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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Fraser Hollins: Aerial

Read "Aerial" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

One word: Grand.

A fitting description of bassist Fraser Hollins' 2010 album, Aerial, his first as composer and leader, because, vaguely, in many ways, this is a grand album. Before accusing anyone of hyperbole, please read on. Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised bassist Fraser Hollins' reputation as a well-schooled, gifted accompanist and fine, inventive soloist is set ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Montreal Jazz Community Gives Us "Conduit"

Montreal Jazz Community Gives Us "Conduit"

Montreal's storied Jazz community gives us Conduit, a risky live recording set in a former church. American sax legend Azar Lawrence (McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis) teams up with Canadian tenor-man Al McLean. The pair is recorded in one take, within a strikingly beautiful museum - La Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec. The master craftsmen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead! 2014

Read "Jazzahead! 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead! 2014
Bremen, Germany
April 24-27, 2014

It's hard to imagine, with diminishing music sales, the emergence of streaming services as the musical version of the antichrist for musicians and the increasing challenge of putting rear ends into seats at North American jazz festivals, but as it heads into its ninth year, ...

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat" reviewed by John Kelman

It may have been the title of her last album--Treelines, Christine Jensen's first large ensemble recording--but there was no song of that name on the 2010 Justin Time release. Instead, it's the lead-off to Habitat, Jensen's second album with her Jazz Orchestra, a commissioned work for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, its director, Dr. Paul ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Christine Jensen is one of the new breed of composer / arrangers who write for large ensembles on a grand scale, favoring themes that paint well-drawn pictures and tell evocative stories, most of which are based on personal experiences or particular sights or sounds that have lingered in their mind and led them to put pen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The blurry photo that adorns the cover of Habitat is completely at odds with what awaits inside the package: Some of the most incredibly focused and finely wrought large ensemble music to emerge in recent memory.

Canadian saxophonist/composer Christine Jensen won plenty of fans with the her last jazz orchestra album--Treelines (Justin Time ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Christine Jensen: Impressionism

Read "Christine Jensen: Impressionism" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I was first exposed to alto saxophonist Christine Jensen through working with her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen. We played some of her music, which really struck me as direct, mature, grounded and highly creative. Later on I got to meet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 21-23, 2012

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 21-23, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-8

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-Jul 1, 2012

After a paradigm shift in 2011--deserting its largely “pure" approach to programming for one that acknowledged how, in order for it to survive, it needed to (a) attract a larger percentage from the youth demographic, and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Torben Waldorff Tours Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and United States in 2011

Torben Waldorff Tours Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and United States in 2011

Torben Waldorff on tour in March-April featuring music from the new critically acclaimed release American Rock Beauty, Torben's third out on ArtistShare. The band will feature Montreal based Joel Miller on saxophones, Jon Wikan of New York on drums, Torben Waldorff on guitar. Mattias Welin/Fraser Hollins/Matt Clohesy on bass. On tour the band will play in Scandinavian cities ...