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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday August 28 2014 to Wednesday September 3 2014

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A musical cocktail hour with Trifolia the 29th, Taurey Butler the 30th and the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio, the 31st of August at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski that starts today !

28 aout image.gifWhen it's 4:30 p.m, there's nothing better to do than to head out to the Festi Jazz, for the Jazz Apéro Serie presented at the Bouchard-Morisset concert hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski or at the Pointe-au-Père Site.

For three days, you discover the future of jazz, starting with pianist Marianne Trudel, bassist Étienne Lafrance and percussionist Patrick Graham on August 29.  Jazz, romantic and worldbeat music are in harmony through the instruments of this trio called Trifolia.

On August 30, American piano virtuoso Taurey Butler takes the stage in trio format to present his own daring pieces and reinterpret some jazz standards. Just like New York, Hong Kong and cities he's conquered, Rimouski should fall under the spell of this Oscar Peterson look-alike and his miraculous techniques.

Finally, on August 31, the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio will govern the rhythms of the sea with its energetic and modern jazz. Crowned Révélation Radio-Canada of 2013, the trio will play reprises of the popular repertoire and personal compositions that should satisfy all festivalgoers.

To attend those performances, you can buy a "bracelet de soirée" for $12 or a "bracelet festif" for $30.

For more information about the other concert series accessible with each bracelet (the Éclatée-Québecor or the Découvertes series), please visit

Happy Birthday Oliver! Oliver Jones 80th Birthday Celebration Concert, part of the Power Jazz serie at the Segal Center, Thurday, Sept. 11th!

Segal_OliverJones_credit_PierreArsenault_150x150.jpgOn September 11, 2014 (to the day) the venerable Oliver Jones will turn 80 years young and the Segal Centre invites you to join in the festivities! Celebrate a life lived in jazz with one of Canada’s great living musical legends as the Segal launches a new season of the always-inspiring  Power Jazz Series.

Accompanied by singer Ranee Lee and 14-year old piano prodigy Daniel Clarke Bouchard, and backed by Éric Lagacé on bass and Jim Doxas on drums, Jones returns to the Segal Studio to delight his fans with his masterful demonstration of piano artistry and incomparable repertoire.

Limited Seating! 8pm concert.

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts: 5170, Ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal. Tickets 75$.

2014-2015 Segal Power Jazz Series: Seven explosive acts for its seventh season :  In 2014-2015 the Segal Centre’s flagship musical series celebrates its lucky 7th season with seven explosive acts to delight lovers of jazz and beyond, including the Joe Sullivan Big Band featuring Lorne Lofsky & Kirk MacDonald, Aldo Mazza, the Doxas Brothers, Kieran Overs, Altsys Jazz Orchestra 30th Anniversary Concert and rising star, Emma Frank. Subscribe to all Power Jazz shows for as low as $26 per show! (photo : Pierre Arseneault)

The 21st Guelph Jazz Festival, Sept. 3-7, marks the birth (or arrival) of Sun Ra on Planet Earth !

sun_ra_150X150.jpgThis year marks the birth, or (more appropriately) the arrival, centenary of the pioneering jazz artist Sun Ra on planet Earth. In honour of this occasion, we’re delighted to feature (all the way from Saturn) the Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen, in a collaborative performance, Hymn to the Universe, with the renowned Canadian dance company Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. Throughout his time on this planet, Ra insisted that he was-well, yes-from another planet, that he hailed from-well, yes-outer space.

But it’s precisely Ra’s out-ness (and he may well be the most out-cat in the history of the music) that commands our respectful attention. As artistic director of a festival dedicated to presenting some of the most “out” jazz on the planet, I’ve learned from Ra’s example. I’ve learned that other futures, futures not confined to scripted or predefined ways of knowing or doing, are possible: who, after all, would have imagined 21 years ago that a small and unassuming university town in Southern Ontario would become known as a must-go “out jazz” destination for musicians and audiences from around the world?

For the complete text, click here

Ajay Heble
Artistic Director

To see a clip of the Sun Ra Arkestra performing Hymn to the Universe in Montreal in 2010, click here

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Benefit Concert in aid of trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler at Résonance, Thursday, Sept. 4th.

concert benefice Kenny Wheeler.jpgProlific composer and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler has influenced countless musicians. His generosity with both his music and playing is legendary. Althought he has spent much of his career in the UK, Kenny is a true canadian treasure. Unfortunatly both he and his wife are having serious health issues which require immediate financial aid.

