Dec 15 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


CUPPA JOE has been entertaining audiences in the Ottawa region for nearly twelve years. The vocal jazz quartet has performed at the NAC’s Fourth Stage, the Buckingham Jazz Festival, and Gigspace, among local venues. Inspired by the sounds of The Manhattan Transfer, Cuppa Joe’s jazz-based repertoire includes a variety of their arrangements, along with those of New York Voices and other close harmony groups, augmented by songs of popular artists such as James TaylorMichael Bublé, and The Beatles.

Join Cuppa Joe on Tuesday evening December 15th from 7-8 pm for its ZOLAS ‘stay-at-home’ live stream jazz performance as it sings favourite jazz and pop tunes in its signature a cappella style. There will be jazzy holiday tunes to warm up the evening. And, since Christmas is upon us, there might even be some sing-along opportunities!



CATHY THOMPSON’s (soprano) love for music began at a young age while listening to her father magically play piano by ear. She conducted choirs throughout her career as a French Immersion teacher, and now teaches music to young children. She is a long-time member of the Capital Chordettes women’s barbershop a cappella chorus, and is loving the challenge of singing jazz with Cuppa Joe.

MARY MOORE (alto) is from Ottawa and now lives in Spencerville, Ontario, where she is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Her musical background includes church, community, and jazz choirs, folk, old-timey music, and blues. Mary’s jazz singing began with Souper Jazz, raising money for the Shepherds of Good Hope. She sings in various jazz collaborations and choirs, including the Village Voyces chamber choir.

JOHN WILSON (tenor), a New Brunswick native, is an electrical and software engineer. He studied classical piano, played trumpet in the school band, and sang tenor in school choirs and musicals. John became a jazz fan during university, and has since participated in numerous jazz masterclasses and workshops. After singing in a jazz choir for several years, he formed Cuppa Joe in 2008.

PETER FELDMAN (baritone), a native of Massachusetts who moved to Canada in 1971, fell in love with close-harmony singing as a member of the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. He has been involved professionally in the performing arts for over forty years as an actor, director, technician, presenter, and administrator. He has presented many jazz giants, including Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Stephane Grapelli, and Betty Carter.