October 2015


Saxophonist Mike Tremblay releases his new CD, Live at GigSpace, Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Trinity United Church. He recorded it with guitarist Tim Bedner, and bassist Ben Heard on June 19, before an enthusiastic audience at GigSpace.


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Congratulations to the Ottawa musicians whose tracks — listed below — will appear on the 2012 TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s promo CD, to be released and distributed in time for the event, which kicks of June 21, 2012


1. Baby, Baby – Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers

2. She’s Returning (A.K.A. Marie Etait Triste) – Christine Fagan

3. Scatterbrain Drain – Geggie Trio + Donny McCaslin

4.The Baron – Craig Pedersen Quartet

5. Sahara Sand Dune – Lucas Haneman

6. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Kellylee Evans

7. Mamaya – The Souljazz Orchestra

8. Plastic Cactus – 3 Jimmys

9. All The Time – Dry River Caravan

10. Dιjΰ Vu – Steve Berndt / Brian Browne

11. Lovers’ Lullaby – Renιe Yoxon & Renι Gely

12. Cidade da Saudade – Pulse Mondiale

13. Fields Are Free – Mike Tremblay/Mark Ferguson Duo

14. Scitzopology – Kelly Craig Sextet

15. Aurora – The Tim Bedner Group

16. Riverside Drive – Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays


Peter Hum, the Ottawa Citizen, April 16, 2012


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There's an interesting connection between Bill Jupp and Mike Tremblay. Tremblay was a Grade 13 student when he was introduced to high school teacher Jupp 24 years ago. Jupp, now 88, taught for only one more year after Tremblay studied with him. "Little did I know that would be one of the turning points in my career," said Tremblay.
"Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca" . . . . .


A new jazz camp in town

The students need to be at the level where they're enjoying music in school, they play in their school band, and "they're really interested in the style," he said. While students should be able to read music at a basic level, they'll be assessed individually, and will get the help they need to build on their strengths and correct their weaknesses. The camp will also provide ear training, which high schools cannot do, he said.
"Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca" . . . . .


Carleton University Jazz Camp: a happy first set

Tremblay wanted a different experience: one that emphasized playing in mixed ensembles, and prepared students for the intensity of playing professionally or at university.

"Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca" . . . . .