After several rainy days, it was splendor in the grass — at last — for the 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival with Oregon’s Pink Martini. (Photo of the wristband passes by VA; the image is from the festival program booklet)
163. Splendor in the Grass: Pink Martini with Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers Parade, Confederation Park, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Sunday June 26, 2011, $40.
After three utterly crappadoodles days for the Ottawa Jazz Festival, punctuated by Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, and k.d. lang sneaking in sets amid a bevy of stop-start wet stuff, the Sunday marked a return to hot yet humidity-free weather with an occasional cool breeze, making it a perfect summer day for an outdoor show. And what better way to spend it than chilling out with Portland, Oregon’s “little orchestra,” Pink Martini.