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Sarah MK sings R&B at the House of Jazz Laval and a new show by Michelle Sweeney : Love, Laugh and Real Talk at the House of Jazz Montreal.

maison_du_jazz_animation_1-10-2015.gifIt there a better way to start October than with Sarah MK, Thursday, Oct. 1st at the House of Jazz Laval ? Canadian artist Sarah MK is well-intent on redefining the preconceived notion of what a modern-day songstress should sound like. From the harmonious nature of her vocal arrangements over multi-talented musician/producer Jordan Peters’ hypnotic sounds, to her melodic compositions reflecting the thoughts and ideas of a woman with a strong sense of purpose, Sarah MK strikes the balance between message and music with graceful mastery. Seamlessly alternating from slow-burning R&B to full-blown MC, she has a measure of versatility and scope matched only by her lofty ambition. Come and check her out this Thursday Oct. 1st, 7pm at the House of Jazz Laval! To see Just Friends, click here

The week is tough? Come and clear your mind on Wednesdays, 7pm in October with the Dawn Tyler Watson Jazz Duo. Beautiful and smooth jazz classics. Accompanied by her pianist, Dawn will show you the different facets of her personality. Come relax to the sound of jazz ; the music that gets better with time. The rest of your week will feel much better! ;)

Check out 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$)

A little laugh at the House of Jazz Montreal!

At the House of Jazz Montreal, October announces the official launch of Michelle Sweeney’s new show ; Love, Laugh and Real Talk! Our Diva will offer you a colorful evening with a mix of humor, games and Broadway-style music. Accompanied by the legendary Taurey Butler on piano for a cabaret atmosphere worthy of the House of Jazz Montreal.  Come check it out at 7 :30 pm on Tuesday October 13th and 27th.

To remind us of this summer's heat, now long gone, Giovany Arteaga Cuban Connexion will be on our stage this Friday, October 2nd at 9 :30pm. Born in Cuba, Giovany  will present his latin music and accompanied by a small cocktail will make you travel in countries where the sun shines all year long!

This week, Tuesday, Oct. 6th at 7 :30pm it's Mardi Gras ! Get 50% off the entire menu and beverages. At the sound of Roger Wall's Dixieland Band with special guest Josh Labosky at the piano, relive the best years of Louisiana! We take out the rattles and garlands and the party begins! We are waiting for you !

Check out the full entertainment calendar for Montreal at House of Jazz Montreal

House of Jazz
- 2060 Aylmer Info and reservations : 514-842-8656. (10$)

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The OFF JAZZ festival is back with its 16th edition! Starting today, Thurday, Oct. 1st, come celebrate creation and the local jazz scene!

carre-150x150.gifA great jazz jamboree is taking place in the middle of Montreal’s fall season. The OFF JAZZ festival 16th edition takes place from the 1st through the 10th of October 2015, in different venues of the metropolis. The OFF JAZZ festival showcases veteran musicians, as well as up-and-coming talent and is very proud of supporting unique jazz expressions from Quebec and abroad. And this year, spotlight is on the women of jazz!

The OFF JAZZ festival invites you to discover the unexpected and to experience memorable moments. More than 150 musicians, 27 shows, 3 record launches, 1 master class and 9 venues this year!

L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal « Dans la forêt de ma mémoire » - Cerbère - Marc Copland / Adrian Vedady Duo - Yannick Rieu Da Li - Extended Family - Annie Dominique Quintet - Tom Van Seters «  Variables » - Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies - Masterclass Joe Morris - François Jalbert Quartet - YPG : Young Provost & Guilbeault - Alex Bellegarde Trio and guests - The GGRIL welcomes Joe Morris - MCM / Multiple Chord Music showcase concert - Jason Rosenblatt Quartet - Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms + 9 - Jean-Nicolas Trottier «  Acid Bunny » - Joel Kerr «  False Dawn » - Andy King Group - Still - Gabriel Lambert Quartet - Marianne Trudel « Jeux en clair-obscur » - Jean-Michel Pilc piano solo - Myriad3 - Jagg - Jean Vanasse / Miroslav Vitous «  Terre et air » - Linda Oh « Sun Pictures ».

