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Blind Boys of Alabama play Ottawa Jazz Festival / Ottawa Sun

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Jazzfest served up a shot of southern-fried soul with a gospel chaser, drawn straight from the source, with the Blind Boys of Alabama bolstered by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in a near-perfect pairing at Confederation Park. And with the threat of Tuesday's rain a distant memory under clear, breezy skies, frontman Jimmy Carter stepped out on stage and urged fans to get comfortable. "You can even take your shoes off," he quipped.

And, just as it was on Monday with big bands War and Tower of Power in town, the TD Ottawa Jazzfest Main Stage got mighty crowded Tuesday, with both the Blind Boys and Dirty Dozen joining forces for a blazing rendition of the bluegrass classic I'll Fly Away and the gospel standard Uncloudy Day, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a packed stage for the encore of Down by the Riverside.  READ THE FULL Ottawa Sun REVIEW