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Jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow presents Clear Day at the Salle André-Mathieu in Laval, Friday, Feb. 19th.

EmilieClaireBarlow.jpgFor Juno award winning singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, there never was a Plan B. No day jobs or fallback plans in case music didn’t work out. “I’ve always been a singer” she said. “I just knew that’s what I was, who I was and what I was always going to do.” It has been so much in her blood from the start that the Toronto born jazz vocalist and arranger remembers that she learned to read music around the same time she learned to read words. “It was part of our language” Barlow said, remembering childhood trips to recording studios with her parents, drummer Brian Barlow and singer Judy Tate.

When she was 7, Barlow was recruited to deliver the kid’s line in a jingle her mother was recording for Tide. The child’s natural, untrained voice, reliably in tune, guaranteed work in radio and television ads from the beginning. That unaffected quality of Barlow’s vocals has deepened with sophistication over the years, along with her phrasing and astonishing pitch, but the vulnerability and warmth at the core of her approach are still intact. No over sung melismas are to be found in her body of work. Holly Cole was an early source of inspiration for Barlow.

Emilie-Claire Barlow
Friday, Feb. 19th @ 8pm
Salle André-Mathieu
475, boulevard de l'Avenir, Laval

Don't miss these other concerts at the Salle André-Mathieu and the Maison des arts :
Bebel Gilberto / Tudo, Feb. 18 (Salle André-Mathieu)
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensembe / Hommage Brubeck, March 2 (Maison des arts)
Susie Arioli / Spring, March 24 (Maison des arts)

A passionate and energetic Susie Arioli presents Spring, Saturday, Feb. 27th at the Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil).

Susie Arioli - Spring_150x150.jpgSaturday, February 27th, a passionate and energetic Susie Arioli present the music of her latest album, Spring. Recognized for her soft, warm and jazzy voice, Susie Arioli has built a solid reputation here and all over the world. Faithful to her roots, she gives us her own take on many jazz standards as well as surprising us with her own compositions, highlighting her writing skills.

With her irristible drive and great sensivity, Susie Arioli brilliantly sings on the great musical canvas played by the ensemble, led by multi instrumentalist and arranger Don Thompson. With orchestrations full of swing that welcome us to get into the dance, the influences of blues and soul make themselves heard on this album with multiples accents. The Arioli sounds takes on a whole new meaning under the impulsion of famous producer John Snyder - winner of a Grammy for his work with departed Etta James.

Surrounded by seven musicians, including a horn section, she gives a high-paced, entertaining and amusing concert, with a communicative joy.

Susie Arioli
- Spring
Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016, 8pm
Théâtre de la Ville
Salle Pratt Whitney
180, rue De Gentilly East, Longueuil
Tickets : 450-670-1616

Don't miss this other Théâtre de la Ville concert :  Lorraine Desmarais, Bob Walsh et Jean-Fernand Girard : Quand le jazz rencontre le blues - Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th. To find out more, click here

Pianist Emie R Roussel and trio with the Quatuor Saint-Germain present Transit, Saturday, Feb. 27th at the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord

