18 May 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 May 2009




The Ottawa Blues Society’s Blues Artist Directory (BAD) – in previous years a print publication – has become an on-line resource. This will allow the OBS to make timely updates to the info, which we hope will benefit musicians as well as those who make use of the BAD to obtain contact info.

The current BAD is online at http://www.ottawabluessociety.com/blues-dir.php Over the next few months, it will be revised to delete any bands/musicians no longer in the Ottawa area; we would also like to add new bands or musicians.

Inclusion criteria:
• resident of the Ottawa area (generally defined as approximately 100 km radius; please contact me if you are unsure whether you meet this criterion)
• music played is generally blues, or blues-related (again, if you are unsure whether you meet this criterion, please contact me)

Information required (all info will be posted to the website):
• Name (band or musician)
• Blues genre
• Contact name (and phone number if you wish)
• Contact email
• Website URL

For further information or to submit your information, please contact me at lizsykes@rogers.com

Liz Sykes
Ottawa Blues Society




The Toronto Blues Society invites Canadian blues acts who have not made a nationally distributed or major label recording to enter the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. Now in its fourteenth year, this event has proved a launching pad for outstanding emerging talent - previous winners include JUNO and Maple Blues Award nominee the Rockin' Highliners, New Artist of the Year nominees Jake and the Blue Midnights, and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards winners, the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, CBC/Galaxie Rising Star David Rotundo, and Maple Blues Award nominees Wickens-Knight. For the 2009 edition, a screening panel will choose six acts, each of whom will perform one live showcase set in the finals.

The winning act will receive a professional development package including a performance at the Southside Shuffle in September, a showcase performance and passes to the Blues Summit V in January 2011, studio time at Euphonic Sound in Toronto, a photo shoot with Bill King, a quarter page ad in the MapleBlues Newsletter, and a Mentoring session with music industry professionals.
The finalists will perform before a panel of judges at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, August 13.

To enter: Send a cassette or CD with three songs (material must have been recorded within the past two years.)
Make sure the recording is clearly labeled, and include a bio (200 words max), photo and contact information, including mailing address and phone number. Enclose entry fee of $15 (cheques payable to the Toronto Blues Society. Please don't send cash), and mail to:
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
910 Queen St. W., Suite B04
Toronto, ON M6J 1G6
Or, you can enter using Sonicbids at http://www.sonicbids.com/2009TorontoBluesSocietyTalentSearch

Deadline for submissions is 5 PM on Friday, June 19th, 2009. All entries become the property of the Toronto Blues Society and will not be returned.
For further information contact the Toronto Blues Society at (416) 538-3885,

e-mail info@torontobluessociety.com





Matt Sobb continues to blog about MonkeyJunk’s Tiger in Your Tank Tour.


(*Thanks to Drew Nelson who coined this term and allowed me to steal it!)




A Cajun Dance Party

Jesse Legé

with Ottawa’s Ball and Chain and Friends

Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 McArthur Road, Vanier

Saturday, May 23; dance lesson 8 pm; dancing 9 pm

Ticketts $14 advance, $16 at the soor

Jesse Legé

· Master accordion player and super vocalist

· A living legend in Cajun music playing the waltzes and two-steps of French Louisiana

· The real stuff, straight and undiluted from the dancehalls of Acadiana

· Member of the Cajun Music Hall of Fame

· Honoured by the Cajun French Music Association

· Accordion Player of the Year

· Male Vocalist of the Year

· Band of the Year

· Song of the Year – for ‘Memoires Dans Mon Coeur’

Advance tickets at:

  • Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St. (613-730-2887)
  • Compact Music, 190 Bank St. (613-233-7626) & 785A Bank St (613-233-8922).

