Karen Oxorn Jazz Duo – “They Say It’s Spring”

Scheduled during the free daytime programming, Sunday April 29, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, Room 7 (upstairs)

Spring is in the air! To celebrate both her favourite season and the 45th anniversary of the move from her hometown of Montreal, Ottawa jazz vocalist Karen Oxorn has put together a set list of popular jazz standards for your enjoyment. Please join her and Montreal guitarist Joe Miskin for an easy-going performance that is sure to put a spring in your step!

Karen Oxorn

Karen Oxorn’s musical journey began later in life when she discovered that singing along to Ella Fitzgerald helped her deal with the heartbreak of a failing love affair. The romance ended but her love of performing has been going strong ever since. Karen has developed a dedicated following and has performed at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, GigSpace, the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest and the Buckingham Buzz Festival as well as at local jazz clubs. Noted jazz historian Ron Sweetman describes Karen’s singing as having “real feeling and a subtle swing in a deep, rich voice.” Jacques Emond, founding artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, commented: “Talented and versatile Karen Oxorn is a very interesting vocalist. She has a warm and swinging straightforward voice skilled with ballads as well as upbeat songs.” In addition to singing and producing concerts, she enjoys supporting the music community in a variety of ways and is the former Artistic Director of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest and hosted “Swing Is In The Air” on CKCU-FM radio for a couple of years.


Joe Miskin

With over 45 years of professional experience, Joe has performed as a guitarist in and around Montreal primarily in the styles of jazz, funk, and R&B. He has appeared in connection with the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Quebec Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, and Joliette Blues Festival as well touring Canada with a Broadway show and performing as the theatre guitarist on the Queen Mary II and several other cruise ships.

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