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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday March 26 2015 to Thursday April 30 2015

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The Festival Blues & Jazz de Saguenay celebrates 20 years of jazz, blues and music of different strokes, from Tuesday, April 14th to Sunday, April 19th.

FJBS_2015-Sortie_Jazz.jpgAt the Festival Blues et Jazz de Saguenay, see artists that have been recognised with many awards : Grammys, Junos, Félix, Victoire de la musique and other distinctions.

Ravi Coltrane, Holly Cole, Florence K, The Blues Hall of Fame Tour with Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton and John Hammond, Bob Walsh, Guy Bélanger, Dawn & Paul, Angel Forrest, Jordan Officer, Steve Strongman, Émie R. Roussel, Gabrielle Shonk, Danielle Nicole Band, Paul Reddick, Seb’s Music Shop, Bharath and his Rhythm Four, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Joseph Edgar, Victor Wainwright, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, SRV Tribute Blues Band, Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and l’Orchestre Symphonique of the Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean.

Furthermore, check out the newly builtd Bell Dôme at the heart of the party zone!

You might run into our ambassador, Stanley Péan of Ici Musique so take advantage of concerts at a special 20th birthday rate.

Tuesday, April 14th to Sunday, April 19th, let's meet in Saguenay and celebrate our 20th! - Follow us on Facebook & Twitter - Many Chicoutimi and Jonquière venues - Info-Festival : 418-817-4529.

Randa launches Subtle Thrills with Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash and John Lee.

randa_subtle_thrills_150X149.jpgFollowing a collaboration with the “Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band”, during which Randa sang in trio before joining the Big Band, the idea of the trio recording emerged between her, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, drummer Lewis Nash and bassist John Lee.

The latter running his own studio in NY was assigned to engineer the whole session whilst Dezron Douglas replaced on doublebass. Fellow’s talented guests as Antonio Hart, Freddie Hendrix and Roger Squitero joined to drop wonderful solos on few tracks.

Randa had already worked with Cyris Chestnut and recorded a previous album “Moon Breeze” in Montreal back in 2011. The duo shared ideas and reached arrangements signed by the talented pianist that enhanced Randa’s subtle, velvety voice. A much thrilling session that offered acoustic “Subtle Thrills”, as Randa described it when leaving studio.

Listen to samples and buy "Suble Thrills" on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and in Archambault stores. - -

Trumpeter Randy Brecker in concert with the Big Band de l'Université de Montréal, Thursday, March 26th!

randy_brecker_150X131.jpgCR -  Randy Brecker, with five decades of playing a wide musical range from jazz to rock, when playing, do you think "jazz" or simply music?
RB - "Well it's all connected. I have a (jazz) vocabulary that's central to everything I play and I just shift around the rhythms and nuances...jazz it at the core of everything tho'...It all falls under the term music"
CR - Working with your brother and saxophonist Michael Brecker, how was the interaction?
 RB - "Well we had a sixth sense together, we didn't have to talk about those nuances mentioned above...we just felt everything as one person with regards to vibrato, phrasing, dynamics, horn lines...etc"
CR - How did the ideas emerge and who led who?
RB - "Well on some tunes we collaborated and jammed them up or wrote them together...on some other ones we wrote separately, we'd always run ideas back and forth tho. In the later years our producer George Whitty was very important in the mix of things."
CR - How do you define your music and your style? Like your old friend, recently deceased trumpeter Lew Soloff, you play everything with such grace and intelligence?
RB - "Like Lew, who I will miss more than I can say, we were alike in a lot of ways. We both preferred to play in a lot of different scenarios and circumstances to keep things interesting. We loved all types of "music' from jazz to pop, from latin to classical...Lew was also a great classical trumpet player and of course piccolo trumpet player but at the heart of things we were both 'jazz musicians' first and foremost, and tried to play music with a lot of heart and soul!"
CR - Your trumpet and mouthpiece?
RB - "Yamaha Bb Xeno 8335G trumpet with a 2 1/2C Bach Megatone mouthpiece, Yamaha 8315 flugelhorn with a Stork custom flugelhorn mouthpiece."
CR - Your influences?
RB - "Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Shorty Rogers, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Thad Jones, Woody Shaw, Art Farmer, and it could go on and on."
CR - Do you still practice everyday? what's your method?
RB - "Yes"

1. warm up
2. classical studies
3. jazz transcription studies treating them like classical 'études'
4. improvise alone...playing free...good way to think of new lines
5. play with Play Along CDs

CR -  What's your advice for a young musician and especially young trumpet players?
RB - "Practice, practice, practice!...There's no secret to success you have to put in the time!"
Randy Brecker and the Big Band de l'Université de Montréal, conductor Ron Di Lauro
Thursday, March 26th at 7:30pm
Université de Montréal - Salle Claude Champagne
220 Vincent d'Indy, Montreal
For more information, click here
Entrevue : Christophe Rodriguez
Editing : Claude Thibault

The inimitable Diana Krall is back in town as part of the Jazz All-Year Round series, May 29th and June 3rd.

SJN_150x150_DianaKrall (Jt).jpgThe Jazz All-Year Round series is proud to welcome Diana Krall in Montréal after her historical concert in the outdoor stage during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal last summer! Known as one of the most important artists in jazz vocal, in complete command of a repertoire bridging jazz standards and popular songs of the ’20s and ’30s, Diana Krall is back to present her new album, Wallflower.

