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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday April 18 2019 to Tuesday April 30 2019

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Québec Jazz en Juin : Brad Mehldau, Alain Caron, Gilad Hekselman, Yannick Rieu, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jim Doxas, Stéphane Wrembel, Jean-Michel Pilc, Sheila Jordan, and more, June 20-30 in Quebec City.

FQJEJ 2019 150x150.jpgThe Québec Jazz en Juin Festival is born! This new major musical event will take place Thursday, June 20th to Sunday, June 30 in Quebec City. Some of the featured headliners are pianist Brad Mehldau, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah ​​and Quebec bassist Alain Caron for this first edition!

More than 30 concerts will be presented at the new Québec Jazz en Juin, with nearly a hundred musicians at more than 11 venues in downtown Quebec City open their doors to great jazz : Grand Théâtre de Québec, Théâtre Petit Champlain, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Impérial Bell, Palais Montcalm, Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, D’Auteuil, District Saint-Joseph, Bar Ste-Angèle, Fou-Bar and the Restaurant Trattoria La Scala et La Piccola.

J for Jazz. J for Juin.


D’Auteuil
will present a major series of concerts including guitarist Gilad Hekselman w/trio (June 20th), drummer Jim Doxas w/quartet (June 21st) and Louisiana trumpet player Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah ​​as the closing concert (June 30th).

The Grand Théâtre de Québec will present famed pianist Brad Mehldau in a Quintet that includes Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Joe Sanders and Leon Parker (June 25th) and renowned bassist Alain Caron will be at Théâtre Petit Champlain with John Roney and Rich Irwin just a few days earlier (June 22nd). The Foyers Don-Bar Series will present several of the finest Quebec jazz must-see concerts : Singer Annie Poulain with Marianne Trudel at the piano & Normand Guilbeault on bass (June 28th - 6pm), trumpet player Jacques Kuba Séguin (June 28th - 8:30 pm) at the Palais Montcalm and a special double-bill featuring groups Kekilombo and André Larue Groove Street (June 29th) at D’Auteuil.

One of the highlights of Québec Jazz en Juin will undoubtedly be the Six Grandes Voix pour le Jazz concert, which takes place on June 27th at L'Impérial Bell. For this exclusive evening the icon of American vocal jazz, Sheila Jordan, will share the stage with five exceptional singers from Quebec :  Ranee Lee, Karen Young, Nanette Workman, Gabrielle Shonk and Marie-Claire Linteau. Artistic direction is provided by double bassist & composer Patricia Deslauriers, with musical direction by Jean-Francois Girard, jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

For more info, www.jazzenjuin.com

For the Facebook page, it's here


Tuesday March 30th is International Jazz Day : All-Star Global Concert webcast from Australia and celebrated in 190 countries!

International Jazz Day 150x150.jpgLet's dream about a day jazz is celebrated, played and shared by all, a day where this music that we cultivate, listen and propagate takes up all the space it deserves!

And that day is the International Jazz Day and it's on for a 8th time Tuesday April 30th. This event highlighted in over 190 countries culminates in a huge All-Star Global Concert that will be webcast live from Melbourne's Arts Centre in Australia on YouTube & Facebook to millions of viewers all over the globe.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock (USA) and renowned trumpeter James Morrison (Australia) are the artistic directors of the All-Star Concert, with John Beasley (USA) acting as musical director. The concert features a line-up of international artists from a dozen countries including Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA), Till Brönner (Germany), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russia), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Ledisi (USA), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (UK), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Eric Reed (USA), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Nathan Schreiber (Australia), Somi (USA), Lizz Wright (USA), and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon).

Check it out and join the party, live Tuesday April 30th at 11am : jazzday.com  & facebook.com/intljazzday

In Quebec the International Jazz Day is celebrated at Quebec City's District-Saint-Joseph with Patricia Deslauriers, Valérie Clio, Olivier Bussière, Rafael Zaldivar, Amir Amiri and Marie-Claire Linteau Tuesday April 30th from 5pm to 8pm.


Trumpeter Wallace Roney - in the footsteps of Miles Davis - in Quebec City April 28th and the Saguenay April 26th.

Wallace Roney 150x179.jpgAmerican trumpeter Wallace Roney needs no introduction. With a carreer spanning over 40 years, Wallace Roney has recorded 20 albums as leader or solo artist, his most recent being A Place in Time and he can be heard on more than 250 albums. He's one of those few musicians of that generation that have learned and honed their craft by playing with some of the jazz masters! Amongst his many collaborations, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, etc.

But his greatest musical relationship was with legend Miles Davis. Miles actually asked Roney to stand in for him at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991, giving him his trumpet to thank him. Wallace Roney is certainly not the only successor to Miles Davis. Even thought he's aptly synthesized the multiple influences of his
seniors, that hasn't kept him from developping his own technique and become a complete artist, recognised by his peers and the public.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music. I filter my expression through the jazz experience  - Wallace Roney

To see our video of his Miles Smiles project, with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell, Darryl Jones and Omar Hakim at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Fest, it's here

wallaceroney.com

At Quebec City's District St-Joseph, April 28th 8pm
At the Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay, April 26th 8pm


L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal presents Suite 150 : A Big Band Portrait - 11 Canadian Composers, May 4th at L'Astral.

ONJM 150X150.jpgIn commemoration of Canada's 150th anniversary, Richard Gillis and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) commissioned eleven Canadian orchestral jazz composers to write music reflecting an aspect of the country or of being Canadian.