Concerts in all these venues : Résonance for 5à7s and late-nights shows, Lion d’Or, Upstairs, La Vitrola, Casa del Popolo, La Passe, Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur and Club Soda. Visit to discover the full program schedule and practical information. Passeport, packages and reduced rates available.

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life - R&B at the Bell Centre, Wednesday, Sept. 30th 2015 - Tks Stevie!

stevie_150X111.jpgOn Wed. Sept. 30th, the Bell Centre was practically full for singer, musician, composer and very generous Stevie Wonder who's in town revisiting the excellent double album Songs in the Key of Life, his most popular album in career, released 39 years ago. In the few words of introduction,  helped by one of his chorists, he explains that the values (love, justice, racial peace, etc) of the album are still current and that today's world could sure use more of them.  After a discreet "je ne parle pas français", he kicks off the 24 or so songs, in the same order of this 21st and most popular recording.

He starts off with a heartfelt Love In Need Of Love Today that lays the groove for the night ; his own unique brand of R&B, soul, groove, funk, etc, with over thirty musicians including 2 drummers, 2 percussionists, 2 bassists, 2 guitarists, 2 keyboardists, a 6-member horn section, 8 chorists and a ten member string section, all from Québec.

Sir Duke
, his jazzy tribute to Duke Ellington gets the very diverse crowd including boomers, families, hipsters, etc, up on their feet at the Bell Centre and the party is on! .  Two songs later Stevie makes a lot of rooms for his musicians and chorists, including two great violin solos, in the ballad Knows Me Off My Feet, chock-full of solos and bits of songs known (Night Is The Right Time - Ray Charles) and unknown. He's having a great time and the "jam" lasts twenty minutes.

A few songs and a 20 minute pause later the second set starts up with the great Isn't She Lovely written for his girl Aisha. Towards the end of the concert he'll play the inspiring As as well as the fiery Another Star, two other great songs from this album flawlessy played.

From 1976 to now the music of Songs In The Key of Life are timeless, with a unique blend of RnB, soul, funk, jazz, and pop.

Thanks Stevie !

Love In Need Of Love Today
Have A Talk With God
Village Ghetto Land
Sir Duke
I Wish
Knows Me Off My Feet
Pastime Paradise
Summer Soft
Ordinary Pain
Ebony Eyes
Isn't She Lovely
Joy Inside My Tears
Black Man
All Day Sucker
Easy Goin' Evening
Ngiculela - Es Una Historia
If It's Magic
Another Star
Superstition and other great hits to end it all...

To hear the full album Songs in the Key of Life, click here

The Jazz All-Year Round series makes you appreciate fall with its new line-up! Don’t miss in October Biréli Lagrène, Ibeyi and David Gogo!

JAL_150x150_Lagraine-Gogo-Ibeyi (Et).gifOne of the most astonishing magicians on acoustic and electric guitar, Biréli Lagrène will hit the stage of Club Soda, this Friday, October 2nd ! An evening you can’t miss with this devotee of gypsy jazz, which will be on stage with his Gipsy Project that features guitarist Denis Chang, double bass player Paul Van Dyk and saxophonist Franck Wolf!

This Sunday, on October 4, the Corona Theatre will welcome the return by popular demand of the franco-cuban duo Ibeyi! An evening of soul, R&B, electronic and experimental music with the daughters of famous percussionist Miguel “Anga” Díaz of the Buena Vista Social Club to discover pieces of their new album!

Finally, blues fans will be delighted by the return of Canadian guitarist David Gogo on October 22 at l’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan! The two-time Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year returns for the concert-launch of his 14th album, the brand-new superlatively titled Vicksburg Call.

Tickets and info available at

Our colleague Coco (Coco's jazz gig of the week) is also host of Coco Jazz, a weekly radio show, Tuesdays at 7pm on 100,1 CKVL FM.

cocojazz_150X150.jpgSo here is the Coco Jazz show of Tuesday, Sept. 29 2015, dedicated to the OFF Jazz, Montreal's other jazz festival!

