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Acoustic Electricity - Lucas Haneman has always possessed a natural and wide reaching musical talent. His fiery distinctive guitar sound lending itself to styles as diverse as jazz, blues, funk, folk, reggae, rock and world music.

Angele and her Swingin' Devils is a jazz ensemble that speaks for itself. This group combines a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and histories reflected in the eclectic sounds of this great jazz ensemble. The marriage of RnB, soul, blues, and latin influences make this ensemble's performance a truely unique sound. Vocalist Angele Ramsden has been singing various genres for over 15 years. Angele is currently promoting a coast-to-coast recording of jazz standards and originals. Gregory P Stone is a professional guitarist, band leader, music educator and arranger with vast experience and an eye for detail. Greg's versatility, flare, and style add great color to standards and favorites. Bass player Peter MacGibbon has over 20 years of experience performing for audiences from 20,000 concert fans to the most intimate cafes and bistros. Solid as a freight train, soothing as a heartbeat, Peter's fabulously funky bass sounds provide the pulse for every show, event, or occasion. This 5 piece ensemble has recently performed at the 2011 International TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, lauched a hot new music video 'Warmest Regard' (a Rooney Production), and released Angele's CD 'Singularly' (which was nominated for album of the year at NOMFA 2012). Angele and the Swingin' Devils, live the jazz experience.

Bethan Nodwell - is a intelligent and sophisticated jazz singer. With decades of experience she has entertained small intimate parties and large swinging bandstands. Working in partnership with Greg Stone on guitar, and a groove master on bass, Bethan creates an atmosphere of inspiration and celebration not to be missed.

Boudreau Elliott Duo -Steve Boudreau is an Ottawa-based jazz pianist. Since moving back from Boston in 2010 after studies at the New England Conservatory, he has been involved in many projects, including a trio record with vocalist Laura Grill; a solo piano record; and a recording with Friends on Friends, instrumental interpretations of the music of Brian Wilson. Ottawa guitarist Garry Elliott has been on the Ottawa jazz scene for many years, having been a regular in past festivals and in many of the city's jazz venues.

Brian Browne - Montreal-born pianist Brian Browne has long been regarded as one of the leading proponents of jazz piano in Canada. Browne's distinctive, bluesy piano style swings with traces of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner and Bill Evans, yet the sound is unmistakably his own.

Charley Gordon Trio - Charley Gordon at the trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Hum at the piano and Mark Fraser at the bass.

Craig Pedersen - is a trumpet playing performer-composer and educator based out of Ottawa. He holds his BMus in education (2006) from the University of Victoria where he studied with Louis Ranger, and a MMus in chamber music performance (2010) from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Karen Donnelly. Craig is an active musician and educator in both Ottawa and Montreal, where he performs classical, jazz, rock and improvised music. His most recent projects have involved improvisation and its application within experimental electronic music, dance/music projects and educational settings.

Diane White - Diane's unique style resounds with her intense love of life, her seductive relationship with the arts and the polished professionalism that flows from formal musical studies – all elements of her personal dedication to entertainment. As a performer, she’s performed big band, funk and musical theatre; her talents include trombone, piano and song writing; she’s an actress and a model; she’s performed voice-overs; music for television
productions and she was one of the producers on her debut album Pure & Simple. Diane’s innate ability to make innovations resonate with the jazz tradition is one of the secrets of her award-winning career.

Doug Martin -is a saxophonist, composer and teacher who has been working in the Ottawa area for many years now. As a saxophonist, audiences come to hear him because of his emotional engaging style and his fresh approach to jazz standards. Doug is also a prolific composer and many of his tunes have found their way into his performing repertoire. Recently he recorded a new CD entitled Odyssey, consisting entirely of his own music. A number of tunes from this album have achieved airplay, not only in Ottawa, but in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, across Canada on CBC, and in Europe. As leader of several groups, he has played every venue in the Ottawa Valley and has been chosen to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival many times.

EclectiK (Duo) - Iyono and Steve had the opportunity to meet when they both joined a local group by the name of Sugarphyx. There they had the opportunity to work together for the first time.  Although Sugarphyx disbanded a couple of years later, that was not to be the end of this dynamic duo.  What started out as working in the studio on original tunes, turned into something more. A couple months of rehearsals and development of a repertoire of music focused on a little something for everyone, Iyono and Steve had their first show and haven't looked back since.

