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Ladies featured at the 10th Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis : France D'Amour, Dawn Tyler Watson, Betty Bonifassi, Lily Thibodeau, Térez Montcalm, Sylvie Desgroseilleres and Marie-Christine Depestre!

animation 28 juillet.gifFor its 10th anniversary, the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis is back from Thursday August 11th to Sunday August 14th and features (but not only) a great female line-up! A true treet festival with a warm atmosphere, the Festival will present more than 8 concerts from great ladies of jazz in many genres : swing, soul, electro-rock, jazz fusion, aboriginal jazz and blues.

At L'Anglicane, France D'Amour, kicks it off Thursday the 11th (8pm) for the 2nd part of Bubble Bath & Champagne. The next day, Friday the 12th (6:30pm) Dawn Taylor Watson presents her Jawbreaker concert, leading us with all kinds of hot rhythms, followed by Betty Bonifassi (8pm) on the Desjardins Stage, treating us to some contemporary reinterpretations of slave songs - with nine musicians and a mix of electro and jazz-rock.

Saturday Aug. 13th, Lily Thibodeau (3pm) takes us back to roots of african-american music, a tribute to black music from the juke joints throughout segregation. Térez Montcalm (6pm) does her thing with her uncompromising voice and swing rhythms that revisit classic french songs. Sylvie Desgroseillers (7:30pm), replacing Guy Bélanger, gives a feminine touch to the blues of Bob Walsh. Marie-Christine Depestre (10pm), an amazing stage performer, is back at the Festival with her new show and her latest album Voodoo Trix : a mix of funk, blues, hip-hop and jazz-rock.

At the Festival Sunday focuses on young emerging talents ; Marie-Claire Lintel (4:30pm), with her hushed tone of voice and outstanding energy, is out to make her place in the jazz community.

For more info, check out www.jazzlevis.com

The Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis is presented by Desjardins in collaboration with City of Lévis and Énergie Valero inc.


The Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant and its spokesperson bassist Michel Donato welcome you to the 9th edition of the festival from Wed. Aug. 3rd to Sunday Aug. 7th 2016!

festijazz tremblant 2016.gifThe Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant  is a 100% jazz festival with nearly 40 free concerts and 100 artists presented on two outdoor stages in downtown Mont-Tremblant, and in 7 venues around Mont-Tremblant.

Enjoy a unique experience at the Rencontres de maîtres serie at 11am, the Midis Jazz Manouche serie at 12:15pm (August 5-6-7), and the Jazz BMR serie at the Jazz Lounge Tent at 2pm. When the sun goes down and opens up the sky to all the stars, you're invited to attend the Piano libre Promutuel Assurance Boréale serie at 7pm, and the Jazz sous les étoiles at 9pm, both on the main stage. Experience music that will dazzle you with the quality of the presented artists. And to end the evening in a festive way, don't miss the jam session at 10:45pm every evening at the Jazz Lounge Tent.

The Grand événement of this 9th edition presents Saturday, August 6th at 9pm the quartet of the renowned bassist Michel Donato with the great pianist Wray Downes as a special guest.

Also in concert ; Jean-Pierre Zanella, François Bourassa, Paul Brochu, Normand Lachapelle, Sylvain Provost, Frédéric Alarie, Michel Ferrari, Michel Cyr, Paul Shrofel, Rafael Zaldivar, Marianne Trudel, Alexandre Grogg, Félix stussi, Olivier Babaz, Jocelyn Drainville, etc.

A unique event for downtown Mont-Tremblant

To see our promo video, it's here

For more info, jazzmttremblant.com


We speak with legendary african saxophonist, singer and musician Manu Dibango, in concert Monday July 18th at the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 2016.

manu_dibango.jpgBackstage a few minutes after his Monday July 18th concert at the Théâtre Fairmount part of the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 2016, we speak with Manu Dibango about the secret of his eternel youth, how he lives with the fact he's nammed as the father of african beat and worldbeat, the public's role in a tube, Soul Makossa (1972), the B side of l'Hymne de la Coupe, his music and how Africa is reclaiming her rights, how he deals with the music industry.

We also spoke about his concert fifteen years ago at the Spectrum and part of the Festival Nuits d'Afrique 2001 with Dibondoko and Cécile Doo-Kingué and how he perceives the evolution of Montreal musicians since that 2001 concert, the energy of the young artists (Életé, Veeby, Rookie Rook and others) at this July 18th 2016 concert, how he arrived as a young man in Europe to originally study, how it evolved into music, how the music of Africa has evolved, the return of jazz in Africa, all the genres that were called jazz but weren't really and more...

In this video you'll see two excerpts from when Manu joined Proyecto Iré on stage for Cuba Jamaica, a Proyecto Ire composition, followed by a duo with pianist Julien Agazar on  two of his classics : Ouana Di Lamba and Soir au Village.