Presented by: The Ottawa Cajun-Zydeco Network & The Ottawa Folk Festival



Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 23 @ 10 pm

Blues, jazz, funky R&B and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings; as a song writer he has been covered by Prairie Oyster on their hit album ‘Everyone Knows’ ; and as a singer he once sang a duet with kd lang. (Alright... it was a Budweiser commercial...) He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner, 2003 Juno winner and 2008 Juno nominee. Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, jazz infused electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and eclectic song writer of the first order.



Out of the Blues

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, May 24 @ 9:30 pm

Montreal blues-rockers Out of the Blues make their first appearance in Ottawa.





Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

The Chelsea Pub, 238 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC

Thursday, May 21, 7-10 pm

Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman are bringing their duo act to the Chelsea Pub where they’ll perform some of their favourite jazz and blues selections and, of course, their own originals. The Chelsea Pub is situated at the foot of the Gatineau Hills, 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Take a left from exit 12 off Route 5 N. It was a full house last time so make your reservations early!



Blues Open Stage

Branch Restaurant, 15 Clothier St E, Kemptville ON

Sunday, May 24, 3-6 pm

George Buys is hosting a Blues open stage at the Branch restaurant in Kemptville ON Sundday May 24, from 3-6 pm. All are welcome!




Meet the Spiritual Father of the Québec Blues

The 9th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

The Stephen Barry Band

Addiction, 117 Promenade Du Portage in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, May 20

Just think of their almost 40 years of stage expertise, or of their 9 albums, or of the trivial details that they know of, like Bo Diddley’s frequent flatulences while on stage at the legendary Rising Sun, in Montreal, or Big Mama Thornton’s famous ‘Tough Milk’ (gin with milk), and you’ll understand right away that our next guests at Virée Blues Boréale are of a higher grade of Quebec’s Bluesmen! On stage, impeccably sounding instruments, four experienced musicians, solid jazzy blues and lots of white hair! It’s the Stephen Barry Band, on the road for over thirty-four years now and so much performing: the result is astonishing with precision and charming with finesse.

The Stephen Barry Band, a Blues group quite influential in Canada, has been active since 1975. The group leader, Stephen Barry is a singer and an outstanding bass player who built up a major stage expertise nationally as well as internationally during those last thirty-four years. Along the way, the quality and virtuosity of those musicians led them to accompany top Blues personalities who were performing in the province. So, The Stephen Barry Band performed with John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton and, more recently with Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Johnnie Johnson, Susie Arioli and the highly respected Oliver Jones. The group also accompanied the legendary Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls on his CD “In the Evening” and in performance.

The Stephen Barry Band was awarded the Best Canadian Blues Group title at the ‘1996 Jazz Report Awards’, and on the same occasion, “Happy Man” was awarded the Best Recording title. Stephen Barry was also honoured by the 2004 Lys Blues Awards with an Homage for his whole career which amounted to 32 years at the time.

In performance, you will like his distinguished and friendly style as well as his professionalism. In short, for any Blues Fan, The Stephen Barry Band is an absolute must. The microphone’s rotation brings much variety to the show; from Stephen Barry’s deep and rich voice, typical of the Blues, we get to the drummer, Gordon Adamson’s husky sounding, with rock and swing accents and finally to the guitarist, Andrew Cowan, his voice with folk and country sound. Jody Golick is the voiceless part of the group but he’s sure to still get heard through the sounds of his three saxophones which will sure impress and please the most demanding. The merging of those various styles amounts to a very interesting performance.

The Stephen Barry Band presents an impressive show, a smooth-running performance that Blues fans as well as those who would like to be introduced to the Blues must attend.





The FunKtion

Tucson`s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, May 23 @ 9:15 pm

Ottawa's Premiere Motown, Funk and Soul Big Band, pays tribute to the great entertainers and musicians, of the early Motown, Funk and Soul era. Once you hear the smooth, soulful vocals, big horn sound & hypnotizing rhythms of this 13 piece band, you'll be up dancing.





