JW-Jones Big Band


  • Vocals/Guitar - JW-Jones
  • Piano - Jesse Whiteley
  • Drums - Will Laurin
  • Bass - Jacob Clarke
  • Rhythm Guitar -  Dan Dufour
  • Alto 1 - Zakari Frantz
  • Alto 2 - Sam Cousineau
  • Tenor 1  -Mike Tremblay (and Flute)
  • Tenor 2 - Brian Asselin
  • Baritone - Richard Page
  • Trombone 1 - Mark Ferguson
  • Trombone 2 - Mike Schultz
  • Trombone 3 - Steve Berndt
  • Trombone 4 - Paul Adjeleian
  • Trumpet 1 - Dominic Rossi
  • Trumpet 2 - Rick Rangno
  • Trumpet 3 - Michel Renaud
  • Trumpet 4 - Eric Littlewood

Thursday June 30th 6:30 pm @ TD Main Stage

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JW-Jones has toured 23 countries across four continents and released eleven albums over his 20-year career. His latest, Sonic Departures features a 17-piece big band.

While some of Jones' earlier albums included full horn sections, and a collaboration with David "Fathead" Newman (of Ray Charles fame), Jones has primarily toured as a three or four piece band. He's been a winner at the Maple Blues Awards, and has received sixteen nominations.

Big bands evoke the grandeur of times past and offer a glimpse into the magic and romanticism of the arts and culture scene of the last century. By definition, a big band is a type of musical ensemble that consists of seventeen musicians with saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. They originated during the early 1910s and dominated jazz in the early 1940s during the popular swing era.

Jones' big band performs a crowd-pleasing mixture of classic blues, soul, and swing. Also included; Jones' original music, which has consistently landed him on the Billboard Top 10 Blues charts, won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and earned a JUNO nomination.

From the smooth vocal crooning of Sinatra to the soulful guitar stylings of B.B. King, and all points in between, this is sure to be a concert you won't want to miss!

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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