Yeah, summer is here, finally and that means it’s the beginning of the summer festival season as well. We are here in Ottawa to check out the music at the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This year the festival focuses on the influence of women in music. It’s going to be a magnificent festival with numerous high points to look forward to. This year’s festival runs from June 21st till Canada day, July 1st.

The festival will continue to present live concerts at the same locations as in previous years – Marion Dewar Plaza, plus indoor stages at the National Arts Centre and Confederation Park. This is truly an all-inclusive international jazz festival featuring musicians from all around the world. With a mix of paid and free concerts, this festival is open to anyone who embraces music.

With over 875 international musicians performing till July 1st, they are anticipating 250,000 plus people to attend. With an event of this size they will need about 640 volunteers to make it all come together.

This festival is huge on talent and scope. Below I will outline a few of the concerts I am particularly looking forward to, however I will limit this list to 10. Bios on these artists are available online

Saturday June 22, 2019

The Patricia Barber Trio: 7pm – NAC Studio Stage

Jane Siberry: 10:30pm – OLG Stage – Confederation Park

Sunday June 23, 2019

Chicago: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage – Concert Under The Stars

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Norah Jones: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage – Concert Under The Stars

Wednesday June 26, 2019

Brad Mehldau Quintet: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage – Concert Under The Stars

Thursday June 27, 2019

Hayden Chrisholm Trio: 6pm – NAC Fourth Stage

Terri Lyne Carrington: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage – Concert Under The Stars

Friday June 28, 2019

The Shuffle Demons: 7:30pm – OLG Stage – Confederation Park

Omara Portuondo: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage – Concert Under The Stars

Saturday June 29, 2019

The Roots: 8:30pm – TD Main Stage