JazzWorks has just been awarded a “targeted program grant” through the Arts Presentation Canada (APC) Fund of the Dept of Canadian Heritage to support our “JazzWorks Presents” Concert Series for 2021-22. These live concert events will feature visiting guest artists, along with JazzWorks Faculty and other local and Canadian jazz artists. The concert dates and artist lineup will be announced soon . . . so stay tuned for details!
Our Board has also begun making plans for our Annual Jazz Camp and Composers’ Symposium to be held in August 2022 at the CAMMAC Music Centre. We hope to resume live JazzWorks Jam Sessions soon, as well as to get our vocalists off Zoom and back to singing with a live accompanist for our Vocal Open-Mic Nights starting in January.
We will need your ideas . . . and your help to make this happen. Covid has been very challenging for JazzWorks and our community of jazz lovers, on many fronts. A JazzWorks board member or volunteer will be contacting each of you individually over the next several weeks to seek your input and your support to make Jazz Camp and our jazz community activities happen again in 2022.
Judith Humenick, Flutist and Executive Director/Producer
JazzWorks Board 2021-22
Peggy Cameron, Vocalist and Chair
Raymond Vles, Guitarist and Vice-Chair
Ira Abrams, Jazz lover and Treasurer
Leslie Toope, Vocalist and Member at large
Catherine McKenna, Vocalist and Member at large
Lynn Hanson, Percussionist and Member at large
Tom Bryant, Jazz lover and Member at large
We would like to extend a warm, and heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us Thursday, June 10 for our very first virtual tasting event!
Jazz, Wine… & Chocolate was a smashing success; the organization was able to raise over $2,500 to help cover future operating expenses. The feedback from participants has been wonderful, and we are so pleased that JazzWorks was able to create a magical, decadent evening for everyone involved!
Check out images from this event in the JazzWorks Gallery.
The response to Jazz, Wine… & Chocolate was so incredible that we are already looking towards creating our next fundraising event – don’t forget to follow us on social media, and sign up for the Ottawa Jazz Happenings newsletter to stay informed as details become available!
We would also like to thank Debbie Trenholm and her team at Savvy Company, Don Braden, Derrick Gardner, Harvey Glatt, Graham Lindsay, and our JazzWorks volunteer team for their contributions to the evening’s programming.
As the world collectively moves toward it’s “new normal”, it is reassuring to see that our Ottawa (and beyond) jazz community is alive and well. We are so excited to offer more virtual programming in the coming months, and we hope you join us again to share our passion for community, education, and most importantly… the magic of jazz music!
Sit back, heighten your senses with a glass of red, and enjoy the decadent flavour of artisanal chocolate for an evening filled with the magic and lustre of top-quality jazz!
JazzWorks is hosting our very first virtual tasting & music event - Wine, Jazz, & Chocolate - on Zoom, in collaboration with Savvy Company. Savour some of the best wine and chocolate pairings featuring jazz mini concerts from our special guests; New York saxophonist/composer Don Braden - with pianist Oscar Perez, and Winnipeg based composer/trumpeter Derrick Gardner - with bassist/pianist power couple Marc & Candice Tugby.
Join us for a fantastic evening celebrating the art of jazz, and discover select Ontario-made red wines, paired with decadent local chocolates created by artisan chocolatiers.
The goal of this Special Fundraising event - with the help of your donation, is to provide JazzWorks with the funds to maintain operations and remain an active part of our music community, and continue to develop exciting new programming for Jazz enthusiasts at all levels.
Save the Date:
DATE: Thursday June 10, 2021
TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm
ZOOM DETAILS: Included in each Red Wine & Chocolate Box
The Full Experience...
Purchase of a Premium Package includes 2 event tickets, as well as your Red Wine & Chocolate Box (shipping and HST costs based on your address), which contains everything you’ll need for this fun-filled evening. Each box includes:
Plus…you’ll meet the winemakers, chocolate makers & learn from Somelliers too!
To enjoy this unique & blissful experience, you’ll be introduced to the art of wine and chocolate tasting by the makers themselves as well as a Sommelier from Savvy Company. Their tips will enrichen your enjoyment of the featured wines & chocolates to ensure you get the most out of these wonderful pairings.
Delivered right to your door, anywhere in Ontario!
