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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday September 3 2015 to Wednesday September 9 2015

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Summer is ending and the House of Jazz Laval presents Kaisha Lee and her soulful voice, it's also back-to-school and the House of Jazz Montreal resonates to the sound of legendary pianiste Taurey Butler !

house_of_jazz_animation_3-9-2015.gifThe House of Jazz Laval has a bunch of new artists on the schedule this month !

We introduce you to singer Kaisha Lee, who is going to perform during the cocktail hour on Saturday, September 5th at 6pm.

Wednesdays Sept. 16th, 23rd and 30th, come and see and a major force of Montreal’s jazz and blues music ; Dawn Tyler Watson ! She will be performing a in jazz duet starting  at 7pm. Born in England and raised in Ontario, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson is accomplished artist. A multiple nominee of the prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Awards in numerous categories including Best New Artist, and Entertainer of the Year, Dawn earned herself the title of Female Vocalist of the Year in 2005 & in 2007. She has garnered International recognition with the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Live Performance, and a Trophées France Blues for International Female Artist of the Year. In addition to numerous theatre, television and screen credits, in 2004 she earned herself the lead role of jazz singer Curly Brown in the movie Jack Paradise where she starred opposite famed Quebec heartthrob, actor Roy Dupuis. Dawn’s big-screen debut received as much critical acclaim as her stage and studio performances, as did the films Jutra nominated soundtrack on which she was the featured vocalist. We’re very lucky to have her on our stage ! ;)

Check out the full entertainment calendar for Laval at House of Jazz Laval

House of Jazz Laval
- 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval Info and reservations : 450-669-3000. (10$)

It's back-to-school and the House of Jazz Montreal resonates to the sounds of...

For the new school year just listen to the classics of the House of Jazz Montreal...Thursday evenings with the legendary pianist Taurey Butler and his trio, a little Blues Monday with Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue, RnB and Soul Wednesday with Snooksta and the Gangstas!

Discover emerging new talent of the Montreal jazz scene Tuesdays evenings from 7:30! In September discover, Sule Heitner (The Voice finalist 2015) the 8th and the 29th and  Ria Reece the 15th.

Fridays and Saturdays Taurey Butler is back at the keys at 6:30pm to kick off the evening with the great Éric Lagacé on bass.

Do not miss our diva Michelle Sweeney every Friday from 9pm. Michelle has performed around the world and has worked beside some of the world’s greatest entertainers,  including Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, and Oliver Jones. Funny and energetic you will spend an unforgettable evening in her company!

Check out the full entertainment calendar for Montreal at House of Jazz Montreal

House of Jazz
- 2060 Aylmer Info and reservations : 514-842-8656. (10$)

Check out our dozens of videos at the House of Jazz Montréal and Laval at

Interview with saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and legendary pianist Harold Mabern, who were launching Vista Obscura, Aug. 13-14 at Résonance.

haroldmabern_kirkmacdonald.jpgWe met saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and legendary pianist Harold Mabern who were presenting in Quartet, the saxophonist's latest project, Vista Obscura, Aug. 13-14 at Résonance, in Montréal.

We discussed about how they met and connected in the past and today, where Kirk wants to take us with Vista Obscura as well as the musicians involved,  Harold's latest project Afro Blue and the musiciansinvolved, Harold's playing with Miles Davis for 6 weeks on the West Coast Tour, Harold's great moments on stage, Kirk's view on today's jazz education, and whom both are listening and how that influences their way of playing.

Excerpts of the Quartet playing Falling In Love With Love, by Richard Rodgers, and Impressions, by John Coltrane, in the interview.

Kirk MacDonald, saxophone
Harold Mabern, piano
Alec Walkington, bass
Andre White, drums

For the interview, click here
For Impressions, click here

Interview : Coco
Camera and editing : Claude Thibault and present an interview (in french) by Sandrine Cormault, with the 30th Festival de Jazz à Ramatuelle director : Small is beautiful!

Jazzaramatuelle_150X150.jpgSandrine Cormault, correspondant in the South East of France and radio host of "Kind of Jazz" on Radio Zéro Six, speaks with Denis Antoine, director of the 30th Festival de Jazz à Ramatuelle, a few days after the very successful event, that was held from Aug. 16th to 20th.

Small is beautiful !

CouleursJazz - Sandrine Cormault : Hi Denis Antoine, the programming this year is a exceptional as ever with the opening act, brazilian singer/pianist Eliane Elias, 60 years of music to her name, drummer Daniel Humair, but also the elegant Monty Alexander and some younger musicians such as pianists Baptiste Trotignon and Jacky Terrasson.

How do you manage to attract such big names for this 30th anniversary festival ?

Denis Antoine : You know, there's 30 years of history to back it's easier to create projects. It's a bit easier as we are better known in the music world and the festival has a great reputation in the jazz world, amongst the musicians. And because we're celebrating the 30th Festival, many are back this year having already been at the festival many times. Monty Alexander for example is at his 4th presence, the 2nd being the 1987 festival...

