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Vincent Dionne and Brubeck en tête present Points On Jazz with Trio Hélico, Saturday, March 7th at Salle Pauline-Julien.

photo_hommage_brubeck_sorties_jazz_nights.jpgBrubeck en tête is dedicated to the music of Dave Brubeck, leader and figure head of the cool jazz movement. Designated a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, he was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spans over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

With Vincent Dionne (bandleader and drums), Michel Dubeau (wind instruments) Jean-Michel Rousseau (piano), Jean Cyr (bass) and Trio Hélico ; Marie-Soleil Bélanger (violin and ehru), Lizann Gervais (violin) and Élisabeth Giroux (cello), come and listen to Take Five, Blue Rondo, Forty Days, Koto Song...etc, and all others that you could have listened to!

To see Koto Song, click here

This concert has received financial support from the Conseil québécois de la musique.

Tickets are $30 and available at Salle Pauline-Julien, 15 615 boulevard Gouin W (Sainte-Geneviève) or Réseau Admission at 1-855-790-1245.  For more information, call 514-626-1616 or visit

Jean-Christophe Béney and his new 4tet, on a freezing February night at the Résonance.

animation JCB.gifBecause it was the jazz gig of the week Feb 19-25 on and that it had been a while since I'd seen saxophonist Jean-Christophe Béney, I headed down last Friday night a the Résonance. I seemed like I had seen less of him in 2014, he was also in Bangkok a bit in 2013. Last time I'd filmed him it was for The Link, his last projet that had led him to the Cabaret du Mile-End in 2009.

Even if it was freezing outside, the stage was hot with his "new" quartet, with new material about to recorded a few days away at Verdun's Studio 451. I wanted to film a quick video clip, as I often do, but since the new material was not yet published and would be released this fall, it was an opportunity to simply listen and enjoy this new music.

's new material is a modern brand of jazz, with innovative rhythms, streamlined melodies, creative arrangements and with these great musicians, suberb solos. With John Roney on piano and keyboards, Morgan Moore on bass and Greg Ritchie on the drums, they played, in the 1st set of this Feb. 20th concert ; Totem, Diffraction, Abyss and Wiggly. It sounded so good that I spontaneously decided to write it up.

Can't wait to hear his new CD.

Claude Thibault

South-african pianist Adbullah Ibrahim three nights at the Gesù : solo, Mukashi Trio and Ekaya Septet, July 2, 3 and 4 at the 36th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

Abdullah-Ibrahim_photo-150x150.jpgOne South Africa's illustrious pianists, Adbullah Ibrahim, also know as Dollar Brand, is at the Festival presenting three unique concerts in the intimacy of the Gesù. It starts with a solo concert Thursday, July 2nd, where he'll play a mix of modern jazz, african tribul music and blues.

The day after, Friday, July 3rd, it's the Adbullah Ibrahim Mukashi Trio, where he'll present the mesmerising universe of this last album, Mukashi, meaning « There was a time »  in japanese. A masterful dialogue of serene and floating melodies with piano, flute and cello.

Saturday, July 4th, Adbullah Ibrahim reconnects with his long-standing project Ekaya, created in 1983. A septet dominated by wind instruments in a beautiful dialogue of elegant melodies, bound by the expert piano playing of a man at the top his game. A meeting of musical instruments as well as cultures, in between South Africa's oral musical tradition and the powerful, vibrating heritage of Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk.

To see Cape Town Flower in trio, click here

Also on pre-sale on : guitarist Al Di Meola and his Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour, June 26th, singer Madeleine Peroux, July 2 and much more. The other concerts already available online : Battle of the Bands : le Tommy Dorsey Orchestra contre le Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra / Snarky Puppy / Jamie Cullum / The Stanley Clarke Band / The Bad Plus Joshua Redman / Dee Dee Bridgewater avec Irvin Mayfield et le New Orleans Jazz Orchestra / For the Record: Baz Luhrmann in concert / Bebel Gilberto / Richard Galliano, duo avec Sylvain Luc, Hommage à Édith Piaf / Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil avec Marc Johnson, Rubens de La Corte et Rafael Barata / Colin James.

Thursday February 26th, Claude Thibault's monthly feature at Quand le jazz est là, with Stanley Péan on ICI Musique.

Quand le jazz est la - nov 2014 - 150X114.jpgThursday, February 26th,'s editor, Claude Thibault, was Stanley Péan's guest at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique. He presents Quebec jazz news, special events, releases, features, concerts and more. The show is at 5:30pm and his feature is in the 2nd hour, around 6:30pm.

On the program :

1 ) Jill Barber,  Monday, March 9th at Québec City's Théâtre Petit Champlain.
2 ) Jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Thursday, Feb. 26th at McGill U's Pollack Hall.
3) Randy Brecker with the Big Band de l'UdeM led by Ron Di Lauro, Thursday, March 26th at the Université de Montréal.
4) Les Vendredis Jazz Series is launched, Friday, Feb. 27th at l'Espace Cercle Carré with Alex Bellegarde and his cuban friends from Trabuco Habanero.
5) Emie R Roussel Trio - concerts and "Quantum" launch, Friday, Feb. 27th at the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur and Thursday, March 5th at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski.

