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Solon McDade

Solon McDade grew up in a musical environment constantly surrounded by music and musicians. He began playing the washtub bass as soon as he was big enough to pick it up, and later moved on to the larger upright bass. He and his siblings were trained as musicians from a young age and exposed to their parents’ extensive and eclectic record collection. They were soon playing alongside their parents in the McDade Family Band, a group that toured Canada with their own brand of Canadiana folk music at festivals and theatres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These gigs and particularly the late-night jam sessions at folk festivals left a lasting impression on Solon

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Johanna Sillanpaa

Music has always played a major part in the life of Johanna Sillanpaa. She is described as “a bluesy Erykah Badu with a marvelous voice that begins in the smoky lows of Norah Jones and effortlessly climbs into the powerful, confident ranges of Lisa Stansfield”. She has become quite well known in Western Canada as both a solo artist, and through her band ‘Sillan & Young’. Most recently, Johanna’s solo debut album ‘Good Life’ was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Urban Recording. Johanna originally began singing as a young girl in her hometown of Boras, Sweden

A/B Trio

A/B Trio brings together three of Albertas most in-demand performing and recording jazz musicians – Thom Bennett (drums), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This ensemble is inspired by the open sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re- interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire and high-energy groove-based music. Its fresh, accessible and compelling music for all jazz lovers. Thom Bennett | Drums Multi-talented drummer, Thom Bennett splits his time between performing, producing, and engineering

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Ottawa JazzWorks Launches “JazzWorks Presents” Concert Series With Performance By New York Bassist Dezron Douglas On October 5th At Festival Japan Restaurant

Ottawa JazzWorks Launches “JazzWorks Presents” Concert Series With Performance By New York Bassist Dezron Douglas On October 5th At Festival Japan Restaurant

“A-List” Bassist Dezron Douglas, lauded by the New York Times for his “deep and soulful sound”, visits jny: Ottawa to play the first in a new series of jazz concert events, “JazzWorks Presents”, at Festival Japan Restaurant on Friday October 5th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas, one of the most ...

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Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

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jny: Montreal is a city known for its beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Église du Gesù, a magnificent church situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, opened its doors in 1865. The basement in the church has housed an amphitheater dedicated to the arts ...

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Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

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Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival

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The marquee on Stax Records studio in jny: Memphis, Tennessee reads “Soulsville U.S.A." Although “Soulsville of the North" may be a stretch, for 10 days in July, jny: Montreal turns into a hotbed of Soul, R&B, Funk and the Blues. From the first years ...

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On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been ...

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Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There’s still time to register!
Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative Canadian jazz ...