wait to spend time working with the faculty to create an exceptional experience for all of the participants.”
Here’s a YouTube clip of Sharada performing in Montreal.
Among John Geggie’s many talents (in addition to bassist and composer and JazzWorks artistic director) is that of musical facilitator. In other words, he brings great musicians together. Over the many years of his Geggie Presents series at the NAC this was regularly evident, as Geggie combined Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal musicians with visitors from New York or Europe to produce exciting programs
Often with a minimum of rehearsal, the group would take to the Fourth Stage and put on performances of breathtaking creativity.
The series, alas, is no more, but the gift of bringing people together remains and it will be on display again on Saturday night, April 12, at the Fourth Stage. “I have put together what amounts to a very all-star Canadian jazz group for a one-time evening of original music,” Geggie says, in a note. Indeed. As Geggie notes, many of the players also happen to be Juno Award winners.
The line-up: from Montreal, Christine Jensen, alto sax, and Joel Miller, tenor sax. Christine worked with JazzWorks participants in last year’s Ultimate Jazz Combo Workshop. From Toronto, Jim Lewis, trumpet (and a JazzWorks camp faculty member), David Braid,piano, and Ted Warren (drums). And, of course, from Ottawa, John Geggie, bass.
Great band. It will be playing a selection of original compositions. “Ultimately,” writes Geggie, “I simply wanted to put together a fun band of friends and create some creative music.”
The NAC website has the ticket information you need.
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About this blog
Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.