Welcome a new house band to the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed

2013winter_pressedposter_web

The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed is starting into it’s 9th month of existence, and after 8 months of running it with Craig Pedersen and David Pontello as the house band, it’s time to pass the torch! Starting this Saturday, Karen Rauh and company will be hosting the jam. Karen has been a part of the house band a few times in the past but now she’s taking it over for the next little while. Hooray! Let’s all wish Karen, Adrian, Mark and Allyson a warm welcome.

If you are an Ottawa-based jazz musician (or are visiting from out of town) please check out the jam this Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. Pressed is at 750 Gladstone Avenue and the cover is a sliding scale of $5 to $15. It’s open to players at every level so don’t be shy if it’s your first time!

If you’re still in doubt, just look at how much fun we’ve had at past jams:

d7f80c40207011e2a1b122000a1f9702_7 0b5792c0156f11e2984522000a1fbda3_7 fa032418156d11e2b83422000a1f9e4c_7Yay! So come on down and have some fun!

My Week In Pictures: the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle

It feels like the weeks are whipping by as we get closer and closer to December 7th and the CD release! This week the t-shirts arrived! Now the posters and postcards and printed and are being distributed and the books of sheet music are ready for printing too. It’s coming together… mouahahaha!

But seriously, I can’t wait for this concert. I can’t wait to have those CDs in my hand…

On Monday I went to Le Petit Chicago and saw Curiosity Killed The Quartet, a late night performance and jam hosted by Zak Frantz. If you haven’t checked them out yet, they perform every Monday and it’s definitely worth the visit (after Live Jazz Monday at Mercury Lounge of course!)

On Tuesday Craig and I took the day off. We visited the main branch of the public library and I found an enormous book entitled The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer. Pretty cool! Inside there was a song about the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle. Definitely my kind of song. Then we went out for coffee and took in a movie. This week we saw the new Bond movie, Skyfall, and it was pretty cool too.

On Wednesday I taught a whole bunch and my Square Card Reader arrived. Now I can take Mastercard and Visa for lessons, tickets, CDs, and pretty much anything else.

On Thursday I went down to GigSpace for the Jazz and Blues Jam and ran into my friends René Gely and David Pontello, as well as lots of other fine Ottawa musicians.

I was a little under the weather on Friday and Saturday so I took it a little easy. I spent a lot of time at home on my computer chugging away at administrative tasks in my pajamas and eating grilled cheese. Not a bad way to spend the work day if you ask me.

I couldn’t stay sick for long though because on Saturday night I had a ticket to see the Brian Browne trio for Brian’s solo CD release at the NAC Fourth Stage. It was a completely sold out show and everyone was clearing having a great time. (I hope Mark and I can sell out our Fourth Stage CD release!) After that I headed over to Pressed to see the Craig Pedersen Quartet winding up their mini-tour. Unfortunately I missed the opening set by Jeff Morton, but I heard it was great.

On Sunday Craig and I did a small duo performance (bass and voice) at the Herb and Spice on Wellington. This was my first show in a grocery store and it was a bit funny at first (and really chilly!) but the shoppers seemed to really like it and I even sold some tickets to my CD release.

So that’s it for this week! For more photos updated throughout the week, follow me on instagram.

My next performance is tonight, Monday, November 26th at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday – 9pm to 11pm, no cover. See you there!

My Week In Pictures: concerts, coffee, and carnivorous plants

I better start posting more things on this blog or it’ll turn into nothing but summaries of my week!

I tried to take it a little easier this week than other weeks. As other self-employed people can attest, it’s easy to work yourself into ill-health. After a busy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of teaching, performing, and appointments, I was ready to end the week early. I decided to take a mental health day on Thursday. I cancelled my students (sorry Nicole, Trish, Chris, and Adrian!) and spent the day sitting quietly, having a good cry, and drinking coffee. It was nice and very much needed. I took a walk and found that lovely little piece of typography on Gladstone. Then I got my hair cut, made dinner, and then went out to a movie with Craig. Sometimes it’s the little things.

I started out Friday equally slow, my new computer arrived so I spent a couple of hours setting it up with all my files. In the evening I played a gig at Casino Lac Leamy for McEwan Petroleum’s client appreciation dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures while I was there, that was a really beautiful space.

On Saturday we had our bimonthly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed. It was a spectacular success! The cold weather brought a bunch of new jammers in to meet us. It was lovely to see beginners jamming with more experienced players and everyone learning in the process. Our next one is this coming Saturday, November 4. That evening Craig and I scooted off to a science-themed Halloween party. It was so cool to see everyone in lab coats drinking out of beakers. They even made little carnivorous plants!

