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Julie Michels/Steve Boudreau/John Geggie

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Julie Michels/Steve Boudreau/John Geggie
Julie Michels/Steve Boudreau/John Geggie


Nov 01, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada


Call 613-729-0693 for tickets - we have a few left!

Thank you Caroline Cook for donating the piano tuning!

Julie Michels - vocals

Steve Boudreau - piano

John Geggie - double bass

Julie and Steve met while working together at the Jazzworks Jazz Camp several years ago.  They discovered a shared love of the rich tradition of jazz vocal music, from the Great American Songbook, through bebop vocalese, and into more modern folk and musical theatre works.  They are thrilled to finally have an opportunity to present a full concert together, as this has been in the works for several years now.

Julie Michels: was born in New Jersey and was brought up in Europe and throughout the U.S.A. before starting high school in Toronto, Canada. Her travels instilled a wanderlust not only for countries, but of cultures and musical genres that helped to mold her career in music.

She will record her next album in New York a re-interpretation of the songs of Lyle Lovett produced by the Grammy Award nominated Mark Ruffin.

Julie attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and receive a Bachelor of Political Science degree with a minor in Macro Economics. She also studied Jazz with the bassist, Richard Davis.

Upon Graduation Julie traveled to Scotland where she worked as a singer for six months. The following year she performed at jazz clubs throughout Europe including the Jazz Vortex in London, the Cafe Gorilla in Paris, and the Jazz Cafe in Brussels. She performed in Germany, Italy and Holland as well as the Glasgow Music Festival and the Bridgeport Music Festival, the Aaran Musical Festival on the Isle of Aaran, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Utrecht Festival in Holland.

The last few years have found Julie focused on North American venues and festivals including Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville Jazz Festival, Haitian International Jazz Festival, and stages throughout Canada and the United States. In 2017 she performed in Egypt at the Jazz Tales Festival in Cairo and in 2018 she performed in Alexandria with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

Julie has performed, toured and recorded with Kevin Barrett, George Koller, Ottawa's Chelsea Bridge, the MCCT Choir (Diane Leah, Musical Director) and her own bands, Sutra and Parla. As well as the Chicago Free Jazz Movement Kahil El’Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, the legendary BeBop Musician Dougie Richardson, composer and pianist Nancy Walker, pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia, Grammy Award winner Joe Sealy, pianist and composer Robie Botos, drummer Larnell Lewis, pianist and composer the late Archie Alleyne, Indian tablah player Ratech Das, Columbian percussionist Chendy Leon, guitarist Kevin Barrett, pianist and composer Gordon Webster, and the legendary Bob Fenton Davide.

Julies latest projects include the Braden/Michels Jazz Project with saxophonist Don Braden and pianist and arranger, David Restivo. Julie is a member of Broadsway with fellow vocalists, Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah. She has also worked with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, the Ancient Voices Project, the Madison Celtic Renaissance Consort and the Blackhawk Stringband and JazzWorks Jazz Camp. In 2012, Julie played a major

role in the filming of "Amazing Voice”, Japan’s national television documentary about the diverse face of Canadian music.

'It's a real pleasure to share the stage with Julie of the Jazz Masters!'

Sherif Elian, Principal Bass, Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Julie Michels possesses a huge voice with amazing control, both in range of volume, expression and wonderful tonal effects which she uses like an instrument.'

Bob Scott, The Examiner

Michels is a powerful, gritty, all-in singer, with the power and confidence needed to belt the music out.'

Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

Risky, imaginative, fresh, and fun loving.'

Roger Levesque, The Edmonton Journal.


Old Friends with Diane Leah and Heather Bambrick (2013) Come Together with saxophonist/flutist, Don Braden (2012) Bass and Voice with bassist, George Koller (2010) She Sings, He Plays with guitarist Kevin Barrett (2010) Live at Statlers (2003) Singing Naked (1995)

Steve Boudreau:  Steve  is an Ottawa-based pianist who specializes in jazz and popular music. He currently teaches piano privately and as part of Carleton University's Music Performance program. In 2010 he received a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has toured North America with multiple musical productions and has performed as both leader and sideman at various Canadian jazz festivals. His recently released trio album "Preludes: The Music of George Gershwin" has been getting radio play on Canadian jazz stations and a new quartet record of original music entitled "Opus 2" is now out, with guitarist Garry Elliott, bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer Camil Belisle. 

 John Geggie: John first started working with Julie over ten years ago at the Chelsea Bridge Jazz Camp as well as in Toronto with Nancy Walker, Kevin Barrett, amongst others.  Julie and John share eclectic tastes in music and creativity, including the music of Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett.

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