CBC’s All in a Day served yesterday as a springboard for the exciting announcement of the 2016 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup. A long list of international and Canadian musicians will come down on the capital like a hammer this summer, and this year’s Jazz Fest won’t overlap with Ottawa Explosion Weekend and only a little with the Fringe Festival. That means listeners with the most eclectic taste (and bottomless budget) won’t miss a single thing.
The selection of talent is, as usual, much broader than just jazz. Folk, pop, Americana and even some noise will be heard throughout Confederation Park and beyond from June 22 to July 3.
Right off the bat there are some names that will turn boomers into zoomers as they go for early bird passes (available until March 31). Sarah McLachlan and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well as Brian Wilson on a 50th anniversary tour of The Beach Boys’s studio album Pet Sounds.
Jazz fusion wouldn’t be what it is today without Chick Corea. He’ll also be popping in with his veteran trio members Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Mr. Blade was at the Winter Jazz Fest, so he must have really missed Ottawa.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are always a good time, not to mention The Boxcar Boys and Ben Caplan. Seeing Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire play together will be a special treat, especially since Neufeld recently released a new solo album late February and both here and Stetson are long-time collaborators.
Kamasi Washington. His name deserves its own sentence. This saxophonist band leader is best known for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly but also for his collaboration with incredible bassist Thundercat and his three-hour 2015 LP The Epic.
Michael Franti and Spearhead, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Boxcar Boys, Miguel de Armas Quartet, Ben Caplan, Dan Brubeck Quartet, jeez… And there’s Banda de los Muertos, a Mexican brass band from Brooklyn. Need we say more?