For the rest of the interview (in french) on, click here

You can listen to the complete radio interview on Radio Zéro Six

This feature is special collaboration of with


Les éditions du 10 avril, in collaboration with the Cégep Marie-Victorin, launch the handbook Théorie Jazz - les éléments du discours jazz, by guitarist and musician Sylvain Cossette, Thursday, Sept. 10th., at the Cégep Marie-Victorin.

animation Theorie Jazz Sylvain Cossette lancement 10 sept 2015.gifGuitarist, musician and teacher Sylvain Cossette presents the handbook Théorie Jazz - les éléments du discours jazz (Jazz Theory - elements of jazz language), a  handbook combining, in five chapters, the main theoretical aspects of the expression of jazz music. Each chapter explores, in detail, an aspect of jazz and  popular music theory, and has several tables summarizing the concepts discussed.

- Chords constructions
- Scales and modes
- Chords progressions
- Harmony Analysis
- Chords / scales relation (éléments  of improvisation)

Théorie Jazz - les éléments du discours jazz is a reference book that will be helpful to professional musicians as well as those seeking a first approach theoretical elements of jazz and popular music.

Author : Sylvain Cossette
for more info :

Théorie Jazz - les éléments du discours jazz launch
Thursday, September 10, 17h at the Cégep Marie-Victorin Atrium.
7000, Marie-Victorin, Montréal, H1G 2J6

5pm : Welcome and aperitif
5:30pm : Presentations
5:45pm : Cocktail (it will be possible to buy the book )

To attend the launch, please contact Sylvain Cossette at 514-867-9621 or

Hope to see you there!

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Samuel Bonnet - DiaspoRapsodie

Here's a project that will please both jazz and world music lovers. What a pleasure it is to discover guitarist and composer Samuel Bonnet and his group.  The savvy mix of arabic sounding harmonics, Chano Dominguez-like percussions and flamenco guitar all add up to make a great sounding band. All along these tracks we discover some funk, a very good saxophonist/clarinetist with Yannick Rieu influences, and the universes of oud player Rabih Abouh Khalil.

We discover the finesse of flugelhorn player Joe Magnarelli, especially in the beautiful Ani Couni Chaouani and the melodic talent of the guitarist that revisits What’s Going On. More than just a nice CD, this group has something to say.

Samuel Bonnet, guitar and compositions
Bruno Lamarche, sax and clarinet
Joe Magnarelli, flugelhorn
Fraser Hollins, bass
Luques Curtis, bass
Elli Miller-Maboungo, percussions
Daniel Sadownick, percussions

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

TVJAZZ  May 12 2014
Taurey Butler Trio - The Preacher - House of Jazz, May 12th, 2014

The Festi Jazz International de Rimouski celebrates it's 30th with Hugo Mayrand, Uptake, Ambrose Akinmusire and Brian Blade.

animation bon plan 3 sept 2015.gifSummer's still on and with the upcoming long weekend, I'm heading for Rimouski.

So I've got four bands to suggest at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski

Thursday, Sept. 3rd and Friday, Sept. 4th : Hugo Mayrand Trio

The trio's equally inspired by modern jazz as well as traditional brazilian rhythms such as samba, choro and bossa nova. The trio was winner of the 2015 Jazz en Rafale New Talent Contest, and Hugo Mayrand the event's recognition prize for the most outstanding musician. Hugo Mayrand on guitar and compositions, Jérôme Beaulieu at the piano, and Maude Bastien on the drums.

Friday, Sept. 4th : Uptake

A young french quartet from the Rhône-Alpes area. The material is essentially made up of their compositions with electro-jazz melodies, wraped-up in rock, pop and hip-hop. Modern jazz to dive into! With Bastien Brison at the piano/rhodes, Robinson Khoury on the trombone and effects, Pierre Gibbe on bass and Paul Berne on the drums.

Saturday, Sept. 5th : Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

The trumpeter unveils his range of colours! The man likes to experiment and blows jazz with post-bop reflections. Original melodies with very enjoyable unbridled abstractions. Winner of of the Thelonius Monk Prize as well as Carmine Caruso. With Sam Harris at the piano, Harish Raghavan on bass and Justin Brown on the drums.

Sunday, Sept. 6th : Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Renowned drummer Brian Blade presents his latest opus Landmarks, a Lousiana-flavoured project. A mix of gospel, rhythm & blues and local folk music as well as nostalgic jazz notes. With his Fellowship Band, he suggest a sound universe with some festive and energetic rhythms! With Jon Cowherd at the piano, Melvin Butler on alto and tenor sax, Myron Walden at the alto sax alto and bass clarinet as well as Chris Thomas on bass.

The president of the Festi Jazz, Martin Roussel, tells us that it's the greatest of the smallest jazz festivals for the last thirty years! Let's celebrate!

Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd to Sunday, Sept. 6th.

For more info :
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Coco Jazz host at 101,1 CKVL FM

TVJAZZ  August 14 2015
Kirk MacDonald Quartet + Harold Mabern - Impressions - Resonance, Aug. 14th 2015

TVJAZZ  August 13 2015
Conversation with Gary Tremblay (in french) of the Dièse Onze, Aug. 13th 2015 + a few videos

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