WFM, Mercury Lounge & House of PainT present
the 2012 Ottawa NuJazz Festival featuring:
Friday, Nov 23:
SOUL MOTIVATORS + DJ Lance Baptiste
Mercury Lounge, 10PM | $10
Thursday, Nov 22:
JAZZ AMNESTY SOUND SYSTEM
Mercury Lounge, 10PM | $10
*** Advance Ticket Information***
NuJazz Festival Pass: 3-day passes only $30, provides all-access for all three nights, available online only at: www.worldfamousmusic.myshopify.com
Tickets for Hypnotic Brass Ensemble + DJ Zattar are $22 advance, available at Compact Music(s), Record Option (Hintonburg), The Record Shaap, Vertigo Records, and online at www.worldfamousmusic.net
Advance tickets for Soul Motivators & Jazz Amnesty Sound System are $10 advance available online only: www.mercurylounge.com /www.worldfamousmusic.net
*** Community Partners ***
*** About the 2012 Ottawa NuJazz Festival ***
Founded in Toronto in 2008 by Jay Cleary of NuFunk Concerts, NuJazz Festival has been bringing some of the most innovative artists in the world to Canada for the past five years.
Expanding outside of the GTA for the first time, WFM, Mercury Lounge and House of PainT are partnering to co-present the very first Ottawa edition of the NuJazz Festival.
This Ottawa - Toronto collaboration has made Canadian tour routings possible for the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), Soul Motivators (Toronto), and Jazz Amnesty Sound System (Montreal).
**** About the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble***
Eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, they come from an extraordinary musical family. Other sisters and brothers are professional musicians, their mothers are singers, and Philip Cohran, their father, has roots running back to Mississippi, his time in the musical hothouse of 1940s St Louis, and his seminal role with Sun Ra in Chicago in the 1950s. When Ra left for the east coast in 1960, Phil stayed in Chicago.
By the time the members of the HBE were growing up, Phil's work as a musical activist and educator had led to the establishment of a space called the Sun Ark in a warehouse behind the family home above a furniture shop. At night when they went to bed the children would hear their father rehearsing with his band the Circle Of Sound. They were wakened at 6 a.m. for several hours' music practice before going to school. From an early age they were a central part of their father's Youth Ensemble.
Coinciding with this involvement in their father's ethos was a parallel passion. "At night we used to sneak under the covers and listen to NWA and Public Enemy. Ice Cube and Eazy-E were our heroes." Very young, they formed their first group, GWC (Gangsters With A Curfew), which morphed into Wolf Pak (Wolves on the Lookout for Pigs And Klansmen). "We used to hum. We used to all hum the same way that we play our horns now, everybody on beat boxes or making harmonies, and we'd pass the mike around and rap."
By the end of the nineties, with everyone out of school, they brought together their musicianship, their jazz roots and their hip hop sensibility, and made a living busking on the streets of Chicago. They came up up with their name after an incident on the El: playing on the platform, a man in a suit watched them for hours, missing train after train, till in the end he walked up to them and said, "You guys just hypnotized me".
Crucial to the mix was their burgeoning skills as composers, which meant the music they played really was their own. (They wrote all of the tracks on this album except Alyo, written by their father, and Rabbit Hop, written by Moondog.) Eventually the group transferred to New York City, and after playing out relentlessly, including gigs with Mos Def and Erykah Badu, and some particularly incendiary shows in Europe, they have come to be known as one of the hottest and most individual bands around.
Baji - trumpet
Yosh - trumpet
Hudah - trumpet
Smoov- trumpet Clef - trombone
Cid - trombone
Rocco - euphonium
LT - sousaphone
*** About the Soul Motivators ***
9 piece deep Funk Explosion from Toronto
Finding the right groove means digging deep. With a love of vintage soul and funk, The Soul Motivators have mined their musicality to bring you a fresh revival of a retro sound.
Featuring numerous veterans of Toronto’s thriving underground funk scene, this 9-piece rare groove explosion has a rough, tough, soulful flair that motivates you straight to the dance floor.
James Robinson - keyboards
Voltaire Ramos - guitar
Doug Melville -drums
Marc Shapiro - bass
Lydia Persaud - vocals
Nathan Dell-Vandenberg - trombone
Dominique Morier - saxophone
Thomas Moffett - trumpet
Nigel Pitt - percussion
*** About Jazz Amnesty Sound System (J.A.S.S.) ***
The Jazz Amnesty Sound System (or J.A.S.S.) is run by Montreal djs Andy Williams & sweet daddy luv. With an honest admiration, appreciation and awe for the dedication and skills of its honored players, these veteran selectors delve deep into the rich history of jazz in an attempt to weave its story. There is the idea of what 'jazz' is that follows it through the changes over the years. From its humble beginnings at the mouth of the Mississippi, through big band, swing, bop, cool, avant-garde, dancefloor, free, fusion, funk, electronic and out into the world where jazz has been assimilated and combined with many non-western musical styles. The Jazz Amnesty Sound System will be playing the classics that helped define all these jazz sub-genres as well as prime examples of sheer beauty created by artists that often get overlooked. If you dig jazz you'll dig J.A.S.S.