Today I found myself back in the studio! I met with the JP Allain Trio to begin the process of  recording My Pal Frishberg: the music of Dave Frishberg. It’s exciting to be back in the studio but I kind of can’t believe it. If you had told me last year that I’d be doing two full-length recording projects in 2012 I would have called you a liar, but here we are!

On Sunday evening I went to IMOO #62 – Hat & Beard at Umi Café. I’m the communications director for IMOO (Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outouais) so I go to most of the concerts and work the door. This concert was an incredibly funny and engaging Thelonious Monk tribute. If you live in Toronto you should definitely check those guys out.

So that’s it for this week! For more photos updated throughout the week, follow me on instagram (you don’t need an iphone.)

My next performance is Monday, October 29th at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday – 9pm to 11pm, no cover. See you there!

 

My Week In Pictures: Spontaneous jazz

Another week gone by, another whole ton of things to tell you about. Lately I’ve been trying to get back on track with my practice schedule, with my deadlines for grants and other applications, and basically everything now that Here We Go Again is off to the printer and out of my hands. I spent this week in catch up mode.

Yesterday, François Gravel and I got together at his little house in Gatineau and rehearsed some new material for Live Jazz Monday. We’re so excited about our weekly performance at Mercury Lounge turning three that we’re planning a bunch of new tunes. I can’t wait to share them. Earlier this week, the pins that I’m giving away at that event arrived. They are so cute I hardly stand it. If you want to get your mitts on a couple of these, join us on November 5th at the Mercury Lounge at 9pm. There’s no cover and there will be doughnuts and a chance to win two tickets to my CD release in December. It’s going to be awesome! Click here to RSVP on facebook.

After my rehearsal with François I dropped by the Herb and Spice on Wellington to pick up some bread and bumped into two friends having a performance right the store! More jazz ensued:

Saturday was kind of a lazy day. Throughout the week Craig and I get woken up really earlier by the construction featured in the middle left photo. On Saturday, we really sleep in. We spent the afternoon having dim sum at Yangtze with my parents and that night I went out to Camp Fortune and played a wedding. Click here to learn more about my wedding music services.

On Friday I worked the door for the Craig Pedersen Quartet show at Raw Sugar. Their awesome merch table is the top right photo. If you missed that show there will be another on at Pressed on Saturday, November 24. More details here.

Thursday I spent the day teaching sockless in my studio followed by a quick stopover to the Jazzworks Jazz Jam at the Carleton Tavern. Lately I’ve had a huge influx of vocal students. Now I teach almost all day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’m having a great time getting to know all the new students and helping them become the best vocalists they can be. If you’re interested in taking lessons, read all about my teaching services here.

So that’s it for this week! For more photos updated throughout the week, follow me on instagram (you don’t need an iphone.)

My next performance is tonight, Monday, October 22nd at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday – 9pm to 11pm, no cover. See you there!

Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed: Fall Schedule

This summer Craig Pedersen and I launched a series of Saturday afternoon jazz jam sessions at Pressed. We held eight jam sessions between May and August. It has been such a success that we’ve decided to continue hosting these jam session for another four months!

The jazz jam will have the same amazing house band featuring Craig Pedersen on bass, David Pontello on drums, and myself on vocals, with guest pianists and guitarists. We invite instrumentalists and vocalists of all skill levels to join us for this invitational-style jam.

The jam will run from 2pm to 5pm on the following Saturdays (click the image at right to download a poster with the schedule):

September 22

October 13
October 27

November 3
November 17

December 1
December 15

Cover is a $5 suggested donation or pay what you can. Pressed is at 750 Gladstone Ave (between Bronson and Rochester). This event is kid-friendly and gluten-free-friendly.

Click here to RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/362200493859854

See you on Saturday afternoon!

http://www.pressed-ottawa.com/

Saturday Afternoon Jazz at Pressed

On Saturday, May 19 at Pressed, Craig Pedersen and I will be hosting an afternoon jazz jam! Hooray! Pressed is a new neighbourhood coffeehouse and lounge devoted to using high quality, local ingredients and serving organic/fair trade coffee. Their mission is to create a comfortable space for folks to enjoy good food, good tunes and free wifi.

The jazz jam will have amazing house band featuring Craig Pedersen on bass, Nick Maclean on piano, David Pontello on drums, and myself on vocals. We invite instrumentalists and vocalists of all skill levels to join us for this invitational-style jam.

The jam will run from 2pm to 5pm on the following Saturdays:

May 19
June 9
June 23
July 7
July 21
August 4
August 18

Cover is a $5 suggested donation or pay what you can. Pressed is at 750 Gladstone Ave (between Bronson and Rochester). This event is kid-friendly and gluten-free-friendly.

Click here to RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/230040547100657/

See you on Saturday afternoon!

http://www.pressed-ottawa.com/