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April 20, 2006

Ottawa Jazz Festival Programs Eclectic Lineup

Written by
cindy mcleod

Jazz Festival Opts For Diverse Music Lineup

The main-stage lineup for this summer’s TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival is as eclectic as any in the event’s 26-year history.

Taking a page out of many other presenter’s books, the jazz festival has booked a diverse range of musicians for it’s annual event in order to reach a wider audience.

During the festival slated for June 22 to July 2, among the headliners to be featured are jazz piano legend McCoy Tyner, Canadian reggae rockers Bedouin Soundclash, British pop-jazz wunderkind Jamie Cullum, gospel-soul acts Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama, funk master Maceo Parker, smooth jazz crooner John Pizarelli, New Orleans traditionalists Preservation Hall Jazz Band, California party band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Latin jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz.

Some performances by headlining musicians were once held outdoors but are now being staged in smaller indoor venues due to noise problems caused by nearby traffic. Pianist Brad Mehldau will perform two evening concerts with his trio (June 27) in the intimate 380-seat auditorium at Library and Archives Canada. The late afternoon Connoisseur Series at Library and Archives Canada will showcase an adventurous lineup, including two of the more enticing concerts featuring young American pianists, the intensively percussive Robert Glasper and world music interpreter Vijay Iyer.

For more information visit www.ottawajazzfestival.com

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