To listen : Tuesday, Sept. 29 2015

In the first hour, Coco talks (in french) with 3 key people of L'OFF Jazz, Lévy Bourbonnais, president/programming dir., Gabriel Vinuela, vp and programming committee member, and Charlotte Colin, communications and public development. The artists you'll hear in this first hour : Alex Bellegarde (Floating), Cerbère, Marianne Trudel (Clair-Obscur), Jean-Michel Pilc, Rimouski's GGRIL, Jean Vanasse, Joel Kerr, Françoit Jalbert, Jason Rosenblatt, JAGG (1st prize Jazz en Rafale 2014) and the Still Trio.

In the 2nd hour you'll hear : Myriad3 (Toronto), Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Tom Van Seters, Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies, Yannick Rieu (Da Li), Karen Young (You Make Me Feel So Young), Gabriel Lambert, Linda Oh (USA), Andy King (2014 OFF Jazz François-Marcaurelle prize) and the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal.

The 3rd and last hour is dedicated to Coco's jazz gig of the week on, with music from many members of the young Montreal label Multiple Chord Music (MCM Records), created in 2011 : Rachel Therrien (GP Jazz TD FIJM 2014), Frédéric Alarie (Undertaking), Annie Dominique, Jason Stillman, Tertio, Parc-X Trio (GP Jazz TD FIJM 2010),  Extended Family, as well as Jean Vanasse and Biréli Lagrène.

The show replays on Sunday at 7pm.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Jim Doxas Trio - Blind Leap

At the helm of the Monday night jam sessions at Upstairs, great sideman for pianist Oliver Jones, drummer Jim Doxas is a gem. For his first CD Blind Leap, he's surrounded by bassist Morgan Moore and hard-hitting pianist Paul Schrofel, in a musical ménage à trois.

Focusing unity for the benefit of his stylish drumming talent, we're in the presence of a master of style that calls to mind the polyrhythmic Philly Joe Jones. Built on a model where personal compositions are like a trigger, apart from the beautiful remake of Wayne Shorter's Fall, this Blind Leap is a grid of precision, with in backdrop, the memory of pianist Jan Jarczyk.

Melo 3
My Old Flame
Act One
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Berceause pour Jan

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

TVJAZZ  September 8 2015
L'OFF Jazz 2015 - Unveiling of the programming - Oct 1 to 10 oct 2015

Jean Vanasse / Miroslav Vitous and Linda Oh in a doubleheader closing night concert of L'OFF Jazz at Club Soda, Saturday, Oct. 10th!

animation Vanasse Vitous Oh.gifHere are two powerful concerts on the combined themes of earth, air and sun ...

2 x double basses for the grand finale of the beautiful OFF Jazz fall festival.  To end this 16th edition, the OFF Jazz presents two exceptional concerts with vibraphonist Jean Vanasse / bassist Miroslav Vitous, as well as bassist Linda Oh in quartet.

Vanasse / Vitous - Terre et Air (8pm)

Creative vibraphonist and co-founder of the OFF Jazz, Jean Vanasse, welcomes his collegue and longtime collaborator, bassist Miroslav Vitous for this Terre et Air project.  Born in Prague, the jazz bassist is one of the founders of the huge jazz group Weather Report. He's also played with Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter, among others. With their strong musical chemistry, they've created the excellent Nouvelle Cuisine in 1986. Here they are again in duo. They'll be playing a collection of playful and brave pieces!

Jean Vanasse, vibes
Miroslav Vitous, double bass

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 8pm : The OFF Jazz at Club Soda.

The second part of this great concert night, at 9:30pm, belongs to young bassist Linda Oh who's presenting Sun Pictures.

Born in Malaysia, she was brought up in Australia and moved to NY to study music. Linda Oh is a member of the Dave Douglas Quintet as well as Sound Prints, a group she co-founded with Joe Lovano. On electric bass or double bass, Linda Oh get carried away with her modern jazz compositions that are percussive but graciously played. For this concert, she'll be presenting her recent project Sun Pictures in quartet.

