40th Ottawa Jazz Festival oozes talent and big names

Ottawa Jazz Festival headliners

Blue Rodeo, Emmylou Harris, Jazz at Lincoln Center w/ Wynton Marsalis, and hundreds more will take to the stages of Ottawa June 24 – July 3, 2022

OTTAWA, June 24, 2022 – It has been a very long wait, three year’s in fact since Ottawa’s last jazz festival and five since it was held in Confederation Park, but the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is back in a big way from June 24 – July 3, 2022. This year marks the poplar music festival’s 40th edition and literally hundreds of artists will be gracing Ottawa stages!

“This year’s festival is about discovery, built on the spirit of jazz and innovation,” explains Programming Manager Petr Cancura.

So who’s headlining at this year’s Ottawa Jazz Festival?

From virtuosic innovators, iconoclasts, and rising stars to outstanding double bills with back-to-back performances on the TD Main Stage, there are several fascinating discoveries to be made with a Gold, Bronze, Youth, Platinum or Day Pass.

Grammy-nominated funky guitarist Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck, above) is followed by the celebrated and iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (June 29).

The who’s who of innovators and iconoclasts will take to the TD Main Stage with performances by Bluegrass phenoms Punch Brothers (on opening night June 24); the celebrated classical, traditional pop, Latin and jazz group Pink Martini featuring China Forbes (July 2); and eminent American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington (July 3).

The TD Main Stage is full of back-to-back double shows, like: Canada’s renowned jazz vocalist Holly Cole and the ethereal and spiritual saxophonist Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland (June 25).

Famed American spiritual gospel singers Blind Boys of Alabama and Canadian country rock band legends Blue Rodeo (June 26).

Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys are two legendary American singers and songwriters performing on Tuesday (June 28).

Lucinda Williams followed by Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys are two legendary American singers and songwriters performing on Tuesday (June 28).

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (June 29)

Grammy-nominated funky guitarist Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck) is followed by the celebrated and iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (June 29).

Buddy Guy has cancelled

Virtuosic prodigy, singer-songwriter, pianist, organist, record producer and former member of Snarky Puppy Cory Henry was to be followed by blues legend Buddy Guy (June 30), who has influenced scores of guitarists such as Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, to name a few. But it has just been announced that the blues icon has had to cancel due to illness. The statement reads: “Due to a recent medical condition and upon the direction of his medical professionals, Buddy Guy is unable to leave the country for the foreseeable future out of concerns for his health and as a result of this, he must cancel this performance. Buddy wishes his Canadian fans the very best and looks forward to performing for them again soon.” – Buddy Guy Management.

What else is happening at the Ottawa Jazz Festival 2022

Besides returning to Confederation Park for the 2022 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, from June 24 – July 3, the high-octane and ever popular OLG Stage is back greater than ever at Marion Dewar Plaza, situated in front of Ottawa City Hall.

For the price of a Gold, Bronze, Youth, Platinum or Day Pass; holders have the occasion to view 4 shows per day going back and forth between the TD Main Stage (located at Confederation Park) and the OLG Stage.

The urbane and slick 7:30pm Series features artists such as, Juno-nominated trumpet player Tara Kannangara (July 2), Niger’s Tuareg female folk musicians Les Filles de Illighadad (June 29) and Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu (July 3).

For those who prefer late night, the intrepid and provocative OLG After Dark Series at 10:30pm gives everyone the chance to let loose, dance and revel in live performances of the highest artistic calibre. Virtuoso artists such as: R&B fun soul party band Busty and the Bass (June 24); American singer and songwriter Lady Wray (June 25); NY based guitarist and 7-time GRAMMY winner Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (June 26); Juno Award winning for Aboriginal Album of the Year Digging Roots (June 28); LA hipster and retro punk inspired jazz musician (part of Knower and Vulfpeck) Louis Cole Big Band (June 29); Columbian Canadian singer songwriter Lido Pimienta (June 30); and percussion-based funk, hip hop and jazz fusion group from Texas Ghost-Note – two of the members are originally from Snarky Puppy – (July 3).

FREE Block Party at Marion Dewar Plaza

Join in the fun at the FREE Block Party, one of the great highlights at this year’s TD Ottawa Jazz Festival! From noon to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 – 26, reBoot & reConnect offers 10 free shows at the OLG Stage at Marion Dewar Plaza. An exciting party ambiance awaits you with artists such as Busty & the Bass, Arturo O’Farrill Quintet (both bands performing in free shows, as well as the paid OLG After Dark Series), Julie Corrigan, Sweet Revival and the Ottawa Latin Jazz Orchestra. And that’s not all! Exciting and appetizing food vendors, swing dance, pop up vendors and a parade will culminate in an unforgettable experience in the heart of Canada’s capital.

Go NOLA! FREE New Orleans Jazz concert

On Monday June 27, the Festival celebrates New Orleans with three FREE shows on the OLG Stage that includes vocalist and Juno award-winner Dominique Fils-Aimé to Grammy-nominated Mardi Gras Indian funk band from the Big Easy Cha Wa! There will be two free shows on the TD Main Stage with fellow New Orleanians Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses.

Other FREE shows on the OLG Stage includes the 12pm noon series and Canada Day, July 1st celebrations.

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