Summer Jazz at the National Gallery of Canada. On the Jazz Fringe returns to complement the Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada - June 27, 2000
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Joyous African music! Swinging cabaret sounds! Sultry rhythm and blues! Funky acid jazz! It's all part of the National Gallery of Canada's annual jazz series, On The Jazz Fringe. Presented as part of the National Gallery's summer music series, Heatwaves, the series complements the 20th anniversary edition of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
For two weekends, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, and Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, the National Gallery's outdoor Amphitheatre will buzz with music that isn't purely jazz, but has all kinds of links to the vibrant music being celebrated everywhere in Ottawa during the ten-day Festival. These concerts take place at 12:30 pm and 2 pm with an additional show on Saturday 15 July at 3:30 pm. Admission is free.>
The theme on Saturday 15 July is global rhythms, as local oud player Mel M'Rabet and his group open the day at 12:30 pm with a set of music from the Mediterranean region. The day concludes with two special sets by Madagascar Slim at 2 pm and again at 3:30 pm. Madagascar Slim's lovely mix of blues and African sounds earned him the 2000 Juno Award for "Best Global Recording."
On Sunday July 16, things swing into high gear with Toronto's Jake and the Blue Midnights pumping out swing jazz and jump up blues. The 2 pm show features Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks from Denton, Texas. Little Jack brings his wacky cast of characters to life in a bizarre cabaret show of stellar music with plenty of swing.
Opening the day on Saturday 22 July at 12:30 pm will be Mercan Dede from Montreal with his group Poundmaker, mixing turntable beats with live musicians performing on digeridoo, percussion and vocals. The sultry r&b sound of Ivana Santilli performs at 2 pm. The former member of Bass Is Base has brought together a smooth group of jazzy cats to bring her passionate music to life.
The series wraps up in a burst of funky acid jazz on Sunday 23 July when Ottawa's Homestyle warms things up at 12:30 pm followed by an encore performance by Toronto's New Deal. The powerhouse trio has worked very hard since its Ottawa debut last summer, winning new fans across Canada and the US for its Myles Davis-influenced electronic jazz sound.
This popular series is once again being recorded by CBC Radio for later broadcast on national programs like Definitely Not the Opera, Radio Sonic and Heartland.
In case of inclement weather concerts may be moved into the Gallery's 400-seat Auditorium. The Heatwaves series concludes on Labour Day weekend with AlternaFest. Details to be announced in July.
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