animation Emie R Roussel Quatuor St-Germain.gifTransit is the meeting of the Emie R Roussel Trio and the Quatuor Saint-Germain, the fusion of the sounds and aesthetics of a string quartet to the dynamics of a modern jazz trio. In this situation the string quartet bring a melodic and rhythmic dimension that completes the mesmerizing sounds and original color of the trio. Power and intensity side well with stillness and introspection. A time to take a pause, a stopover, or escale in french, a Transit.
CT - Emie,  on top of your trio concerts (greater Montreal Maisons de la culture, outside greater Montreal, the Salle Bourgie of the MBAM, etc), next Saturday, Feb. 27th you'll be presenting Transit, a special project with your trio collegues Nicolas Bédard (bass) and Dominic Cloutier (drums ) as well as the Quatuor Saint-Germain, a string quartet...what led you to create this new project?
ERR - Actually, the project was created in 2012 as I wanted to write material for a string quartet. That's when I composed and arranged songs for the Transit album. Since then we've presented this concert with string quartet around the province of Québec but never in Montreal. So Feb. 27 is a Montreal first and will be made up of pieces from the Transit album as well as two pieces from our last trio album, Quantum, especially arranged for strings for this event. The project with strings has more personel, 7 instead of 3 and that brings dynamics and a different interaction than the trio. It's another perspective on our music!
Editor's Note - Quantum is our 2015 #1 CDJazz on - Nov. 5th 2015.
CT - What do you want to share with Transit ?
ERR - I always thought that the ultimate goal of creating music was generating emotions for the public. The mix of these two intimite groups, the jazz trio and the string quartet creates a space that transits from quiet confidence to an explosive musical universe. The idea was to get the listener to travel, to "transit" to a universe containing more classical music thanks to the string quartet.
CT - Can you elaborate on your choice of musical instruments (string quartet) as well as the musicians of this project ?
ERR - I think that the trio and the string quartet are very similar yet different. As a matter of fact, each group accesses a number of textures, sounds, effects and emotions. Furthermore, both allow great liberty in writing, and I like that. Going with the Quatuor St-Germain was an easy choice. They are good friends. I've also seen the string quartet play many many times. I know their sound, their musical universe and the way they work.
CT - What's your creative process when writing for the trio and the string quartet?
ERR  - Usually when I write for the trio, it's on the piano. However when writing for strings, I write directly, without the piano. Writing and arranging for the string quartet can be quite a zen experience, it's a completely different writing process. When I wrote Transit, I composed with the string quartet always in my mind. I wanted the writing to create space for the quartet. In the end, the final product is more natural and coherent, and in a space that is their own.
CT - What made it so that this project is presented at the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord?
ERR  - In fact I'd like to present this project a lot more, but logistics and budgets make it harder than with the trio. In the case the story behind the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord concert is interesting. Last year around the same date we'd presented the trio in concert at the Maison Brignon-dit-Lapierre (another venue linked to the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord). At the end of the concert, and to our greatest surprise, the cultural agent thanked the public and invited them to come back and see the trio with the Quatuor St-Germain, but this time at the Maison culturelle et communautaire de Mtl-Nord! It was a first for us, learning at the same time as the public that we were going to present another concert and with the Quatuor St-Germain. We were ecstatic!!!
CT - How would you describe the musical style of this project to the readers?
ERR - The project with the string quartet brings a classical sound to the whole while keeping with the sound of the trio. It's the meeting of two aesthetics that complete each other real well, classical chamber music and jazz!
CT - If you could play with any artist, dead or alive, who would that be?  
ERR  - That's a hard question because there's so many great musicians that I'd like to play with, and in many musical various genres. However I think it would be R&B artist Jill Scott. I've been listening to his music for the last 13 years and his music touches me. This influence explains why Quantum has got some groove and R&B!!!
Interview : Claude Thibault
Photos : Yvan Couillard / Sébastien Raboin
Emie R Roussel Trio and the Quatuor Saint-Germain

Saturday, Feb. 27th @ 8pm
Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord
12004 Rolland
514-328-4000, ext. 5640

Quebec is crazy about jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, in Sutton (Feb. 12-13-20) Québec (Feb. 16), Drummondville (Feb. 17), St-Hyacinthe (Feb. 18), Laval (Feb. 19) and  Trois-Rivières (March 30).

ECB couverture pochette Clear Day 150X150.jpgQuebec is crazy about Toronto jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow and the feeling is mutual. She sold over 135,000 albums and just received 2 Juno nominations for her newest release Clear Day, an exciting new chapter for “Canada’s Vocal Jazz Jewel”. After having launched her current tour at Tokyo’s Cotton Club, before playing a brilliant symphonic show at the legendary Massey Hall in her hometown of Toronto, Feb. 10th and touring Quebec from Feb. 12th to March 30th.

Last October, Emilie-Claire Barlow released Clear Day, her 11th album. Culling material from several eras and genres, she uses her inventive arranging skills to weave together a personal story using a diverse selection of material – from Pat Metheny to Coldplay, a Mexican folk song to Van Morrison. Emilie-Claire’s extraordinary ability to re-imagine a song binds this album together, her unique style and gorgeous vocal delivery a constant thread throughout. Along with co-producer Steve Webster and a talented team of musicians and orchestrators, including Peter Gabriel’s celebrated arranger/orchestrator John Metcalfe, Emilie-Claire has recorded her arrangements in an orchestral setting for the first time ever.

