Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival. It was a very special honour for me to be part of the house trio hosting the jam sessions every night for ten straight days - the first year I went to the jazz festival (1996...) I probably went to eight of their late night jams. It was my first exposure to the music in a club setting - real professionals playing mere feet away, the sound came from the instruments as much as any sound system. I'm really happy to have had this chance to carry on the tradition, although ten nights took a lot out of me!
I should have some time to write a few posts about what I'm working on over the summer, but in the meantime here are three classic songs by artists I got to see last week in between all of those jams.