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3 last days of the Late Night Jazz Session at the House of Jazz Montreal with Jim Doxas and his guests, until July 5th - Giovany Arteaga Cuban Connexion, Dwight Grant AKA Mellow Dee et Michelle Sweeny at the House of Jazz Laval

animation Late Night Jazz Session 2 juillet 2015.gifFor the last three days of the 36th FIJM, the Late Night Jazz Session at the House of Jazz Montreal is on at 11pm, hosted by drummer Jim Doxas! This festival special is also a Hommage aux Grands Québécois du jazz and is produced by Gino Ste-Marie and George Durst.

Each night at the Late Night Jazz Session, drummer Jim Doxas welcomes a new guest pianist and bassist. Many great jazz artists such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Oliver Jones, Johnny O'Neal, Louis Moutin and Robi Botos, to name a few, have come by to jam!

Guest pianists and bassists :
July 3 : Jeff Johnston and Mike De Masi
July 4 : Marianne Trudel and Adrian Vedady
July 5 : Geoff Lapp and Fraser Hollins

Also, our diva Michele Sweeney will share with you every night at 11pm her grandmother's recipes from down South. Classics such as her crispy chicken or the legendary Sweeney Pie on the music of the Late Night Jazz Session.

All along the FIJM, the House of Jazz Montreal continues to presents a wide range of concerts at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, part of its regular programming. To consult 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 the dozens of videos of artists at the House of Jazz and

A beautiful terrasse, Giovany Arteaga Cuban Connexion, Dwight Grant AKA Mellow Dee and Michelle Sweeny at the House of Jazz Laval

Summer is on and to get in the mood the House of Jazz Laval presents one of the most beautiful terrasses in town. Faithful to our classic decor, enjoy a Sangria surrounded by greenery and Tiffany lamps. The concert listing is right on the summer mood with the Latin Jazz Wednesdays.

The Giovany Arteaga Cuban Connexion is back with 6 musicians. Cuban-born sax player Giovany Arteaga will take on a trip down South for two concerts! (Saturday July 10-24 at 9pm). From Ottawa (Saturday July 3 at 9pm) enjoy soul and R&B singer / pianist Dwight Grant AKA Mellow Dee. Don't miss our diva, Michelle Sweeney back every Thursday in July.

Find 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$)

Enjoy fully the last days of the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

FIJM_web_150x150_artistes.gifThe live the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to its fullest, don’t miss south-african pianist Abdullah Ibrahim in his own Invitation TD series. First solo (July 2) and in a trio (July 3): world rhythms, modern jazz and blues are to be expected! He reunites with his long-time project Ekaya Septet (July 4) as the final show to this series! 

See also great jazz musicians and singers at Monument National. Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli (July 2) revisits music from Paul McCartney and The Beatles. The menu features brazilian music from the 30’s to today with Eliane Elias with Marc Johnson, Rubens de la Corte and Rafael Barata (July 3)! Ron Carter with Renee Rosnes, Payton Crossley and Rolando Morales (July 4) for a delightful musical night. Finally, Oliver Jones presents Pianos Caméléons with Matt Herskowitz, John Roney and Julie Lamontagne (July 5) for a masterful musical sparring match!

Tickets and info on !

August 16th to 23rd, make way for vocal jazz at the Domaine Forget ! Don't miss this opportunity to work with renowned international artists, such as David Linx, in an exceptionally
creative environment, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

D_Linx.jpgLe Domaine Forget is proud to welcome, for this one-and-only Québec event, belgian jazz singer, composer, wordsmith, producer and multi-instrumentalist David Linx, as well as singers Lana Carbonneau and Guy Demers with pianist Sylvain Bertrand. Led by experienced conductor and arranger Réjean Marois, this intensive workshop is for all singers and groups that wish to further their knowledge of jazz thru ensemble singing. Each group will be supported by a team of renowned singers and professional musicians.

A unique event you can't miss!

Jazz singing session at le Domaine Forget, Aug. 16-23
Solo part : Aug. 16-23
Group part : Aug. 19-23
Closing concert at the Françoys-Bernier Hall @ Domaine Forget, August 22nd at 4pm
David Linx
concert at 8pm

For more info, visit

Interviews with guitarist Al Di Meola on the Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 as well as with trumpeter Theo Croker with Dvrk Funk at the 36th FIJM.

animation Di Meola Croker.gifWe spoke with Al Di Meola about the Miles Davis Award from the 36th FIJM and his relationship with Miles, the Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour, what's "more" about it, his nostalgia of the 70s music period and how the record industry has changed since, his acoustic vs electric music and career, how he re-invents and himself, his Beatles project, working on his technique vs his compositions, and playing with Piazzolla.