Linda Oh, double bass and compositions,
Troy Roberts, tenor sax
Charles Altura, guitar
Rudy Royston, drums

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 9:30pm : The OFF Jazz at Club Soda
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Young independant label Multiple Chord Music (MCM) launches fall season with concert and showcase of artist roster at L'OFF Jazz, Tuesday, Oct. 6th - Casa del Popolo.

animation montage MCM plus Gab Alex.gifYoung independant label Multiple Chord Music (MCM) launches fall season with concert and showcase of artist roster at L'OFF Jazz, Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 8pm at the Casa del Popolo.

We wanted to find out more about MCM with the two founders, bassist Alex Lefaivre and keyboardist Gabriel Vinuela, both of the Parc-X Trio...
CT - With the significant drop in sales of CDs in stores and online and the difficulty of jazz labels, large and small, what led you to create MCM?
AL - "Originally, we started the company to release our own albums (Parc-X Trio), because we found that what existing labels offered was absolutely ridiculous. With time, other artists showed interest in joining our label. Our main objective is to create a business structure that allows artists to have the advantages of a label (digital distribution, access to the various forms of financing, booking and promotion consulting, technical and moral support) as well as getting the largest share of the sales possible. We're only the distributor, so a self-produced artist keeps all it's editing rights and the master recordings. If the artist prints physical CDs, they are all his as well as the revenues. With our digital distributor, our artists can track their sales in real time, something transparent that traditional labels don't offer. To sum it all up, we want to help Quebec jazz artists even if the industry is losing ground by working on a new business model that allows the artist to keep a larger share of the revenues."
CT - The Andy King Group, Rachel Therrien Quintet, Marjorie Fiset, Annie Dominique Quintet, Frédéric Alarie, Jason Stillman, Tertio,  Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies et your own Parc-X did the MCM roster add up ?
AL - "We've been working with Marjorie since 2011. Gabriel Vinuela, (his MCM associate and co-founder) plays keys in her group and she asked us for some help on her first album. Last summer (2014) Andy King and Frédéric Alarie joined. I helped Andy with the graphics on his album and mastered Frédéric's last two albums. They had no more budget and I offered my help graciously to help them finish their projects. They then asked me if they could join MCM. Rachel came on board last October and she introduced us to Believe Digital, our digital distributor. Then the other artists joined by word of mouth. We're all friends that know each other from the Montreal/ Quebec jazz scene. I encourage all the artists that are interested in MCM to send us their project ideas, our objective is to help the scene at large, not just
a circle of close friends. Don't be shy, give us a try
CT - Is there a  MCM musical style?
AL - "Not really, we're very open in our project selection. Some are more "straight-ahead", others more contemporary. We have electric jazz-rock groups with a lot of distortion and other groups with a purer and more acoustic sound. The only criteria we have is kind of  abstract, we have to like it enough to be able to wholeheartedly promote it."
CT -  What can we expect Tuesday, Oct. 6th at L'OFF Jazz ?
AL - "The best goddamn jazz party of your whole life! 9 great bands on the Montreal / QC jazz scene that each play 20 minutes."
CT - What's up and coming for  MCM?
AL - "I can't reveal anything right now but other bands have gotten in touch with us to possibly join MCM. Parc-X trio is launching a EP in December. Two of our artists have applied for Musicaction for the first time and we're doing reseach on possible funds from the SODEC. Both of us, Gabriel Vinuela and I, are both musicians so the administrative side of things are done slowly but surely."
CT - Your distribution is online and in stores?
AL - "Our distribution is 100% digital. To be honest , I don't believe in traditional hard copy distribution anymore, especially in jazz. We encourage our artists to print
copies so they can sell them at concerts or online, which allows them to keep a larger share of the profits.
CT -  What would be your wildest dream as a label and producer ?
AL - "My biggest dream would be to maintain and grow a viable business that offers the most advantages for the artists. I dream of eventually becoming a record producer. I want to create a new business model with an ethical approach for artists. I hope that the local jazz scene continues to grow even if the music business is having difficulties."
Interview : Claude Thibault
Photo : Nicolas Boulay

MCM concert and showcase at  L'OFF Jazz
Tuesday, Oct. 6th 2015 @8pm
Casa Del Popolo
4873 St-Laurent

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