Emilie-Claire Barlow will be performing at Sutton’s Salle Alec & Gérard Pelletier (Feb.12-13-20), at the Grand Théâtre de Québec (Feb. 16th) at the Maison des arts de  Drummondville (Feb. 17),  at the Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde de St-Hyacinthe (Feb.18), the Salle André-Mathieu de Laval (Feb. 19) and visits Trois-Rivières (March 30th) for a special concert at the new Amphithéâtre Cogeco. Summer dates soon to be announced. (Photo Steve Webster)

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Alain Bédard Auguste Quartet - Circum Continuum

The man behind and in front of jazz label Effendi, heartfelt bassist devoted to practically all that is jazz, Alain Bédard continues to spread the gospel of jazz. To start off 2016, he's just released Circum Continuum, a new opus, full of sensitivity, without a doubt a bridge in between the "classics and the moderns". Surrounded by drummer Michel Lambert, pianist Félix Stussi, that marvelously evokes Bill Evans, and alto/baritone saxophonist Samuel Blais, everything is set for some consistant and very personal jazz.

On 13 tracks, without being superstitious, by the bassist and his faithful collegues, this is a hotbed of ideas and souvenirs such as : Noirceur passagère, Umami de Seine, La Silva Major or Face Time Oracle. A solid bass that supports, a framework for the compositions, the members of the quartet do more than just graft their playing. In a certain way, they are the heart and soul of this jazz writing, solid and accessible, even for a jazz newcomer. No long discourses, but rather a brand of delicate and attractive writing that allows this brand of Quebec-made jazz to travel the world and be exported.

to find out more, click here

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

TVJAZZ  February 25 2011
Emilie-Claire Barlow sings Donavan's Sunshine Superman at the Montreal High Lights Festival Feb 25, 2011

Vincent Dionne and Brubeck en Tête launch "Points on Jazz" at the Dièse Onze, Friday, Feb. 12th at 6pm.

brubeckentete.jpgPercussionnist Vincent Dionne and his group Brubeck en Tête present their first album, the long-awaited Points on Jazz.

Comme discover Brubeck under some interesting shapes and forms. The Brubeck en Tête project is unique. The album Points on Jazz  is a profound reflexion on the works of the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck,  leader and key figure of the cool jazz movement.

Brubeck en Tête is made up of percussionnist and composer Vincent Dionne, a longtime contributor to the classical, electroacoustic and minimalist scene. His path has led him to a new love : jazz.  Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Rousseau has studied with Lorraine Desmarais. In classical, jazz and other genres, violin player Marie-Soleil Bélanger shines in versatility.  Bassist Jean Cyr is well-know on the Quebec music scene having played with Guy Nadon and Bob Walsh, among others.

Brubeck en Tête have created a very beautiful repertoire that tells us of the melodic temper of Dave Brubeck, in between jazz and classical, his life challenge.

For this event, the group welcomes Zoé Dumais (violin II),  Élisabeth Giroux (cello) and Michel Dubeau (soprana sax/bass clarinet), that were on the recording.

Music to be discovered and a an album launch, always a good time!

Vincent Dionne and Brubeck en Tête
Points on Jazz launch

Dièse Onze
Friday, Feb. 12th at 6pm
4115A St-Denis
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Congrats to the jazz Opus prize winners of Feb. 7th : Ensemble Rémi Bolduc, En Trois Couleurs (Simard/Bourassa/Léveillée), Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, and Lorraine Desmarais.

derome serre main babin_150x150.jpgEach year, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) recognizes the best musical projects in classical, jazz, world, contemporary, etc, with the Opus prizes.

Congrats to the 19th Opus prize winners in the jazz categories for the period covering Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015.

Concert of the year jazz - world :  Dave Brubeck Tribute, Ensemble Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble : Tanna Schulich Hall of McGill University, March 26th 2015

Album of the year - jazz : En trois couleurs - Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé

Concert de l'année - outside Montreal : Rimouski Jazz Suite (Trio Lorraine Desmarais), Lorraine Desmarais, Frédéric Alarie, Camil Bélisle, Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, Sept. 2 2015

Album of the year - musiques actuelle, electroacoustic : Musiques de chambres 1992-2012 - Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, O. Maranda, E. Epps, Ensemble de flûtes Alizé, L. Freedman, P. Hornsey, A. Leroux - Quasar, quatuor de saxophones.

The 19th Opus Gala was held Feb. 7th 2016 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Salle Bourgie and is organised by the Conseil québécois de la musique. See the complete list of Opus finalists by clicking here

TVJAZZ  June 3 2014
Susie Arioli - It's Always You - Outdoor concerts press conference of the 35th FIJM (2014_

TVJAZZ  July 6 2014
Emie R Roussel - La timbale et la fourmi - FIJM, July 6th 2014

TVJAZZ  January 25 2016
Oliver Jones Trio - Green Dolphin Street - Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, Jan. 25th 2016

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