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En Trois Couleurs, with soloist-percussionist Marie-Josée Simard, pianists François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé, CD launch Feb. 10th and 4 concerts from January 31st to April 12 in Montreal, Shawinigan and Mont-Laurier.

animation En Trois Couleurs printemps 2015_v2.gifFebruary 10th, En Trois Couleurs launch their long-awaited first album on Atma Classique available online here and in stores.  Opus Award winners for Best Jazz Concert  for the 2012-2013 period, these 4 concerts present three of the greatest figures of Quebec music together on stage. Three musicians / composers who have the power to  warm your soul.

Solo-percussionist Marie-Josée Simard, whose reputation is well established, teamed up with two leading jazz composers and pianists :  François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé. Together, they create a true peregrination through the generous meanders of contemporary jazz and free improvisation. A unique encounter that reveals a palette of unexpected colors where gongs, marimba, vibraphone and tubular bells resonate in tune with the dazzling pianos.

Since the inaugural concert presented at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal on February 15, 2013, En Trois Couleurs has enjoyed a great success. The SimardBourassa - Léveillé trio is praised for its boldness, sensitivity and musical generosity on stage.

To see "Bullet Train" click here

Extremely original’, Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir

Don't miss one of our concerts in your area :

En Trois CouleursMarie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé

(West Island) - Saturday, Jan. 31 Salle Pauline-Julien 514-626-1616 - Shawinigan - Friday, Feb. 6 Maison de la Culture Francis-Brisson 819-539-6444 -  Longueuil : Saturday, Feb. 7 Théâtre de la Ville de Longueuil 450-670-1616 - Mont-Laurier : Sunday, April 12th (3:30pm) : Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec 819-623-1222

Notes on Montréal by Mike Rud, featuring Sienna Dahlen with Chad Linsley, Adrian Vedady, Dave Laing + Mommies on the run, at the Lion d'Or, Friday, Feb. 6th.

NotesOnMontreal_150X150.jpgNotes on Montréal by Mike Rud, featuring Sienna Dahlen, who won a 2014 Juno winner for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, is a gorgeous disc focused on that unforgettable city, and how she has been portrayed by generations of authors. This soulful band, including a string quartet, takes you on a passionate musical tour that took Mike Rud years to research and create.

“…Rud’s lyrics are particularly evocative…” -Montreal Gazette, Bill Brownstein

Guitarist, composer, arranger and lyricist Mike Rud, has a Masters from McGill and studied in New York City with jazz legend Jim Hall. He's played with greats like Kenny Wheeler and Herb Ellis.

Sienna Dahlen
, is a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and educator and performs regularly for audiences throughout most of Europe, parts of the US, Mexico, Argentina and across Canada. Her singing is also featured in the Academy Award winning film, "The Danish Poet". (Torill Kove)

To see "Babe" click here

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Notes on Montréal by Mike Rud, featuring Sienna Dahlen + Mommies on the run, Chad Linsley (piano) Adrian Vedady (bass) Dave Laing (drums) - Lion d'Or, Friday, Feb. 6th, 8pm -1676 Ontario E.

L’Orchestre national de jazz at L'Astral, Thursday, Feb. 5th 8pm, Afro-Cuban Special, guest artist Joel Miller, conductor Christine Jensen.

onj_5fev.jpgFor its first concert of the year, L’Orchestre national de jazz welcomes Joel Miller, the 2013 Juno award recipient for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording. The evening’s program will be adorned by many of his pieces alongside compositions of the legendary trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie, which dresses the event with latin flare. All works will be conducted by Christine Jensen whose 2014 Juno award-winning record Habitat showcases Miller’s talents as a soloist.

Joel Miller is a Jazz Performance McGill graduate and an alumnus of The Banff Center jazz workshops, where he studied with Chucho Valdes and Kenny Wheeler, amongst others. He set himself apart as a bandleader swiftly after the release of his debut album Find A Way, when he won the Grand Prix Jazz Award during the 1997 Montreal’s Jazz Festival. He has collaborated with daring spirits such as Geoffrey Keezer, Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gary Versace et Ingrid Jensen, along with the percussionist and composer  Thom Gossage, his partner for their adventurous, “para-noise” project Sky Beneath My Feet. Recently, his work with bassist Fraser Hollins led to Swim, which accents cinematographic touches, and Honeycomb, an exploration of peruvian rhythms inspired by Miller’s 2008 trip to Lima.

