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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday April 20 2017 to Sunday April 30 2017

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The Great American Songbook with Lucie Gagnon and Lush Life at the HoJazz Montreal, April 27th and Michelle Sweeney at the HoJazz Laval on Saturdays.

animation 20 avril 2017.gifThursday April 27th @ 7:30pm come discover the talented Lucie Gagnon at HoJazz Montreal. The Great American Songbook is well served with versatile singer songwriter Lucie Gagnon. Her powerful and personal rendition of some of our all-time favorite jazz standards made famous by legendary female vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Diana Krall will mesmerise you. This multi-talented recording artist, who’s album Different has been heard all over Canada and Europe has also appeared in film, tv shows and numerous tv commercials. No stranger to the live stage, Lucie has also been featured in musical revues, musical theater and  as lead singer of many musical top 40 bands. Today Lucie, accompanied by her wonderful trio is back in a show named Lush Life, in honour of one of her favorite jazz songs. Here at the HoJazz Montreal, Lucie is doing what she does and loves best !

Michelle Sweeney
is in a Comedy mode every Tuesday @ 7:30pm HoJazz Montreal with Love, Laugh and Real Talk. A mix of humor, games and Broadway style music. Accompanied by the legendary Taurey Butler on piano for a cabaret atmosphere worthy of the HoJazz Montreal.

Stay tuned and check out our 2017 Montreal Jazz Fest line-up on at the month.

Spring is in the air at the HoJazz Laval. Our Chef Matthew Cabral will be introducing his summer menu by the end of the month. New light dishes will appear on our  menu for the summer. Our terrace will officially open its doors on June 1st.

On the music menu ; Michelle Sweeney is @ HoJazz Laval every Saturday (9pm) in May! If you have not yet had the chance to hear this Ohio diva here is your chance. She will  make you dance and sing to the sound of soul successes that will appeal to all! In first part of the show Jazz@viva perform at 6pm. A wonderful trio that will give the ambiance of a real jazz club !

For the HoJazz Montreal, reserve your seats at 514-842-8656 Montreal

House of Jazz Montréal - 2060 Aylmer
For the HoJazz Laval, reserve your seats at 450-232-5582 Laval
House of Jazz Laval - 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval

Check out dozen of videos of these artists at the House of Jazz Montreal and Laval at

Dream Cassette with Joel Miller, Sienna Dahlen and more, April 28th at the Vendredis Jazz of l'Espace Cercle Carré.

Joel Miller 28 avril 2017.jpgJoel Miller, one of the most brilliant saxophonists on the Canadian stage, performs at the April 28th Vendredis Jazz with his new project, Dream Cassette, where he is partnering with the amazing Toronto singer and songwriter Sienna Dahlen. Miller, himself a winner of the 1997 Montreal Jazz Fest du Maurier Prize and the Juno Award for the 2013 Best Contemporary Jazz Album, has spent most of his life ignoring conventions. Whether jazz, latin, classical or pop, it easily crosses borders and merges the whole into a new and unique sound. On Dream Cassette the irreverent spirit of the saxophonist takes off. At first glance, the album is a tribute to pop music of the 1980s of his youth. But by its playing and its arrangements, it's also a jazz album.

Singer Sienna Dahlen is the perfect creative partner for the Dream Cassette project. The emotional sensitivity of her voice blends in perfect harmony with the tight  arrangements of the saxophonist. Inspired by melodic simplicity and emotional depth, Joel Miller can exploit his impeccable technique and his sense of musical adventure with always this desire to connect with his audience.

Dream Cassette is...

Joel Miller, saxophones and voices
Sienna Dahlen, voices
François Jalbert, electric guitar and acoustic guitar
Emile Farley, electric bass
Kevin Warren, drums and voices

Les Vendredis Jazz at l'Espace Cercle Carré - Saxophonist Joel Miller and his Quintet present Jazz Ta Da! Friday, April 28th 8pm - 36, rue Queen - tickets 25$ students 15$ - reservations : 514-397-0430,  The Series goes on every last Friday of the month from April to June 2017 with Huu Bac Quintet May 26th and  Thiago Ferté Quartet June 30th.

