Wednesday, 27 June 2012

JUNE 27 - What You Need To Know

DAY 7 - The day of Strings... featuring a great local guitarist, a great international guitarist and a fabulous bassist!

Today weather is getting warmer by the day and the rain is going away


12pm @ Rideau Center (FREE)

The Chocolate Hot Pockets
Ed Lister - trumpet
Alex Moxon - guitar
J.P. Lapensee - bass
Jamie Holmes - drums
Ed Lister is a local trumpet player that came here from England not too long ago. He has a really powerful sound and a strong lines to. Alex has been a guitar player on the rise over the last few years and J.P. and Jamie really round out this group nicely. These guys are really going for a pocket: groove!

12pm OLG Daytime @ OLG (FREE)

J.P. Allain – piano
Tom Denison – bass
Scott Warren – drums
Brian Asselin – tenor sax
Vince Halfhide – guitar
Anna is a great local singer. Born in West Africa and raised in the U.K., she puts all her experiences into her music. A really great group o fthoughtful musicians as well.

Commuter Series @ Delta Ottawa City Center

Zakarai Frantz - alto saxophone
Tim Bedner - guitar
Joel Kerr - bass
Zak has a beautiful flowing sound with cool jazz-like lines weaving through standards and originals. He gets to shine here as the house band at the Delta City Center.


6:30pm @ Main Stage - Great Canadian Series

Parc X Trio
Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier – piano
Alex Lefaivre – bass
Mark Nelson – drums
An aspiring young jazz trio from Montreal's most multicultural neighborhood. They are well aware of everything that is going on in the world of modern jazz piano trios, from Brad Mehldau to Bad Plus to Vijay Iyer. They put it all in their mixer and manage to end up with their own sound. These hard working guys are a great opener for the, also-hard-working, Esperanza Spalding.


7pm @ NAC's Fourth Stage


Roddy Ellias – guitar
Marc Copland – piano
Adrian Vedady – bass
One of my favorite guitarists in Ottawa, as comfortable in jazz as he is in chamber music, the Canadian Jazz heavyweight Roddy Ellias has put together a really great trio featuring Marc Copeland, the legendary "jazz piano poet". This will be a real treat! 

9pm @ NAC's Fourth Stage

Angelika Niescier – saxes
Florian Weber – piano
Sebastian Räther – bass
Christoph Hillmann – drums
Polish-German saxophonist Angelika Niescier is among those exceptional women that have been vitalizing and inspiring the European jazz scene with new outlines. I was pretty amazed the first time I heard her... the aggresive, confident approach Angelika plays with is very cool!

Angelika Niescier sublim- Stückchen aus Geiz from Angelika Niescier on Vimeo.


7pm & 9pm @ NAC's Studio

Bill Frisell – guitar
Kenny Wollesen – drums
Greg Leisz
Tony Scherr – bass
This is one of my DO NOT MISS! Bill Frisell is one of our most unique, beautiful musicians. He embodies all that is hip and cool about jazz with a sense of history that comes out in this great project.


9pm @ Concerts Under The Stars - Main Stage Confederation Park

Esperanza Spalding – double bass, electric bass, lead vocal
Leo Genovese – piano, Rhodes, keyboards
Jef Lee Johnson – electric guitar, back vocals
Lyndon Rochelle – drums, back vocals
Chris Turner – back vocal
Tia Fuller – musical director, alto sax
Daniel Blake – tenor, soprano sax
Aaron Burnett – tenor sax
Jeff Galindo – trombone
Corey King – trombone
Igmar Thomas – trumpet
Leala Cyr – trumpet, backing vocals
Esperanza is a great bassist and singer, I like this new project of her's which features a large band playing the music that seems to focus on racism and humanity... a great vibe and I am excited to see this show.


10:15pm OLG Late Night - opener

Sue Johnson – vocals, harmonica
Christian Patterson – guitar, vocals
Chris Breitner – double bass
Jason Hutt – violin
Heather Walsh – backing vocals
Shawn Rompre – drums
A local group giving it their best opening for this party!


10:30pm OLG Late Night - main show

Mauricio Arcas – percussion
Julio Briceño – vocals
Armando Figueredo – keyboards
José Luis Pardo – guitar
Juan Manuel Roura – drums
José Rafael Torres – bass
This Venezuela band was discovered by David Byrne and immediately signed to his label. If you are looking for fun and dance with a latin tinge - you should definitely check this out.

And if you are itching for more check out the Jam Session at Arc The Hotel

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