L’Orchestre national de jazz at L'Astral - Afro-Cuban Special,  guest artist Joel Miller - conductor Christine Jensen, music by Dizzy Gillespie and Joel Miller - Thursday, Feb. 5 at 8pm. 305 Sainte-Catherine W / 514-871-1881. (This is the first concert of a Feb to May Series). Consult our Facebook.

Ayiti cheri, at the 9th Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince by Stanley Péan, of ICI Musique (special collaboration).

animation PAP Jazz 2015.gif« Ayiti cheri, pi bon peyi pase ou nan pwen! » sings in creole Joël Widmaier, the main man at the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, sitting on the ground in the Fokal parking, a Port-au-Prince cultural centre. The irony of it all is in his voice and half-smile. Dear Haïti, there's no better country than you, that what it means.

Right now, Widmaier doesn't really seem convinced about the meaning of the patriotic song. We're only three days into this ninth edition and a generator breakdown is jeopardising the Monday night concerts. Tèt chaje.  He jumps up, cell glued to his ear, Widmaier searches and finds solutions. Alongside Joel, his life companion and spouse Milena Sandler,  in charge of logistic and communications, is busy with a few volunteers unfolding and lining up chairs at the foot of the stage that workers are finalising construction. In about two hours, three back-to-back artists will be playing : extraordinary chilean trumpeter Sebastián Jordán, haitian-New York guitarist Chardavoine (back home after a 42 year exile) and Montreal jazz singer Ranee Lee.

I admire this couple and their tireless efforts to present this festival at arm's lenght.  When the 2010 earthquake devastated the city, the 4th PAP Jazz (that's how it's called by insiders and locally) was just ending and eternal fatalists we'rent very positive about the future of the festival, or the country, to say it all. But that didn't take in account Joel Widmaier's stubbornness, worthy successor of family very much involved in Haïti's media and the broacasting of music, ex-drummer of a iconic haïtian group, legendary but now defunct group Zèklè.  The Festival not only survived the earthquake, it has prospered, to the greatest delight of music-lovers and of those who were hoping Haïti would stand up and continue its slow progress and efforts under the raging tropical sun.

For the first time this year, PAP Jazz is honoring a guest country, Mexico, represented by Troker, a Guadalajara band that happily plays a mix of funk, rock, hip-hop, electronica and jazz improvisations on a mariachi music background. Truly international, PAP Jazz is admirably eclectic, with the presence of the american fusion jazz cult-group The Yellowjackets, presented on opening night of the Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre, Saturday, January 17th, in a triple bill with Troker and Chardavoine. Like any self-respecting festival, PAP Jazz offers festival-goers musical discoveries. Personnaly, I'm happy to have seen and heard for the first time belgian pianist Igor Gehenot and trinidadian trumpeter Étienne Charles (champion of truly caribbean jazz) as well as local artists such as saxophonist Ti Sax or bassist Gérald Kébreau. It was great to applaud great saxophonist Jowee Omicil, guest soloist of the closing concert of mythical konpa group Tabou Combo,  Sunday, January 25th, at Place Saint-Pierre.

Among the must-be-said highlights of the event,  Ranee Lee and Chardavoine at Fokal, Laurent de Wilde's concert at l’Institut Français with a spectacular ending mixing up
contemporary jazz and Follow Jah's rara carnival music. And the surprise set Étienne Charles gave at the Quartier Latin a few hours after the rain interrupted his concert at Hôtel Karibé.  And there was Joël Widmaier, transfigured, regenerated, playing the percussions and getting into the moment.

