The Sweet Sounds of the Merrickville’s Jazz Fest

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Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual edition of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest (MJF), taking place in venues around Merrickville from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, October 20, 2019. We are excited to showcase a terrific lineup of 16 excellent performances again this year. With a great selection of subgenres, featuring up and coming young artists, and outstanding seasoned performers from Toronto, Montreal, and the Ottawa-Gatineau region, we’re sure you will find there is something for everyone.

Our Grand Opening will feature the Nicole Ratté Jazz Quintet performing a tribute to one of her favourite composers, Michel Legrande. Opening night celebrates our sponsors, and admission is free for those who hold passes or tickets to individual concerts.

Friday opens with Eagles / Bova / Wittet; a trio of long- time colleagues and musical collaborators showcasing the compositions of Wayne Eagles. Ottawa bassist, Normand Glaude, will present “Toots’ Suite”, a tribute to Toots Thielemans; and the versatile jazz quintet Jazzmin T, with their unique blend of traditional standards and contemporary Jazz-funk compositions will feature in the restaurant performances. Peter Hum’s Ordinary Heroes, his most recent recording, will be launched at MJF on Friday night.

The memorable melodies, relentless grooves, and infectious energy of Zing opens the Saturday performances, followed by Juno nominee Petr Cancura, blending roots music and jazz to create a new authentic sound. With a voice described as ‘beautiful, rich, sultry and provocative’, Toronto native, Linda Carone and the powerful, modern and progressive sound of PreDestined will feature in the restaurant performances.

“As sophisticated as Cole Porter, as sly as Blossom Dearie.” JazzTimes describes Steven Taetz, who is sure to delight on Saturday night, performing music from his recent album “Drink You In”, and previewing new material from his upcoming album.

Sunday begins with an uplifting Jazz Worship featuring Peter Liu and the Pollcats: Resilience. This is a non-ticketed, ecumenical event. Sixteen-year-old, Matthew O’Halloran’s Quartet takes us into Sunday afternoon, followed by the Ferguson – Tremblay Quartet performing original music from their new recording “Appleface”. Exuding a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety, singer, songwriter Simone Morris and the modern and electronic jazz of Montreal based LEAF will feature in the restaurants.

For our Closing Event, we are proud to present Juno Nominee, Heather Bambrick. As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, with performances described as “what happened when Carol Burnett meets Ella Fitzgerald at a Newfoundland kitchen party”, you’re sure to enjoy this outstanding show, delivered with warmth, wit and pure Newfoundland charm!

This year Merrickville’s Jazz Fest will once again offer concurrent shows at the Baldachin Inn and The Goose & Gridiron restaurants. Two fantastic, albeit different, style artists are booked for the three evenings; with a 90-minute performance, providing for more time to relax and enjoy the show and a meal. When you purchase your tickets and passes this year, you will be offered a choice of a restaurant event. With limited seating available at both venues, we encourage you to make your selection early.

MJF is made possible by generous sponsors, whom we gratefully acknowledge. The full list can be found on our website. Our platinum sponsors are: The Baldachin Inn, The Blue Pearl Foundation, Joseph’s Estate Winery, Inc., and the Hinton Group. Our gold sponsors are: A Touch of Whimsy, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Justin Rice Insurance, Merrickville United Arts Centre, and The Goose & Gridiron Restaurant and Pub. We also acknowledge funding from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford.

Merrickville is an ideal village for a weekend getaway full of jazz. Visit historical venues, artist boutiques, sample gourmet cuisine, and enjoy comfortable accommodations, all within a few minutes’ walk from every concert location. For more information on program, the artists, venues, and online ticket sales, please visit our website at merrickvillesjazzfest.com, or find us on Facebook.

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