Fritzen Simpson Duo - don't miss the rare opportunity to catch this act all the way from Whitehorse, Yukon. The duo is made up of Fawn Fritzen, an exciting emerging talent in Canadian jazz, coupled with seasoned veteran Grant Simpson. Fawn's sultry voice is by turns intimate and powerful, and her multicultural background lets her explore music in English, French, and German. Even if you don't understand the words, her nuanced interpretations will tell you the story. Simpson has been a full-time professional musician for over 30 years and is recognized as one of Canada's leading stride/swing piano players, performing throughout Canada, the U.S. China, Korea, and the Caribbean. He is sometimes found playing guitar, banjo, and mandolin performing his original songs and a wide variety of other music and styles.

Geri Childs - is a familiar face to Ottawa audiences. Her repertoire mixes jazz and contemporary standards. Beyond her live shows, her professional background includes voice coaching,and vocal performances on radio, television and animation specials.
Over the years she has acquired various themes and influences that delight music lovers with a captivating performance that ranges from lighthearted to soulful and torchy.

Groove² - one of the hottest live bands in Ottawa blends the highest musicianship with some of the best songs written for live performances, for a variety of musical formats including Duo, Trio and Quartet. Groove² plays Jazz Standards, Smooth Jazz, Funk, and Latin at a volume you can talk over.  Groove² can also add R&B and pop tunes to the mix and bring up the volume for an evening of dancing. Covered artists include David Sanborn, Spyo Gyra, Brian Hughes, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney James and Jeff Lorber among many other.

Halie Loren - enjoy the unique sounds of Hallie Loren Turner - a.k.a Halie Loren (Vocals) - Matthew Treder (piano) and Mark Schneider (bass).

HML Trio consists of Jamie Holmes on drums, J.P Lapensée on bass, and Alex Moxon on guitar. All three members are senior music students at Carleton University and share a rich playing history together for over four years. They are comfortable playing in virtually any style of music. They work either as an independent trio or as a rhythm section for hire. The trio takes traditional jazz standards and performs them with contemporary improvisation and energy that helps bring new life to music that was originally heard several decades ago.

Jason Raso - has a funk heart and a jazz head. They are hard wired together by the 4 strings of his bass guitar, and an innate ability to craft music. Having just release album #6, Jason continues to grow as a musician and composer. His talent and originality are expressed by ongoing mastery of his instruments, and an appetite for musical knowledge.

Jazz West Quartet... Garnett Picot on Guitar, Val Suriano on Sax, Paul Soble on Bass and Jean Trudel on Trumpet.

John Dapaah - Music has taken John Kofi Dapaah on a voyage from Ghana to Japan to Canada, and through a range of styles including, jazz, gospel and classical piano. He began his classical piano studies at the age of 7 with Tabuchi Masako in Muroran, Japan, where his father was completing his graduate studies. In 2007, after his family relocated to Ottawa, he enrolled in Carleton's B.Mus. program. At Carleton, Dapaah has studied with jazz pianists Steve Boudreau and Mark Ferguson, and classical pianists Verna Jacobson and Nicole Presentey. In 2009 he composed a work for string quartet that was performed with choreography at the National Arts Centre, and he has performed for receptions hosted by Governors General Michaele Jean and David Johnston at Rideau Hall. In November of 2010 John made his debut with the Gatineau Conservatory Orchestra, in a concert at Kailash Mital Theatre in which he was the featured soloist in Mozart's piano concerto no. 23 in A major, KV 488. Together with Carleton jazz piano student Kyle Zavitz Dapaah pursued the final year of his undergraduate music studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("KUG": Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts) in Graz, Austria, during the 2011-12 academic year. In Graz, he studied classical piano with Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Mag. Eike Straub. John graduated with high honours from Carleton in the summer of 2012, and now teaches and performs at various functions. John Dapaah hopes to continue his studies in Europe at the graduate level as he pursues his dream of becoming a concert pianist.

