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Photo Gallery: The 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazz veterans and newcomers, some hot fiddle and the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Baptiste Trotignon, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Bill Frisell, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Bobby McFerrin, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Charlie Musselwhite, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Brian Blade, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Christian McBride, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Christian Sands, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Colin Stetson, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Dianne Reeves, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Hamid Drake, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Holly Cole, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Jason Adasiewicz, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Jeff Ballard, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Kirk MacDonald, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Melissa Aldana, Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
Ulysses Owens Jr., Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014

The 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival took place from June 20-July 1 at five different venues in the heart of Canada’s capital city. Now in its 34th year, the festival offered a range of young and talented up-and-comers as well as such veteran performers as Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Dianne Reeves, Holly Cole, Hamid Drake and Colin Stetson. One venue hosted the Improv Invitational Series, featuring many jazz artists of diverse nationalities, backgrounds and influences. Beyond jazz, the festival featured R&B greats such as the Lady of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

The sound of blues was also heard this year, from the likes of Canada’s own Colin James to the superb Tedeschi Trucks Band, to one of the premier blues harp players, Charlie Musselwhite, who teamed up with Ben Harper. The sweet sounds of gospel were heard from the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, and there was even some good-old, down-home, foot-stomping, wild fiddle playing. The talented Natalie MacMaster, with her band, was the feature act, but was later joined by her very special guest, her husband, Donnell Leahy, a very talented fiddle player in his own right.

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