Sunday April 30th is the 3rd Journée internationale du jazz à Montréal, with Rémi Bolduc, Aurélia O'Leary, a photo exhibit by Jean-Pierre Dubé and the book Oscar.

JIJ 2017 150x150.jpgApril 30th has become a must for all jazz musicians and aficionados of the planet since 2011, when Unesco designated it as International Jazz Day. This event is celebrated all over the planet with a global concert in host city Havana that hosts an impressive list of international and cuban jazz musicians...but also in Montréal! So for our own 3rd Montreal event, here's a few musical treasures...

Gaspé-born singer Aurélia O'Leary has been on the french music show Taratata, as well as winner at the Crest Jazz Festival Competition. She's done the first act for the legendary Henri Salvador. Aurélia will be accompanied by Paul Shrofel on piano, Fraser Hollins on upright bass and by drummer Greg Ritchie at the  IJD Montreal concert this year.

Swingin' with Oscar
by the Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, a tribute to the well known Canadian artist Oscar Peterson. Rémi Bolduc, a saxophonist from St-Hyacinthe living in Montréal, who'll be sided by the very petersonian pianist Taurey Butler, Fraser Hollins on upright bass, and by Dave Laing on drums. Rémi has released nine jazz albums and is winner of Prix Opus 2016 for Concert of the year (Tribute to Dave Brubeck) and was also nominated for Prix Opus 2016 for Album of the year (Tribute to Dave Brubeck. Swingin' with Oscar is currently touring across Canada.

There is also a jazz photo exhibit by Jean-Pierre Dubé. as well as the book Oscar,  the excellent novel by writer Mauricio Segura that tells the story of the connection in between Oscar Peterson and Montréal, his hometown.

Journée internationale du jazz à Montréal

Sunday April 30th - doors open 6pm
Jean-Pierre Dubé jazz photo exhibit
Aurélia O'Leary Quartet (1st part) 7pm
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble - Swingin' with Oscar (2nd part)
Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290 Côte-des-Neiges    

For the International Jazz Day all over the planet, it's here

Percussionist Trilok Gurtu, trumpeter Paolo Fresu and pianist Omar Sosa make up the Trio GFS : a singular encounter and only Canadian concert, Wednesday April 26th in Quebec City.

trio gfs 150x140.jpgThree accomplished jazz musicians with busy careers who don't want to miss out on the fun of playing together : indian percussionnist Trilok Gurtu, sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and cuban pianist Omar Sosa make up the Trio GFS. They will be at Quebec City's Palais Montcalm for their only Canadian concert in the middle of a series of concerts in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Boston and Miami. So they like to have fun, wherever they play, they're like kids that like to tease each other, even if they take their music seriously.

Percussionist Trilok Gurtu, who was born in Bombay Oct. 30th 1951 is a musician that likes to crossover music that is indian, jazz, funk, pop and african. He has played with many jazz greats such as Joe Zawinul and John Mac Laughlin.

Trumpeter Paolo Fresu started playing when he was 11. After receiving his diploma in 1984, the italian was soon reaping honors in his country and internationaly. Marqued by the Miles Davis of the fifties, he's progressively create his own style. He's know for his exceptional technique and creativity.

Pianiste and latin jazz sorcerer Omar Sosa, born Camagüey in 1965, pursues since his departure from Cuba in 1993, a singular musical path, mixing his afro-cuban jazz roots, hip hop, electro and world music.

