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Four different views of Ottawa jazz at GigSpace MicroFest’s 1st evening The GigSpace Jazz MicroFest opened Friday to full houses and enthusiastic applause throughout. The festival, whose aim is to celebrate jazz in Ottawa, featured two vocal groups and two instrumental groups for its first evening – and not one of them sounded anything like the others. April 2017 Alayne MacGregor OttawaJazzScene.ca

Best bets for the weekend – With room for only 45 people, GigSpace keeps it cosy, with an intimate listening room designed for music lovers. “This place we developed was sort of a dream place you could go and listen without any distractions.” said jazz guitarist Tim Bedner, one of the founders of GigSpace. 2017 Sandra Abma April CBC Ottawa

The Courage 4: different instruments, well-loved standards Pianist and vocalist Martine Courage leads the group, which also includes Rob Frayne on tenor sax and Fender bass, Mike Essoudry on drums – and Laura Nerenberg on violin. They play their own arrangements in an atmospheric, grooving style: not like your typical jazz quartet. “It’s not a pop band, it’s not a jazz band, but it’s somewhere in the middle. But it’s jazzy in the process,” says Frayne. April 2017 Brett Delmage OttawaJazzScene.ca

Modasaurus’ collective creation multiplies the meanings in its music “Our goal is to explore and not be limited to a style or rooted in a style, but expand out and just totally challenge ourselves to find the fusion in things that don’t necessarily typically find themselves getting fused,” McGowan told OttawaJazzScene.ca this week. They’ll demonstrate how that can be done in their show at the GigSpace Jazz MicroFest on Friday, April 28. April 2017 Alayne MacGregor OttawaJazzScene.ca

There’s nothing else like it in Ottawa, and if you love jazz, this is the place you will have to be next weekend. GigSpace is hosting a three-day Jazz MircoFest featuring Ottawa-based jazz musicians on April 28-30, celebrating and showcasing some of our city’s best local talent.” April 2017 BytownSound

April 30 is International Jazz Day, and this year GigSpace Performance Studio decided to mark the occasion by showing the strength of Ottawa’s jazz scene. From April 28 to 30, GigSpace is running a Jazz MicroFest celebrating Ottawa musicians. The MicroFest will feature four to six groups each evening, each playing a 45-minute set. Read all about the wide range of music and musicians in the OttawaJazzScene.ca article. April 2017 Alayne MacGregor OttawaJazzScene.ca

“I’ve never seen musical borders ” Adam Saikaley unveils his jazz trio music Ottawa pianist Adam Saikaley is a musical Renaissance man. Adept at playing hip-hop, reggae, punk, pop, and jazz, he’s also worked as a DJ, and as a classical music producer on CBC Radio. In the jazz sphere, he’s led tributes to his favourite Miles Davis albums, played 60s and 70s jazz with his quartet, and performed free jazz with local improvisers. His newest project is a jazz piano trio with bassist Alex Bilodeau and drummer Michel Delage. But don’t think Oscar Peterson: Saikaley’s music, while definitely melodic, is influenced by avant-garde pianists like Cecil Taylor and Kris Davis. April 2017 Alayne MacGregor  OttawaJazzScene.ca

GigSpace Jazz MicroFest puts the local into International Jazz Day “It’s a community-building effort. It’s raising the profile of the musicians in Ottawa. It’s showing that we do have stellar musicians in our midst, playing at a very high level.” Read more about how this came together:  March 2017 Alyane MacGregor  OttawaJazzScene.ca

April showers Ottawa-Gatineau with jazz For jazz fans, April in Ottawa is bookended by two notable events – the 2017 Juno Awards at the beginning of the month, and the first GigSpace Jazz MicroFest (and International Jazz Day) at the end. But you’ll have plenty to hear in the middle as well. March 2017 OttawaJazzScene.ca