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Interview with drummer/composer Jeff Ballard and saxophonist Miguel Zenon, who were in concert in trio with Lionel Loueke in the Jazz dans la nuit serie of the 35th FIJM, June 29th 2014.

ballard_150X150.jpgWe met drummer/composer Jeff Ballard and saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon who were concert with bassist Lionel Loueke. They were presenting their latest Times Tale's project in the Jazz dans la nuit serie of the 35th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Sunday, June 29th.

We spoke of their collaboration in trio with Lionel Loueke, their meeting, their respective projects Times Tale's and Identities Are Changeable,  their inspiration, their synergy and the music they're listening in their iPods.

The interview was produced by Coco, our jazz gig of the week journalist and Claude Thibault.

To see the interview, click here -
to see a excerpt of their June 29th concert, click here

Jazz dans la nuit serie
Sunday, June 29th, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

A few words with the great Dianne Reeves, in the Les Grands Concerts serie, Friday, June 27th at the 35th FIJM.

dianne_reeves_150X150.jpgBecause of a tight schedule and short on time, we could'nt reach great singer Dianne Reeves before her Montreal Jazz Fest concert, June 27th. No worry, as we spoke on the phone with the happy jazz singer a few days after, as she's at home for a few days before leaving again for other concerts all around the world.

Lady of swing (four Grammys), main character in the movie « Good Night and Good Luck », she's the voice of a great tradition that ranges from Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington.
CR - So who inspired you?
Dianne - "My father who was a great amateur singer, he had a beautiful tenor voice and liked opera a lot but jazz, not that much. In my family, music was everywhere, so my ear got used to listen to at first the texts, and then the music. My mother, who played trumpet quite young in high school and who liked swing, but that changed direction professionally, never lost her musical spirit. When I decided I wanted to pursue a musical carreer, my parents supported me, but warned me it would'nt be easy."
CR - You were also influenced by Clark Terry, trumpetter, teacher and mentor...
Dianne - "A great man for whom I have limitless admiration. I worked breathing techniques, how to understand music, phrasing, the importance of tempo to give more emphasis and presence to what's being sung. A strict school of jazz, but so enriching."
CR - Talking about singing, what's more important for a melodist like you, the words or the music?
Dianne - "Without a doubt, words are the soul of it all. They give me the drive and the creative momentum that allow me to give a sense to what I am, a singer. Not to diminish the music, far from that, but words and texts are the centerpiece to which I attach the emotions, and that drives the vitality of a concert. »
To see an excerpt of "Dreams" from the June 27th concert, click here
Les Grands Concerts Serie
Friday, June 27th, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Interview by Christophe Rodriguez.

The fall jazz festival season, August 6 to November 2 : Festi Jazz de Mont-Tremblant, Festival Jazz Etcetera de Lévis, Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, Sutton Jazz, L'OFF Jazz and the Festival de jazz de Québec!

animation 6 festivals d'automne.gifDo you know that apart from the FIJM, there are quite a few other jazz festivals in Québec, and just a few weeks away, 6 of them. From Mont-Tremblant to Québec City discover the local, international, and exciting programming, and that, all over Québec. We'll be there!

Festi Jazz de Mont-Tremblant
7th edition, Aug. 6 -10
Festival Jazz Etcetera de Lévis
8th edition, Aug. 7-10

Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
29th edition, Aug. 27-31

Sutton Jazz
13th edition, Sept. 12 - Oct. 4
L'OFF Jazz
15th edition,  Oct. 2-11

Festival de jazz de Québec
8th edition,  Oct. 14 - Nov. 2

Get your jazz chops ready…bring your horn or voice at the JazzWorks - Jazz Camp & Composers’ Symposium (Aug 19-24) at the beautiful Cammac Music Centre on Lac MacDonald, in Harrington, Quebec!

ad-animated-camp2014-150x150.gifBring your horn or voice and join us at the JazzWorks - Jazz Camp & Composers’ Symposium with these two options :

5 Day Option
(Aug 19-24th) : 2 day Composers’ Symposium or Independent Weekend Jazz Camp
3 Day Option (Aug 21-24th) : 3 Day Weekend Jazz Camp

JazzWorks - Jazz Camp  is a unique opportunity for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from award winning, highly innovative Canadian jazz musicians and other special guests. It’s an intensive adult focused learning experience for vocalists and instrumentalists of all levels (beginner to advanced).

