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Pianist Guillaume Martineau takes away the 2015-2016 Radio-Canada jazz Révélation !

guillaume_martineau.jpgYoung pianist Guillaume Martineau, often highlighted in the best Montreal jazz clubs, takes away the 2015-2016 Radio-Canada jazz Révélation.

Versative musician, Guillaume Martineau has trained with some of the best in classical and jazz, such as Menhem Pressler, Oliver Jones and Joanne  Brackeen. He's obtained his diploma from the Université de Montréal, his masters from Université McGill and a Professional Diploma in jazz from Boston's Berklee College of Music . He's played in many classical, jazz and original music concerts in the United States, France, Switzlerland and Japan. He's also presented three marathon Montreal concerts playing up to 12 hours non-stop.

In the fall of 2014, he releases Par 5 chemins, a first project with a atmospheric and cinematographic ambiance. With Tevet Sela (saxophone), François Jalbert (guitar), Simon Pagé (electric bass) and Raphaël Pannier (drums).

To find out more, see the video promo and listen to excerpts, click here

The 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal brings back its popular Invitation TD series at 6 p.m. at Gesù!

FIJM_Web_150x150_SJN_Invitation.gifThe Invitation TD series presents the phenomenal bassist Avishai Cohen first in a duet with the renowned pianist Renee Rosnes (June 26), then in a trio (June 27)! He concludes his Festival visit in a trio with brilliant New-York jazz guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel (June 28)!

After his performance with Avishai the talented guitarist surrounds himself with pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Allan Mednard and bassist Eric Revis (June 29): a quartet of rising stars! As the dessert to this triad of concerts, prodigy Kurt Rosenwinkel takes the stage solo (June 30)! The series also presents one of the greatest accordionists of this era, Richard Galliano, with unbeatable guitarist Sylvain Luc (July 1) for a wonderful tribute to  Édith Piaf.

Finally, see South-African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim 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!  

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Bassist Christian Bailet and his 4tet Electrolyz, Les Vendredis Jazz series at l'Espace Cercle Carré, Friday, May 29th.

christian bailet_150X150.jpgChristian Bailet is a french composer and bassist who draws his influences from electro-jazz and fusion and is inspired by the likes of Jaco Pastorius, Garry Willis, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis and Weather Report.

Christian studied and graduated from the prestigious Nice (France) Conservatory in 1992 and has been leading his own group for the past 22 years. Before embarking on these solo  projects, he collaborated with guitarist Olivier Bennaroche. They formed the Isotop Quartet, releasing three albums, taking him from stage to stage across France and Europe with three notable appearances at the Nice Jazz Festival.

Now living in Montreal, Christian Bailet is currently working on the new electro-jazz inspired group Electrolyz. The group blends elements of traditional jazz improvisation with electric sonorities (electro samples, vocals, loops) as well as touches of world music ( jazz, funk, flamenco, brazilian, oriental, dub-ragga, drum's bass, celtic, hip-hop, house…)

Electrolyz takes the best of contemporary music, and together with collective improvisation, transforms it into a hybrid form of music, a unique cocktail of intricate compositions and deft arrangements of groove and melody.

The quartet can't simply be categorized as regular electro-jazz, Electrolyz is pioneering a new musical style : electro-jazz fusion.

Participate in our contest and you could win a pair of tickets for this concert by clicking here

Christian Bailet : bass and composition
Félix Tellier Pouliot : guitar
Philippe Fleury : drums
Patrice Luneau : saxophone

Christian Bailet and his 4tet Electrolyz - Les Vendredis Jazz at l'Espace Cercle Carré - Friday, May 29th at 8pm - 36, Queen 514-397-0430 - Les Vendredis Jazz, every last Friday of the month, from February to June, continues with Yoel Diaz and his 4tet Cubarteto June 26th.

To see this summer : the Événements spéciaux TD series concerts at 7:30 p.m. for the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

FIJM_Web_150x150_SJN_Ev_Speciaux.gifThe Événements spéciaux TD series presents great renowned artists! First, see Steve Miller Band (June 26), the legendary ‘70s American band. Then, three blues immortal in a triple bill : Taj Mahal, John Mayall and James Cotton (June 27)! The R&B queen Erykah Badu (June 29) takes over the stage with her sensual voice and jazz-and-soul-tinged melodies.

Rodrigo y Gabriela (June 30) offer a flamenco, rock, jazz and heavy metal music blend, while Huey Lewis and The News (July 1) brings us back in the ‘80s for an amazing night!  The folk, blues and funk tinted R&B of our own Bobby Bazini (July 2) meets the master keyboardist Booker T. Jones.

Be there for a country-folk evening with no others than Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks and Justin Townes Earle (July 3) in a triple bill. To bring this series to a wonderful close, don’t miss the irresistible Mika (July 4 and 5)!

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Thursday, May 28th, Claude Thibault's monthly feature at Quand le jazz est là, with Stanley Péan on ICI Musique.

