Four-piece band Brazillustration transports the listener to the musical postcards of Brazil and
applies its very own brand of jazzy world-folk to original compositions as well as to the work of
revered bards (Leonard Cohen, Georges Brassens and other giants). REGINA GOMES TEIXEIRA
(vocals, percussion), LEONARD CONSTANT (guitar, vocals), ALEXEI MICHAILOWSKY (keys, piano),
and ANDRÉS NAVARRO (percussion) give shows of sun-kissed melody, harmony, rhythm, and
rhyme, where audible gold is extracted with voice and instrument from the celebrated mines of
bossa nova, samba, baião, xote, samba-reggae, afoxé, marcha, folk, chanson … and more.
FLOYD HUTCHISON is a local jazz singer who started pursuing his love for singing in his
mid-forties. Floyd is known for his rich, melodic voice and his stage presence. His warmth, great
sensitivity and vocal power allow him to interpret all nuances and subtleties of the songs he
sings. His vocal style reflects his admiration for great jazz standard singers of past and present.
Floyd performs regularly at various venues in the Ottawa-Gatineau area as well as at many
corporate and private functions.
Accompanying Floyd for this performance will be talented pianist and composer pianist DAVID
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.
BETTY ANN BRYANTON has been singing since she was a child. For the past 10 years, she has
been a successful bandleader in the Ottawa area, having several sold-out jazz shows, and
having been invited to both the Merrickville and Buckingham jazz festivals. Her deeply emotive
voice and meaningful interpretations of the stories told through jazz standards easily win the
hearts of her audience. Join Betty Ann to enjoy both the beauty of familiar songs and the joy of
Accompanying Betty Ann for this performance will be guitarist PIERRE MONFILS.
DOREEN SMITH sings a story of love as told through the Great American Songbook. Songs of
anticipation, unfettered joy and heartbreak presented in true “old school” form in the tradition
of Sinatra, O’day and Holiday. Doreen digs in and doesn’t let go for a moment. Digs into the
lyric and the melody, and digs into an unshakable swingin’ groove. Hers is a soulful
performance, imparting a unique understanding of every note and every word of these songs
called “Great” for a reason.
Guitarist/Composer RODDY ELLIAS is one of Canada’s most respected guitarists, equally at
home with contemporary, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism as an artist and his
consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure have made him a consummate musician.
Known for his energetic performances and his thoughtful renditions of both new and existing
works, he continues to surprise and delight his audiences. He set the stage on fire in a series of
duets with other guitarists, including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David
Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and his generosity as a performer.
KOKO & CO. is a trio of local musicians who have been playing together for nearly five years.
They perform a broad range of well-known songs from different genres in their own acoustic
style. They have played at venues including The Westboro Beach Café, restaurants, private
parties, Christmas cocktail hour at The Shaw Centre, banquets, and more. The chemistry and
camaraderie between CAROL TIEU (vocals), STÉPHANE KLANDER (guitar) and FRANÇOIS RICHER
(percussion – cajon, harmonica, and others) will have you feeling warm and welcome, ready to
tap your feet and even sing along!
After several years developing her skills in popular music, CHANTALE TROTTIER has discovered
the richness, vitality, and flexibility of jazz with Nicole Ratté’s Les Ateliers de Jazz Vocal
(http://ateliersjazzvocal.com/index.html) and through other opportunities. Her voice has been
described as rich and powerful and her presence on stage energetic and sensitive. Chantale
continues to explore music with passion and determination, and is even composing some of
her own songs. She is always up for a musical challenge – she was among the four finalists in
the 2018 Star WOW Contest. You will enjoy the wonderful musical variety she brings to
Chantale’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
PATRICIA BALFOUR’s voice has been described as “jazzy/bluesy with a touch of folk, all wrapped
up in a low and sultry tone.” Her rich musical experiences have combined to inspire her
performance of vocal jazz. These experiences include classical and jazz piano, West African
drumming, and vocal harmonizing with the Ottawa Celtic Choir, Capital Vox, and Vox Eclectica.
Patricia’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
Well known for his warm velvety voice, creative phrasing, and charismatic presence, PETER LIU
has emerged as one of Ottawa’s leading jazz vocalists. He has established a reputation for his
ability to sing with clarity and authenticity in a variety of jazz styles, grooves, and tempos. Peter
performs regularly with some of Ottawa’s finest musicians at a wide variety of public and
private events in the region. Recent highlights include appearances at the Ottawa Jazz Festival,
Merrickville’s Jazz Festival, the National Arts Centre, and Rideau Hall. Peter Liu has released two
albums to date – Bamboo Groove (2014) and Count On Lindy (2017).
Accompanying Peter for this performance will be pianist YVES LAROCHE.
The Mixed Blessings Trio consists of MARY MOORE on ukulele and vocals, ALLAN TEMPLE on
lead acoustic guitar, and BARRY COOPER on mandolin. The three musicians have explored many
musical genres over the years in separate ventures. On coming together through other musical
connections, they have discovered a unique sound combining their love of all that is musical,
and their unique skills. The name refers to the variety of music that they perform, from celtic
and folk through bluegrass and jazz. Mary provides her brand of warm vocals and ukulele,
punctuated by the quick-fingered mandolin artistry of Barry, and the solid rhythmic and lyrical
expressions of Allan on guitar.