Master drummer Jerry Granelli passes away

Percussionist, jazz improviser, creative new music composer, teacher, and humanist Jerry Granelli passed away on July 20. Ottawa audiences know Jerry well for his annual presentation of “Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas” and for his many appearances at the Jazz Festival. Jazz journalist, and long time writer for DownBeat magazine, James Hale remembers, “I […]

Buy a record, help a musician and make a difference

Musicians rely on festivals and live events for their livelihood. They were hit particularly hard by the economic consequences of COVID-19. With cancelled bookings over the past year, they face alarming challenges to recover during these extraordinary times. We encourage you, if you are able, to purchase the CDs of the following Festival artists. Let’s […]

3 Trios Across The Globe in a FREE digital presentation on Dec 18

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in St. John’s Newfoundland, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist […]

Ottawa Jazz Festival Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 takes place Jan 21

We invite OJF Members to register for the Annual General Meeting that will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 6 to 7pm (EST) via Zoom teleconference. Registration to attend is open now until Friday, January 15, 2021 on the Eventbrite platform. You must register to “virtually” attend the AGM. Only those who register […]

View our 2020 Online TENACITY Series – Thank you for your support!

Improvising musicians are among the most creative people in the world. They thrive in the unknown. Rise past a challenge. Express themselves best in the moment. Lock them down? Their art will flourish. From June 19 – 28, Tenacity with 85 artists in 12 free shows, was all about flourishing, creating in the moment, and […]

#WomenInMusic Spotlight: Thelonius Monk competition winner Melissa Aldana

Melissa Aldana, who plays tenor sax, is the only female instrumentalist to take first prize in the Thelonius Monk competition’s history. The prestigious event held every year since 1987 launched the careers of jazz artists such as saxophonist Joshua Redman in 1991—a year when Chris Potter was runner-up in third place.

Help Restore Funding to OJF!

As you may have heard, on May 31, the Ottawa Jazz Festival received notice from the Ford Government that a Celebrate Ontario grant in the amount of $290,000 would not be available to us. This grant has been awarded to the Jazz Festival annually for the last 12 years. The timing of this announcement has […]

#WomenInMusic Spotlight: Judith Hill headlines opening night

Judith Hill and her band played Ottawa in 2016, in our After Dark Series, and that was the highlight of the festival for anyone there. When we heard Judith was touring this summer we had to put her on the TD Main Stage. Whoever will come will love it.

Groundbreaking Women to Perform in 2019

Groundbreaking Women Perform at 2019 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is proud of its tradition of presenting up-and-coming artists such as Diana Krall in the ’90s to established artists and legends like Aretha Franklin, Esperanza Spalding, Tanya Tagaq, Mavis Staples and many more featured over the past 39 years. In putting […]

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s show cancelled

    The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival regrets to announce the cancellation of the Cécile McLorin Salvant concert on Saturday June 29 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm due to the untimely passing of celebrated drummer Lawrence Leathers on June 2nd. Everyone who purchased a ticket online will be automatically refunded within 7 business days. Patrons who […]