September 26, 2013


Here are three items which I hope will be of interest to you:


October 2 Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases chosen by Ron Sweetman. Will include singers Fawn Fritzen, Eugenie Jones & Lucy Smith, pianist Art Hodes, and small groups Doubt Trio, Roby Glod 4, The Group, Living By Lanterns, Savoy Brown & Spin Doctors.

October 9 Paul Winter Sextet: Recordings from 1962 and 1963 by the racially integrated sextet led by saxophonist Paul Winter, introduced by Ron Sweetman.

October 16 Jazz vs. Gamelan: East meets West when jazz and gamelan come together. From the delightful swing of Tony Scott's Indonesian all-star band to the avant-garde compositions of Anthony Davis, more than a few great players have been influenced by the ancient sounds of Indonesia. Rob Bitschofsky hosts.

October 23 October 23: Jazz and blues recordings made over the years on October 23, researched and presented by Co-Host Ron Steeds.

October 30 Trumpets: A rousingly brassy program to mark our first Funding Drive program, animated by Co-Host Rob Bitschofsky and Host Ron Sweetman.

November 6 Second Funding Drive Program: Co-Hosts Alnoor Allidina & Ron Steeds.

November 13 Benny Carter: Co-Host Jim Reil will do a show on Benny Carter, spanning much of his long career.

November 20 November 20: Co-Host Ron Steeds has selected jazz and blues recordings recorded on November 20.

November 27 Recent Releases: Co-Host Aidian Thomas will feature recent releases from alto saxophonist Matana Roberts, guitarist Pat Metheny, Montreal based group---Esmerine, Canadian cellist Rufus Cappadocia and Norwegian Collective, Jazzmob.

December 4 Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz releases by vibraphonists Gary Burton & Warren Wolf, and by big bands Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Conservatory, I Compani, Mack Avenue Superband, Mark Masters Ensemble & Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, presented by Ron Sweetman.

December 11 SOS: This amazing British trio of top tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore, top alto saxophonist Mike Osborne and top baritone saxophonist John Surman was formed in April 1973. We will hear the trio's recordings from July 1974, late 1974 and September 1975.

December 18 December 18: Co-Host Ron Steeds plays jazz and blues recordings made over the years on December 18.

December 25 December 25: Jazz and blues artists born on December 25th selected by Ron Sweetman.

IN A MELLOW TONE can be heard every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00pm at CKCU-FM 93.1.

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2] Upcoming IMOO Concert

Our twice monthly concert series is held every other Sunday (usually the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month) at7pm at Umi Café (610 Somerset Street W, Ottawa). Admission is always a suggested donation of $5 or pay what you can.

October 6: Dialoog

Yuri Bakker, keys, synth, samples

Michael Powell, drums, percussion, samples

One Dutch magazine describes Dialoog’s dance-floor as intergalactisch. A smeltkroes of hiphop, electro, funk, jazz, and classic. Not to mention the onbereikbare niveaus van grooveheid. No translation required. Astronauts make love to Dialoog.

The universe was kind to place Yuri & Michael on either side of a townhouse wall, growing up in Rotterdam, NL. Trained at Juilliard and Berklee, respectively, it’s remarkable—while highly unlikely—for two virtuosic artists to be paired so.


3] GIGSPACE CONCERTS: Oct. 5, Saturday – Roddy Ellias Duo. 7:30 PM, $20.

Oct. 12, Saturday – Garry Elliott & Steve Boudreau – This is the official launch party for the album “Pre-Dawn Skies”, and for it the band will be augmented by bassist John Geggie and drummer Jeff Asselin. 7:30 PM, $15 click for details

Oct. 18, Friday – Chet Doxas Quartet. Montreal based saxophonist and composer, Chet Doxas is often called upon for his ability to bring his unique voice to a number of different musical settings. Chet leads his own quartet which includes Matt Stevens on guitar, Zack Lober on bass and Eric Doob on drums. 7:30 PM- $20 click for details

Oct. 19, Saturday – Still Swingin’ – Preserving our Jazz Heritage concert series. The first in our new concert series featuring senior Ottawa and Gatineau area jazz musicians who helped shaped the path of Jazz in our city. This concert will have the added bonus of a dialogue with the musicians where they can share musical memories, stories and antidotes. This concert features Glenn Rob on drums, J.P. Allain on piano and Tom Denison on bass. Glenn Rob has an amazing collection of photos from the 1950’s of the bands and visiting musicians at the Standish Hall. Glenn Rob spent many nights watching these musicians as did J.P. Allain who was a busboy there during these years. 7:30 PM - $15 admission and $10 for seniors. (this info will be on our website soon !)

Oct 24, Thursday Jazz Jam - hosted by Tim Bedner and house rhythm section. $5 donation kindly encouraged – 8 for details

Oct. 25, Friday – Guitar Wizardry 3 – Lucas Haneman & Tim Bedner. Together Lucas Haneman and Tim Bedner will explore music using extended-range guitars. 7:30 PM, $15 click for details.