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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

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2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

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Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega Sunset Concert at Sands Point

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Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega
Sunset Concert Sands
Point Preserve Conservancy
Sands Point, NY
September 25, 2016

On a perfect fall evening, the hallowed and pristine grounds of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy served as the picturesque backdrop for a delightful evening of music. Duncan Sheik ...

NEWS: CAREER

Suzanne Vega on Taking Charge of Her Own Career and Starting Her Own Label

Suzanne Vega on Taking Charge of Her Own Career and Starting Her Own Label

Suzanne Vega is an industry lifer who experienced the age of major labels before the suits took over and then got dropped after they did. But she went on to start her own label to self-release her albums and remains committed to a long-term career. This week Vega released “Tales From the Realm of the Queen ...

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Wave Mechanics Union: Further To Fly

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Rock music has been mined to the nth degree by jazz prospectors. Trumpeter Miles Davis was doing Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper a quarter century back; pianist Brad Mehldau has made Radiohead his own; jazz legend Herbie Hancock spoke of new standards by Peter Gabriel and Nirvana; and organ guru Dr. Lonnie Smith has delivered a ...

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Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

It’s an archetypal story of the modern record business – two guys with a dream running their nascent label out of a West Hollywood garage in the summer of 1962. The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen. The two guys were Herb Alpert ...

Jazz Is For The Birds: An Aviary In Song

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In jazz--as in all else in life--different words mean different things to different people. The way we associate words or sounds with meaning is unique to the individual, but certain words tend to draw similar thoughts from within the jazz community. “Bird" is one such word. Whether you're an avant-garde aficionado, a “moldy fig," a modernist ...

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Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

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While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...

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Suzanne Vega: Beauty & Crime

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Once the public face of a largely over-hyped folk music resurgence in the mid-eighties, Suzanne Vega has remained remarkably consistent. Early in her career, popular successes such as the hits “Luca" and “Tom's Diner, while padding the artist's purse, have unfortunately overshadowed her accomplishments as a songwriter. Over the years, she would embrace and discard a ...

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Dave Douglas: Moving the Music Forward

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There aren't many artists who release records two at a time, but trumpeter Dave Douglas has done it already this year with Leap of Faith, a quartet date for Arabesque, and Soul On Soul, a sextet session for RCA Victor which pays tribute to the late pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. On top of that, ...