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2014 TVJazz Best Of (International) - these 5 videos from TVJazz stand out from the 2014 international crop !

jackdejohn.jpgJack DeJohnette Ravi Coltrane Matt Garrison

FIJM 2014, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe @PdA

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danilo-1.jpgDanilo Perez John Patittuci Brian Blade "Panama 500, Rediscovery of the South Sea"

FIJM 2014, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe @PdA

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dianne.jpgDianne Reeves "Dreams"

FIJM 2014, Théâtre Maisonneuve @PdA

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mike.jpgMike Stern Bill Evans Band

FIJM 2014, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe @PdA

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cecile-2.jpgCecile McLorin Salvant "Yesterdays"

FIJM 2014, L'Astral - Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

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2014 TVJazz Best Of (Québec) - these 5 videos from TVJazz that stand out from the 2014 Quebec crop !

the_brooks_100X75.jpgThe Brooks "Use Me"

Dièse Onze, January 8

to see the video, click here

onj_6fev.jpgL'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal avec Joe Sullivan et Rémi Bolduc "Le Bolduc"

L'Astral, February 6

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ben_charest.jpgBen Charest Organ Trio "Warm Canto"

Segal Centre, March 2

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jpzanella.jpgJean-Pierre Zanella Quartet + Mike Moreno

FIJM 2014, L'Astral - Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

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rachel-3.jpgRachel Therrien "Ploma"

Quai des brumes, October 7

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2014 CDJazz Best Of - Christophe Rodriguez gives us his top 5 CDJazz that stand out from the QC 2014 jazz crop!

michel_morissette_nothing_tolouse_100X100.jpgMichel Morissette - Nothing Toulouse : I don't know guitarist Michel Morissette that much, and I admit, I should've paid more attention to his career. What a surprise when I stuck the CD in my player, wow these guys are cookin', even if it's not your "classic" kind of jazz, a somewhat rock sound and quite a talent for improvisation.  With opening track Nothing Toulouse, his fast-paced, crazy riffs makes for some exciting guitar playing, as always, supported by saxophonist André Leroux giving it all he's got. On the CD, sample some tenderness on Le chant and interesting riffs on Impulsions. A great CD and a great band : André Leroux, tenor sax, Gaétan Daigneault, piano/rhodes, Jean Cyr, bass, and Alain Boyer at the drums.

To see a video of Nothing Toulouse, click here

Sonia Johnson couverture pochette credit photo Pascale Therien_100X100.jpgSonia Johnson - Le cœur à l’endroit : 2012 Juno winner for Le carré de nos amours, singer/songwriter/composer Sonia Johnson is back with Le cœur à l’endroit, for our greatest pleasure. The music of this consistent new release on the boundaries of jazz has two things going for it, one that's it's jazz with strong texts, the other being that's it's great music to listen to in a mellow space joined with a great rhythm section : Marianne Trudel, piano, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, bass/doublebass, Jim Doxas at the drums and friends that joined in such as André Leroux, Jonathan Stewart, etc.  Joining all this talent let's also mention the importance of the texts and collaborators : Combien d’automnes (Marianne Trudel), Si j’avais (Sonia Johnson, Nathalie Baroud),  Rue Liverpool (Stanley Péan /Anthony Rosankovic), Je rêve (Claude André/Mario Peluso) and of course, Sonia Johnson's voice, soft, captivating and touching. A great and tightly-knit CD.

To see a excerpt of Elle Court, click here

To see Toi, mon amour, Oct. 9th at L'OFF Jazz, click here

jacques_kuba_seguin_elevation-100X100.jpgJacques Kuba Séguin - L’élévation du point de chute : Hard not to really like this last album by trumpeter and composer Jacques Kuba Séguin. At the last Montreal Jazz Fest, moments of grace and depth with Jacques' Litania Project with string section, a true voyage of jazz and music of the world, like this new opus, incandescent. The poetic title recalls Albert Camus, and the man forges ahead with Jean-Pierre Zanella and André Leroux, saxophones, Jonathan Cayer, piano, Frédéric Alarie, bass and Kevin Warren at the drums.  The essence du jazz with some great Hubbard/Brown voicings, but also some jazz funk, and a jazz  tandem with writer and host Stanley Péan, a few hits of blues. Great CD.

janis_steprans_la-petite-foret-enchantee_100X100.jpgJanis Steprans Quartet - La petite forêt enchantée : An oasis of coolness, a breath of fresh air in these difficult Quebec election times, so let's take a "cosmic" trip with alto saxophonist Janis Steprans.  A splendid sound, grounded, not esoteric at all, great personal compositions and three standards : Here’s That Rainy Day, My Melancholy Baby, Stardust, the last being the best as far as playing.  60 minutes of happiness with the great André White, drums, Adrian Vedady, bass and Kenny Bibace, guitar.