Accompanied by an orchestra of 26 musicians, the singer will present her versions of some of the greatest classics of the pop repertoire from the ’60s to the present day, including timeless songs by Bob Dylan, the Mamas and the Papas and the Eagles. A concert you can’t miss in the intimacy of la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, on next May 29 and June 2! It’s the best way to begin the Festivals season!

Tickets and info available at !

Tonight, Thursday March 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, March 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 ) The Preservation Hall Jazz Band launches the TD Jazz Series of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, April 2nd at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.
2 ) Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos samba, Jazz  All-Year Round Series, April 8th at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts.
3) Jazz vocalist Randa launches "Subtle Thrills" with Cyrus Chestnut Lewis Nash and John Lee.
4 ) Michel Cusson at Jazz en Rafale, March 28th at l'Astral.
5) Pierre Tanguay and Michel Donato launch "Groove En Bach" part of Carte Blanche à Pierre Tanguay, April 1st at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

John Roney - Préludes, live à la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

There's a lot of talent here, you'll see (or hear!). John Roney, well-known Montreal pianist has got more than one trick up his sleeve, as this new release proves it. If jazz is his first love, classic is right behind with this heartening new opus. Twelve tracks that switch from one universe to the other with so much maestria that it'll make you jealous, so precise is the playing.

So many choices, such as Prelude To A Kiss (Duke Ellington), two Gershwines with these lesser-know Préludes. From one act to the other, we switch from Debussy, Chopin (so beautiful), and the redoubtable Scriabine. So many Préludes and so many successes. It's all there, and all is said.

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

TVJAZZ  March 23 2015
Carte Blanche Pierre Tanguay avec Karen Young Marianne Trudel Jean Derome Normand Guilbeault - Reflection - MDC CDN, le 23 mars 2015

Gilberto Gil - Gilbertos Samba, Wednesday, April 8th at Place des Arts.

animation Gilberto Gil.gifBrazil’s ambassador of music, singer, composer, guitarist Gilberto Gil is in town presenting Gilbertos Samba (released April 2014), his most recent project revisiting Joao Gilberto’s monumental repertory. A refined music with its own tempo, rich in love and poetry.

Part of the Jazz All-Year Round Series of the Montreal Jazz Fest, Gilberto Gil will seduce you with a return to the roots of bossa nova.

For over four decades, Gilberto Gil has been delighting us with his bossa nova and brazilian rhythms and is recognised with his friend Caetano Veloso as a pionneer of tropicalia and MPB (música popular brasileira). Gilberto Gil was also Brazil’s Minister of Culture from 2003 to 2008.

Gil pursues a brilliant career, with over 30 albums to his name, widely recognised by prestigious awards such as our own Antonio-Carlos-Jobim Prize of the 2008 Montreal Jazz Fest.

See Eu Vim Da Bahia on Gilbertos Samba by clicking here

He'll be in concert with :
Bern Gil, guitar and percussions (his son!)
Erivaldo Oliveira, accordéon
Domenico Lancellotti, drums

Opening act : Bia presents her latest release Navegar.

We'll be there...will you ?

Gilberto Gil - Gilbertos Samba
Wednesday, April 8th at 8pm
Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts
Jazz All-Year Round
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The Regroupement Jazz Québec (RJQ) presents a panel : Le jazz dans tous ses états - Saturday, April 11th 5pm at Casa del Popolo.

animation 11 avril.gifIn collaboration with the Festival Malasartes 2015 !

The Regroupement Jazz Québec is a new and upcoming organisation whose objective is to unite the different voices of Quebec jazz.

The Regroupement Jazz Québec presents a unique opportunity to participate in this discussion and exchange, analysing the different possibillities (grants and bursaries etc.) as well as explore new avenues (crowdfunding, cooperative, etc.).

It's also an opportunity to have a dialogue in between the different families, groups and sub-groups of Quebec jazz, in between the panelists and the participants.

Panel : 5:30pm to 7:30pm (all together)

5:30pm : grants and bursaries in jazz : CALQ, CAM, CAC, Sodec, Musicaction etc - are they worth it?
6:30pm : crowdfunding, new forms of cultural financing and self-mgmt - how to do it differently

Clément Topping, grant/bursaries consultant
Nicole Charbonneau - La Tour à pistons, grant/bursuries/consultant
Karen Young, crowdfunding - presented by Jean-Bruno Tremblay
Sonia Johnson, crowdfunding
Jules Bernier, new ways of mgmt
Raphael Foisy-Couture, new ways of mgmt
Ellwood Epps, new ways of mgmt

7:30pm : networking, food and more discussions...

All are welcome!

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Casa del Popolo
4873 St-Laurent

Thanks !

The RJQ Board of Directors.
In collaboration with the Festival Malasartes 2015

37 years after it started, more than 2000 young musicians gather at the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec, Saturday, March 28 in St-Hubert.

Promo 2015 ANG_150X150.jpg90 jazz ensembles will perform on the 6 stages of the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec, a yearly jazz festival held at the André-Laurendeau school in St-Hubert. All are welcome for this great event to the sound of big bands and combos. The JazzFest 2015 Tribute Prize will be awarded to singer Johanne Blouin, the event’s honorary spokeswoman.

The Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band performs with singer Johanne Blouin as guest group of the closing concert at 5pm.

Adults: $10. / Students and elderly: $5 / Free: 12 years and less
Information: 450-465-3628
7450 Cousineau Blvd., St-Hubert
8am to 7pm.

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