Many members of the Montréal jazz community are coming together to present an evening of Kenny Wheeler's music to show our musical and financial support for him. It promises to be an incredible evening of music and love for the iconic artist.

To see a video clip, click here

Information :
Jennifer Bell

Résonance Café
5175A Ave. du Parc - Métro Laurier
Thursday, Sept. 4th 8pm / 11pm
suggested donation : 20$

With Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Jeff Johnston, Fraser Hollins, Dave Laing, Bill Mahar, Jennifer Bell, Frank Lozano, Cam Wallis, Christophe Smith, Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle, Simon Loignon, Josh Rager, Alec Walkington and Jim Doxas.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

5 for Trio - Witness & Reactions

There's some good people on this composite CD from 5 For Trio, and right off the bat it reminds us of certain guitarist Pat Metheny musical adventures, but with a big plus!

First there's the album cover, slightly vintage, and then there's the band : Sylvain St-Onge (guitar/voice), Mathieu Rancourt (electric bass) and Jean-François Gingras (drums/percussions/voice), and their 5 bandmates, all previously unknown to me.  A brand of aerial jazz that ranges from "light" to "abrasive", with some hispanic influences,  a bass player with a modernist style. In short, nice work, worth a quiet sit-down, listening moment.

For jazz, and music lovers, of course.

5 For Trio are in concert in the Vitrine sur la Relève serie, Sunday, Aug. 31st at 4:30pm at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski.

To find out more :

Christophe Rodriguez

TVJAZZ  September 4 2011
Trio Jérome Beaulieu play "La Chute" at the 2011 Festi Jazz de Rimouski

Le Boeuf Brothers at Upstairs, Saturday, Aug. 30th.

leboeuf.jpgFrom Santa Cruz, California, identical twins Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf, respectively saxophonist and pianist, have been in New York since 2004 where they've established  themselves as young innovative composers/musicians.
By blending their jazz roots with a fresh mix of avant-garde indie-rock, classical and electronic music, the Boeuf Brothers have created a energetic sound, intelligent, modern,a brand of music that's interesting for today's music lovers.

Pascal is pianist and has won many prizes, such as the "Independent Music Awards" for best Jazz Album and best Jazz song in 2006 followed another one for Best Dance/Electronica in 2012. His twin and identical brother Rémi is saxophonist and writes for the Boeuf Brothers, a serie of songs inspired by the works Franz Kafka. Together they have been honored many times with other prizes and recognitions.

Le Boeuf Brothers don't like to be musically categorized, they like to explore and try out sounds, with a jazz feel. They'll be at Upstairs with a lot of new material.

Innovators with style and flair! A must-see and hear!

Remy Le Bœuf, sax alto
Pascal Le Bœuf, piano

Saturday, Aug. 30th, 20h30
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
1254 Mackay   
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Les Sympathiques present : Composition seminars at the Résonance Wednesdays Oct. 15-22-29 & Nov. 5.

resonance_sympathiques_150X150.jpgLes Sympathiques is a new musician-run non-profit organization. It's core mission is to organize and promote events that nurture the creative music scene in Montreal. To that end, we are organizing a series of seminars beginning in mid-October. The first four seminars focuses on composition, and will take place at Résonance from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays October 15, 22, 29, and November 5.  

The presenters are :

Thom Gill is a guitarist, singer, and composer based in Toronto.  Thom’s seminar will focus on achieving lyrical songwriting by using words, complex harmonies, and electronics in equal measure.

Malcolm Sailor
is a pianist and extraordinarily prolific composer, who routinely writes and performs music in idioms as diverse as baroque, jazz, klezmer, and pop. Malcolm’s seminar will focus on the challenges of writing in a variety of styles.

Adam Basanta is an award-winning composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic and instrumental composition, audiovisual installations, laptop performance, and dynamic light design.

Erik Hove is an alto saxophonist and composer.  Presently his studies and compositions focus on integrating elements of spectral music and hip-hop into jazz, which will be the topic of his seminar. Read an illustrative interview with Erik here, and listen to some of his music here.

For further information, please visit or send an e-mail to

5175a Parc Ave.

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