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The jazz combos of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music - November 8, 15, 22 and 28 at 6 p.m. at the Dièse Onze.

ComboJazzCouleur_150_SPilon.jpgAttend exciting concerts by leading lights of the emerging jazz scene!

Every Tuesday during the month of November at Dièse Onze, two jazz combos from the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music will electrify audiences with their inventive reinterpretations of great jazz standards.
The brass and rhythm sections will strut their stuff: be there to hear their tight ensemble playing, their inspired solos… and share the good vibrations in the cosy ambience of the Dièse Onze.

Four intense evenings to look forward to!

Tuesday, November 8: combos led by Luc Beaugrand and Simon Stone
Tuesday, November 15: combos led by Luc Beaugrand and Michael Gauthier
Tuesday, November 22: combos led by Simon Stone and Frédéric Alarie
Tuesday, November 29: combos led by Michael Gauthier and Michel Donato

Two jazz combo videos, for Modal Blues, click here, for Ode à Luc Beaugrand, click here

Dièse Onze, 4115-A St-Denis Street (between Duluth and Rachel)
Information and reservations: 514-223-3543 /

Jazz singer Susie Arioli wins the ADISQ jazz album of the year for Spring!

susieariolispring_150x150.jpgCongrats to jazz singer Susie Arioli who wins the ADISQ jazz album of the year for Spring.  In the spirit of this prize here's our Dec. 17th 2015 CDJazz feature on Spring.  Congrats as well to the other nominees of the jazz category : Clear Day  - Emilie-Claire Barlow, Litania Projekt  - Jacques Kuba Séguin and The Quatuor Bozzini, as well as Quiet Nights - Matt Dusk & Florence K, and MISC by...MISC.
Here's a real nice holiday-ish gift which oozes of swing and the Golden Twenties. For her 9th CD, singer/composer Susie Arioli has kinda of taken out her best Sunday best. In a spirit that recalls the Ziegfried Follies and the Great American Songbook, she's surrounded herself with a host of musicians, all equally amazing. Ignoring her usual minimalism, we can expect some great festival concerts, the line-up is inspiring. At the helm of this sunny opus, pianist and vibes player Don Thompson with the help of trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, drummer Terry Clarke, bassist Neil Swanson and guitarist Reg Schwager. For the winds section, let's mention the exceptional presence of saxophonists Phil Dwyer, Andy Ballantyne, Shirantha Beddage and trombonist Kesley Grant.

Directed by the very intuitive John Snyder, this mini large orchestra that the departed John Kirby would've been proud of, marvelously supports the singer. Is it time that done its thing but Susie Arioli's voice is lower and less "childish" and gives new depth to : Mean To Me, Travelin’ Light, and more, the swingin' After You’ve Gone, championned by giants Sydney Bechet and Roy Eldridge. Let's highlight in this new crop, Loverboy and Can’t Say No, personal compositions of the lady. Spring is a nice success, and it will, without shattering the codes,  find a way into the hearts of a large public.

Jazz All-Year Round presents the 2016-2017 Radio-Canada jazz Revelation, SD3, Nov. 25th at L’Astral!

simondeni.jpgBorn and raised in Créteil, a town on the outskirts of Paris, french pianist Simon Denizart decided to make the move to Montreal in 2011. A decision which ultimately linked him with Jeanne Corpataux on upright bass, and Simon Bellemare on drums. Shortly thereafter, SD3 trio was born.

In 2014, the trio was invited to play at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski where they were an undeniable crowd favorite, earning the Peoples’ Choice Award. Energized by this accolade, the trio toured all over Quebec, gaining even more recognition across the Canadian province. With the help of the Canadian label The 270 Sessions, the trio released their debut album, Between Two Worlds, firmly establishing themselves on the Quebec jazz scene.

Shortly thereafter, the trio packed their bags for Europe, where they played all across France and Poland, quickly winning over the European crowds. SD3 released their second album, Beautiful People, at the end of summer 2016. Furthermore, it is with great pleasure and honour that the trio announced they have been chosen by Radio-Canada as the jazz revelation of 2016-2017.
Drawing influence from European jazz and world music, SD3 delivers a gentle, sensitive and energized music accented with subtle and accessible melodies, colored by European jazz and world music.

