CoolJive Blog

Welcome to your behind the scenes portal to bits and pieces about the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

It takes many individuals to organize and execute an event of this magnitude including staff, the board of directors, volunteers, sponsors and of course a remarkable array of musicians. Throughout the year, we’ll introduce readers to some very special individuals who make it all possible.

Notice – 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival AGM Copy

DATE: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 TIME: 6PM PLACE: Colonel By Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West Open to all Members of the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Members are those who have paid an annual membership fee or have actively participated as a volunteer during the previous fiscal year. Only members who are 18 years […]

Insights from the legendary Jerry Granelli

With a career spanning 60 years, drummer, artist, Buddhist, and founding member of the Halifax Jazz Festival, the legendary Jerry Granelli has collaborated with some of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century. The Ottawa Jazz Festival took the opportunity to delve into some of Jerry’s insights from his vast experience:

5 Questions with Darius Jones

Are you familiar with the NYC composer/saxophonist Darius Jones? With his upcoming Ottawa appearance taking place on Tuesday, September 18th at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage, we took the opportunity to get know him on a deeper level.  Jones will perform the most recent album from his Man’ish Boy Epic, an ambitious multi-recording of nine albums reflecting […]

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”. We were fortunate to have presented Aretha to perform at the festival in 2014 where we reported the second largest single ticket sales in the festival’s history. It was extraordinary meeting the great lady […]