Quand le jazz est la - nov 2014 - 150X114.jpgThursday, May 28th,'s editor, Claude Thibault, is Stanley Péan's guest at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique.  He presents Quebec jazz news, special events, releases, features, concerts and more. The show is at 5:30pm and his feature is in the 2nd hour, around 6:30pm.

1) Tuck & Patti in a QC mini-tour
Maison des Arts de Laval - Wednesday, June 3
Théâtre Petit-Champlain de QC - Friday, June 5
La Besoche de Gatineau - Saturday, June 6

2) Concert and launch of the new Arte Boréal jazz Series (Simon Couillard) with Jim Doxas Trio, Phil Dwyer, Annie Poulain and Normand Guilbeault
Le Cercle de Québec - Tuesday, May 26th

3) Wayne Shorter Quintet
Palais Montcalm de Québec - Saturday, June 6

4) Wycliffe Gordon and other jazzmen from New Orleans part of the TD Jazz series of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Oscar Peterson Hall - Concordia University - Saturday, June 13

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Jonathan Turgeon Trio - Au fil des feuilles qui craquent

Here an interesting release by some innovative new talent that we'll hear more and more ; pianist Jonathan Turgeon. As it's so often nowadays no standards -- I'm beginning to think they've been banned from the new musical vocabulary -- , but rather a long and personal suite.

Poetry, one could say, that finds its essence in the Mehldau sphere of influence, with Jonathan's unique brand of swing. This Au fil des feuilles qui craquent is far from being monotonous, because our young pianist and his trio, being bassist Hugo Blouin and drummer Jean-Philippe Godbout like to juxtapose what they've learned and play well -- you gotta start somewhere -- with a profoundness of style that promises. Like his other accomplice, pianist Jérôme Beaulieu, we believe in Jonathan Turgeon. Bravo.

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

TVJAZZ  June 21 2013
Olivier Babaz Quartet with Guillaume Martineau - Virage - Résonance Café, Friday, June 21st, 2013

Aurélia O’Leary launches Caravan Jazz, Tuesday, May 26th at the Quai des brumes.

animation bon plan 21 mai 2015.gifBorn in the Gaspé Peninsula and raised in France's Midi, singer-songwriter Aurélia O’Leary presents her 4th CD "Caravan Jazz".

After many years spent in France where the singer won the Festival de Jazz de Crest contest as well as opening for the legendary Henri Salvador, Aurélia O’Leary comes back to her roots!

Aurélia's contralto voice and colorful structures seduces. Her jazz is soft, structured with various accents. For this project she specially invited saxophonist Al McLean for a few tracks on the new CD. He'll be on stage to blow you away.

The concert and launch coincides with the opening of an exhibit by artist and paintor Yves Hernendez, Aurélia's departed father, who introduced jazz to Aurélia at a very young age. She'll be surrounded by some of the best Montreal jazz musicians. Jazz standards nuanced with moments of improvisation. Mesmerizing.

To see the promo video, click here
The Facebook page of the event

Don't miss the interview with Aurélia, Monday, May 25th with Coco Jazz on Radio LaSalle

Aurélia O’Leary, voice
Jérôme Beaulieu, piano
Fraser Hollins, bass
Al McLean, saxophone
Greg Ritchie, drums

Tuesday, May 26th at 6pm
Quai des brumes
4481 St-Denis
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Coco Jazz host at Radio LaSalle

The Festi Jazz International de Rimouski turns 30 and jazz is on with Brian Blade, Pat Martino, Jacques Kuba Séguin - Odd Lot and Lorraine Desmarais, Sept. 2-6.

animation primeur 21 mai 2015.gifThe Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, being held from Wed. Sept. 2nd to Sunday, Sept. 6th unveils their acts.

Here's a few newsworthy concerts that we've had the opportunity to see and video...

Fabulous drummer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band, Sunday, Sept. 6th : For this concert you'll be treated to Landmarks, a Louisiana-inspired work mixing gospel, R&B and local folk, poetic and suggestive. To see our short video of the band at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Fest, click here

Guitarist Pat Martino et son Organ Trio, Friday, Sept. 4th : The Festi Jazz prescribes some good healing with the organ trio, musical therapy by a unfaltering composer and trusted sideman. To see our video of the trio at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Fest, click here

Trumpet player Jacques Kuba Séguin - Odd Lot, Saturday, Sept. 5th : In a acoustic formula, the sextet will wrap you up in the purety of the melodies from their latest opus, L’élévation du point de chute. So good you'll recommend this concert to all. To see our video of the group playing Krajobraz at L'OFF Jazz 2010, click here

Pianist Lorraine Desmarais and her Trio, Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. : In the opening concert, Lorraine presents Rimouski Jazz Suite, a musical work specially composed to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Festi Jazz, played live for the first time. To see our video of Lorraine in duo with Jacky Terrasson at the 2010 Festi Jazz de Rimouski, click here

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TVJAZZ  July 3 2011
Kurt Rosenwinkel at FIJM 2011

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Win a pair of tickets for bassist Christian Bailet and Electrolyz at L'Espace Cercle Carré, May 29th.

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