Friday, Nov. 25th @8pm
L’Astral 305 Sainte-Catherine W   

Tickets and info on !

Bassoon, jazz and Michael Rabinowitz at the Dièse Onze, Saturday, Nov. 12th.

4 - michael_rabinowitz.jpgOn Saturday Nov. 12th. at Montreal's Dièse Onze, NY bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz will be playing with pianist Eric Harding in a trio format. For some 30 years now, Rabinowitz has been pushing the boundaries of what is known traditionally as a classical music orchestral instrument, exploring deep into improvised sounds and jazz. The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family. Here's a few exchanges I had with Michael.
CT - Michael what do you love about the bassoon? is it the sound, the tone, the range?...tell us about that...
MR - From the time I started playing bassoon at 16 yrs old, I felt the instrument could express a variety of emotions from the comic to the nostalgic. I heard how it was used effectively in movie scores. The range goes below the baritone sax and up into the high range of the tenor sax. The double reed allows it to have a striking staccato and it can jump three octaves easily.
CT - Did you have to invent yourself as a contemporary jazz bassoonist? (in the sense there are very very few jazz bassoonists)
MR - Yes, when I started in the seventies there we doublers that played jazz on bassoon such as Earl Buddel (Australian Jazz Quintet) and Illinois Jacquet but no one that played jazz exclusively on the bassoon. I imitated saxophone, trombone and trumpet players. Eric Dolphy was hero to me because he took the bass clarinet to new places as a jazz instrument. As a beginner there were plenty of doubters but as I improved they started coming around. Now I have built a reputation as one of the few that can play convincing jazz from bebop to free on the instrument.
CT - Where does the bassoon fit in the world of jazz?
MR - There are many groups that are incorporating classical instruments into jazz ensembles. The Charles Mingus Orchestra which I have been part of for over 15 years comes to mind. It incorporates bassoon, french horn and bass clarinet along with saxes and brass. Another group which I recorded with was a mixture of strings and woodwinds that
Chris Potter organized a few years ago. Last year John Clark (jazz french hornist) released a CD called The Odd Couple Quintet with an arrangement of the Mozart French Horn
concertos for rhythm section with french horn and bassoon. So composers are looking for different sonorities and wanting a bassoonist that can improvise.

CT - What is the challenge improvising on the bassoon?
MR - Technically it is more difficult than other instruments and the softness can be easily hidden by louder instruments. I have to mic it when I play and I have an electronic pickup that was made specifically for the bassoon.
CT - Do you play other instruments, like other bassoonists?
MR - Not really, I toy around with the alto sax (because I love Charlie Parker so much) and have played piano my entire life which I use as a composition tool.
CT - Tell us about the group you'll be playing with Nov.12th and how you connected with them...
MR - Last year I was hired to play at Upstairs and a student of mine suggested I hire Eric Harding to play piano and select a bassist and drummer. We rehearsed some new material and the performance went very well. I liked the way they supported me and when I planned to come back this year it was logical that I used the same band.
CT - Which other groups do you play with and where can they be heard?
MR - Most of my work is in the NYC area. I can be heard at the Jazz Standard with the Charles Mingus Orchestra. I am excited about the release of a new CD with compositions
inspired and as tributes to my father Harold and mother Kiki who died over the last year and half. The CD will be called Unchartered Waters and will be on the Cats Paw Record Label.

CT - What repertoire will you be playing Nov. 12th at the Dièse Onze?
MR - As mentioned above I will be playing compositions that will be on the upcoming CD Unchartered Waters and jazz standards.
CT - If you could play with any artist dead or alive, who would that be?
MR - Charlie Parker
Interview : Claude Thibault
Michael Rabinowitz Jazz Bassoon with the Eric Harding Trio
To hear Michael on How Insensitive, it's here
Saturday, Nov. 12th 6pm
Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis   

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