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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017: Single Day Ticket (Includes all concerts in Confederation Park & the Tartan Homes Stage) - Mon Jun 26 2017 at 5:30 pm
· Jun · 26 Mon at Main Stage Laurier Avenue across from Confederation Park Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
Park Gates at 5:30 pm
Tickets: $52.00 Incl HST & Fees Ticket prices increase by $3 day of show.

General Admission / All Ages Welcome / No Refunds or Exchanges / Rain or Shine

"To Ray, With Love" Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes "To Ray, With Love" Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes
"To Ray, With Love" Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes

During his 60-year-career, showman, singer, songwriter, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Ray Charles brought gospel fervor to secular music, igniting R&B, rock ’n’ roll, country music and many flavours of jazz. Alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Maceo Parker was introduced to Charles via records in 1959, and five years later joined James Brown, Charles’ ostensible successor, in the J.B.’s, with whom Maceo gained fame. In the ‘70s, he became one of the Horny Horns in George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic troupe, which led him to tour under his own name and with artists including Prince. Always taking a gutsy approach to down home material, Maceo in 2010 circled back to his first love, recording Ray Charles’ hits on Roots and Grooves with the WDR Big Band Cologne. Since last August he’s gone live with the project, starring with the singing Raelettes in an Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles.

Davina & The Vagabonds Davina & The Vagabonds
Davina & The Vagabonds

Minnesota's Twin Cities may be best known for the guitar-centric funk of Prince, but Davina & the Vagabonds are a horn-based unit that brings the sound of New Orleans north on Highway 61 and deposits on the Midwest plains. Led by saucy vocalist Davina Sowers, the band has released a trio of albums filled with Crescent City-inflected blues, jazz, R&B and gospel. Sowers and others have described the group's sound as undefinable, and while audiences can identify references to singers as diverse as Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse, Sowers is definitely her own singer—perhaps the most expressively vampy blues singer since the early years of Maria Mauldar's career. While the band continues to be based in Minnesota, it is constantly on the road, landing in Ottawa after swinging through the UK and Europe.

Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen : Dream Cassette Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen : Dream Cassette
Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen : Dream Cassette Artists can find inspiration in any number of sources, positive and negative. For Montreal-based saxophonist Joel Miller, it was the tragic death of his 14-year-old nephew, Isaac, that prompted him to want to create a tribute to the freedom and obsession of skateboarding. Working with vocalist Sienna Dahlen, a fellow faculty member at McGill University, Miller used the pop music of the 1980s as a cultural touchpoint to his own years of skateboarding in his native New Brunswick. Mixing rock beats with contemporary improvisation, the music of Dream Cassette is a powerful meditation on the promise and boundary-free possibility of youth—as Miller terms it, “kind of a search for wholeness.” Born in Nelson, B.C., Dahlen is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a vocalist who has released six albums of folk-inflected jazz. In 2014, Dahlen won a JUNO Award along with one-time Ottawa guitarist Mike Rud for their album Notes on Montreal.
Robert Glasper Experiment Robert Glasper Experiment
Robert Glasper Experiment Pianist Robert Glasper is in the forefront of mixing jazz, hip-hop and the rest of today’s popular idiomatic sounds. Winner of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album with Black Radio (2012), Glasper decided when he was a child performing in churches of his native Houston, Texas that his mission was to wed jazz harmonies to the gospel sound. His recordings from the mid 2000s were straightahead until he caught the neo-soul wave, collaborating with singers and rappers such as Bilal, Mos Def, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Erykah Badu. He’s come to balance his own pieces with covers of established jazz compositions and instrumentals of rock themes by Nirvana, Radiohead and Soundgarden. Today he runs a conventional piano trio and an electronically bristling Robert Glasper Experiment featuring saxophonist and vocodorist Casey Benjamin. In 2015 Glasper was music director of the bio-pic Miles Ahead about another defier of genres: Miles Davis.

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