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I’m spending Labor Day at the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski!

4 - animation 25 aout.gifYou were waiting for it, the whole team is preparing it with passion, and now, here it is! We're obviously talking about the 31st edition of the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which ends the summer season on a colourful note and goes into autumn with enthusiasm.

17 stages, 300 artists, 60 shows, the Buvette Errazuriz…you’ll find what suits you with an amazing view on the sunset to top it off!

And because the Festi Jazz team wishes to offer an event that's accessible and interesting for everyone, including a free access to the festival site, the public will find itself at the heart of a diverse program of artists from all around the world. Overall, there will be more than 35 free shows scattered on the 17 stages of the event.

Let yourself travel between the musical warmth of Rachel Therrien, the unique encounter of the Emie R Roussel Trio with Norman Lachapelle, the passionate Gilad Hekselman, the dynamic Pierre Kwenders, the usual Riki-Dixie Bouncing Band and much more for your entertainment!

What are you waiting to visit us and book your weekend to spend an unforgettable Labor Day

For more information, visit festijazzrimouski.com as well as our Facebook and twitter pages


Great harmonicist and father of Bluesette Toots Thielemans, dies.

Toots-Thielemans-6-150x150.jpgEditors's note : Great harmonicist Toots Thielemans died, he was 94. We were fortunate enough to interview the father of Bluesette who was in concert at the Montreal High Lights Festival 2012, in concert with pianist Kenny Werner. In a tribute to Toots, we're re-publishing this interview.
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On the eve of this 90th birthday, Jean-Baptiste Thielemans or if you prefer Toots opens the Festival Montréal en lumière 2012 as guest of honor.  This great event organised by the Festival « thanks once again André Ménard » brings us the man who made jazz on the harmonica be heard and know. After a Japan tour with pianist Kenny Werner , who'll side him on Thursday, Feb. 16th at Théâtre Maisonneuve the harmonicist is taking a few days of rest at his home in Belgium. After my comment that Bluesette was part of my childhood, he played a few bars on the phone and spoke about it:
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TT « Bluesette has been with me for over fifty years. When I wrote this waltz that wasn't really a jazz tune, it was a instant hit. I don't really know why, but many TV and radio shows used it as their musical theme. Unfortunatly I can't play it anymore on the guitar or even whistle it.  Luckily I still have my harmonica (laughs). »
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CR - After a long career that started of with clarinettist Benny Goodman, you hung out with the who's who of jazz musicians who practically all became your friends :
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TT - « And many of them are now gone. I'm thinking of pianist Bill Evans with whom I played, Pepper Adams, baritone sax, Dinah Washington, George Shearing. Things worked out well for me, with a bit of talent ».
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CR - Always modest, helping out younger musicians, Toots keeps preaching jazz :
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TT - « With Kenny Werner,  we "tickle" each other and play standards like stories, as well as some compositions stored away in our back pockets, a nice duo ».
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Long live Toots...

Interview by Christophe Rodriguez.

To see Days of Wine and Roses filmed at the Montreal High Lights Festival, Feb. 16th 2012 at Place des Arts, click here

Toots Thielemans with pianist Kenny Werner
Thursday, Feb. 16, 8pm - Théâtre Maisonneuve of PdA
Information : Festival Montréal en lumière


Musician and ex-montrealer Vanessa Rodrigues creates Brazil Strings and helps Brazil's youth discover music.

brazilstrings150X150.jpgBrazil Strings was founded in 2013 by musician and teacher Vanessa Rodrigues to help sustain her ongoing volunteer efforts at the Rocinha Music School, a non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro, teaching string instrument lessons to the youth of Rocinha, South America's largest Favela.

Why strings?
The family of bowed string instruments: violin, viola, cello and doublebass, form the backbone of the symphonic orchestra. Many projects all over Brazil similar to the Rocinha Music School have orchestra programs which help foster the creative potential of local youth.

Why have an orchestra at all?
Playing in musical ensembles fosters mutual respect as well as a sense of self-worth and self-confidence. But in a country such as Brazil, with its gaping economic and social inequality, playing classical music is unattainable for the vast majority of locals. Children of lower middle class families are too often excluded from the very after school programs that could help them excel in their education and social development.

Thankfully, Venezuela's El Sistema and other similar programs have changed all that, opening the doors for children from all walks of life to experience the joy of music for themselves.

It is evident that music has to be recognized as an element of socialization, as an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values –
solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion . And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.”

-Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema

She's currently on a crowdfunding financing campaign until Oct. 1st, to help, it's here : https://fundrazr.com/brazilstrings

To see a video presenting the project, it's here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pz9WzwSYwI

Vanessa Rodrigues also plays jazz, salsa and other genres on the organ, the piano and the keys. She lived in Montreal many years before moving to Brazil.She's released 5 albums as a leader : Soul Project (2005); Gale/Rodrigues Group Live at the Rex (2007); Soul Food for Thought (2009); Buckaloose: the 270 Sessions (2010); Buckaloose: Live at Upstairs (2013). To see the video with bassist Oscar Stagnero May 23rd 2009 at Upstairs, on Stevie Wonder's Too High, it's here


Jazzamboka launches it's first album at the Théâtre Fairmount, Saturday, Sept. 10th!

