Warm Breezes and Cool Jazz
- Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:12
- Written by Megan Peckford
Summer nights in the capital are full of warm breezes and cool Jazz from June 21 to July 1. The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival brings more than 900 artists to Confederation Park in the heart of downtown and other satellite stages around town.
Acts on the main stage include 2011 Grammy Award Winner for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding, who proves that jazz continues to reinvent itself with timeless popularity. Another high energy new young act is American R&B artist Janelle Monáe. Her stunning vocal prowess and smooth dance moves are sure to delight the audience. With catchy songs like “Tightrope” you’re sure to be grooving along with her.
June 25 is a night is dedicated to New Orleans jazz starring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The Grammy-nominated group is sure to get the crowd going with their music fusion of superfunk, jazz, and rock. If you haven’t heard them before, this is one to check out! Shorty is followed by New Orleans living jazz and blues legend Allen Toussaint.
Jazz and blues is stunning music that can pull you into melodic soul of the artist. But maybe you are looking for something more light hearted, if so, June 26 is the night for you! Comedian Steve Martin will take to the stage with the Steep Canyon Rangers for a night of bluegrass and comedy.
When it is time to take a break from the sunshine the Studio and Improv Series right across the street at the National Arts Centre showcases an exceptional line up in intimate venues. The schedule caters to the true jazz connoisseur featuring critically acclaimed performers like The Jack DeJohnette Group and up-and-coming talents like the jazzy improv sounds of IPA.
After the shows at Confederation Park wrap up for the night, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival keeps your toes tapping with the OLG Late Night Series. Dance the night away with Snarky Puppy and Los Amigos Invisibles plus a host of other hot party bands.
Visit the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival site for the full lineup. Full festival and day passes are available. Book Ottawa Tourism’s Celebration Vacation, Taste of Canada or Rendez-vous for Two package to purchase an exclusive two-day festival pass plus accommodations.