You know, in a certain way, the song isn't that far off : Ayiti cheri
Impressions of the 9th Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince by Stanley Péan, of ICI Musique (special collaboration).
January 17 to 24 janvier, 2015 (photos :  Josué Azor and Stanley Péan)
To see our 2014 PAP Jazz report, click here

Contemporary jazz group Bozar is looking for a tenor/soprano saxophonist to join the group.

bozarContemporary jazz group Bozar is looking for an experienced and imaginative tenor and soprano saxophonist to fit into an original repertoire and interactive exploratory improvisations. Availability required for a regular frequency of 2 rehearsals per month.

Information : / contact : / Pierre Sainte-Marie (514) 647-0718

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Marianne Trudel - La vie commence ici

Pianist with a lot of ideas and a dynamo on the Montreal jazz scene, Marianne Trudel celebrates her nomination in the upcoming Junos in the jazz category. On La vie commence ici where she partners with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, it all leads to a great CD where music colors and styles co-exist.

With a modernist as well as a chamber jazz feeling, you don't have to be a jazz specialist to enjoy this CD. With Jonathan Stewart on sax, Morgan Moore at the bass and Robbie Kuster on the drums, a tight ensemble that knows the ropes, and the connection with the smooth-sounding trumpeter, it all works. Bravo, Marianne.

To see "Soon" click here

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

TVJAZZ  October 25 2013
En Trois Couleurs, Marie-Josée Simard François Bourassa Yves Léveillé - Bullet Train - Conservatoire de Mtl, Oct 25 2013

Chet Doxas and Jim Doxas, with Lorne Lofsky and Kieran Overs, at the Segal Centre, Sunday, Feb. 1st.

animation Doxas Lofsky Overs.gifPresented in the intimate setting of the Power Jazz Series, The Segal Centre, is putting a smile on our faces with the Doxas Brothers and their renowned guests.

Chet Doxas and Jim Doxas are well known in the Montréal, Québec and international jazz scenes. The two jazzmen have played with Oliver Jones, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano and many others.

Chet Doxas (saxophone) and Jim Doxas (drums), join their talents for a unique concert with Lorne Lofsky, Oscar Peterson's legendary guitarist, considered one of the great guitarists of his generation. They're joined by Kieran Overs, a bassist with a solid international reputation, leader of his own group, he's shared the stage with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker,
George Shearing, Mel Torme and many others.

This will be a fascinating musical encounter and concert with four major canadian jazz artists . They'll be playing their own works as well as jazz standards with some brilliant improvisations.

Chet Doxas, saxophone
Jim Doxas, drums
Lorne Lofsky, guitar
Kieran Overs, bass

The concert is presented as part of the Segal Centre’s Power Jazz Series. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts - 5170, Ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal. Box-Office : 514.739.7944 Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets : $25 to $30
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Tonight, Thursday January 29th, listen to 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.jpgTonight, Thursday, January 29th, we'll listen and talk about these releases and events :

1) The Tony Mastrull Project, that was held at La Sala Rossa, Monday, Jan. 12th.

2) Brothers Chet Doxas and Jim Doxas, with Lorne Lofsky and Kieran Overs,at the Segal Centre,  Sunday, Feb. 1st..

3) Notes On Montreal with Mike Rud featuring Sienna Dahlen with Chad Linsley, Adrian Vedady, Dave Laing + Mommies on the run, at the Lion d'Or, Friday, Feb. 6th.

4) Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band, at the Lion d'Or, Tuesday, Feb. 17th.

5) 3 "En Trois Couleurs" concerts with Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé :

Jan. 31st at the Cabaret Intime of Salle Pauline-Julien in Ste-Geneviève (Gouin Blvd. West) - Feb. 6th at the Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson in Shawinigan - Feb. 7th at the Théâtre de la Ville de Longueuil.

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  January 21 2014
Follow Jah - Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, Jan. 21st, 2014

TVJAZZ  July 3 2014
L'Orchestre national de Jazz de Montréal with the Terence Blanchard Quintet - The Pawnbroker - FIJM, July 3rd 2014

TVJAZZ  January 29 2015
Notes On Montreal avec Mike Rud et Sienna Dahlen - Baby - May 2014

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