For the interview (in french) with Manu Dibango, it's here

Interview by Ralph Boncy and Claude Thibault.


Horace Silver Tribute at the Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, this Saturday, July 30th.

animation Camp Musical.gifThe teachers of the jazz session of the Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean want you to discover a great composer, key hard bop as well as soul jazz pianist, Horace Silver.

Horace Silver played with Miles Davis, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, and then went on to create, with Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers, creating the first sounds of the hard bop era.

Come and check out this music that has withstood the test of time without a wrinkle!

Marianne Trudel, piano
Guy Tremblay, saxophone
Roberto Murray, saxophone
Serge Lavoie, guitar
Simon Pagé, bass
Martin Auguste, drums

To hear Song For My Father, it's here

The Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, 450 km north of Montréal.


CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures - Entre Félix et Django

Guitarist/singer Christine Tassan et les Imposteures play gypsy jazz that's always a hit. No doubt she's one of the worthy successors of this immortal genre, quite popular with our european friends as well as all over the planet.

With a lot of drive, continuity and history, Christine and her friends skillfully play this genre that draws a swing-loving public, and that will lead to some foot tapping. Being adventurous, she chose to connect, with the help of her friends, Félix Leclerc songs to those of the greatest gypsy jazz guitarist ever : Django Reinhardt.

Ideal listening for nice summer evenings, reminiscent of the Saint-Germain-Des-Prés period and the Tour de l’Île by the great Félix Leclerc, this release is a favorite that'll make you happy. With a great album cover that's close to a comic strip, Entre Félix et Django is a real tour de force.

With their very contagious humor, we go from P’tit Bonheur to Minor Swing, from Tears to Notre Sentier or from Mouche à feu to La pêche à la mouche.  

Félix would've been very happy!

Christine Tassan : solo & rhythm guitar, voice
Martine Gaumond : violin, foot tapping, and voice
Lise-Anne Ross : rhythm guitar and voice
Blanche Baillargeon : basse and voice

to check our video of Entre Félix et Django, it's here

www.christinetassanetlesimposteures.com/


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


TVJAZZ  July 6 2016
We speak with Manu Dibango au Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 2016


Ranee Lee sings Dark Divas, Friday July 29th at the Orford Music Festival!

raneelee.jpgRanee Lee and the Dark Divas that inspired her!

It's the Holidays and a great time for a drive in the Eastern Townships, especially when you mix music and nature!

Part of the 2016 Orford Music Festival, great jazz singer Ranee Lee pays a tribute to the great afro-american jazz and blues singers with Ranee Lee and the Dark Divas.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ranee Lee moved to Montréal forty years ago. Her career as a jazz singer has led her all over the planet. With her powerful and sublime voice, she's recognised internationaly as one of our Canadian jazz divas.

The singer and composer has been awarded many times for her talent. In 2008 Ranee Lee receives the ACTRA Excellent Award for the sum of her work. Nominated four times for a Juno, it's in April 2010 that she takes away a Juno for the jazz album of the year for the recording of Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs. The same year she's nominated for a Mecca Prize in the best actress category for her role in the Black Theatre Workshop production Swan Song of Maria. In Feb. 2006 Ranee is bestowed with the Order of Canada, the highest civil recognition of the country.

The Dark Divas is originally a musical comedy that she created, wrote and produced. It highlights the life and times of great singers Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, and many more, some of the most popular jazz and blues black artists of that era. The project is also a great double album, nominated for a Juno in 2001.

This will be a great concert as Ranee Lee pays a tribute to her friend pianist Oliver Jones, who's retiring this year. Our Diva gives us her Dark Divas! She enchants us with beautiful music from Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

A night of rhythm, swing and nostalgia!
Don't miss it!

Ranee Lee, voice
Richard Ring, guitar
Taurey Butler, piano
Dave Watts, bass
Dave Laing, drums

Ranee Lee sings Dark Divas
2016 Orford Music Festival
Orford Arts Center
Friday, July 29th 8pm
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Cyrille Aimée, Stacey Kent, Kenny Barron, Elena Pinderhughes et Lionel Loueke videos from the 2016 Montreal Jazz Fest!

cyrille 150.jpgHere's a few videos we did at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Fest.  Cyrille Aimée gave us Live Alone and Like It at l'Astral July 2nd, Stacey Kent and her One Note Samba at the Théâtre Maisonneuve July 3rd, while pianist Kenny Barron shared the Gesù stage with guitarist Lionel Loueke July 3rd and flutist Elena Pinderhughes July 4th on Shuffle Boil, part of the Invitation Series.

For Cyrille Aimée, it's here

For Stacey Kent, it's here

For Kenny Barron and Lionel Loueke, it's here

For Kenny Barron and Elena Pinderhughes, it's here


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