Kimberley Dunn - Kimberley is a classically trained piano vocalist who has been stunning audiences for years with her beautiful voice.  Described as having the “Voice of an Angel”, Kimberley’s soft, enchanting vocals have often been compared to those of Sarah McLachlan.  Her easy listening interpretations of popular cover favorites are fresh and captivating with songs that are easily recognizable and yet unique.  Enjoyed by all ages, Kimberley covers a wide range of genres from pop, rock, folk, and jazz.

Larry Tarof ("Dr. L")- is an accomplished musician/composer. At the studio, he has produced hundreds of demos/arrangements/backup tracks and six fully produced CDs. He is an active jazz pianist, musical theater accompanist and teacher, and with 11 Note Chords is producing educational piano apps for iPad. Within Ottawa's two largest synagogues, he has directed multiple choirs and a Klezmer band, runs a religious school music program and appears every Friday as a Kabbalat Shabbat soloist. "Dr L." is also a research scientist, having earned his a Ph.D. in semiconductor physics, and even had CEO, CTO and "Principal Scientist" stints in the high tech world in between bouts of being a full-time musician

Larry Tarof Duo - comprised of Larry Tarof (piano) and Carlo Maragno (drums). Larry is an accomplished multi-faceted musician/composer who was profiled on CJOH's "Regional Contact" in 2005.  Carlo is an experienced drummer who has been a part of many bands.  Larry and Carlo most recently collaborated on full length CD "C is for Cosmopolitan", released 2012, which achieved airplay on over 100 NPR radio stations.  At the studio, Larry has produced hundreds of demos/arrangements/backup tracks and six fully produced CDs.  He is an active jazz pianist, musical theater accompanist and teacher, and with 11 Note Chords is producing educational piano apps for iPad. Within Ottawa's two largest synagogues, he has directed multiple choirs and a Klezmer band, runs a religious school music program and appears every Friday as a Kabbalat Shabbat soloist.  He is also a research scientist, having earned his a Ph.D. in semiconductor physics, and even had CEO, CTO and "Principal Scientist" stints in the high tech world in between bouts of being a full-time musician.

Lucas Haneman has always possessed a natural and wide reaching musical talent, playing guitar since age 6 and performing since age8.  His fiery distinctive guitar sound lends itself to styles as diverse as jazz, blues, funk, folk, reggae, rock and world music. Early on Lucas focussed on folk and blues, but began delving into jazz and alternative rock as a teenager.  While in high school he performed in many national jazz bands and received a CBC Galixy Rising star Award at the 2005 Ottawa International Jazz festival.  Lucas studied jazz performance at Concordia University where he received the prestigious Oscar Peterson jazz scholarship and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with great distinction. Most recently he had the distinct honour of being a faculty member at Guitar Now 2013 (a festival held at Ottawa's Carleton University) where he gave an ear training workshop and performed alongside international artists such as American guitarist Ben Monder, Canadian guitar legend Don Ross, UK based guitarist Matt Warnock, Brazilian guitarist Guilherme Vincens, L.A based guitarist Brandon Bernstein, and more.  Lucas was granted first place in CNIB’s 2010 national I Factor competition and received an Astral Emerging artist award in May 2011.  In September 2012 he released an album called "Strings Untied" with Ottawa based folk group Go Long(!), and in 2011 he released 3 albums with 3 different bands including “This is What’s Up” (an album primarily made up of his original jazz compositions.  Lucas Haneman has toured Canada twice, and currently performs as a session musician in a number of bands in Montreal and Ottawa, as well as teaching guitar and performing as a solo Jazz Musician on a regular basis. Over the past 5 years he has had the fortunate opportunity to perform with artists as diverse as Curtis Fuller, David Newman, and Guido Basso, as well as open for Jeff Healy, James Cotton, Don Ross, Slone, singer songwriter David Usher, and more.

MARC DECHO - Bassist-Composer MARC DECHO is highly regarded as one of the top bassists in the region, widely known for his musical diversity and sincerity to various styles, he currently performs with a multitude of Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco, Jazz & Soul musicians from around the globe.

