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No need to go to New Orleans to experience the festive “Mardi Gras” hooplas! Every first Tuesday of the month, the downtown Montreal House of Jazz offers a 50% discount on food and beverages while lively Roger Walls and his Dixieland Band rock the place. Hot stuff! To see "On The Sunny Side of The Street", click here
On March 11th, it is worth fighting the winter elements to see the breathtaking singer-composer-teacher Nancy Martinez. Ultimate beauty, versatility, know-how and heartfelt performances... she’s got it all! Feel for trendy urban pop and world music? Then Michel Cloutier is definitely a ‘must-see’ on March 14th. You’ll love his own material. On the 27th, feel welcome to attend Miguel Fenton’s "Fenton : Pasado, Presente y Futuro" LP launch. You’ll find out why this hot-blooded percussionist, originally from the Dominican Republic, is so much in demand. And the beat goes on...
Find the full entertainment calendar at Houseofjazz.ca (can also be downloaded on your smartphone)
Check out our videos of Roger Walls Mardi Gras Dixieland Band, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Bob Ricci, Emma Frank, Marty Franklin, Hugo St-Cyr, Johnny Beaudine - Sylvia Harris, El Pachuco Flamenko, Straight Ahead Blues - Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyrr, Eva Green, Taurey Butler, Oliver Jones, Carolyn Fe, Colin Hunter, Glenn Bradley, Bob Ricci, Miosa, Snooky and the Bandits, Melina Soochan, Geraldine Hunt and more at the House of Jazz on YouTube, by clicking here
House of Jazz - 2060 Aylmer
(corner Président-Kennedy - McGill Metro)
houseofjazz.ca Info and reservations : 514-842-8656
Pianist Lorraine Desmarais has a new stage production for her her big band jazz ensemble and 16 musicians. The Lorraine Desmarais Big Band has already had resounding successes in concerts in Montréal, Canada and Mexico; rave reviews and the Felix Award at the ADISQ Gala for the album her Lorraine Desmarais Big Band. This time, the internationally recognized pianist and composer proposes a well-crafted bill with a suite of dances : Habanera , Reel and even a Tango…It's dance time...but can you really dance ?
Surrounded by the best jazz musicians and improvisers from the Montreal area , you can enjoy the artist directing this fine ensemble : virtuosity, musicality, high-flying improvisations will be waiting for you.
The evening is made possible thanks to the CALQ and with the participation of Quebec Jazz Festival.
Lorraine Desmarais Big Band
Friday, March 28th 8pm
Théâtre Petit Champlain
Québec, QC 418-692-2631
Saxophonist Alexandre Côté directs L'Orchestre national de Jazz on March 6th at L'Astral and presents Portraits d’ici, a series of compositions inspired by regional or urban travels. Conceived like a musical travel diary, the continuation evokes the memories by the landscapes and the meetings. Graduate of CEGEP St-Laurent and McGill University, Côté studied with Rémi Bolduc, Janis Steprans, Frank Lozano, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Kevin Dean, Jan Jarczyk and Joe Sullivan. Since then, he teaches and directs his own quintet, which received the Jazz TD Grand Prix in 2011.
The second part of the concert is dedicated to Joe Henderson, who in the sixties had formed with Kenny Dorham a rehearsal orchestra allowing them to develop arrangements that the passage of years did not tarnish, still so inventive and daring in their rhythms and harmonies. Henderson will finally record these pieces with Don Sickler and other high level accomplices at the time of a studio session just after a concert at Lincoln Center. Four years later, another recording session added arrangements by Bob Belden, Slide Hampton and Michael Philip Mossman. In 1998, Joe Henderson Big Band’s CD won Best performance Grammy in the jazz large ensembles category.
L’Orchestre national de Jazz de Montréal will be joined on stage by saxophonists David Bellemare, Erik Hove, André Leroux, Frank Lozano, Samuel Blais, trumpettists Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle, David Carbonneau, Bill Mahar, trombonists Alex Truelove, Gabriel Gagnon, Robert Ellis, pianist Pierre François, bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc and drummer Richard Irwin.
