L'Orchestre national de Jazz de Montréal presents the concert Femmes de jazz under the direction of conductor Christine Jensen. This May 1st concert features pianist and composer Marianne Trudel, who is often at the piano with the ONJ, demonstrating the poetic sense author and jazz lover Stanley Péan associates with her music. There will be a world premiere performance of a piece by Marianne Trudel, Dans la forêt de ma mémoire, composed for this concert. Singer Anne Schaefer, will be there with her haunting melodies. Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, sister of Christine Jensen and member of Maria Schneider's Grammy Award-winning Orchestra, will also be at the celebration. Drummer Robbie Kuster joins the ONJ for the concert.
The program features a tribute to the orchestral music of women of jazz, including the enchanting and joyful Choro Dançado by Maria Schneider, a work inspired by brazilian music and the art of fugue in the african style. In addition to conducting, Christine Jensen will perform a piece entitled Swirlaround, full of harmonic inventions carried by a playful dynamism. Also part of this rich evening of music will be Blueprint and Untitled, pieces by avant-garde japanese composer and pianist Satoko Fujii, who studied jazz in the United States. To end the evening, the women of jazz will perform Fresh Impression, a salute to renowned american jazz composer Carla Bley.
To see a few tracks of the ONJ in concert, July 6th at the FIJM, click here
L’Orchestre national de Jazz - conducted by Christine Jensen, with Marianne Trudel, welcome Ingrid Jensen and Anne Schaefer Thursday, May 1st 8pm at L'Astral - 305 Sainte-Catherine W. (This is the last concert of the 2013-2014 season).
Jean-Pierre Lambert is a jazz pianist, bandleader and arranger who's conducted many groups such as Sortie 210 and The Pappy Hour Big Band. In the last 20 years, he's appeared in many instances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, took part at the Montreux, Fribourg (Switzerland), Vienna (France), Huy (Belgium) Jazz Festivals and has performed on stage, and on many radio and tv shows.
He is now finally proud to present the Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band, who, for it’s first appearance, will pay tribute to today’s jazz rhythms. Constantly seeking new sounds and inspiration, the Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band explores latin, swing and world music rhythms; 20 musicians who will take us on a journey through time, rythms, sounds and textures.
"I Got Rhythm" presents works by Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Samuels, Luis Perdono, Hilario Duran, Jeff Lopez, Maria Schneider, Elianne Elias and many others. You might want to danse, but can you keep the rhythm?
Jazz like you never heard before ! To see "Otoño" in rehearsal, click here
Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band
Musical Director : Jean-Pierre Lambert
Saxophones : Yves Adam, Philippe Bouffard, Alexandre Dion, Philippe Coté, Sébastien Grenier.
Trumpetts : Dominique Rossi, David Robitaille, Pierre-Olivier Duceppe, Josianne Rouette, Justine Verreault Fortin.
Trombones : Marc Tremblay, Alex Desjardins, Julie Patenaude, David Leroux.
Rhythm section : David Ryshpan (piano), Gary Schwartz (guitar), Alain Picotte (bass), Denis Cantin (drums) Joanna Peters (percussions).
Monday, April 28th, 8pm
Lion d'Or - 1676 Rue Ontario East, Montréal
Tickets : 20$ thru musicians / 22,50 $ www.lavitrine.com
Jazz turns 35 at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, June 26th to July 6th!
So much talent and so many artists for this 35th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, what's a jazz journalist to do ? It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it, so here goes.
Click here to see excerpts of the unveiling of the indoor concerts with André Ménard and Laurent Saulnier, sided by guitarists Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.
Jazz d'Ici at L'Astral 6pm : Jacques Kuba Séguin and his superb Litania Projekt, Rafael Zaldivar - Afro Cuban Revival and Jean-Pierre Zanella Quartet with Mike Moreno.
Invitation TD at the Gesù 6pm (this intimite venue is one of my favorites) : Harry Manx with Charlie Hunter and then Kevin Breit, Ambrose Akinmusire with Bill Frisell, then with Tigran Hamasyan and Tigran with Brad Mehldau.
Événements Spéciaux TD at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier 8pm : For a nice and flashy evening, a guilty pleasure : Michael Bublé !
Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique 8pm : This great hall focused on classical music hosts temperamental but o-so-talented master of the piano : Keith Jarrett. Suggestion : Bring some thoat losanges as the master does not tolerate coughing and other spontaneous bodily noises. Oh yeah, then there's Bobby McFerrin and his unique talent.
Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto Alcan at the Théâtre Maisonneuve 8pm : Dianne Reeves (souvenirs of the 2008 FIJM : wow !), Ginger Baker because I remember Cream !, L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with Terrence Blanchard. Bravo !
Le Club at l'Astral 9pm : Shai Maestro, Baptiste Trotignon Mark Turner Duo, Yannick Rieu A Love Supreme!, Mehliana with Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana.
Jazz Beat at Jean-Duceppe 9m : Mike Stern with the Bill Evans Band, Danilo Perez with Brian Blade and John Patitucci, Joe Lovano Us Five, Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding.
Jazz dans la Nuit at the Gesù 10:30pm (this venue gets better later on in the night) : Roy Hargrove Quintet, Jeff Ballard Trio avec Lionel Loueke et Miguel Zenon, Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet.
Informations : montrealjazzfest.com
The International Jazz Day, Wednesday, April 30th, a international cultural event, a celebration of jazz, and a live concert/webcast from Osaka with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and many more!
In November 2011, Unesco officially designated April 30th as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and it's diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, Unesco Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a Unesco Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.
Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together acclaimed jazz artists from around the world for a performance spanning styles, cultures, and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, organizers select a venue with rich historical significance, representing jazz’s ability to connect disparate traditions and cultural identities. In 2014, Osaka, Japan’s beautiful Osaka Castle Park will host more than 30 world-renowned performers and an audience of thousands in celebration of the third annual International Jazz Day.
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kris Bowers, John Beasley, Herbie Hancock and Makoto Ozone; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Roberta Gambarini, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter and Oumou Sangaré; trumpeters Theo Croker, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi and Terumasa Hino; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and T.S.Monk; percussionists Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.; saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Troy Roberts, Wayne Shorter and Lew Tabackin; trombonist Steve Turre; guitarists Chris Thomas King, Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Joe Louis Walker.
International Jazz Day, Wednesday, April 30th
Webcast live from Osaka, Japan (6am, Montreal time)
The webcast will be available on demand within 4 hours of the original start time, so 10am, Montreal time.
Jazz & Martini Night, April 30th (International Jazz Day) at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, with Martin Roussel, Benoît Plourde and Marie-Josée Cyr, a benefit-concert for the 29th Festi Jazz International de Rimouski!
The Jazz & Martini Night aims to gather funds in support of the 29th Festi Jazz. Designed as a concert and conference, this event will trace the history of jazz within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The public will enjoy the music of Martin Roussel, Benoît Plourde and of great singer Marie-Josée Cyr, while sipping delicious martinis made by our staff.
The audience will also have the opportunity to compose it's own original piece of jazz with the help of our three musicians: Martin Roussel ; the Festi Jazz’s current board chairman, this highly talented pianist has a tremendous experience in stage presence, both in Quebec and internationally. Marie-Josée Cyr ; singer, trombonist, composer and singing teacher, she also presented many concerts in Canada, Europe and in the United States. Benoît Plourde ; great saxophonist, Benoît Plourde started his musical studies at the Conservatory of music and dramatic art of Québec, before heading to France to finish his formation at the national Conservatory of music of Paris.
The privileged audience will also discover the exclusive content of the Grands Spectacles series of the 29th Festi Jazz.
Regular tickets - 45$ / students - 15$ / Prestige tickets at 100$, including a ticket and a Festi Jazz polo.
For tickets, which include the concert and a Martini :
Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
148, ave. de la Cathédrale (Rimouski)
For more info : Soirée Jazz et Martini
(Photos Yvan Couillard)
Benjamin Deschamps Quartet - What do we know
Last Sept. 2013, at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, I was on a Jury that awarded that event's Grand Prix to Benjamin Deschamps. A year or so later, here's a CD by young saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps and his original quartet. Eight well-written and original tracks that have their own sound.
This altist is influenced by Cannonball Adderley and Dave Turner, who could ask for anything more ? Solid material for your soul : Futur imparfait and on track 4 - Cauchemar Cyclique, with special guest, saxophonist Frank Lozano.
