MJF 2018 Artist Lineup
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Kellylee Evans

Kellylee Evans
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @7:00PM
Merrickville United Arts Centre

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Title track from Kellylee Evans’ lastest CD “Come On”

Six albums deep and Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up on Come On, her latest Decca album.

The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such previous tasty classics fight or flight?, Nina – her Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When.

Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels” and by the Yukon Arts Centre for “a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive,” Evans now pushes her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory with Come On: a wonderfully refreshing album about love and life that comes on the heels of two nearly careerending accidents: a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen and further effects of a concussion suffered during a fall at her home.

However, Evans is nothing if not resilient: the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and that je ne sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline.

From the stirring soul-stomper “Come On” - which combines an effervescent Motown feel with traces of psychedelia – and the funky groove-a-liciousness of “Hands Up” to the string-and-horn-spiced magnetism of “Know His Worth,” the 10 songs of Come On find Kellylee at her most magically potent.

Produced and co-written by Eric Legnini (Stefano Di Battista), this is post-romantic soul at its finest; a project of strong vision and great execution that signals the return of Kellylee Evans as a bold explorer and interpreter.

It only gets better when you experience her live, in her element.

Kellylee Evans’ time is now, and Come On is just the catalyst to get her there.

Peter Liu and the Pollcats

Peter Liu
Saturday Swing Night
October 13, 2018 @9:00PM
Merrickville Community Center

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Peter Liu & the Pollcats are one of the most popular vintage swing bands in Ottawa, and they are thrilled to perform their dynamic and energetic interpretations of the music of the Golden Age of Jazz. They are the founders of the annual Ottawa SwingFest held at the Canadian War Museum, and they play regularly for swing lovers across Ottawa and beyond.

Channeling the thrilling energy and irresistible groove of the swing era, Peter Liu and the Pollcats are known for inspiring excitement and joy in both listeners and dancers. The band will feature tunes from their recently released swing themed album, "Count On Lindy", referring to Lindy Hop, which co-evolved with swing music to become the predominant form of entertainment during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Across the world, swing dancing has enjoyed growing popularity again, as people rediscover its charms, satisfying a craving for a simpler time of joy, connection, and freedom of expression. Join the Ottawa Swing Dance Society for a free beginner Lindy Hop lesson before the show, followed by our exciting jazz program by Peter Liu and the Pollcats, together with the amazing dancers of Side Street Swing.