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The 8th Festival international de jazz de Québec is in full force for it's 2nd week with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Richard Galliano, John Abercrombie, Guillaume Bouchard, Jacques Kuba Séguin and Odd Lot, Fabrice Alleman, Ariel Pocock, Vincent Bergeron, Lorraine Klaasen and more!

FIJQ 2014_150x150_nouvelle version.gifThe Festival international de jazz de Québec is graced by the presence and soul-shattering voice of Cécile McLorin Salvant, Tuesday, October 21st at the Capitole de Québec.

On Wed., Oct. 22nd, the master of the jazz accordion, Richard Galliano, will rock the stage of the Grand Théâtre with his all-star band of american brothers. The following evening, Thurday, Oct. 23rd also at Grand Théâtre, guitarist John Abercrombie and his Quartet rise to the occasion following the opening performance by Quebec City’s own Guillaume Bouchard.

Le Musée de la civilisation de Québec will play host to trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin’s Odd Lot project, Friday, Oct. 24th, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec welcomes belgian sax man Fabrice Alleman, Saturday, Oct. 25th, while la Salle des promotions du Séminaire de Québec highlights a double bill of pianists Ariel Pocock and Vincent Bergeron, also on October 25th.

La Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec opens its doors to a very special evening on Sunday, Oct. 26th, In memory of Nelson Mandela featuring Lorraine Klaasen and guests.

Don't miss the myriad of other concerts, workshops and masterclasses scattered across the city’s bars, restaurants and concert halls.

Vive le jazz à Québec!  Discover the complete program at

Accès culture give its 2014 prize to Joel Miller & Honeycomb, presenting 3 concerts, Oct. 23rd to Nov. 13th in the Maisons de la culture.

animation Joel Miller Honeycomb Acces Culture.gifAccès culture has given its Accès culture prize, unveiled at the Bourse Rideau event, has been awarded for the last 8 years to an Quebec artist or with artistic work that stands out in theatre, dance, music or song presented at the event's showcase. The Prize includes a 2014-2015 concert tour in the Accès culture network, supported by a promotional campaign.

The Accès culture producers are excited about the band  : "Saxophonist/composer Joel Miller and his musicians are true virtuosos. We're very happy to greet them in our venues to the benefit of our concert-goers who'll enjoy discovering them"

For this tour Joel Miller & Honeycomb is Joel Miller on the saxophone, John Roney, keyboards, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, bass, Kiko Osorio, drums/percussions and Kullak Viger Rojas, cajun and congas.

See Joel Miller & Honeycomb playing "Chevere", Wed., Sept. 10th at the Maison de la culture Frontenac, by clicking here

For more information on this tour and get tickets, click here

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Joel Miller & Honeycomb
Thursday, Oct. 23 - Maison de la culture Rosemont
Sunday, Oct. 26 - Église Saint-René-Goupil
Friday, Nov. 14 - Centre des loisirs St-Laurent

Connections, what's jazz, his influences, what he listens to and today's musical reality with guitarist Pat Metheny, Thursday, Nov. 13th at Montreal's Métropolis and in Quebec City's Palais Montcalm Nov. 14th.

animation Pat nice.gifCR - Listening to your new CD "Kin" by the Pat Metheny Unity Group, I'm wondering what's the meaning of unity for you?
PM - "Kin is a word that implies connection or family or lineage. To me, like the word Unity, it really fits with what I am shooting for - and not just with this band - in music in general. I like the idea of making connections, finding inclusion and forming a way of thinking about not just the way the people making the music may be connected to each other, but also the way the music that I hope to present has connections with all of the other music I love. Beyond that, this may be the first band I have ever had that really can address everything from my trio  stuff, to stuff from Song X, all of my regular band stuff, the more straight ahead kinds of things; all of it can coexist under one roof. And the “unpronounceable”  symbol that follows the word "Kin", (←→) , was something that just sort of popped out that I thought did a good job of indicating that our “kin” is not always behind us chronologically in an ancestral sense - we are also going to be the ancestors for many generations to come. And also musically. So this is a message to those future listeners as well."
CR - In 25 years and possibly more, you’ve played and shared the stage and studio with jazz giants such as the late Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman, etc...over the years your style has changed a little and jazz is always in your heart…Over the years, what is your definition of jazz?
PM - " I am not a huge fan of the whole idea of “genre” or styles of music kind of to start with. To me, music is one big universal thing. The musicians who I have admired the most are the ones who have a deep reservoir of knowledge and insight not just about music, but about life in general and are able to illuminate the things that they love in sound. When it is a musician who can do that on the spot, as an improviser, that is usually my favorite kind of player. I feel like I am a musician in this broad sense first. And all the subsets of the way music often gets talked about in terms of the words people use to describe music is basically just a cultural/political discussion that I have found that I am really not that interested in, in the same way I am interested in the spirit and sound of music itself."
CR - One of your friends and probable mentor was the great Jim Hall. Apart from this giant, who were your prime influences and did you sometimes listen to others such as a Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Freddie Green?
PM - "Well, Wes Montgomery is by far my biggest influence on the instrument. He remains the model for me in so many ways, but particularly in the way that he found a sound that really allowed him to represent his conception of music in such a personal way. You are right that Jim Hall was also an important influence and also one of my favorite playing partners. Also, Kenny Burrell was pretty huge for me and remains one of my favorites. In the generation that followed, both Pat Martino and George Benson are favorites of mine."
CR - Like pianist Brad Meldhau, do you listen to bands such Nirvana, RadioHead, young turks such as  Christian Scott , Ambrose Akinmusire and classical music?
PM - "I listen to everything. I became and remain a musician because I am such a fan of music."
CR - Today’s jazz/music scene is suffering from downloading and streaming, what do you think should be done to change that?
PM - "It has always been very difficult to get good notes out there in the world and each generation faces unique challenges and also gains unique opportunities. But also, I feel if you really get something happening that has a certain authority and authenticity unto itself, there is a possibility you may be able to have a tiny place at the table in the culture of your time. I think just being a good player isn’t really enough, but I think that has always been the case. You have to be able to not just represent fluency - there is plenty of that - but you need to actually aspire to the creation of ideas that no one has ever really thought of before, one way or the other."
Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin
Pat Metheny, guitar
Chris Potter, saxophone
Giulion Carmassi, multi-instrumentalist
Ben Williams, bass
Antonio Sanchez, drums
Interview : Christophe Rodriguez
Thursday, Nov. 13th at Montréal's Métropolis - part of Jazz All Year-Round
Friday, Nov. 14th at Québec City's Palais Montcalm