For the first time in Montreal, the complete suite of eleven movements will be performed at L'Astral by 17 musicians of L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, conducted by Richard Gillis. After Toronto, Saskatoon and Reykjavik, Richard Gillis, trumpet player, co-founder and conductor of the WJO for over 22 years, will conduct the Montreal orchestra for the very first time. Renowned pianist Will Bonness, also of the WJO, will be the evening’s guest artist performing these eleven tributes to the country.

To see a video of Suite 150 played by the WJO, it's here

Works by Christine Jensen, Michelle Grégoire, Fred Stride, Hilario Duran, Jeff Presslaff, Dean McNeill, Andrew Balfour, Ron Paley, David Braid, Earl MacDonald, Richard Gillis.

L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal - Suite 150
A Big Band Portrait – 11 Canadian composers

Conductor : Richard Gillis (trumpet)
Guest artist : Will Bonness (piano)
Saxophones : Jean-Pierre Zanella, Samuel Blais, André Leroux, Frank Lozano, Alexandre Côté
Trumpets : Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle, David Carbonneau, Bill Mahar
Trombones : Dave Grott, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, David Russell Martin, Bob Ellis
Bass : Rémi-Jean LeBlanc    
Drums : Kevin Warren

For more info, ONJM

For the ONJM Facebook page, it's here

For the ONJM YouTube page, it's here

Tickets on sale : L'Astral or Ticketmaster

Saturday February May 4th 8pm
L’Astral
305 Sainte-Catherine W    
514-871-1881
Métro Place des Arts


CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

UZEB - R3UNION Live

This UZEB R3UNION Live release steps outside the boundaries of jazz. For more than fifteen years this amazing trio inspired by long gone Weather Report gave the Montreal/Quebec jazz-rock scene it's credentials. Starting practically from scratch, the trio made up of Michel Cusson on guitar, Alain Caron on bass, Paul Brochu on drums, and let's not forget keyboard players Jean St-Jacques and Michel Cyr, were a hit with the public all over the globe. UZEB was like a school...and virtuosos. Who can forget Michel Cusson's fiery riffs, Alain Caron's tastefully played funky bass lines, and Paul Brochu's drivin' grooves.

We were there for the big free outdoor concert at the 1992 Montreal Jazz Fest and again in 2017 at Place des Arts, for their R3UNION concert of the same festival. We were there, the young and not so young, with a precise idea for the latter looking to revisit a period and sound, and for the others to discover these epic musicians, and UZEB was up to the task at hand. To give more power to the 2017 event, a hot brass section was added for this unique concert. And because no record company saw the potential of this album bassist Alain Caron took things into his own hands with his company Norac and decided to record that concert.  For their 2017 tours that included Canada of course, as well as Europe, the UZEB powerhouse made sparks fly.

The nine tracks will quickly make you forget this April weather, with the live applause sounding the mood of the event. It sounds great, better than could be expected, it's happy...and groovy. For audiophiles out there, a double vinyl album is released, as well as a CD version and a downloadable version on all major platforms. With slightly reworked arrangements and some horns here and there, it's a second life for this trio that's hasn't lost it's magic. And it's all there : Junk Funk, the unforgettable Perrier Citron alongside 60, rue des Lombards, Cool It, of course, and the very beautiful GoodBye Pork Pie Hat, a tribute to Charles Mingus and legendary Lester Young.

What a treat!

Loose / Cool It / Junk Funk / Slinky / Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Perrier Citron / R3UNION Suite (Mr Bill / Wake up call / Funkaleon) / 60, rue des Lombards / Brass Lic

Available on  Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and double vinyl on Renaud-Bray

For our video clip of New Hit filmed at the 2017 Montreal Jazz Fest, it's here

UZEB on Facebook


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


TVJAZZ  July 1 2014
Brad Mehldau - FIJM, July 1st 2014


Speak No Evil : Blue Note, 1965 : André Leroux's Quintet revisits a piece of jazz history, this Thurday April 25th at the Salle Bourgie.

Andre Leroux 150x207.jpgRecorded Dec. 24th 1964, Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil marked the spirits and quintessential with jazz lovers. In Wayne Shorter's long career this albums sits in between his collaboration with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the lenghty one with Miles Davis.  This jewel of the post-bop era with recorded with the finest of the 60s jazz musicians : Freddie Hubbard at the trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones at the drums and of course Wayne Shorter on tenor sax. You can hear similar  stylings on Hancock's Maiden Voyage and Speak No Evil owes a lot to bassist Ron Carter and his fluid, very inspired and animated playing. Throughout the seven tracks with titles that are charming as well as scary, the Quintet plays a music that's introspective, with gloomy accents and luminous sparks that even today still bewilder.

This Thursday April 25th at the Salle Bourgie, saxophonist André Leroux is joined by Lex French on trumpet, François Bourassa on  piano, a recent winner of two Opus prizes, Rémi Jean LeBlanc on bass and Kevin Warren at the drums. This québecois Quintet will bring back some of the best moments of jazz in the sixties, a highly productive and creative period for jazz. It's also the opportunity to savour some of our best musicians in a superb acoustic setting.

To see a clip of André Leroux playing Lost from Wayne Shorter's following album - The Soothsayer, it's here

For Wayne Shorter's Witch Hunt on Speak No Evil, it's here

Thursday April 25th 6pm
Salle Bourgie du Musée des beaux-arts de Mtl
1339 Sherbrooke W   
514-285-2000
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TVJAZZ  July 3 2013
Alain Caron "Sfing" at the FIJM, Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


TVJAZZ  September 2 2016
Gilad Hekselman Trio - KeeDee - Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, Sept. 2nd 2016


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