Ottawa Jazz Orchestra

Canada's symphonic jazz orchestra presents its fourteenth season

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing you highly entertaining

and educational performances

of seminal jazz music

2019-2020 SeasonBecome a Patron

About the Orchestra

The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra (OJO), based in Ottawa and founded in 2006, brings together many of Canada’s finest professional jazz and symphony orchestra musicians under the direction of bassist Adrian Cho. This unique ensemble has garnered kudos from both critics and audiences for its highly entertaining, innovative and educational presentations of seminal jazz-centric music performed by a wide range of ensembles including small chamber jazz groups, repertory orchestras, neophonic orchestras and a full symphonic jazz orchestra. The OJO’s broad repertoire of music includes original compositions; the gamut of jazz and pre-jazz repertory from as far back as 1850; and jazz-influenced neoclassical works. In addition to a full season of concerts at the National Arts Centre, the orchestra frequently performs at the invitation of event organisers including the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa and various festivals.

2019 – 2020 Season @ the National Arts Centre

The OJO’s fourteenth season consists of six diverse programmes featuring ensembles ranging in size from five to seventeen musicians. Through the season we’ll pay tribute to jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Claude Thornhill, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and more.

Our first concert will be a special presentation featuring our resident vocalist, Diane Nalini, and a band of mostly Montreal musicians, to launch Diane’s fifth album.

There are three Thursday programmes with evening performances and three Saturday programmes with both evening and afternoon matinee performances. Tickets for evening performances are $42 per show. Buy the season package for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. The season package is only available from the NAC Box office in person at 1 Elgin St or by calling 613-947-7000 x620. Tickets for matinee performances are $35 per show with no ticket packages available. Scroll down to read more about each programme.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Future Perfect

To kick off its season, the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra presents its resident vocalist, Diane Nalini, in this very special album launch concert.

Jazz singer and songwriter Diane Nalini returns to the Fourth Stage to launch her fifth album, “Future Perfect,” recorded in Montreal last winter with her longtime friends and musical collaborators. Through her original songs and a handful of covers in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, the album explores possible futures through themes of love, hope, nostalgia, and our enduring fascination with technology. Joining her for this concert will be Dany Roy on saxophone, Tim Bedner on guitar, Alec Walkington on double bass, and Camil Bélisle on drums.

Diane Nalini is an award-winning jazz singer whose four previous albums have been critically acclaimed. She has performed at jazz festivals around the world, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. An accomplished songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Diane has written or co-written songs that have been used in major Hollywood releases, indie films, television shows and video games. For the past five years, she has also been the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

Matinee performance: 4:30 PM. Tickets $35. No ticket package available.

Buy tickets to this event online or purchase ticket packages at the NAC Box Office in person or by calling (613) 947-7000 x620.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lessons from Miles

Miles Davis was one of the most important figures in jazz. His unique style of playing and composition, and his ability to bring out greatness in others provide lessons for us all.

In this program of cool and groovy music, featuring a sextet of musicians from the orchestra, we’ll explore the magical music of Miles Davis. The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra’s leader and basssist, Adrian Cho, will draw from his 2010 book, The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility, and talk about how the lessons we learn from Miles can be applied to almost any domain.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

This event is sold out.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Baron and the High Priest

Bassist, Charles Mingus, known, as “the Baron,” and pianist, Thelonious Monk, known as the “High Priest,” were two of the most colourful and innovative figures in jazz. Each was a larger-than-life personality, an innovative composer, and played their respective instrument with a very unique and individual style.

In this program, featuring a septet of musicians from the orchestra, we celebrate Mingus and Monk’s contributions to bebop and beyond. Expect an offbeat, unpredictable, and thoroughly rousing evening of jazz exploration.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

 

This event is sold out.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Greatness from Darkness

The Great Depression was a dark and challenging time that cast a shadow across much of the world during the 1930s. It was during this time that jazz, still very much in its infancy, began to grow up. It became more diverse and sophisticated, and more popular and accepted as it moved from the underground, to the clubs, and eventually to the concert halls.

In this program featuring a fourteen-piece band, we’ll play the great jazz of the Great Depression. With music from the books of Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and many others, we’ll explore how jazz told the tales of the hard times while helping people to lift their spirits and overcome adversity.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

 

This event is sold out.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Swinging in the Magic Kingdom

In this fun and frolicking program for the young and the young at heart, a quintet of musicians from the orchestra will put a jazz spin on some of the most treasured music written for the classic animated movies from the Magic Kingdom. A show for groovy cats, swinging bears, soulful dogs, and all the rest of us.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

Matinee performance: 4:30 PM. Tickets $35. No ticket package available.

