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The crowd in front of Confederation Park's Main Stage for the Steve Miller Band's 2015 Jazzfest performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Jazzfest: Steve Miller brings his rock legacy

The bright lights from Ottawa Jazzfest’s Main Stage matched the sky’s lovely colour as the sun begun to set and cast a warm pink glow on the massive crowd that had gathered in Confederation Park. Bouts of cheering and applause began immediately at the very sight of Steve Miller as he and his band boarded […]

Kat Edmonson performs at Ottawa Jazzfest on June 24, 2015. All photos by Marina Irick.

Jazzfest: Edmonson dazzles the audience

The stage felt like a cozy living room — five red roses in a glass vase, a few decorative lamps, a guitar, a bass, and a shiny blue drum kit – and set the mood when Texas-born singer Kat Edmonson took the Ottawa Jazzfest’s Marion Dewar stage at City Hall on Wednesday night. Her band […]

Huey Lewis and the News performing at Jazzfest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Jazzfest: Huey Lewis and the News take Ottawa back in time

Thirty-seven years ago, two San Francisco Bay area rival bands joined forces, and blended their influences of big band jazz with 50’s rock ‘n roll and doo-wop. The result was Huey Lewis and the News, who would go on to carve their definitive sound into 1980’s pop culture, and into our hearts. Wednesday night’s show […]

Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The Canada Day celebrations start this weekend as we stroll through the sunshine into July next week. This weekend Ottawa Jazz Festival continues featuring a lot of local artists worth checking out, follow our coverage of the event. This weekend is also Mountain Man Festival in Calabogie featuring some of Ottawa’s artists like Cody Allen, […]

War performs on the Main Stage in Confederation Park at Jazzfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Jazzfest: Low-ridin’ mania with War on the main stage

It’s funk, it’s jazz, it’s rhythm and blues… blended with lots of Latin grooves and elements of pop, rock, and reggae. The band eventually to be known as War was formed in 1969 and became a collective of 7 musicians. The band’s members came from diverse ethnic backgrounds and would each add their own musical […]

Chris Botti at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, photo by the author.

Jazzfest: Chris Botti review

Chris Botti and his line-up of world-class musicians and special guests completely seduced the crowd on Sunday night’s Main Stage performance in the gorgeous setting of Confederation Park. Botti displayed his mastery of utilizing the trumpet as a tool to add unique shapes to multiple genres of music. His amazing skills of playing and adaptation […]

Victor Nesrallah at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Jazzfest: Victor Nesrallah review

It didn’t take long for a mass of people to gather around the Rideau Centre stage to see Ottawa’s long-time performer, Victor Nesrallah and his band on Saturday afternoon. He was joined by an accomplished trio of Craig Wallace (double bass), Mike Bellavy (drums), and Keith Snider (violin), where they played an hour long set […]

Photo courtesy of Groenland

Jazzfest: Groenland

Five years ago in Montreal, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque started a project that would soon become Groenland. Halde describes the six-person group including her, Lévesque, Gabrielle Girard-Charest, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, Simon Gosselin and Jonathan Charette, as an indie pop orchestra. “It was my first original project and I kind of wanted it to be big,” […]

Photo of The Cossette Combo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazzfest: Perhaps the banjo is the coolest instrument

I am a sucker for people who coin cool words.  Whether it’s comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness“, or the brilliant “plutoed,” I appreciate the creation of a new moniker. So I had to smile when I came across “Djangobilly”, which is how the members of the Cossette Combo (aka the Sick Sick Sicks) describe their irresistible […]

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the […]

Photo of Doug Martin Quartet courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazzfest: Eating lunch with melody, harmony and swing

Sometimes in life special surprises are free.  In the case of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Jazz at Noon and Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz series both offer free shows every day until June 30.  These lunchtime soirées are not only a great way to have a break from work, they will also allow audiences to see some of the best musical […]

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