For the interview, click here
For the concert clip, click here

We spoke with trumpeter Theo Croker about his residency at Shanghai's House of Blues, his spirituality, his connection with Dee Dee Bridgewater, writing for large ensembles, his three albums including his latest, Afro Physicist, how Dvrk Funk got started up and more...

For the interview, click here
For the concert clip, click here

Interview : Coco
Interview, camera and editing : Claude Thibault

Interview with the Rachel Therrien phenomena and her jazz explosion at the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Jazz Composers Series!

animation SCJ au FIJM 2015_v2.gifWhen I met jazz trumpeter Rachel Therrien for the first time, I was impressed by her energy and contagious enthousiasm. In a few words, let's say the talented artist and business woman is not afraid of challenges, and takes them on smiling! Her concert schedule with her own bands as well as Gypsy Kumbia have taken her all across Canada and the United States. But she's also got ideas and projects for the jazz community! Local and american musicians can't wait to play in her Jazz Composers Series, and for free! It's a sign of how the community respects and supports her ambitious endeavour!
CG - So tell us about the Jazz Composers Series...
RT - "It's an incredible jazz jam experience that connects musicians/composers from Canada and the United States, highlighting the power of jazz throught active listening and interaction in between the musicians. For this 3rd edition, I've invited 14 musicians from New York, Toronto, Chicago, Winnipeg, Richmond and Sherbrooke to play and share the experience with local musicians. For 8 nights, from June 28th to July 5th at the Bleury Bar à Vinyle, a few steps from the Montreal Jazz Fest, a new band of 6 musicians present a completely original concert made up of their own compositions. They'll be playing together for the first time with only one rehearsal that same afternoon..."
CG - What makes the Jazz Composers Series unique and how do you choose the musicians?
RT - "First of all, I join musicians that have never played together before, that's the rule of thumb of the Series, I make sure they have musical affinities, but that can also challenge themselves. I mix younger and upcoming artists with respected artists, local and out-of-town artists in each group…We've probably making a bit of local jazz history, creating numerous associations and unforgettable experiences! One of the strenghts of jazz is to renew itself, to listen to each other, to continually create, propose new music and foster new dynamics. It's a treat for the public to witness this creative effervescence live, there and then. And it's crucial for the musicians! Playing new compositions outside of their usual groups, and improvising, outside of their usual confort zone! Jazz musicians are passionate, and where we're continually challenging each other!"
CG - That quite a feat to bring together 47 local and out-of-town musicians to play together, knowing it's not easy to just get a quartet together for a rehearsal! So who takes the organisation and where does the financing come from?
RT - "Yes, there's a ton of things to organise !  I alone take care of the programming, transportation and accomodation of the american musicians, our website and Facebook page, as well as the concerts. The Bleury Bar à Vinyle also does promo and co-produces. We pay to bring the musicians and work as volunteers for the organisation. The night of the concert, contributions are voluntary and we benefit from the generosity of the public! We also collect donations on the website of the Series.  For the first 2 editions, donations allowed us the pay the expenses but we weren't paid.  This year, we got a grant from the Socan Foundation and the Montreal Jazz Fest is giving us a hand by putting the Series in their programming! We hope that this edition will surpass the two previous years so we can get paid for the organisation as well as the musicians!"
CG - Tell me about the Bleury Bar à Vinyle and it's involvement in jazz and the Jazz Composers Series?
RT - "Without the Bleury's support from the first year, there would be no Series. Sébastien Fauteux and Christelle Roussy have trusted me completely without knowing me and have supported this project 100% . Like the musicians, they are passionate and they often host the jazz community with all of its energy and enthousiasm. It's also a great venue, very human, lot's of charm, the stage is close to the bar with a nice terrasse in the back. The room is full throughouth the Series, so get there early to get a good seat!"
Where?  Bleury Bar à Vinyle, 2109 Bleury, Montréal
When? Sunday, June 28th to Sunday, July 5th at 11pm
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Interview and pics : Céline Grumbach
Last minutes news : Rachel Therrien and her group win the 2015 FIJM TD Grand Jazz Award !