Jazzamboka.jpgAfter two years of work, Jazzamboka welcomes you to their launch of their very first album.

Check out Félix Leblanc on the keys, Julien Fillion on sax, Emile Farley at the bass, Elli Miller-Maboungou on percussions (ngoma), Noel Mpiaza at the drums and Jean-Pierre Zanella, guest sax player on Statement in a video we filmed at the International Jazz Day last April 30th.

To see the video, it's here

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CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Beth McKenna Jazz Orchestra - Home : Montréal

I admit I hardly knew tenor sax / bandleader Beth McKenna. From Nova Scotia, she's done most of her studies in Montréal with different teachers such as Rémi Bolduc, Christine Jensen and Jim Doxas. Even if I'd heard her in many recent jazz festivals, this large jazz orchestra album is quite different. Mostly made up of young montrealers, let's mention trombonist Hélène Lemay and trumpeters Rémi Cormier / Hichem Khalfa, this Home : Montréal has some interesting ideas. With compositions from Christine Jensen, John Roney, Darcy James Argue and Jim McNeely, the young saxophonist gave the orchestra quite a boost.

On four well orchestrated tracks / movements, we easily recognise the influences and writing style, and mostly the important contribution of the master that was Gil Evans. Less impenetrable in its aesthetics than l’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, but not far from, this musical vision requires some attentive listening. Miles away from what Ellington, Basie or Kenton did, Beth McKenna presents a poetic approach where all the pieces find solace in the meshing of atmospheres. It could use a bit more swing, you know that foot stompin' kind of jazz, but our work is to support young artists that dare. In the end, bravo for the orchestra's direction as well as the message.

Keep your eyes on this young lady who's got good ideas and great musicians.

To see our video of Start, from another project, it's here

http://www.bethmckenna.ca/

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


TVJAZZ  February 16 2012
Toots Thielemans et Kenny Werner - Days of Wine and Roses - Montréal en Lumière à la Place des Arts - 16 fev 2012


Gary Schwartz Jim Hall Project, Saturday Aug. 27th at Dièse Onze.

gary shwartz ron di lauro de celine 150X140.jpgGuitarist Gary Schwartz in a tribute to guitarist Jim Hall.

Gary Schwartz is not your typical guitarist. He has a unique style that is quite popular and has a following amongst younger musicians. Teacher at Concordia University, he's been active on the Montreal and Canadian jazz for quite some time.

Schwartz has been in many bands, from trios to big bands, he's played blues, funk, and has even shared the stage with James Brown. He's a splendid and versatile guitarist, and his talent has led him to play with the OSM as well as the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Deceased in 2013, Jim Hall was an american jazz guitarist with a love for cool and post-bop jazz. Hall had a great knowledge of classical compositions and liked modern music, with a style that was always evolving. Schwartz tells me that Jim Hall created a langage for the guitar that contain some sublime harmonies, and that led him to study and play music from the great guitarist.

Well accompanied for this concert Gary Schwartz delivers brand of jazz from the seventies and eighties in this Jim Hall tribute. The band revisits the albums Alone Together and These Rooms, among others. A return to the past, with jazz, harmonies and some absolute beats.

Here's Jim Hall on St.Thomas, the 1st track on Alone Together

Gary Schwartz, guitar and arrangements
Ron Di Lauro, trumpet
Guy Boisvert, bass
Guillaume Pilote, drums

Gary Schwartz Jim Hall Project
Saturday, Aug. 27th @9:30pm
Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis   
514-223-3543

Photo : Celine JJazz
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Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 25th, Claude Thibault presents his monthly feature at Quand le jazz est là, with Stanley Péan on ICI Musique

Quand le jazz est la - nov 2014 - 150X114.jpgThursday, Aug. 25th, Claude Thibault, the Editor of sortiesJAZZnights.com, is Stanley Péan's guest at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique

Starting at 6:49pm, they'll talk about these features and news from the jazz world and the music it's all about...

1) Montréal Hard Bop - Festi Jazz Rimouski - Scène Hydro-Québec (Sept 3 6pm) Bistro Le Réserve (Sept 3 9pm) Les Jardins de Métis (Sept 4 10am)

2) Jazzamboka CD launch - Théâtre Fairmount - Sept 10th 7pm

3)  Jacques Schwarz-Bart - The Jewazz Project (with Jean-Michel Pilc Rémi-Jean LeBlanc Martin Auguste) - Power Jazz at the Segal  Centre - Sept 11 8pm

4) Dee Dee Bridgewater Feathers Tour - Théâtre Marcellin-Champagnat in Laval - Sept 15 8pm

5) Matthieu Bélanger Quartet - Sutton Jazz - Sept 17 8pm


TVJAZZ  October 1 2016
Vanessa Rodrigues Brasil Project


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