Sunday, 3 July 2011


Here is what you need to know for today:


Today's weather is looking good! sunny and overcast at times, with small chance of showers. You can check for updates by visiting WEATHER UPDATE. Make sure to check out our TOP TEN LIST of things to bring and do for an ultimate festival experience

It's been incredible n the local talent front and today is no exception. 
12pm Rideau Center, NATHALIE KHORIATY will be performing. She is a singer well known from Zoe's Lounge of the Chateau Laurier. She is a montreal native who has made the move to Ottawa and is doing this performance in support of her debut CD Mississippi Love.
2pm Rideau Center PETER BROWN will be performing. Piano, bass and drums. Peter plays piano and sings. He is witty, funny and a good pianist, this will be fun  no doubt!

12pm OLG, KELLY CRAIG SEXTET will be closing the local portion of our programing. Kelly is a great trumpet player who we are lucky to have. He has experience touring with a lot of great musicians most notably the Funk Brothers and he has a great band here. 
Jeff Asselin - drums
Vitas Pauktaitis - bass
Eric Disero - piano
Kelly Craig - trumpet
Daniel Ko - alto sax
Brain Asselin - Tenor sax

Very special shows at the NAC tonight.

7pm in The Studio RICHARD GALLIANO & GONZALO RUBALCABA will be performing. Piano and accordion. Galliano is an Italian accordionist who likes blending styles, from Tango, to Italian traditional music, to jazz. Rubalcaba is a virtuosic Cuban pianist known for his work with Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano. If you like duets like Melhdau and Redman, or if you like accordion, you will like this! If you are interested in reading more, I did a pre-festival article on this show that you can check out here:

5pm Fourth Stage will be the NANCY WALKER QUARTET. Nancy has for years been an A-list pianist in Toronto working people like Kirk MacDonald. She has also been a part of the Jam Session house band for quite a long time now and is incredible in all situations. This gives Nancy a chance to showcase her own band and her own material. She has a really great band with her:
nancy Walker - piano
Ted Quinlan - guitar
Kieran Overs - bass
Ethan Ardelli - drums

7pm Fourth Stage is WAY OUT NORTHWEST. British saxophonist John Butcher meets two great Vancouver improvisers bassist Torsten Muller and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. Dylan van der Schiff is one of Canada's most inspired drummers in the improvised music world. He rarely makes it out to the east coast and this will be amazing!

6pm MARIANNE TRUDEL SEPTET will be on stage with a tremendous band. She has Lina Allemano, one of my favorite trumpet players, she has a great vocalist and her own piano playing is exquisite. Her compositions have a bit of what Darcy James Argue has - layers, beautiful sounds and great solo features. 

7:30pm THE BACK-TALK ORGAN TRIO + 1 will be taking the stage. This is one of the Ottawa's best kept secrets. Don Cummings is an incredible organ player. Every time I see him I get a grin on my face that I can't seem to shake. He has great time-feel, he is soulful and calm. If you like Organ Trios like Jimmy Smith, Soulive or Larry Goldings, you will love this. 
Don Cummings - Hammond B3 Organ
Chris Swain - guitar
Mike Essoudry - drums
special guest: Daniel Ko - saxophone

MAIN STAGE - Soul, Jazz, Energy and Beauty!
How does one describe Daniel Lanois' ne project Black Dub? The veteran producer of Neville Brothers, U2, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and many more, meets one of the most inspired jazz drummers Brian Blade (of the Wayne Shorter Quartet). The talented, soluful and energetic singer Trixie Whitley and bassist Jim Wilson round out the band. Lanois is known for incredible sound! This will be a sonically beautiful experience along with Brian Blade and Trixie Whitley packing a punch!

10:30pm OLG, ANA MOURA will be closing the festival. She is a Portuguese singer known for singing a mournful traditional style of music called Fado. She has an incredible voice and if you like smokey, deep singers you will love this!

The Jam Sessions take place at ARC The Hotel located at 140 Slater Street

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