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal - Dans la forêt de ma mémoire

There are not that many large orchestras with the soul of swing nowadays. With not as many grants at the France's Orchestre national de Jazz,  our own Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal is quite active creating, and with a lot less support and grants. Thanks to the work of many volunteers and the tireless efforts of it's president, Jacques Laurin, and the musicians, let's not forget, here's a first opus that we applaud.

Closer to a Gil Evans sound than a Basie/Ellington/Kenton trio, this well-oiled swing machine (maybe a bit too much sometimes) explores the universe of the composers. In the case, under the direction of Christine Jensen with guest trumpeter and Ingrid Jensen and for the composition, pianist Marianne Trudel, enter, dear friends, in the realm of La forêt de ma mémoire.

We're not talking about toe-tapping jazz here but rather counterpoints. Like craftsmen watchmakers, the pianist, the conductor, these highly prolific musicians as well as the guest trumpeter work the patterns and the orchestral language. Never pompous in it's essence, luckily, the ONJM is an orchestra is devoted to the music often broader than just jazz. On these tracks you'll hear sketches of Stravinsky, nuances and textures of Jimmy Giuffre, the complexity of Carla Bley et certainly a bit of the universe of departed bassist Charlie Haden and his  Liberation Orchestra. In seven sketches, Marianne Trudel and conductor Christine Jensen have performed a little miracle.

Two notable upcoming concerts of the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal :

Closing concert of the Festival de Lanaudière (Joliette), led by Mathias Rüegg, Sunday, Aug. 2nd at 2pm

At the Festival Orford (Orford), led by Christine Jensen, with Karen Young and Ingrid Jensen, Saturday, Aug. 8th at 8pm

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

TVJAZZ  June 26 2015
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 - FIJM, June 26 2015

4 suggestions for the last 4 days (listen to the playlist!) at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

animation bon plan 2 juillet 2015.gifHere are the Coco's suggestions for the last four days, as well as the playlist of these suggestions...

Thurday, July 2nd : Abdullah Ibrahim solo, Gesù, 6pm - The South-African pianist has got a special night in store for us with his melodies, my modern jazz notes and african-flavoured touch. Should be unforgettable, he makes us vibrate with his emotions on the piano.

Friday, July 3rd : Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Théâtre Maisonneuve - PdA, 8pm - The "Sophisticated Dee Dee" devotes this concert to the vitality of New Orleans jazz thanks to trumpet player Irvin Mayfield, founder and artistic director of the  New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. A repertory rich in the heritage of jazz. An album has just come out and we'll witness it! Should be quite a celabration!

Saturday, July 4th : Patricia Barber, Théatre Maisonneuve, 8pm - The outstanding pianist and jazz singer with a mesmerizing voice, she'll seduce you with original compositions mixed in with some standards. She charms us with her arrangements of pop tunes, that her only knows how to do it.

Sunday, July 5th : The Souljazz Orchestra, Club Jazz Casino, 9pm - The Ottawa band, recognized internationaly, gives us their compostions from their most recent album ‘’Inner Fire’’ as well as new tracks. The band likes to play many brands of world jazz with some afrobeat, cuban, and even funk ! This is an outside concert, so let's dance ! (they're also playing there on July 4th)

Here's the suggestions playlist
For more info, visit
Coco -
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Coco Jazz host at Radio LaSalle

Althought Vic Vogel wasn't at his concert tribute June 30th at the 36th FIJM, the man wasn't far away!

vic 150X82.jpgVic Vogel's doctor told him he could'nt make his yearly Jazz Fest concert planned June 30th, a first in 36 years. Well, that didn't keep the man from seeing the concert directly to his home!

Check out our clip of "Carnival Of Life" from that concert tribute, by clicking here

Speedy recovery Vic !

TVJAZZ  June 26 2015
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 - FIJM, June 26 2015

TVJAZZ  June 26 2015
Theo Croker Dvrk Funk - words and music, FIJM, June 26 2015

TVJAZZ  June 26 2015
Theo Croker Dvrk Funk - FIJM, June 26 2015

TVJAZZ  June 30 2015
Vic Vogel Tribute with the Jazz Big Band - Carnival Of Life, FIJM, June 30th 2015

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