Ottawa Jazz Musicians’ Co-op Steering Group

Bank Hotel, 18 Eddy Street, Hull

Saturday, May 30 @ 1 pm

The sixth meeting of the Ottawa Jazz Musicians' Co-op steering group will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 1 pm, at the Bank Hotel in Hull,18 Eddy Street in Hull, near Promenade du Portage. The subject of the meeting is the feasibility study, for which we seek your input and questions.

All local jazz musicians are welcome.

Michel Martin






Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

The Stellar Cast Blues Jam is a bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irene’s Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike. The Stellar Cast features Mike Ktenas (bass) and Corky Kealey (drums) as the foundation, and is filled out by a host of great local players who rotate according to availability. Each week the cast is topped up with a guest host who steers the song selections in whatever way they're inspired and the jamming begins. It's a great concept and the proof is in the popularity the night has garnered over the years.

Guest hosts this month:

May 21 – Victor Nesrallah
May 28 – Murray Kinsley & Rod Williams


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

Bands & dates to be confirmed; check out their new website



Open Blues/Rock jam

Le Petit Chicago in Hull Centre-Town, 50 Portage Street

Sundays, 8-11 pm, starting March 29

We provide drums and amps, just bring your instrument. One musician at a time can play, with the band for improvisation, or as a standalone, for 15/20 minutes. You can register your name on a list at the door, choosing at what time you'd like to play. We suggest that you know how to communicate in terms of chords and rhythms, to make the improvisation easier and more convenient for the other musicians. You're more than welcome to come and play with us, and bring your friends! Le Petit Chicago is a very nice bar and we hope to see a lot of people. Spread the word!


Jesse Greene Band

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Every Sunday night, 9 pm

Jesse Greene and band perform live at Irene's every Sunday night. Blues/jazz originals rock, funk, folk, R&B, don't miss out! This is a kick-ass band. Jesse is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Bluesfest performances, and shows with her other two bands Jokko and Frank and Jesse James have really started to turn heads and win hearts. But this is by far the best yet!
Drums - Jason Cote; Guitar- Luke Donovan and Jesse Greene; Harp Marc Seguin; Bass - Dan Grewal.





Honky Tonk Saturday Night

With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

First Saturday each month @ 9 pm; $6 at the door

Honky Tonk Saturday Night is a monthly event happening the first Saturday of every month.



Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Last Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by River City Junction, the jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided, you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).



Blues Jam

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135 1/2 Besserer Street

First Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’.

If you want to play, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.

Contact Jason jason@rivercityjunction.com




Roots and Blues at Beaus

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON
1st Tuesday of every month, 7-10 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie is on hiatus from Blues on Tues, but has decided to share the gig with his friends. He has always wanted to style a juke and this is pretty close. Every time we play at Beau’s it gets a little better. Steve Beauchesne our host has added xmas tree lighting - much more intimate!


Drum Church

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Every Sunday Starting April 4th, 10 am to noon; $5

DRUM CHURCH: Because Terry Gillespie loves music and thinks everyone should be in a band.
Drum Church has rules: No Songs and No solos!

Bring any instrument you want; electric or acoustic guitar, drums, broom stick, spoons, whatever.




The Glengarry Music Festival takes place in 2BEANS IN A BARN, a typical country barn that has been transformed into a unique 90 seat performance Room. The performance schedule consists of 4 evening performances with an exquisite dinner in the barn and 4 luncheon performances alfresco in the sunshine. We are half way between Montreal and Ottawa. Lots of free parking and accommodations close by.



