Live blogging Jazz Festival 1

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 2008 starts this evening. We’ve just heard Servantes, a seven-piece band serving up jazz-inflected Latin rhythms.

They were pretty good (if they had been a little louder, it would have helped), but Ottawa jazz fans are a notoriously staid bunch. Leader Patrice Servant must have been disappointed that such a big crowd was rather undemonstrative.

Are you having fun?

[polite applause]

Boy, if I was so quiet in school …!

“Welcome to Ottawa,” I said to my friend. But I admit, I was just as quiet as everyone else.

Next up:  Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This will be a rare treat for our small city, and Confederation Park is packed out.

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