To see a few tracks of the ONJ in concert, July 6th at the FIJM, click here
L’Orchestre national de Jazz - led by and featuring Alexandre Côté, presents Portraits d'ici and the music of Joe Henderson - Thursday, March 6th 8pm at L'Astral - 305 Sainte-Catherine W 514-871-1881
This project, which combines popular melodies and jazz interpretation, is both modern and accessible. Yannick Rieu on saxophone in the company of Sylvain Provost on guitar and Guy Boisvert on bass, explores the astonishing richness of the french repertoire by revisiting songs by Barbara, Trenet, Vigneault, Gainsbourg, Brel, Ferré, Leclerc, Piaf…Using an original approach, the Yannick Rieu Trio brings a new impetus to known and less known themes and songs.
“The moment he starts playing, the sound goes straight to your heart. The blend of Rieu’s sax and Provost’s guitar prove, in just a few notes, that heaven does exist. Beauty, pure and simple; nothing over the top.” - Le Soleil.
For this event, Salle Pauline-Julien will be transformed into a Cabaret-style venue with general admission.
Yannick Rieu Trio - La Vie en Rose
Friday, March 7th 8pm
Tickets and information :
32$ reg - 30$ seniors - 24$ students
15615 Gouin W, Sainte-Geneviève 514-626-1616
Réseau Admission 514-790-1245
Carlos Jimenez - Jogo
Although I don't know guitarist Carlos Jimenez that well, this sunny new release that flirts with some of the classic jazz standards, is a delightful CD, the only thing missing is a concert to hear the man. With bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Richard Irwin, he give us the chops that all good guitarists should know, without exageration.
Jobim of of course with Luiza, rendered with infinite softness, a unknown Thelonious Monk : Eronel, a Steve Swallow on the way (!) : Falling Grace, Jogo Harmonico, a very personal and precious composition, like it should be. Nice work to listened to slowly and with a lot of time.
To see "I'll Remember April", click here
for more info : carlosjimenezmusic.com
April 8 2009
CD Launch - Lorraine Desmarais Big Band - And One for Chick, April 2009
Trifolia make up a living and dynanic unit with some dreamy compositions. Pianist and composer Marianne Trudel has a unique connection with her trio. The album Le Refuge is sublime.
Powerful and tender, Marianne Trudel is always up to the task musically. With Trifolia, the music is a hybrid of jazz and classical. Very ethereal.
Bassist Étienne Lafrance's sensitivity connects with the melody as well percussionist Patrick Graham's rhythms, with sounds of wood, metal, grain and skins laying down a rich soundscape.
If you want to reconnect with yourself, listen to their music with your eyes closed and let your imagination soar to this atmospheric, exalting jazz...because Trifolia is a trio inspired by nature.
Trifolia is nomimated for Juno, comtemporary jazz album and received an Opus Prize 2012-2013 for the Jazz Album of the Year.
Marianne Trudel : piano, composition
Étienne Lafrance : bass, composition
Patrick Graham : percussions, composition
Thurday, March 13th at 6pm
Salle Bourgie - Pavillon Claire et Marc Bourgie - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1339 Sherbrooke W
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Unique jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is presenting his most recent project ; 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project, a tribute to the texts and the sound that are rooted in this NY address described by The London Telegraph as "the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world."
This idea from Grammy-winning singer Kurt Elling is a bold one and guaranteed to further solidify his reputation for innovation and superb craftsmanship. The 11-track collection features renditions of classic songs that came out of the Brill Building, situated at 1619 Broadway, New York.
To see the video on 1619 Broadway, click here
This concert is presented Friday, May 9th part of the TD Jazz series of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival
February 6 2014
L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal - "Le Bolduc" Joe Sullivan Rémi Bolduc - L'Astral, Feb 6th, 2014