070217 Feist, Ottawa, ON

Feist was an energetic, thoughtful, intelligent performer who was clearly deserving of the attention she had been receiving and I was interested enough to see her again that the looming dark clouds weren’t enough to keep me away…

062805 Bela Fleck, Ottawa, ON

My phone rang on the morning of June 28th, 2005 and I discovered one of the Rogers Television directors on the other end.  He asked if I would like to come out and try working the big screen for the headlining act that night?  “I remember you telling me that you were a fan of Bela Fleck,” he said…

062718 Jerry Granelli, Ottawa, ON

On June 27th, 2018 I cycled downtown for another instalment of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.  I only had one set on tap for the evening and I had little idea what I would be hearing. I was on my way to see Jerry Granelli, a jazz drummer I had seen a few times before.  Why then would I be so in the dark as to what to expect…

062307 Dave Brubeck, Ottawa, ON

Dave Brubeck was almost ninety years old so I wasn’t expecting much more than an appearance really, but even at that stage of the game the now-late pianist was still right on time, as it were.  It was a beautiful night out and the amazing weather was perfectly augmented by the high-quality on-kilter compound jazz…