Friday, 29 June 2012

JUNE 29 - What You Need To Know

DAY 9 - Classical meets jazz tonight

Today's weather is looking hot and gorgeous... like a proper summer festival day.


12pm @ Rideau Center (FREE)

Django Libre
Steven van Dijk – guitar
Christian Flores – guitar
Jose Arocena – bass
Andrew Tesolin – guitar
Peter Dawson – violin
Ottawa's very own Gypsy Jazz band!

12pm OLG Daytime @ OLG (FREE)

The Swing Sisters
Peter Beaudoin – drums
Ed Bimm – keys
Gino Scaffidi – guitar
Martin Newman – bass
Don Paterson – trumpet
Dave Arthur – trombone, vocals.
Sherri Harding – vocals
Laura Hillary – vocals
Paula McGowan – vocals
"Ottawa’s most charismatic performers, each girl with their own strong vocal styling. The Sisters can recreate the alluring sound and feel of the 1940′s backed by the top musicians this city has to offer."

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.

8pm @ Brookstreet Hotel (FREE)

Miguel De Armas – piano
Marc Decho – bass
Arien Villegas – latin percussion
This recent transplant to Ottawa is a Cuban native, with strong musical roots... he has been stirring up quite a storm and this will be a great chance to hear this amazing pianist.

6:30pm @ Main Stage - Great Canadian Series

Julie Nesrallah
Nancy Walker – piano
John Geggie – bass
Nick Fraser – drums
This charismatic classical singer has outfitted her group with the Jam Session house band who will be warmed up by now and will no doubt sound great! This is Julie's adventure into the world of Jazz.


5pm @ NAC's Fourth Stage

Jeremiah Lockwood – guitar, vocals
John Bollinger – drums, voice
Stuart Bogie – tenor saxophone
Jordan McLean – trumpet
Nikhil Yerawadekar – bass guitar, voice
Today we venture on the outskirts of the world of jazz. We start with this group that combines the historical tradition of Cantorial music with potent folklore with a fun factor to boot.

7pm @ NAC's Fourth Stage 

Nellie McKay - vocals, piano
This quote from the NY Times describes her music really well:
“McKay’s virtually unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian into a show that is much deeper than its surface might suggest…In the most lighthearted way they evoke a heartless environment of social injustice in which people who fall through the cracks are invisible to everyone else”

9pm @ NAC's Fourth Stage

Tim Berne – alto saxophone
Marc Ducret – guitar
Tom Rainey – drums
This is the best of the Downtown Scene! Master improvisers together in a powerhouse trio! Check out a more extensive blog post here.

7pm & 9pm @ NAC's Studio

Bill Charlap – piano
Renee Rosnes – piano
A great husband and wife duo playing jazz standards with the utmost artful respect to the history and tradition of the music.


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

Chris Botti – trumpet
National Arts Centre Orchestra
He has recorded and performed with Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. A great trumpet player who has focussed more on the smooth jazz stylings, will team up with NAC Orchestra.

10:30pm Club Series @ Mercury Lounge

Philippe Lafrenire – drums, percussion, vocals
Gabriel Bronfman – guitar, vocals
Philippe is a key member in both Souljazz Orchestra and Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays. This is a project with a great Mexican artist Gabriel Bronfman. The Mercury Lounge is such a great place to hear music and this group will be really groovy and fun!

10:15pm OLG Late Night - opener

Vincent Duhaime Perreault – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, cacvaquinho, tamborim
Alix Noël – keyboards, accordeon, agogo
Dominique Poirier – vocals, trombone, dancing
Dominic Coultier – drums
Martin Bonin – percussions
Guillaume Larouche – saxophone Tenor & Soprano, flute, chocalho
Julien Álvarez Thomet – lead vocal, bass, pandeiro
A really fun band from Montreal who combine a lot of styles of music and language all around the base ofa Brazilian dance vibe... this is definitely a band to dance to!

11:15pm OLG Late Night - main show

Snarky Puppy
Michael League – bass
Robert Searight – drums
Mark Lettieri – guitar
Bob Lanzetti – guitar
Justin Stanton – keyboards
Nate Werth – percussion
Mike Maher – trumpet
Chris Bullock – tenor sax
This Brooklyn based group has been really gaining steam, combining the new movement of giant, orchestral if not epic indie rock movement with jazz.

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

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