A special pre-CD-launch performance of “He Said - She Said”
Across a thousand miles, their letters became songs.
MENU 1. Paella 2. Saltimbocca 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Latest News: Lynne will be in Kerrville, Texas as a 2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist on May 23-24. She will be spending the Canadian Victoria Day weekend in Mansfield, MA for the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Competition where she is also a songwriting finalist. This adds to the growing number of awards she has received in the last two years. Go Lynne! See you in Alexandria in June.
MENU 1. Crispy Fried Chicken 2. BBQ short Ribs 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Nelson Mandela's favorite singer. For Klaasen, her inspiration and strength comes from her being a member of the oppressed who resisted police harassment and violence in the streets of Sophiatown ­ experiences she evokes hauntingly in her singing. It was this strength and inspiration which infused Thandi Klaasen's performances as an artist, and which had led photographer Paul Indigo to describe her as 'the very embodiment of the passion of an artist'. Klaasen has received numerous awards garnered over more than 50 years of superlative performance. This may be Thandie's last trip abroad. We are privileged to host her at the Glengarry Music Festival.
MENU 1. Coq au Vin 2. Roast Pork Italiano 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



To usher in the Highland Games The sweetheart of Glengarry. Ashley plays traditional Scottish fiddle music with a flair. She performed with the four-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band as their fiddler on their cross Canada tour. Her career has just begun and is going far!
MENU 1. Corned Beef Brisket 2. Scottish Salmon 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



The range of her voice appears to have no limit, and her penchant for changes of rhythm and atmosphere is fascinating. The merging of two musical universes and two generations of artists, Karen Young and Éric Auclair reinvent the classic bass / voice duo and offer their personal vision of electrojazz. Felix award for Ame, Corps et Desir, best classic vocal album in 2008. Prix Hommage (career award), for the remarkable quality of her work and her contribution to Quebec's culture.
MENU 1. Onion-Braised Beef Brisket 2. Chicken Kiev 3. vegetarian meal available upon request




Having driven every road, North, South, East, and West in the province of Quebec, Stephen, Andrew, and the band have also toured Brazil, France and the USA. Stephen Barry was named Best Blues Bassist in 2002 at Toronto's Maple Blues Awards and received the « Lys Blues Hommage » in 2004. His band also won Best Blues Group in Canada from The Jazz Report in 1996. Stephen and Andrew are no strangers to Alexandria, having played at The Atlantic numerous times with Terry Gillespie as members of The Granary Band.
MENU 1. Chicken Marsala 2. Santa Fe Pork 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Bonneville is a distinctive artist, a man who cooks up a deep groove, blending a unique percussive electric guitar style, and weathered voice into provoking songs that can be believed. Honing his craft for the last 30 years, Bonneville's gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention. In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award for his third album “Gust of Wind”. His fourth release, “Rough Luck”, was also nominated for the coveted award
MENU 1. Roasted Lemon Chicken 2. Cider-Baked Ham 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Johnny is a soulful singer whose respect, and passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. 2008 Juno Award Nomination Blues Album of the year - “A Lesson I've Learned”; 3 Maple Blues Award Nominations for the Johnny Max
Band!!! 2007 Recording of the Year - “A Lesson I've Learned”; 2007 Songwriter of the Year - Martin Alex Aucoin & Johnny Max; 2007 Electric Act of the Year - Johnny Max.
MENU 1. Barbecued Pork 2. Chicken Piccata 3. vegetarian meal available upon request

Tickets now on Sale ­only seats 90 in an up-close and intimate setting – think Hugh's Room, Le Hibou, House-party!
Some of our best Canadian talent and favourite international guests.


Producer and Publicist, Kathy Gillespie ­ kathy@teka.ca
You can get info or purchase tickets directly from Kathy using mastercard or visa at: Festival hot-line: 613-678-5862 or on-line (see below).
Artistic Director, Terry Gillespie - terry@terrygillespie.ca
Chef, Kasey Rogers, 2Beans Café - kasey_rogers@yahoo.com
Menu & Venue queries should be directed to Kasey: 613-525-1466
Director of Operations, Paul Gamache - gamachepl@yahoo.com
Director of Communications & Sponsorship, Barbara Dragone ­dragones@sympatico.ca
Please call Barbara, 613-525-414, if you wish to be a sponsor for the Glengarry Music Festival. Any assistance would be appreciated to help us maintain recession-busting prices.

http://www.glengarrymusicfestival.com Tickets and info available here
http://www.terrygillespie.ca Tickets and info available here
http://www.2beanscafe.com Chef¹s Café
http://www.glengarrymusicfestival.com Artist info, menu descriptions, map, etc.