Michel Delage Trio - Michel Delage (drums), Greg Stone (guitar), Joe Hinke (upright bass). Michel Delage is a drummer/percussionist originally from Ottawa. After completing the Jazz Performance Program at Humber Collage in 2010 Michel returned to Ottawa where is very active in the Ottawa music scene. Although jazz music is his passion Michel also plays Funk, Rock, Folk, Blues and world music in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

Miguel De Armas - is a versatile jazz pianist and composer, able to blend disparate strands of Cuban and American jazz traditions into a fresh, modern whole. He began his classical music training at age 9 studying Piano and Drums. In 1988, he founded an acclaimed Cuban band with other prestigious Cuban musicians. During more than a decade, he toured with NG La Banda Orchestra around the world and also performed periodically at the most relevant international jazz scenes. Miguel has been performing in Ottawa since his arrival to Canada in late 2011. While performing, he shapes the Afro-Cuban themes, forms and rhythms which have provided him with inspiration for his life’s work. His Piano idiom is melodious, rhythmic and exciting. When Miguel plays he transforms the daily routines of our lives into something beautiful and significant.

Miguel De Armas Trio - Miguel De Armas, the Ottawa based and Cuban born pianist has brought together a powerful and energetic style and at times ideas seem to be flying out from under his fingers almost more quickly than he can fully process them. With the help of a rhythm team (drummer Arien Villegas and bassist Marc Decho) he manages to keep his feet on the ground and generate lots of inspiring moments during their performance. Tasty and head turning musical arrrangements of the classic Jazz standards, Cuban traditional music as well as from his own, are definitely heating up a bit the Ottawa music scene.

Mike Rud is a jazz guitarist and music teacher currently living in Montreal, following stays in Ottawa, Vancouver and New York.Raised in Edmonton, he studied music at Grant MacEwan College, McGill University, The Banff International Jazz Workshop, and in New York with guitar master Jim Hall. He has played with Herb Ellis, Guido Passo, PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, and Kenny Wheeler, to name a few.He has performed all over Canada, including appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Festival de Jazz de Montréal. He has released several CDs as a leader, and his latest CD, Notes On Montreal, is being readied for release.

Nathalie Khoriaty is a singer-songwriter whose love for music and song has filled her life with passion and dedication. Her clear and honest voice, combined with her creativity and songwriting, are some of the qualities that define Nathalie as a musician. Her love for life and people inspire her to express the stories of her life and to share the joys and sorrows of her heart. As a genuine performer, she captures and touches people’s hearts and reaches her audiences with her warmth and reflections. Nathalie began private piano lessons at the age of five and was awarded prizes from many classical festivals and music competitions throughout her classical career. At the age of fifteen, she discovered a deep interest in singing and songwriting and since then has embarked on an exciting journey which has led her to many wonderful places. Her passion fills her mind, her heart and her soul and her humanistic side is only a part of what she portrays in her music. Mississippi Love, her first album, is a clear indication of her ability to incorporate her life experiences and those of the people she meets and loves into her music. Nathalie’s music is an expression of love and life.

Nathan Cepelinski - Born in Ottawa, Canada, 24 year old saxophonist and composer Nathan Cepelinski began playing music at the age of 12 and began performing professionally at 14. Nathan has always been noted for his high level of technical proficiency, his melodic maturity, and his deep understanding of the musical language. Nathan has received a total of five awards from the famed Downbeat Magazine and was selected to play in the highly coveted Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellowship All-Star Band. In May 2011, Nathan graduated from Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship from Musicfest Canada, a first-place prize he won out of 400,000 musicians. Nathan is fortunate to have played and/or studied with many internationally acclaimed musicians, such as John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Madonna), Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Jeff Ballard, Chase Sanborn, Miguel Zenon, George Colligan, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, David Santoro, Phil Wilson, George Garzone, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, and Barry Harris.

Nicolas Carey - is a talented jazz pianist, keyboard and trombone player who has stunned audiences both in Canada and internationally for years. Not only a performer, Nic is also acclaimed for directing and orchestrating productions, musicals and soundtracks.

Nicole Ratté - a musician and singer since childhood, Nicole Ratté evolved in different styles before developing a true passion for jazz. At home on the stage, she is known for her warm and effervescent presence and her light and sensual voice. Her performances include her favourite jazz standards, with some special arrangements of well known French songs. She also sings in Spanish and Portuguese. Always, Nicole warms up the atmosphere and offers you a relaxed and delightful evening of jazz.

