The magic of Miles Davis

Happy New Year! I can’t tell you how excited I am to share to music of Miles Davis with you this coming Thursday. We’ll be taking this a step further by not only delving into the music but also the lessons that we can learn from the music and the way in which Miles...

Launching “Future Perfect”

They say time flies when you’re having fun. It must be true, because I can’t believe that this will be my seventh year as resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. I love performing with the OJO and I’ve been so grateful to the orchestra for...

The thinking behind our new season

In this, our fourteenth season, we are doing some things differently. For one thing, we’ve started the season quite later. This is also the first time we’re trying matinees and I’m excited about that as it will present the opportunity for people to attend some of the...

Getting ready to “Straighten Up And Fly Right”

As a child, I grew up listening and singing along to Ella, Billie, Sarah, Carmen, Blossom, Frank, Louis and many more, including the incomparable Nat King Cole. But it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I began to listen to his “King Cole Trio” albums in a really...

Why I became part of OJO’s team

I’m Cathy and I help Ottawa Jazz Orchestra with the financial and administrative responsibilities. I’m also a musician: a classically trained clarinetist that loves playing baritone saxophone, too. I play all the clarinets and all the saxophones…even the monstrous...

How the OJO goes beyond the jazz mainstream

Recently at a pre-show chat for our December concert, Bird in the Reeds, someone asked me where the ideas for OJO programming come from. One of the things I’ve always felt strongly about is the need to present variety and to introduce music to people that they...