Bluesfest is proud to present

The 6th Annual Golf tournament

In support of the Blues in the Schools program

The Meadows Golf and Country Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road

Thursday, June 11th 2009; 12:30 pm Shotgun start

Price is $125.00 per person and includes:

2 free any day passes to Bluesfest (july 9-19 2009)

18 holes with power cart

Roasted ½ chicken dinner

Live entertainment

There will also be challenge prizes, door prizes and silent auction

Information, call Dave @ 290-4840 or Jeff @ 673-2847

All net proceeds donated to Blues in the Schools charity


Ottawa International Jazz Festival schedule





Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

3rd Saturday of each month, 9 pm – midnight; $3 at the door

This month – Saturday, May 23

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.
Come out and see Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston's best bands) and a special guest each month. Then watch and dance as Mojo Shooter and some of Kingston's best musicians get together and jam the night away.


Jerome Godboo

KBS 3rd Anniversary Show

Opening – Big Mo and the Blues Mission

Confederation Place Hotel

Saturday, June 13; tickets $20 advance KBS members; $25 door & non-members

Anyone who has seen Jerome live has the image seared in their mind. There's the machismo and the mischievous grin, the low-slung leather belt of harmonicas, and there's a tenderness and vulnerability as well. Based purely on first impressions, it's easy to make comparisons to Jagger and Morrison, but Jerome imitates no one. If the respect of his peers is anything to go by, Jerome Godboo is a giant on the music scene in Canada. All in all, it's a potent mix, one that combines the still vibrant musical legacy of more than a century of the blues with a passion and urgency that constantly renews itself.

Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player extraordinaire. He has released twelve albums over twenty years. He's recorded and toured and played with Prince, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, the Tragically Hip, Levon Helm, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, Jimmy Bowskill and Suzie McNeil and many more. Jerome has performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., France, Finland, Portugal, Ukraine, Israel and beyond.

Jerome's current band includes Pat Rush on guitar, Alec Fraser on bass and Al Cross on drums.



Regular events

Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night @ 9 pm

Agent Blue

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

First Saturday of each month; early start 8 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





The 2nd Annual Singin' the Blues for Ethel

Bourbon Street West, 1866 boul. des Source, Dorval QC

Sunday, May 31 @ 7 pm; $15 in advance or $20 at the door

Bourbon Street West is proud to present the second annual benefit concert in support of the thel Bruneau Dance School. For the second year, a host of musicians and dancers come together raising funds for the legendary Ethel Bruneau, aiding her on her quest to provide children with a means to realize their dreams.

Born in Harlem, Ethel Mae Waterman Bruneau arrived in Montreal in 1953 with the Cab Calloway Orchestra. What was supposed to be a three week engagement turned into over 50 years of teaching the art of 'hoofin'. Along the way she has amassed quite a few awards and acknowledgements for doing what she loves to do, the most recent being the 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award'. As much as she has received, she has given out far more. A recent example took place at the Montreal Tap Dance Society Awards, where she handed out 40 student scholarships. This money will help students, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, start on a path towards following their dreams.

This year’s show will include the harder edge sounds of the band 'Trouble Is', an acoustic set from bluesy trio '22nd Avenue' as well the thrilling, soulful voice of Carolyn-Fe supporting her latest release. Dance performances will showcase the dazzling 'Dance Trance' with a special performance by one of Ethel's protégés Justin Jackson (as seen on Canada's "So You Think You Can Dance").

The evening will end with a not-to-be-missed musical performance by the legend herself, Montreal's own Queen of Tap, Ethel Bruneau, with special guest on guitar, her son JP Bruneau.


