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.
The idea for = Jazz Orchestra started with Jazzfest’s programming team: I pitched Christine Jensen on an all-women big band and Christine said, “No, but I do want to do a gender-equal big band.”
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 […]
Jane Siberry’s skewed melodies and sensuous experimentalism helped pave the way for Canada’s current generation of art-pop from Austra and Allie X, to Grimes and Bernice.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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