Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses


  • Aurora Nealand - Voice, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Tomas Majerski - Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Josh Holcomb -Trombone
  • Matt Bell - Guitar (acoustic resonator)
  • Matt Booth - Bass (acoustic upright)
  • Brad Webb - Drums

Tuesday June 28th 8:30 pm @ Irene's Pub

"The exuberance of the Royal Roses makes these traditional songs sound contemporary. Nealand's voice and instrumental playing is at once distinctly beautiful and fierce, inventive and traditional. Supported by a uniquely talented band of musicians, Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses play these traditional songs with the meaning, energy, relevance and creativity that timeless music such as this possesses."

— Offbeat Magazine

The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing in various groups in New Orleans since 2005, and the Royal Roses, founded in 2010, is her first venture as a bandleader. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition. They‘ve performed in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Their first album "A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall" was released in 2011 to national acclaim.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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