Ken Gaucher 514-436-7104 ken.gaucher@gmail.com

Karen Abrams 514-919-1866




These great Dinner & Show fundraiser nights, featuring some of Canada's best blues artists in the intimate friendly setting of The Cove Inn, Westport continue to attract full houses - many coming from out of town and staying overnight at the Inn or nearby B&Bs along with over 50% at each Show who are multiple time attendees. Treat yourself to a wonderful night of dinner, blues and dancing for only $55. You can spend that much on a dinner alone at many restaurants. Rooms are in the $100 to $130 range based on double occupancy, accommodation and breakfast for two included! Great value during these recessionary times.

Check out the Line-up for the rest of this season, pick your favourite and CALL THE COVE ASAP at (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN before all the seats are gone. As of this date there are still tickets available for all Shows.

Remaining 2008/09 Season Schedule


Montreal based Stephen Barry and his band have been playing their great style of blues for so long he is known as "the father of Quebec blues". For years Michael Jerome Browne was a key member of the band as the lead singer playing guitarist, mandolin and fiddle before he branched out to a very successful solo career as an acoustic roots/blues artist. Either one of them is worth the price of admission. What a special treat to have them reunited and playing together for these two Shows.

Proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship & Westport Library

DINNER & SHOW $55 (includes taxes & donation to charity)

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30

Advance reservations required

CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

Artists may change - check the web site or call The Cove for updates.

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information

See you at The Cove!




On CKCU-FM 93.1

The Mighty 93.1


Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm

Black and Blues

with John Tackaberry

The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.


Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

with Ron Sweetman

Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2008. Each program features an artist, group, instrument, event, city or record label. Check out Ron’s website www.inamellowtone.com for info on upcoming shows and playlists (current show is posted several days in advance and past shows are archived). Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com

This week, May 20 – Chris McGregor Discoveries: Two previously unreleased Chris McGregor sessions have been discovered and have recently appeared on CD. They are “Our Prayer” by the Chris McGregor Trio [Chris, Barre Phillips & Louis Moholo] from 1968/69 and “Up To Earth” by the Chris McGregor Septet [Chris, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, John Surman and Danny Thompson] from 1968.

Next week, May 27 – Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian: On May 30 the jazz world will celebrate the 100th birthday of clarinetist, composer and band-leader Benny Goodman. In this centennial tribute we’ll concentrate on the recordings he made between 1939 and 1941 while guitar pioneer Charlie Christian was in his band.


On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 10 pm – midnight

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years. His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands. On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters has been hosting this blues only radio show for the last 2+ years. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley (except downtown Ottawa).




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (2008) – This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features musician Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7 pm – The Jackie Washington Story (2005)
Documentary examining the fascinating life, rich musical history and passionate spirit of the Canadian jazz/swing/blues/folk singer, guitarist and storyteller. This grandson of slaves has an impressive repertoire of 1300 songs.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 10:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:30 am & 5:30 pm

Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)
Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutchy Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.

Friday, May 22 @ 9 am

Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau: In Their Own (2005)
Documentary examining the lives of the acclaimed folk singer and her blues-guitarist husband on British Columbia's scenic and tranquil Pender Island, through engaging interviews and performances.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (2007) – This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features performer Ruthie Foster.




Wednesdays: Dr Dave Revue @ the Rainbow, 5-8 pm

Wednesdays: Brian Downey @ The Avant-Garde Bar, 8:30 pm

Wednesdays: Acoustic music with Jeff Rogers @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Wednesdays: Open Jam @ the New Bayou, 9 pm

Thursdays: Acoustic blues with Al Tambay & friends @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Thursdays: Mike Ktenas hosts the Blues Jam @ Irene’s, 9 pm to closing

Sunday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sundays: Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9 pm




Friday, May 29

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 30

The Liquid Edge & the Lee Bowie Band @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm



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