For this event, Savvy Chocolate negotiated with their courier partners to get the best rates for you! The following shipping flat fees per Premium Package order will apply:
Are you located beyond these cities? No problem, Savvy Company certainly deliver to you too! After you place your order, the Savvy Team will contact you with Purolator’s estimated delivery fee before processing your order.
Premium Package event ticket: 135$ + shipping/HST
*Includes 2 bottles of wine, chocolate for 2 and 2 event tickets*
*Comes with 60$ tax receipt*
*Deadline for purchasing Premium Package tickets is Tuesday, June 8th
to allow for processing and shipment of Wine & Chocolate box.
Outside Ontario the deadline is June 4th.*
JazzWorks is taking the opportunity of this event to honour our dear friend, jazz enthusiast and benefactor Harvey Glatt, for his significant and wide-reaching contributions to the worlds of music and jazz.
For The Music Lover…
For those who prefer to focus on the music - or have their own preferred pairings for live shows, a “Concert Only” event ticket is available, which will give you full access to the concert performances from Don Braden and Derrick Gardner, with none of the extras. In the absence of wine, these two musicians are sure to have you buzzing with their unique compositions and stellar performances!
Concert Only event ticket: 45$
*Includes ticket for one person*
*Comes with $30 tax receipt*
Purchase a ticket for the concert only by clicking the "Buy Now" button below.
*If you are unable to attend, please consider donating directly to JazzWorks ! Tax receipts are available for any donation of $20 or more!*
About the Musicians:
For over 30 years, Don Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, in addition to performing with Jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, and Roy Haynes among others, as a special guest or sideman. He has composed music in many styles for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, for recordings, film, and television networks such as NIckelodeon and CBS. He is an imaginative, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising, as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All of this, combined with his joyous yet disciplined personality, makes him one of the most important musicians working today. For more information: www.donbraden.com
Performer, composer, and veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry Connick Jr. Big Bands, Derrick Gardner has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Frank Foster, and Tony Bennet to name only a few. Recently, Derrick put together his 18-piece Big dig! Band for the recording of Still I Rise (Impact Jazz) - a powerful, explosive album released in July 2020 that spent over thirty weeks on the JazzWeek Top 50 chart. For more information: www.derrickgardnermusic.com
JazzWorks is pleased to announce the Jazz Vocal Mic Night 2020/2021 Virtual Series!
The first session will be held on December 9, 7-9 pm.
Vocalists will need to provide their own back up, backing track or IRealPro track.
Here is the Zoom Link to join the December 9 session:
Wed., Dec. 9, 2020 - seasonal tunes & more
Jan. 13, 2021 - Brazilian tunes with mentor Rachel Beausoleil
Feb. 3, 2021 - your choice of tunes
Mar. 3, 2021 - mentored by Dylan Pramuk
Apr. 7, 2021 - your choice of tunes
May 5, 2021 - mentored by Amy London
AUGUST 27, 2020
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Missing Camp? Join the Board and your Jazz Camp colleagues for a fun and informative virtual cocktail party.
BRING YOUR FAVOURITE COCKTAIL OR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE!
Please RSVP for a Zoom link
3/6/2020 1 Comment
This is the first in a series of twelve articles. Each article discusses in detail a technical or non-technical tip for doing live streamed musical performances. This article discusses Tip 1 ‘Do a TEST end-to-end live stream’.
Tip 1 - Do a TEST End-to-End Live Stream
I strongly suggest that you do a test end-to-end live stream at least several days before your actual live stream performance so that you can identify any issues and have time to resolve them. Live streaming musical performances is a very new area for most of us, it’s technically quite complex, and there are a large number of potential technical ‘gotchas’. Furthermore, live streaming services such as Facebook Live and YouTube Live were designed for informal live streams from smartphones (e.g. live streaming to friends and family while on vacation), and not for the major musical performances for which they are currently being used. During my technical investigation of these services (see Background below), I encountered numerous technical issues with these services – some of them ‘show-stoppers’. I would definitely not expect to find these issues if these services had been designed for their current use.
In addition, doing a test end-to-end live stream lets you identify and resolve technical and non-technical issues before your actual live stream performance. You do not want to find about these issues from viewers’ comments during the live stream. For example, prior to the May 9th Zolas live stream by Lucas Haneman and Megan Laurence on May 9th, I watched another (non Zolas) live stream of theirs. During the live stream I noticed that the video was flipped horizontally (mirror image), turning the normally right-handed guitar player Lucas Haneman into a left-handed guitar player. The video was not flipped on their screen – only for viewers of the live stream – and so they didn’t find out about this until viewers commented on it during their live stream performance. If they’d done a test end-to-end live stream, they would have noticed this issue and resolved it (which they did subsequently before the Zolas live stream).
