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Bill Charlap to Play Ottawa Festival Fundraiser

I often dream of sitting at a piano and playing the labyrinthine phrases that seem to stream effortlessly from Brad Mehldau’s fingers. But practice feels like work to me. Maybe I could get my hands on one of Brad’s old piano benches and get just a little bit closer to achieving my dream. That’s not actually such a far-fetched idea. The Ottawa International Jazz Festival will hold its annual fundraiser on Dec. 6, 2002, and indeed, on the auction block is a seat the festival custom-made for Mehldau for his July 24 performance at Confederation Park.

Also up for auction are CDs autographed by Herbie Hancock and Omara Portundo, tickets to an upcoming Ellis Marsalis & Sons concert, a Muskoka Lakes weekend package, Gold Ottawa Senators tickets, gourmet gift baskets, day passes to local ski resorts, restaurant gift certificates, vintage wines, golf accessories, hotel packages, spa packages, a Gondola ride package and plenty of other stuff worthy of blowing some cash on.

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