Ori Dagan Trio - Winner of a CBC Radio 1 competition that named him "Canada's Next Top Crooner," Ori Dagan was initially inspired to sing by Ella Fitzgerald's genius scat solos. He spent nearly a decade studying jazz formally before releasing his debut album, "S'Cat Got My Tongue," which garnered critical acclaim for the singer's sense of musical adventure. JazzTimes called him "a budding Kurt Elling" and The Los Angeles Jazz Scene proclaimed that the album is "a major step forward for Ori Dagan, who in a few years will likely be very well known in the jazz world."
On Dagan's sophomore release, "Less Than Three," the vocalist explores new territory, including reimagined classics by Elton John and Elvis Presley, a scat roller coaster ride on Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," the original ode to search engines "Googleable" and selections in his native tongue of Hebrew stirred into the mix. The recording has garnered him a 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards nomination in the Best Jazz category.

Peter Hum Trio - The new Peter Hum Trio consists of Peter on piano, Montreal bassist Alec Walkington and Toronto drummer Tim Shia. Peter, who was born and raised in Ottawa, has played with the leading jazz artists in Canada's capital, including John Geggie, Rob Frayne, Mike Essoudry, Roddy Ellias and Vince Rimbach. He considers himself very fortunate to have performed with some of Canada's leading jazz artists, including Sonny Greenwich, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Nimmons, Reg Schwager and Mike Rud. He has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the Nuits Bleues Jazz Festival in Quebec City. His music has been featured on the CBC radio programs Tonic, Canada Live and Bandwidth, among others. He released his first CD, A Boy's Journey, in late 2011 and his follow-up CD is to be released in 2013. Alec, who is Ottawa-raised, has been a mainstay of Montreal's jazz scene since the late 1980s. He teaches classes in composition, improvisation and double bass at McGill University. Alec has played with such visiting artists as Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Heath, Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris, and Maria Schneider. Tim, who was born in Saskatoon, has performed and recorded with many of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians, including Rich Underhill, Kevin Barrett, Laila Biali, Julie Michels, Rich Brown, George Koller and Kelly Jefferson. He leads the acclaimed group The Worst Pop Band Ever and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such notables as the Bad Plus and Wynton Marsalis.As both sideman and leader, he has played festivals and shows across North America and Asia and has recorded and composed music for CDs, television and film.

Peter Rioux - 23 year old blues/jazz pianist, Peter Rioux of Fredericton, New Brunswick began taking classical lessons when he was six years old, winning various awards at the Fredericton Music Festival when he was still a child. Since then, he has performed at many major blues festivals throughout the Maritimes with some of the top blues acts in the country. He has had the privilege to tour with Elvis Presley’s original drummer, DJ Fontana and has represented the Maritimes through his performances at the Memphis International Blues Competition. Peter recently graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Music and his trio, which includes upright bass and drums, embraces traditional bebop and blues from the 1940's and 1950's. Funk and Latin influences have also found their way into the trio's sound and their sophisticated approach has been enjoyed by many listeners who appreciate a variety of musical styles. http://www.myspace.com/peterrioux

Peter Woods - plays all sorts of gigs. With his saxophone, he has played for pig-roasts on the Rideau Lakes and at large church gatherings in Toronto and Halifax. His main love is jazz, but he also enjoys making music with colleagues steeped in rock and blues and folk and classical genres. He can be heard on Sunday mornings in church, usually in Smiths Falls, and many evenings in clubs and restaurants around Eastern Ontario.

Rachel Beausoleil - has been entertaining Ottawa audiences with her warm and sultry interpretations for over 15 years. She has played at private parties, large corporate functions, and cultural events such as the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the Feast of Fields. Currently, Rachel is promoting her new album, The Dawning, which features her powerful and dynamic voice against an intimate backdrop of piano and bass.  This eclectic collection includes not only jazz standards, but also songs from diverse ethnic traditions (ranging from Acadia to Latin America, with a detour through Russia) and a new arrangement of a familiar number from the Sound of Music.  “What brings these songs together for me,” says Rachel, “is the sense of intense love and obsessive passion that they convey through themes of nature, hope and inspiration.”