A cautionary tale – the ‘headless classical pianist’. I watched a live stream by a classical pianist where the first three minutes of the performance was an introduction by the headless pianist. He also appeared headless after each piece when he stood up, walked over to the video camera, and introduced the next selection. Even if he didn’t do a test end-to-end live stream, how did he not know?
Appendix A ‘Doing a TEST Facebook Live Stream’ in my reference document ‘Live Streaming Stay-at-Home Musical Performances – Technical User Guide’ provides step-by-step instructions with annotated screenshots on how to do an end-to-end test Facebook Live stream to a single ‘viewer’.
I got involved with live streaming at the end of March 2020 when Zolas Italian Restaurant in Bells Corners asked me to help them with live streaming performances by their jazz performers in order to help support their takeout and delivery business during this very difficult time for restaurants. I had been booking the performers for their ‘Live Jazz Saturday Nights’ program for the previous two years. Being an engineer (and borderline OCD – not a job requirement, but definitely an asset), I spent a couple of weeks investigating Facebook Live and YouTube Live from a technical perspective. I set up numerous end-to-end test live streams in order to understand how the two services work, understand the differences, and identify serious and less serious issues. These tests included (successfully) using as the audio source a USB microphone, a sound system (USB and non-USB mixers), and a high quality digital audio recorder.
I’m a retired Professional Engineer (degree in electrical engineering). I worked for 23 years at Bell-Northern Research/Nortel in Ottawa, Canada, designing telecommunications services. I’ve been playing drums and electric bass in gigging big bands and small jazz ensembles since 1970 (fifty years!). Playing in bands kept me sane when I was in school and working, and is now a part-time retirement business. I’m currently the drummer in the big band Standing Room Only and was the bass player in the bossa nova trio Wave until it disbanded (pun intended) in December 2019. Having a technical background and being a gigging musician is proving very valuable for my involvement with live streaming musical performances, since I can bridge the two areas.
I’m currently organizing the ‘Zolas Live Jazz Saturday Nights ONLINE!’ live stream performance series. We’ve had four successful live stream performances so far – Lucas Haneman & Megan Laurence on May 9th, Laura Anglade on May 16th, Roddy Ellias on May 23rd, and Elise Letourneau & Tim Bedner on May 30th.
Organizing the series includes having Zoom meetings with the performers in the series as required (some of them are self-admitted ‘luddites’, so our Zoom meetings are looong and painful, although by the end I get them ‘from zero to sixty’) to a) determine the best technical setup for their live stream performance, b) do a step-by-step walk-through of how to set up and initiate a live stream, and c) do a test end-to-end live stream. I’ve authored a detailed technical user guide ‘Live Streaming Stay-at-Home Musical Performances – Technical User Guide’ for the performers to use as a reference document after our Zoom meeting, and which you can access (read only) at this URL. Appendix B of the reference document provides twelve technical and non-technical tips on live streaming musical performances based on my technical investigation and on the experiences from the Zolas live streams so far:
Ten Benefits of Live Stream Musical Performances Over Live Performances
Author: Chris Thompson (retired Professional Engineer (electrical engineering) and drummer/bassist in gigging small jazz ensembles and big bands for 50 (!) years)
Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Ottawa Jazz Happenings or of JazzWorks.
In the current COVID-19 crisis, many musicians have turned to live streaming musical performances* from their homes to at least partially replace their lost income from live performing and teaching, and/or because they miss performing. An example is the Canadian National Arts Centre’s ‘Canada Performs’ series. Musicians who at the beginning of March 2020 didn’t even know what a live stream was have scrambled to come up to speed so that they could put on live stream performances from their homes.
* The word ‘performance’ in the remainder of this article refers to a ‘musical performance’.