Call for projects : Jazz artistic residencies of the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski : deadline March 20th, 2015.

residencejazz1.jpgThe Festi Jazz International de Rimouski is proud to announce the 2nd year of the jazz artistic residencies, supported by the Soutien aux projets des  organismes artistiques et professionnels in collaboration with the Bas-Saint-Laurent collectivity. This project of 6 residencies on three years, is for musicians under 35, from the Bas-Saint-Laurent area with an interest in creating original jazz music. For now, Aporie Trio has started the jazz residency, after the first call for projects launched Sept. 2014. For 2015, three projects will be chosen.

To find out more, click here

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Jean-Nicolas Trottier Trio - Acid Bunny

Premier trombonist and occasional conductor Jean-Nicolas Trottier give us all the goods with this new release. If you have a passion for the trombone - an instrument we don't hear that much off - run to your favorite record store or click here to download.

Right off the bat, let's say it, this is some powerful jazz, flirting with modernism and what sounds like, without a doubt, the best years of the great Ray Anderson. In trio with double bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc and drummer Rich Irwin, Jean-Nicolas submits twelve tracks on the art of the trombone, with a lot of ease. If sometimes you can feel like the intensity or the writing, it all sounds good.


Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal

TVJAZZ  December 7 2012
Vincent Dionne Brubeck en tête - Take Five - L'Astral Dec. 7th 2012

Conduit, with saxmen Azar Lawrence and Al McLean and a few more, Saturday, March 7th at Upstairs.

azarlawrence_almclean_150X150.jpgThe meeting of two great sax players!

Emblematic jazz standards played in post-Coltrane  tonality.

Azar Lawrence and Al McLean launch Conduit.

Legendery american saxophonist Azar Lawrence was chosen by McCoy Tyner to replace John Coltrane when he died. Also a composer,  he's played and recorded with greats such as McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw.

Al McLean is a sax player living in Montréal. He shines on the canadian scene with his contemporary style and sensitivity of the post-modern jazz language. His fluid playing brings him to play with many others, such Seamus Blake, Joe Sullivan, the Vic Vogel Big Band and Slide Hampton.

« Conduit » is a jazz project, with both saxophonists playing with style and passion, and much gusto.  Al McLean and Azar Lawrence form a quintet with some of the best musicians from the Montreal jazz scene.

A night of truly modern jazz.

Azar Lawrence, saxophone
Al McLean, saxophone
Paul Shrofel, piano
Adrian Vedady
, bass
Greg Ritchie
, drums

to see "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", click here

Saturday, March 7th,  20h30
1254 Mackay   

Photo and video by Randy Cole 
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The 16th L’OFF Jazz de Montréal will be held Oct. 1-10 2015 in different Montréal venues  - musicians can submit a concert proposal before, Saturday, Feb. 28th, 2015.

l'offjazz_150X100.jpgThe 16th L’OFF Jazz de Montréal will be held Oct. 1-10 2015 in different Montréal venues  - musicians can submit a concert proposal before, Saturday, Feb. 28th, 2015.

Your concert proposal should include:
- A CD or demo with a minimum of 3 pieces ;
- The title of the project with a short description ;
- Leader’s name and short biography ;
- Musician’s list and instrumentation ;
- A photo of the band or leader in jpeg 300 dpi ;
- Postal and email address and telephone number ;

You can send your concert proposal by email or by regular mail (see addresses below) : Important: if you choose your concert proposal electronically, make sure you send a compressed Mp3 file. Please do not send files that are too heavy. Only one email per proposal.

L’OFF Festival de jazz de Montréal
Comité de la programmation
C.P. 60150
Montréal, Québec
H2J 4E1
CANADA, programming comitee
Information : Jean-Jules Pilote (514-524-0831 ou

Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, four days, ten concerts, twelve trumpet players, March 12-15 at Résonance and 185 Van Horne.

FONT Music CanadaMore than a dozen of this country’s most creative trumpet players will gather in Montreal for the 2nd edition of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, from Thurday, March 12th to Sunday the 15th, performing jazz, classical, electroacoustic and world music.

FONT Music Canada presents performers from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York and New Brunswick

FONT Canada
Inspired by the FONT Music of New York, founded in 2003 by Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell Jr., FONT Music Canada is spearheaded by trumpeters/composers Aaron Shragge, Ellwood Epps and Bill Mahar.

Thursday, March 12th at 8:30 pm  - Résonance
Jake Henry’s Sweet Talk (New York)
Altsys Jazz Orchestra (Montreal)

Friday, March 13th at 9 pm  - Résonance
Joe Sullivan Quintet (Montreal/Toronto)
Stephanie Richards’ Urban Surveyor Project (New York/Montreal)
Pink Saliva (Montreal)

Saturday, March 14th at 9 pm - 185, rue Van Horne
Frédéric Demers’ Multi trompettes et folies (Montreal)
Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder (New York)
Ingrid Jensen Quartet Featuring Ben Monder (New York/Montreal)

Sunday, March 15th at 8:30 - 185, rue Van Horne
Amy Horvey et Warhol Dervish (Montreal)
Rampersaud Shaw Martin Neal Krakowiak Leblanc (Toronto/Nouveau-Brunswick)

5175A Ave. du Parc
185 Van Horne


TVJAZZ  September 23 2009
Jean-Christophe Béney 4tet - The Link 2e partie - Cabaret du Mile End, Sept. 23rd 2009

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Jérome Beaulieu Trio à la MDC Waterloo le 6 mars 2015