Buy tickets to this event online or purchase ticket packages at the NAC Box Office in person or by calling (613) 947-7000 x620.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Big Band Bash

The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra presents a program of fabulous big band music recalling bands led by greats such as Claude Thornhill, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and more. With a seventeen-person band including our resident vocalist, Diane Nalini, we’ll be swinging, singing, and bringing our season to a close.

Diane Nalini is an award-winning jazz singer whose four previous albums have been critically acclaimed. She has performed at jazz festivals around the world, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. An accomplished songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Diane has written or co-written songs that have been used in major Hollywood releases, indie films, television shows and video games. For the past five years, she has also been the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.

Evening performance: 8:30 PM. Tickets $42. Buy the season package and get tickets for all six evening shows for $220 and save $32. Season package only available from the NAC Box Office in person or by calling 613-947-7000 x620.

Matinee performance: 4:30 PM. Tickets $35. No ticket package available.

Buy tickets to this event online or purchase ticket packages at the NAC Box Office in person or by calling (613) 947-7000 x620.

Become a Patron

Help us present our unique programming by becoming a patron of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra for as little as $10 per month. In addition to helping to make our performances possible you’ll receive great benefits including exclusive access to our behind-the-scenes blog, attendance at an OJO rehearsal, special seating alongside OJO musicians in the audience, free concert passes, and more. If you become one of our top patrons we’ll even have a trio perform at your private event!

We have three levels of patronage as follows:

Lady Day – Annual contribution $120. Unlimited patrons. Lady Day patrons access to our behind-the-scenes blog that includes patron-only posts, advance notice when tickets go on sale for the next season, and attendance at an OJO rehearsal (dates to be arranged).

Duke – NOTE: There are currently no spots available for this level of patron. Maximum of three patrons. Annual contribution $300. Benefits include all Lady Day benefits plus seating with an OJO musician (maximum of 2 seats at each concert, seat location at OJO discretion, and seats held up to 15 minutes before performance starts).

Oscar – Annual contribution $1500. Maximum of one patron. Benefits include all Duke and Lady Day benefits plus a trio of musicians from the OJO will play for your special event at a mutually-agreed-upon time in the National Capital region within one year of signing up as an Oscar patron.

To sign up as a patron, use the button below and either pay with your PayPal account or a credit card. If you pay with a credit card, please be sure to include your e-mail address in the payment form so we can contact you!

 

Media

Video

The video clips below include performances from a 2018 tribute to Billy Strayhorn featuring vocalist Diane Nalini, and selections from a 2010 presentation of Duke Ellington‘s Sacred Concerts with special guests Capital Vox and soloists Doreen Taylor Claxton, soprano, Marcus Nance, bass-baritone and Melissa Roy, tap dancer.

Audio

All of these live recordings from past concerts are archival quality and not intended for redistribution. We hope you enjoy listening!

  1. Portrait of Louis Armstrong (New Orleans Suite III) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Rick Rangno (trumpet) 2:59
  2. Fontainebleau Ottawa Jazz Chamber Orchestra 4:53
  3. Avalon Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring David Renaud (clarinet) 3:08
  4. Bluebird of Delhi (Mynah) (Far East Suite II) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring David Renaud (clarinet) 3:10
  5. Isfahan (Far East Suite III) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Sandy Gordon (alto saxophone) 3:52
  6. Amad (Far East Suite VIII) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Moe Wozniak (trombone) 4:22
  7. Springsville (Miles Ahead I) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Lina Allemano (trumpet) 3:21
  8. Blues for Pablo (Miles Ahead VI) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Lina Allemano (trumpet) 5:43
  9. New Rhumba (Miles Ahead VII) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Lina Allemano (trumpet) 4:34
  10. The Meaning of the Blues (Miles Ahead VIII) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Lina Allemano (trumpet) 2:41
  11. Lament (Miles Ahead IX) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Lina Allemano (trumpet) 2:12
  12. Arab Dance Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Sandy Gordon (alto saxophone) and Scott Poll (clarinet) 5:13
  13. Paganini Caprice XXIV Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Laura Nerenberg (violin) 3:26
  14. Tres Corazones (Cuban Fire VII) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra 3:21
  15. Chicago Concerto - Stomp (IV) Ottawa Jazz Orchestra featuring Mike Tremblay (baritone saxophone) 4:49
  16. Burrito Borracho Ottawa Jazz Orchestra 4:00

Contact

Feel free to contact us for any information about season concerts and other performances. Musicians from the orchestra are available to play at private events so feel free to enquire if you’re looking for live jazz for your event.

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