Immerse yourself in jazz combo rehearsals, master classes, improvisation, jazz history, and composition and arranging. Jam with enthusiastic participants and faculty at nightly jam sessions and hear great performances at the fabulous faculty and participant concerts. This year’s all-star faculty includes Montreal musicians Rémi Bolduc, Frank Lozano and Sharada Banman, as well as Nick Fraser, Julie Michels, Jean Martin, Nancy Walker, David Restivo, Christine Duncan, Kim Ratcliffe, Jim Lewis and Kevin Barrett from Toronto and John Geggie and Rob Frayne from Ottawa.
JazzWorks - Jazz Camp & Composers’ Symposium 2014
August 19-21 (Composers’ Symposium), Aug 21-24 (Jazz Camp)
Public Concert : Sunday, August 24th  -  1:00 pm  
85, chemin Cammac, Harrington, QC, Canada

For detailed Information and to register go to or call 613-523-0316.   
Space is register now!

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Mehdi Nabti Pulsar 4 - Temps Composés

Let's look into something that's not your typical jazz and try out some highly merged brand of world jazz with Temps Composés. Because we can't know all the groups and musicians, it was a nice surprise for me to discover this group and his leader, alto sax player and singer Mehdi Nabti.

In between the Middle Eastern sounds, a dash of rock supported by singing in that vein of music, so much I could hear the universe of oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil.  If Mehdi and his bandmates are in your neighborhood, take a break from your regular music and why not take a muscal voyage with them.

Mehdi Nabti - alto sax, clave, voice
Nicolas Lafortune - bass
Phyras Haddad - percussions
Lionel Kizaba - drums

They will be playing a short 30 min concert at 6pm, Thursday July 24th at the corner of Ste-Catherine / St-Laurent.

to find out more :

TVJAZZ  June 29 2014
Interview with drummer Jeff Ballard and saxophonist Miguel Zenon - FIJM, June 29th 2014

The Big BandYTorchestre de Montréal, 17 musicians with Yves Turgeon, musical director, Sunday, July 27th at the House of Jazz.

bigbandytorchestre.jpgLed by saxophonist Yves Turgeon, the
Big BandYTorchestre is about to resonate to the sound of its powerful horns. Made up of seventeen of the best Montreal musicians, the
Big BandYTorchestre is out to get you with a brand of jazz, rhythmic, swing, hard and even funky!  Bandleader and sax player Yves Turgeon, got interested in jazz and world music after classical studies of the saxophone. Throughout his career, he's played with Robert Charlebois, Éric Lapointe, Dick Rivers, Marjo, Marie-Mai, Bob Walsh, etc. and has played in many groups as well as the Cirque du Soleil.

So if you're a big band lover, this is for you. On the program, songs from Paul Busby, Donald Byrd, Jay Chattaway, Frank Como, Freddie Green, Thad Jones, Tom Kubis, John LaBarbera, Willie Maiden, Oliver Nelson,  Sammy Nestico, Don Schamber and Mark Taylor. These songs are all part of the repertory played by the bands of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Tom Kubis and Buddy Rich! Well- orchestrated with a lot of powerful and clever solos.

To see "Chelsea Bridge" by the groupe, click here

Their sound is always grand!

The Big BandYTos :
Yves Turgeon : musical dir., soprano/alto sax
Marc Villiard : alto sax, flute
Patrick Lampron : tenor sax, flute
Mathieu Langlois : tenor sax, flute
Stéphane Duchesneau : baritone sax, flute
David Jespersen : trombone
Alain Lebrun : trombone
Marc Fortin : trombone
David Leroux : bass trombone
Dominic Léveillé : trumpet
Jacques Kuba Séguin : trumpet
Maxime St-Pierre : trumpet
David Carbonneau : trumpet
Éric St-Jean : piano
Rémi-Jean LeBlanc : bass
Matt MacEachern : drums

Big BandYTorchestre
Sunday, July 27th at 7:30pm
House of Jazz
2060 Aylmer   
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TVJAZZ  June 27 2014
Dianne Reeves - Dreams - FIJM, June 27 2014

TVJAZZ  June 29 2014
Vic Vogel and the Jazz Big Band - The Way - FIJM, June 29th 2014

TVJAZZ  June 29 2014
Jeff Ballard Lionel Loueke Miguel Zenon - FIJM, June 29th 2014

TVJAZZ  June 30 2014
Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - - FIJM, June 30th 2014

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