This fall, l’Astral will vibrate to the rhythms of jazz with performances by John Abercrombie (Oct 24), Jacques Kuba Séguin (Oct 25) and Elizabeth Shepherd (Nov 1st) !

JAL_150x150_Abercrombie Kuba Seguin Shepherd.gifJohn Abercrombie will be in Montreal on Friday, October 24! This old friend of the Festival will be accompanied by pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert. An evening of pure jazz with this guitar virtuoso!

Jacques Kuba Séguin is back after his visit this summer at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal where he presented his incredibly inspired Litania Projekt! The trumpeter and composer returns with his latest album, L’élévation du point de chute with his sextet ODD LOT. So he'll hit the stage with veteran musicians Frédéric Alarie, Jean-Pierre Zanella, André Leroux, Kevin Warren and Jonathan Cayer. An evening you can’t miss on Saturday, October 25!

And to start November in style, what better than an evening combining jazz, soul and pop with the talented Elizabeth Shepherd? The accomplished jazzwomen presents her new album, The Signal. A real singing tour you must see on Saturday, November 1st!

Tickets and info available at ! L’Astral of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 305 Ste-Catherine W.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Sonia Johnson - Le cœur à l’endroit

2012 Juno winner for Le carré de nos amours, singer/songwriter/composer Sonia Johnson is back with Le cœur à l’endroit, for our greatest pleasure. The music of this consistent new release on the boundaries of jazz has two things going for it, one that's it's jazz with strong texts, the other being that's it's great music to listen to in a mellow space joined with a great rhythm section : Marianne Trudel, piano, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, bass/doublebass, Jim Doxas at the drums and friends that joined in such as André Leroux, Jonathan Stewart, etc.

Joining all this talent let's also mention the importance of the texts and collaborators : Combien d’automnes (Marianne Trudel), Si j’avais (Sonia Johnson, Nathalie Baroud),  Rue Liverpool (Stanley Péan /Anthony Rosankovic), Je rêve (Claude André/Mario Peluso) and of course, Sonia Johnson's voice, soft, captivating and touching. A great and tightly-knit CD.

To see a excerpt of Elle Court, click here

To see Toi, mon amour, Oct. 9th at L'OFF Jazz, click here

(photo : Pascale Therien)

Upcoming concerts...
Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson in Shawinigan
Thursday, Oct. 30th
Festival international de jazz de Québec
Saturday, Nov. 1st

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

TVJAZZ  October 21 2013
Cécile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild - Festival international de jazz de Québec, Monday, Oct 21st 2013

Marianne Trudel launches "La vie commence ici" with 4tet and Ingrid Jensen at the Résonance, Friday, Oct. 24th, 7pm (Québec City)

La_vie_commence_ici.jpgMarianne Trudel is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. This women is involved in many musical projects, all equally beautiful.

Winner of a 2013 Opus Prize for Trifolia, Marianne Trudel has also been nominated for the Junos and at l’ADISQ. At this event the pianist will present her new opus ’’La vie commence ici’’ with canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, both recognized internationally.

On the eve of her forties, Marianne Trudel wanted to express themes such as affirmation, self-acceptance, the respect of nature and the fragility of the world we live in. With jazz and classical music influences, as well as improvised music, improvisation being her
« forté »,  with enough space for trumpeter Ingrid Jensen to express herself.  Ingrid Jensen's
spacy trumpet playing will set us off on a dream.

She'll be sided by excellent saxophonist Jonathan "Bunny" Stewart who's involved in multiple North American musical platforms, bassist Morgan Moore (he can make that bass  sing) and drummer Robbie Kuster, Patrick Watson's drummer and longtime Marianne Trudel collaborator.

The sum of it all is magnificent and cinematic, transcending the frontiers of jazz. Creative music, colorful and lots of emotions!

Magic !

Marianne Trudel, piano and compositions
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Jonathan "Bunny" Stewart, saxophones
Morgan Moore, bass
Robbie Kuster, drums

Friday, Oct. 24th at 7pm
Résonance - 5175A Ave. du Parc   
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TVJAZZ  April 3 2009
Jean-Pierre Zanella 4tet - Modinha by Jobim - April 2009 (HD)

TVJAZZ  October 9 2014
Sonia Johnson launches "Le coeur à l'endroit" - Toi, mon amour - L'OFF Jazz, Oct. 9th, 2014

TVJAZZ  October 8 2014
St-Jak Quartet OFF / ON - Nelson Mandela, bonjour - L'OFF Jazz, Oct. 8th, 2014

TVJAZZ  October 9 2014
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble - Rondo a la Turk - Salle Bourgie of MBAM, Oct. 9th, 2014

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