A popular artist in the Ottawa area, KAREN OXORN loves to sing and performs at local
restaurants that feature jazz as well as at concert venues such as the National Arts Centre
Fourth Stage, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, GigSpace and Merrickville’s Jazz Fest. Her singing has
been described as having real feeling and a subtle swing in a deep, rich voice. Since 2010, she
has become more involved in producing jazz concerts and working as a volunteer for music
events in the Ottawa area. Karen is the Artistic Director for the 10th Anniversary edition of
Merrickville’s Jazz Fest.
ROB MARTIN began playing guitar as a teenager and absorbed jazz through the influence of his
guitarist father. Rob studied with a number of notable private teachers in Toronto, and
attended the Humber College jazz program. He was a regular fixture in alternative music groups
in Toronto and in the 1990s he studied classical guitar with Danielle Kassner at the Guitar
Society of Toronto. Since his move to Ottawa in 1996, Rob has regularly performed in jazz and
gypsy jazz formats. Regular partners in crime include Paul Bordeau (Swing Guitars), Gerri
Trimble, Mark Fraser, Peter Hum, Karen Rauh, Mark Fraser, and Charley Gordon.