Rene Gely (Pulse Mondiale) - Pulse Mondiale is a sonic voyage through the rhythms and textures of this planets limitless styles of music. Leader Rene Gely plays guitar, piano and sings  a repertoire of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and folk songs accompanied by Rob Graves on percussion, Norm Glaude on bass and Rick Rangno on trumpet.

Renée Landry - a Jazz vocalist, composer and songwriter, Renée Landry has had a passion for performing all her life. Influenced by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald to Jay-Z, her vast taste in music reflects her artistry. Landry is a powerful performer who proves no artist should be limited to one genre.

Renée Yoxon - Young vocalist Renée Yoxon is a central figure in Ottawa’s jazz scene thanks to her grace, captivating presence and beautiful voice. In only a few short years, Renée has firmly established herself as a musician dedicated to the art of jazz singing.

Accompanist Francois Gravel is an established pianist from Gatineau with experience in many styles including jazz, rock, and world music. Together they play the classic jazz-blues sound of Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, and Ruth Brown."

Yoxon and Ferguson - Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, and Tom Jones. Together, Yoxon and Ferguson write music that blends the traditions of the Great American Songbook with a contemporary lyrical and harmonic sense.

Room to Groove - Room To Groove covers music from Ellington, Monk and beyond with emphasis on music that is accessible and rhythmically compelling. Over the years, they have turned many on to the joys of jazz based on their in-the-moment improvisation and infectious fun they're having on stage.The duo includes Edwin Gans (alto sax) and Jean Bergeron (piano).The trio includes Edwin Gans (alto sax), Jean Bergeron (piano) and Norm Glaude (bass).

Rowswell/Hum/Walkington Reunion Sextet

Dan Rowswell -- alto saxophone
Joel Miller -- tenor saxophone
Dave Grott -- trombone
Peter Hum -- piano
Alec Walkington -- bass
Andre White -- drums

Dan Rowswell, Peter Hum and Alec Walkington grew up in Nepean in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and were bitten by the jazz bug at one of the city's best high schools for music, J.S.W. Secondary School. Before they graduated, they were jamming regularly at Jazz Ottawa get-togethers with such local legends as saxophonist Vernon Isaac. Reunited in Montreal in the mid-1980s after their university studies, they formed a hard-hitting, deeply swinging sextet that won the 1986 Lowenbrau Jazz Search and was a finalist in the 1987 Montreal Jazz Festival's Alcan Competition. That band broke up in the late 1980s, and the three Ottawa natives went their separate ways, forging impressive jazz careers (Alec Walkington has played with legends such as Benny Golson and Joe Henderson, Peter Hum has performed with Canadian jazz stars Sonny Greenwich and Pat LaBarbera, and is a leading jazz journalist in Canada). Nov. 22, 2013 marks their first and long overdue reunion in a sextet setting, with their former sextet bandmate Dave Grott on trombone plus drummer Andre White, and the Juno-winning tenor saxophonist Joel Miller, all great musicians from Montreal. Join the sextet for a celebration of the music its core members (Rowswell, Hum, Walkington and Grott) made more than 25 years ago, as well as its exploration of new contemporary material.

Roy Patterson -For guitarist Roy Patterson, growing up in rural Nova Scotia provided a strong sense of individuality rooted in the history of the land that would play a large part in his music. But early musical influences of rock, blues, and R&B are what fostered Roy's interest and passion for the guitar. He has performed with local groups touring Atlantic Canada, meanwhile exploring the mysteries of jazz, listening intensely to the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and other masters from the jazz tradition.

Roxy Swan Duo - Roxy Swan is one of Ottawa’s most intoxicating talents.  Her voice can be heard throughout the city.  Most recently she performed at “The Bell Sens Soiree” at the Hilton Lac Leamy and “The Fine Wine Evening” for the Canada Dance Festival.  Music selections include a range of jazz standards and classics that span the decades from WWII to the millennium.  Roxy performs great songs made famous by artists such as Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Vera Lynn, the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Carpenters and more.

