About the Band
Founded in 1987, the Nepean All-City Jazz Band provides an opportunity for some of Ottawa-Carleton's talented young jazz musicians to develop and share their musical talent.
The Nepean All-City Jazz Band (known to many as 'NACJB' or simply 'All-City') comprises 18 musicians between the ages of 15 and 19 drawn from all over the greater Ottawa area. Many NACJB alumni have gone on to study music at prestigious institutions in Canada and the U.S., most with financial scholarship assistance awarded for excellence at Musicfest Canada's National Finals. NACJB has had great success at Musicfest Nationals, earning Gold standing in each of the past 29 years.
The Nepean All-City Jazz Band is recognized as one of the pre-eminent teenage jazz ensembles in Canada. Over the past 28 years, the band has been awarded numerous accolades, including the CMAE/MIAC Don Wright Award for excellence in Canadian Jazz (1993-1996, 1999-2004, and 2007-2012), and "The Jazz Report" magazine's award for Canadian Amateur Ensemble of the year (1995). NACJB has performed for conferences of the IAJE, CEMA and OMEA, the Music & Beyond Festival, the Ottawa Internarional Jazz Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Thousand Island Jazz Festival, the Governor General's Summer Concert Series at Rideau Hall.
NACJB has performed with many jazz artists, including Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Ian McDougall, Christine Jensen, Denny Christianson, Kirk MacDonald, Brian Lynch, Ted Quinlan, Alex Dean, Al Kay, and Chase Sanborn