Benjamin Deschamps, sax and compositions
Charles Trudel, piano
Sébastien Pellerin, bass
Alain Bourgeois, drums
To see les yeux fermés at the launch of What do we know at the Bleury - Bar à Vinyle, click here
for more info : benjamindeschamps.com
February 6 2014
L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal - "Le Bolduc" Joe Sullivan Rémi Bolduc - L'Astral, Feb 6th, 2014
A musical encounter of classical, jazz postimpressionnist and world.
François Richard is one of the best flute players in Québec. Part of the Jazz All Year-Round series, the flutist and composer conveys us to his universe. At a very young age, our Québec flutist was already taking classes with the master of the classical flute, Jean-Pierre Rampal. François Richard is recognised for his compositions and amazing abilities at the flute. He's shared the stage with some of the greats of jazz and world music.
François shares a unique connection with violonist Helmut Lispsky and pianist Matt Herskowitz, all three being extremely versatile and specialists at turning classical over into jazz. For this concert, they'll play some of their compositions, as well as classical works including many improvisations.
To see "Polonaise Libanaise" by the trio, click here
For the second part of the concert, the Nouvel Orchestra String Quartet joins the trio for a setting that'll amaze you!
François Richard Trio
François Richard Matt Herskowitz Helmut Lispsky
Nouvel Orchestra String Quartet
Friday, April 25th at 8pm
305 Sainte-Catherine W
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Amazing vocalist Kurt Elling, Brassfire with Jens Lindemann, Klezmer Craze with Emil Aybinder and Vira Lozinsky, Stochelo Rosenberg with Gypsy Jazz & Django, Fridays in May at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival!
From May 9 to 30, every Friday night the Festival presents the TD Jazz series.
This year, the TD Jazz series kicks off by amazing jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. Following his triumph here in 2010, Kurt will be back in Montreal, at last ! He will present us his “1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project” (May 9).
Brassfire (May 16), with internationally acclaimed virtuoso Jens Lindemann, is an innovative concert experience. Along with special guest and trombone legend, Wycliffe Gordon, Brassfire features a range of musical styles from the classics of Bach and Debussy, to Piazzolla, Ellington and Louis Armstrong, as well as composers of today.
Part of the Israel Connexion series is Klezmer Craze (May 23) with Vira Lozinsky and the Emil Aybinder’s quartet. Together, they already performed on various continents, and often play for jazz festivals. In 2012, they were awarded the First Prize of the Jewish Music International Competition, held in Amsterdam.
Stochelo Rosenberg will lead his two young music partners, Sébastien Giniaux and Joel Locher, in an enchanting Gypsy Jazz & Django evening (May 30). With two acoustic guitars and one double-bass, Gypsy Jazz & Django presents a program (May 30) of jazz standards, gypsy arrangements of modern tunes and, of course, some music by the great Django Reinhardt should leave all jazz lovers absolutely delighted!
The TD Jazz series of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival - Information : www.festivalmontreal.org / Église St-George / 1101 Stanley / Peel and de la Gauchetière- Métro Bonaventure 514-489-7444. Tickets office at Place des Arts.
Legendary american bassist and composer Steve Swallow will join the Doxas Brothers and pianist Andre White for an unforgettable evening of instrumental jazz. With Swallow on bass, Chet Doxas on saxophone, Jim Doxas on drums, and Andre White on piano, the group will draw upon the vast original repertoire of each of its members as well as some of their favourite songs from the Great American Songbook.
This is a rare opportunity for jazz lovers to see award-winning electric bassist Steve Swallow up close and personal, as he has established an international reputation by lending his talents to groups led by Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Stan Getz, Chick Corea and many more.
Swallow released his most recent album, Into the Woodwork, with The Swallow Quintet, in June 2013. He also lent his rhythmic talents to Dave Douglas and Chet Doxas’s upcoming quartet album, Riverside (Greenleaf Music). To be released April 15th, Riverside puts a contemporary stamp on small group improvisation while evoking the dynamic ensembles led by clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre.
To see "A Dog's Life" with The Swallow Quintet, click here
Closing concert of the Power Jazz Series. Sunday, April 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts Studio, 5170, Ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal / Box-Office Tickets $15-$25 at 514.739.7944, www.centresegal.org
April 14 2014
Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band - El Otoño - in rehearsal for the April 28th concert at the Lion d'Or
April 23 2014
André Ménard and Laurent Saulnier unveil the indoor concerts of the 35th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with the help of Harry Manx and Kevin Breit