Schroeder Nordholt has been playing piano for over 30 years, and professionally for classy dinner parties, restaurants, art gallery openings, private parties and the like for over 15. His repertoire is rich and varied and can satisfy most requests - but mostly his charm and banter whilst playing is what counts. People are always amazed how he can keep playing while carrying on conversations. He'll fill your space with good clean fun, giving your guests the music and the vibe you need for an unforgettable night out.

Scott Poll - inspired by first hearing the recordings of Benny Goodman at the age of 12 in his hometown of Kitchener, ON, Scott Poll has been fascinated with jazz clarinet and music of the Swing Era ever since. In 1990, Scott joined the Canadian Forces Central Band in Ottawa, and has since been showcased as a featured clarinet soloist performing swing classics in numerous concerts throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S.A. 

Sonia Ndongmo - Ottawa born Sonia Ndongmo has been singing professionally for 17 years. She is a top on-call vocalist because of, among other things, her work with artists such as Nelly Furtado, Ziggy Marley, Tracy Chapman and many more.

Steve Berndt - Ottawa singer/trombonist/composer/arranger Steve Berndt has been performing a broad range of musical styles in clubs, festivals, concerts and private events for many years with his jazz quartet, his recording act The Jivewires, and the ska band Rudeboy.

Steve Berndt and Brian Browne perform jazz standards and original songs in support of their recent release of "Déjà Vu", an album in the style of the Bill Evans/Tony Bennett recordings. 

Steve Bilodeau trio - Originally from Ottawa, guitarist Steven Bilodeau is a recent graduate from McGill University's Jazz Performance Program. While in high school, he was a member of the Nepean All-City Jazz Band and in 2010 was a member of the National Jazz Youth Summit at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Steve has studied with many renowned Canadian jazz musicians including : Mike Rud, Kenny Bibace, and Steve Amirault. In 2011-2012 Steve has been busy playing his regular duo gigs at Lavente Bistro and Monday nights with Curiosity Killed the Quartet at Le Petit Chicago. He also played three times at The Ottawa Jazz Festival with Daniel Ko Quartet, Herbie's Hill and his on project The Steve Bilodeau group.

Steve Geyer - In 1985 Steve auditioned on piano for the music program at Humber College, Toronto and was equally thrilled, and honoured when the acceptance letter arrived in the mail. He attended the same year as the renowned guitarist Jeff Healey. Steve has recorded in prestigious studios from Toronto to Ottawa as a session player and has produced solo and group CD's, recorded church choirs and composed and arranged custom music for organizations and individuals. Today Steve continues to teach private lessons in piano, guitar, drums, theory and digital multitrack recording. He composes, records and produces music in his home studio while developing his website to include online interactive music education and to showcase his students, clients and recording artists.

T3 Jazz trio - is comprised of Terence Wright (guitar), Timo Miller (bass) and Taylor Harris (drums). They have been performing everything from bebop to ECM-inspired music throughout the Ottawa area for the last few years. The trio has a fresh and unique approach to jazz which continues to impress audiences.

Tom McMahon - is an accomplished performer and composer who has ventured into many styles of music. Tom graduated with honours from Humber College Music Program and along with Baliset also plays acoustic bass, fretless and fretted electric bass. No stranger to the studio, he has recorded with many musicians and vocalists, participated in radio and television programs and entertained local and international audiences in live performances.

Torchlight Duo - brings to life some of the 1940s and 1950s best jazz standards and torch songs. Enjoy the timeless music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and all the jazz greats!

Touch of Class Duo - a singer, songwriter, tap dancer and tap dance teacher, Shirley Murray enjoys singing R&B, Funk, Jazz and Rock. Currently performing with Touch of Class Duo, amongst others, her sound is a full, rich and soulful one.

Tyler Kealey - is a talented blues/jazz/pop pianist and singer who performs regularly as part of a popular dueling pianos show.  He is constantly lending his talent to local bands, and has played with Silver Creek, the Cooper Brothers, Charlie Major, and Roxanne Potvin. Tyler plays a successful solo pop act as well and has released his first full length album, Characters, in 2009.

The Wayne Eagles Trio performs with rare interaction over a broad dynamic range. The trio repertoire extends beyond jazz standards into ECM-inspired fusion and original material.

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