I got involved with live streaming at the end of March 2020 when Carmen Vacchio, General Manager of Zolas Italian Restaurant in Bells Corners, asked me to help him with live streaming performances by Zolas jazz performers in order to help support Zolas’ takeout and delivery business during this very difficult time for restaurants. I had been booking the performers for Zolas’ ‘Live Jazz Saturday Nights’ program for the previous two years. Being an engineer (and borderline OCD – not a job requirement, but definitely an asset), I like to think about things and, if possible, generate lists and/or spreadsheets. As I’ve learned over the years, this can be very annoying to non-engineers – and especially spouses. During the past two months I’ve watched a lot of live streamed performances and thought a lot about live stream performances in general. I’ve noticed and have been keeping a running list of the benefits of live stream performances over live performances. Here’s my current list:
Don’t get me wrong. Live performances clearly have a major benefits over live stream performances. For example, live streaming doesn’t allow musicians in different physical locations to play together in real-time (this is the big one), with live performances interaction between the performer(s) and the audience isn’t just text, performance venues such as GigSpace provide much better sound and lighting than live stream performances done from performers’ homes, and live performances allow people to get out of their homes, socialize with others, and combine dining in a restaurant with the performance – wouldn’t that be nice right now (sigh).
How long will the current live stream performances last? My own feeling is that, in the case of restaurants, these will last at least until there are no social distancing restrictions, which likely won’t be until there’s a vaccine, which is currently seen by health care professionals as best case a year away. With social distancing restrictions in place, restaurants won’t be able to have the number of customers in their dining rooms that they need in order to cost-justify hiring performers. The same goes for GigSpace and other performance venues. Not what anyone wants to hear (denial is not just a river in Egypt), but I believe that’s the reality.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that, coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s going to be a very different world and a very new ‘normal’. Musicians who are being forced to use live streaming for the first time to make up for their lost teaching and (especially) performing revenues, and/or because they miss performing, are discovering the powerful benefits of live streaming over live performances. I believe that the ‘new normal’ will still have live performances, but possibly fewer, and a lot more live streaming.
Now in our 27th year, JazzWorks has grown from a two day jazz workshop at the Christie Lake Camp, to a year-round organization offering our Annual Jazz Camp, and Composers’ Symposium at the magnificent CAMMAC complex on Lac MacDonald in the Laurentians, monthly jam sessions and vocal open mic nights, jazz mentoring in Ottawa high schools, a variety of master classes and workshop sessions and our exciting new JazzWorks Presents Concert Series.
It is no exaggeration to say that JazzWorks has inspired many people to become seriously involved in music — young people learning their first jazz tunes and older people rediscovering their love of the music, performing and composing. To be more specific, hundreds of people have participated at Jazz Camp over the years and the Camp has changed their lives.
JazzWorks is having financial difficulties. Costs have risen substantially at CAMMAC, our terrific site. Tough economic times have also affected us:
We pondered serious cutbacks to the 2019 Camp program, but in the end decided to proceed full tilt, maintaining the high quality of the experience for those who had registered.
To keep the organization viable and continue our programs, JazzWorks needs your help, now!
With the goal of greater financial stability for our organization and to have the necessary resources to continue to offer our programs, we have established a fund with the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
Under the direction of our Vice-Chair Tom Bryant, this long-term initiative will be supplemented with creative fund-raising endeavours and also by continuing our cost-efficient approach to spending. Tom has made an initial donation of $1000 and we urge you to join him by making a donation (which is income tax deductible) to the fund.
Our immediate need
The immediate cash crisis is very serious. We need $15,000 to get over the financial hump. There are more than 300 on this email list, JazzWorks supporters and jazz campers past and present, many of you whose lives have been changed through participation in JazzWorks.
If each of you can give a little — and some can give more than that — we can get JazzWorks back on its feet, ready to swing into the next decade — and beyond.
If you can send us $50 (or less) or $100 (or more!) we will use that money, to ensure that there is a Camp next summer, keep the fees reasonable, maintain our high level of Canadian faculty and distinguished international visitors, and to continue to provide Camp scholarships to deserving young musicians. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Donations can be made by cheque payable to JazzWorks or by credit card, by phone (Visa and Master Card accepted). All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt. To donate, please:
We hope to see you at our Jam Sessions and Vocal Open Mic Nights (third Thursday and second Wednesday of the month at Festival Japan), JazzWorks Presents Concerts and at Jazz Camp next summer.
The JazzWorks Board of Directors:
Marylen Milenkovic- Chair
Tom Bryant -Vice-Chair
Ira Abrams, CA - Treasurer
Margaret Cameron- Secretary
Elizabeth Hanson- Jazz in the Schools Outreach
Judith Humenick - Executive Director/Producer