Organizers of the Ottawa Jazz Festival have booked the Algonquin Commons Theatre for a weekend of live and in-person concerts. It’s a new venue for the festival, which traditionally takes place at Confederation Park in the summertime and nearby downtown venues such as Arts Court Theatre, Club SAW, and the Dominion-Chalmers Church. This makes us pleased to see another high-quality performance space such as the Algonquin Commons Theatre make room for the jazz art form in its booking calendar.
The fall series features four Canadian-based jazz artists. Headlining the first night, pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer (Oct. 29) was born in Germany but now calls British Columbia his home. Opening for Kaeshammer, the pianist Florian Hoefner, bandleader of the Florian Hoefner Trio (Oct. 29), is also from Germany but made his way to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he lives now.
Winnipeg-based trumpet player and composer Chuck Copenance will lead a five-piece electric band in performing his original music and a handful of covers. If you know you’re not all that into acoustic and traditional jazz with an upright bass, grand piano, and drums played with brushes… This is perhaps the show for you. On Oct. 30 is Chuck Copenance’s debut in Ottawa.
Grammy Award-nominated guitarist and producer Matthew Stevens (Oct. 30) will play a solo set on acoustic guitar, featuring music from his latest album, before he’s joined on stage by jazz bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Joe Dyson for a trio set. On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30, Stevens will offer a masterclass session for local musicians and guitar enthusiasts—space is limited.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival’s fall series is happening at Algonquin Commons Theatre (1385 Woodroffe Ave) on Oct. 29 and 30, 2021. Visit ottawajazzfestival.com for the complete lineup, schedule, and accessibility information. All performers, staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated and will be required to provide their paper or digital proof of vaccination at the door.