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Saxophonist Petr Cancura is the programming director of this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival
Saxophonist Petr Cancura is the programming director of this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival

Preview: Ottawa Jazz Festival

This time of year there's no shortage of live jazz in this area. Recently, we've told you about jazz festivals in Burlington and Kingston, and another festival that continues to grow each year is the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival. This year it runs from June 21st to July 1st, and last week Joel Hurd spoke with the festival's Programming Manager, Petr Cancura.  Go to full article
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon.  One of the works in this exhibit.
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon. One of the works in this exhibit.

Remington Museum showcases members' art in juried exhibit

Not surprisingly, many members of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg are also artists themselves. And each year they have an opportunity to have their work displayed in the museum, and judged by one of their peers. Joel Hurd recently talked with museum curator Laura Foster about the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit.  Go to full article

Kingston Jazz Fest features wonderfully diverse lineup

This year's Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival in Kingston, Ontario features The Anat Cohen Quartet, Sophie Milman, The Jerry Granelli Trio, Tanya Tagaq, Homburger/Guy/Niggli, and the Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet. Brian McCurdy, the Cultural Director for the city of Kingston, talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Ten days of jazz in Burlington

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival returns for ten days beginning Friday, June 1, at a variety of venues throughout the city. The festival's Managing Director, Brian Mital, talked about this year's highlights with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert.  John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert. John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.

Guitar maker Tracy Cox embraces traditional techniques to make modern instruments

While reporting on traditional work the last couple of weeks, we learned about a North Country craftsman who builds stringed instruments and applies inlay to them in a way that is the same as it has been done for generations. It wasn't long before Joel Hurd, a guitar enthusiast himself, was on his way to Parishville to meet Tracy Cox.  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Singer Melissa Stylianou's new CD is a compelling mix of standards, originals, and re-worked pop tunes

Melissa Stylianou has roots in Toronto and London, Ontario, but for the last six years has been a busy singer and educator in New York City. Her fourth CD, Silent Movie, has just been released on Anzic Records, and she talked about the CD, her early years as an aspiring actress in Toronto, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Crane graduate trumpeter Christopher Still returns home to perform

It's been 19 years since trumpeter Christopher Still graduated from the Crane School of Music of SUNY Potsdam. Since then he has traveled the world as both a performer and educator. And for the last five years he has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But this week he's back in the North Country to work with students at his alma mater, and perform Copland's "Quiet City" with the Orchestra of Northern New York on Saturday evening. He spoke with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Carl Bartlett, Jr.
Carl Bartlett, Jr.

A strong debut for alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr's debut CD, Hopeful, features six original tunes and a guest appearance by the trumpeter who turned him on to jazz more than 15 years ago: his uncle Charles. He talked about the CD, his musical vision, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Drummer Jack DeJohnette's Sound Travels features nice melodies and strong grooves

Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in the world. This year he celebrates his 70th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest CD is "Sound Travels" on E-One Records. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
The SFJAZZ Collective
The SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective to make three stops in the region

Jazz supergroup The SFJAZZ Collective will be playing three shows in the area this weekend. March 2nd at The Flynn Theatre in Burlington, March 3rd at Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam, and March 4th at The Egg in Albany. The concerts will feature music of Stevie Wonder along with original compositions from the band members. The group's trombonist Robin Eubanks talked with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article

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