To see a few Trio GFS videos, it's here and here

Trio GFS : Trilok Gurtu Paolo Fresu Omar Sosa
Wednesday April 26th 8pm at the Palais Montcalm
+ masterclass by percussionist Trilok Gurtu Wednesday April 26th 10:30am

Editor's Note : We'll be presenting an interview and concert clip of the concert with the three musicians, a pleasure we've already had a few times with Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa at the  Montreal Jazz Fest and the Port-au-Prince Jazz Festival.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Parc-X Trio - Dream

As I'm writing this, young band Parc-X Trio is right in the middle of a European tour. Ever since they started we've followed this trio that turns ten and celebrates with a 7th album : Dream.  Lovers of jazz as well as new sounds, without going against a certain tradition, Parc-X Trio in my humble opinion is a refreshing trio that bridges a certain classicism with modern sounds, appealing to a younger crowd. After having seen them at least four times in different festivals, their music is always up to the challenge, without it being commercial.

With Dream, pianist/keyboardist Gabriel Vinuela, bassist Alex Lefaivre and drummer Alain Bourgeois follow their quest, with summerish sounds. Is it the use of the Fender Rhodes, the brilliant compositions or the alliance of the three artists, but this new release is right on, once again. We listen with attention and bang, we land on NGU. Yes there is a familiarity with Chick Corea's Fiesta, with the three friends using with brio the art of the trio. On a question-answer mode, the hard-hitting drummer drives the bass lines while the keyboardist's playing soars softly over the bright harmonics. On track 3 we dive right into their Swan Lake (Tchaïkovski) in a rock metal version, while Dream, the title track, says it all. Talking about the summer, Sun will give you wings and if you pay attention, once again, we're convinced that Parc-X Trio listened to Chick's La Fiesta. The only thing missing are the horns. Now this is a nice spring surprise.

For the EPK of the project, that's here

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

Take refuge with pianist Marianne Trudel and Trifolia, Wednesday May 3rd at Upstairs.

Trifolia Le Refuge petit.jpgYou won't get to hear pianist Marianne Trudel's Trifolia project very often, and it's really interesting, so this is a treat you can't pass up.

Marianne Trudel is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. She involved in many musical project that are all equally interesting. Passionate and fiery, Marianne is a kind spirit an always  up to the challenge. With Trifolia, she takes on a hybrid voyage of jazz and classical, her music is ethereal. Trifolia is a  living and dynamic ensemble with compositions that are dreamy. Marianne is an amazing improviser and share and obvious complicity with her trio. Their album Le Refuge is sublime.

Before taking off to Europe in the fall of 2016, Trifolia had the opportunity to play alongside Quebec City's Les Violons du Roi de Québec. The connection happened and the music was magnificent. which led Marianne to compose new pieces for the trio, she tells me they'll play a few at this concert.

If you like to rercharge yourself, I suggest you close you eyes and let your imagination wander to the sounds of a atmospheric and exalting jazz, Trifolia is inspired by nature. For this concert, very talented bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc bridges the piano with the polyrhythmic grooves of percussionist Patrick Graham, with sounds of wood, metal and other matters that create a rich and colorful texture.

A unique sound experience!

Marianne Trudel: piano, wurlitzer, accordion, voice
Rémi-Jean LeBlanc: bass
Patrick Graham: percussions

For the Trifolia Facebook page, that's here

For the promo video, that's here

Wednesday May 3rd at 8pm
1254 Mackay   
Coco -
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Coco Jazz, Tuesday night 7pm @ 100,1 CKVL FM

Talking with saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps who launched Demi-Nuit at Upstairs Friday April 14th.

image 2 pour primeur entrevues Ben Deschamps.jpgSaxophonist Benjamin Deschamps launched his 2nd album, Demi-Nuit, Friday April 14th at Upstairs. Mixed-in with excerpts of Monélia we spoke about the album's title and it's sense, his fav moments of writing and creation, the influence of the Jazz Messengers on the configuration of his quintet, his musicians, how he got into jazz and why he plays jazz, whom he'd like to play with, other musical genres and jazz, and more.

for the interview, en français, it's here

Benjamin Deschamps, sax, compositions / Jean-Nicolas Trottier, trombone / Charles Trudel, piano / Sébastien Pellerin, bass / Al Bourgeois, drums

Interview by Claude Thibault

TVJAZZ  April 14 2017
Benjamin Deschamps 5tet - Demi-Nuit interview - Upstairs, April 14th 2017

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