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

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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:

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My Week In Pictures: endless celebration (and gourmet doughnuts)

This has been a luxurious, hedonistic, celebratory week. In fact, if I had to describe my week in a word, I would call it “festive.”

I’ve decided lately that I want to spend a little more time, energy, and money on fashion, makeup, and accessories. I’m fortunate that I get the opportunity to get on stage and perform for people all the time. Lately I’ve felt that I’ve been neglecting this aspect of performance. I decided to take myself shopping on Tuesday where I bought myself some collared shirts with nice hardware like the middle picture, as well as some glittery loafers. I’m pretty excited about these things. I’m super new to the fashion/makeup/accessories world though so if you have any tips, please leave them in the comments below. I could really use the help.

On Wednesday it was Halloween! Craig and I took turns handing out candy while the other taught but I still managed to catch him in our living room bed covered in all the candy! We had quite a few trick-or-treaters this year. Our friends at the Bytown Beanery came around and their children were dressed as a coke machine and a strip of bacon! So awesome.

Aside from Halloween parties, I’ve spent the week preparing for the Gershwin tribute concert I’ll be playing at on November 10th at Knox Presbyterian on Elgin at Lisgar. Preparing the music for this project has been a really interesting process. I realized that I know way more Gershwin tunes than I thought I did, just as a function of listening, but I still had to spend time finding keys and writing charts. And since I’m a ludite (only when it comes to chart writing) it’s a process that I can take a while. On Thursday I decided to power through these charts at the Carleton Tavern. Lesson learned: Sometimes work involves beer.

On Friday I popped down to the party supply store and got party hats for the Live jazz Monday’s third birthday! I’m so excited, I got a multitude pf colours and some with balloons on them! I can’t wait for this party. On Sunday I picked up the doughnuts from SuzyQ that I’ll be giving out. It’s going to be a hoot and half and I just can’t wait.

On Saturday we had our Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed which was a really fun and relaxed way to spend the afternoon. We had a couple of splendid vocalists come and join us, as well as a mitt-full of horn players. Our next one is November 17th.

On Sunday I spent the day wedding dress shopping in Moose Creek with my BFF. She’s a lovely, nerdy, science-woman who’s marrying a lovely, nerdy man and I couldn’t be happier for them. It was such a treat to be there when she picked the dress she’s going to wear to walk down the aisle. After launching Play I Do in February, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many weddings as a musician. I’m really looking forward to attending this one as a bride’s maid.

After shopping I picked up the doughnuts, packed them up for tonight then headed down to IMOO where we celebrated Craig’s 29th birthday.

Between birthdays, weddings, halloween, new shoes, new clothes, concerts, beer, and gourmet doughnuts I’m surprised I’m not sick of celebrating. To tell you the truth I can’t wait for Live Jazz Monday’s birthday tonight and I’m totally ready to keep the festivities happening right on through until January.

I hope to see you out at the Mercury Lounge tonight. If you come down you’ll have a chance to win tickets to my CD release on December 7th! Check out the video below for all the details and see you tonight!

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!

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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!

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