TD Ottawa Jazz Festival @ Options Jazz Lounge
We are thrilled to be hosting the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival at Options Jazz Lounge this June. Come and join us for these fabulous live performances. Each runs from 8 to 11 pm, no cover charge, no reservations - so arrive early to secure seating.
June 21, 8 to 11 pm: Alex Goodman Trio
June 28, 8 to 11 pm: Curtis Nowosad Quartet
Alex Goodman -
Hailed as "the next big thing in the jazz world" (CityTV News), "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), "sophisticated and accomplished" (The Toronto Star), as well as "genius" (La Presse, Montreal), guitarist and composer Alex Goodman has established himself as a major force in the music community. He has released four albums as a leader, including "Bridges," which was nominated for a JUNO award (Canadian Grammy) for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. The Ottawa Citizen recognized "Bridges" as one of the top ten Canadian jazz records of 2011, and honored Alex in the Article "Who makes the cutting edge for jazz in Canada?"
Alex has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Massey Hall in Toronto and ABC Studios in New York City. He has played and/or recorded with international jazz stars such as Dick Oatts, Tim Ries, Rich Perry, Garry Dial, John Riley and Ron Westray as well as with the New York Ballet on guitar and the American Repertory Ballet on mandolin.
Alex is an accomplished composer with over one hundred original compositions and two film scores to his name. He was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award and was a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Classical Composer prize. He is releasing a book of solo guitar music in 2014, has written music for philharmonic orchestra and is premiering his works for string quartet and electric guitar for the Spectrum Music series in Toronto in 2014.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto he was honored as the first jazz musician to have been awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the "student deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music." In addition to winning over a dozen other national and international music awards, Alex's quintet was also a finalist in the 2011 Grand Prix de Jazz competition at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Alex was also recently selected as one of ten guitarists worldwide to compete in the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Jazz Guitar competition. He holds a Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and currently resides in New York City where he performs regularly as a freelance musician.
Curtis Nowosad - New York-based drummer, composer, and bandleader, Curtis Nowosad, has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled, versatile, and forward-thinking musician. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Curtis became recognized as the face of the new generation of jazz players in Winnipeg, playing in a variety of situations, as well as lending his talents to other genres. He has performed in club and concert settings with such world-class jazz musicians as Stefon Harris, Miguel ZenÃ³n, George Colligan, Anthony Wonsey, Dave Douglas, and Steve Wilson. He also recently recorded with NEA Jazz Master, pianist Kenny Barron, at Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY.
His debut album, The Skeptic & the Cynic, released in late 2012, spent two weeks at #1 on the!earshot Canadian Jazz Charts. The album showcases original compositions alongside Curtis' arrangements of songs by Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, 2pac, and Black Star. The powerhouse band features Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, and Steve Kirby on bass, along with special guest and two-time Grammy nominee Taylor Eigsti on piano. In May, Curtis' Quartet, featuring Gardner, Kirby, and pianist Will Bonness, will be embarking on a Canadian tour, in support of the album.
A recipient of several awards and scholarships, Curtis recently performed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, as a recipient of the Keep an Eye Jazz Award. He has twice been selected to participate in the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in 2012, he attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre. He is currently a graduate student and Fellow of the Jazz Institute at Manhattan School of Music, where he studies with world-renowned drummer, John Riley, and plays in various ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Bobby Sanabria. He holds a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from the University of Manitoba, where he mentored with master drummers Terreon Gully and Quincy Davis.
Curtis can be heard on several other recordings, including Erin Propp's WCMA-winning/JUNO-nominated Courage, My Love, Ali Fontaine's APCMA-winning, self-titled debut, Neil Watson's Move!, Oshima's The Age of Shapes, The Lytics' They Told Me, and Keith Price's Gaia/Goya, and Breakfast of Champions, as well as Farewell 274: Winnipeg's Jazz Community Celebrates Aqua Books, a live compilation album that he produced and released on his Know-a-sad Music label.
He is also active as an educator and clinician, working with private students, high school bands, and jazz camps, as well as teaching for two years in the University of Manitoba's Bridge program, which provides music education to inner city students, many of whom are new Canadians. He previously hosted his own radio show on 101.5 UMFM called Tomorrow Is the Question! He has also curated several jazz and world music series at Aqua Books in Winnipeg.
His articles have been published in dig! Magazine and he recently penned a pair of articles forDrums Etc. Magazine, "Getting Ready: A Guide To Prepare For College Auditions," and "DIY: Self-Releasing An Album."