To see "Not From Concentrate", click here

belleau_100X100.jpgYvan Belleau - Mix-cités : This is great, a CD that'll help you deal with the winter blahs and cold weather. Great sax player and top clarinetist Yvan Belleau, pays tribute with Mix-cités to percussionnist Eval Manigat, "father of Quebec world music". Wow, this is high energy, funky and fast-driving with some muscle players such as Jocelyn Couture/Maxime St-Pierre, trumpets, Jean Fréchette, baritone sax, pianists Julie Lamontagne and  Jean-François Groulx, Harold Faustin on guitar, Dan Gigon on bass and of course, our friend Yvan that does it right on. Powerful and precise arrangements, musicians that give it all they got, and  even more from such a band. Take these guys to the next Montreal Jazz Fest and it's gonna get hot!

to see "Blues For Mandela" click here

to see "Simila" click here

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

Talking with bassist and composer Alex Bellegarde, father of many Montreal jams since 2000 and his latest CD "Floating".

alex_150X150.jpgAlex Bellegarde doesn't give up easy and is devoted to jazz. He's been hosting and organizing Montreal jams since 2000, 1st at the Jazzons on Ontario St., then at Nyk's of Bleury (2002-2008) and since 2008 at the Dièse Onze.

We talk with Alex Bellegarde about the jams, how they work, what makes it all worthwhile, the jazz scene and why he's into jazz and his latest CD"Floating" with Jérôme Beaulieu (piano), Martin Auguste (drums), Samuel Blais (sax) and Hichem Khalfa (trumpet).

To see the interview in french, click here

To read our CDJazz feature on "Floating" click here

No JazzBulletin next Thursday, Dec. 25th - the calendar of this JazzBulletin covers Thursday Dec. 18th to Thursday. January 1st, 2015, inclusively.

No JazzBulletin next Thursday, Dec. 25th - the calendar of this JazzBulletin covers Thursday Dec. 18th to Thursday. January 1st, 2015, inclusively.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Alex Bellegarde Trio - Floating

"Floating" is a tasty new release by bassist Alex Bellegarde to be savoured with much pleasure. Great recording that will create lots of ohs and ahs. Instigator and tireless coordonator of the Tuesday night jam sessions since 2000, at Nyk's from 2002 to 2008 and since then at the Dièse Onze as well as many recordings and participation in many other groups, bassist Alex Bellegarde resonates the strings of the mythic instrument with a lot of energy and drive.

With lots of space for his collegues Jérôme Beaulieu (piano), Martin Auguste (drums), Samuel Blais (sax) and Hichem Khalfa (trumpet), here's some consistant jazz with lots of drive.  A healthy  explosion of blue notes to help forget the cold weather, fits nicely under the Xmas tree !

We took the opportunity to meet Alex Bellegarde and discuss jams, his CD, the musicians he plays with and more, to see the interview in french, click here

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

TVJAZZ  June 27 2014
Mike Stern Bill Evans Band - FIJM, June 27 2014

Vocalist Kathryn Samman and Quartet bring in the New Year at Dièse Onze.

kathryn_samman_jerome_beaulieu_150X137.jpgAre you ready for New Year's Eve. My suggestion is is the Kathryn Samman Quartet who'll turn in the New Year in a sumptuous ambiance.

True vocal jazz revelation, Kathryn Samman kicks off this grand night with jazz classics and a contemporary sound. Sided by none other than her husband, Jérôme Beaulieu on piano, (Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2013-2014), polyvalent bassist Alex Bellegarde and Mr. Rhythm ; Martin Auguste on the drums.

Kathryn started her singing carreer when she was 14 by playing the main character of Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. Since then, she's worked on many projects. Kathryn Samman multiplied her experience as a chorist with Coeur de Pirate, Lionel Richie, Malajube, The Beach Boys, Radio Radio, Styx, Marie-Mai as well as Gregory Charles. She also founded the vocal trio Les Brunettes.

New Year's Eve is a great time to party and closer to midnight Kathryn Samman and her quartet are laying down some Motown with some pop & R&B. The grand finale of the night will be a jazz-inspired jam session. Don't wait too long to get your reservation, it should be a great party until the wee hours of the night.

May the New Year bring you happiness, sweetness and serenity!

Kathryn Samman, voice
Jérôme Beaulieu, piano
Alex Bellegarde, bass
Martin Auguste, drums

Wednesday, Dec. 31st at 8:30pm
Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis
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Thursday December 18th, 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, Dec. 18th, we talked about...

Le Cabaret Jazz Band with Pierre-Armand Tremblay and Sam Simard & Jacques Kuba Séguin in a tribute to the crooners Bublé Sinatra Baker, at the Cabaret-Théâtre du Vieux Saint-Jean, Dec. 19.
New Year's Eve Concert with Kathryn Samman Quartet, at the Dièse Onze, Dec. 31st.
Alex Bellegarde launches "Floating" - on CDJazz - video interview on
Beth McKenna Jazz Orchestra - launches"Start", at La Sala Rossa, Jan. 8th, 2015.
Seamus Blake, masterclass and concert with the Orchestre de Jazz 1 de McGill, at McGill's Tanna Schulich Hall, Jan. 21st, 2015.

Every last Thursday of the month,'s Editor, Claude Thibault, is Stanley Péan's guest at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique. He covers the Quebec jazz news, releases, features, concerts and more. The show is at 5:30pm and his chronique is in the 2nd hour, around 6:30pm.

TVJAZZ  October 6 2013
Janis Steprans Quartet - Not From Concentrate - L'OFF Jazz at the Résonance Café, Oct. 6 2013

TVJAZZ  November 18 2013
Yvan Belleau Mix-cités - Simila - Lion d'Or, Nov. 18th 2013

TVJAZZ  October 9 2014
Sonia Johnson launches "Le coeur à l'endroit" - Toi, mon amour - L'OFF Jazz, Oct. 9th 2014

TVJAZZ  October 14 2014
Michel Morissette - Nothing Toulouse - O Patro Vys, Oct 14th , 2014

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