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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday August 17 2017 to Thursday August 31 2017

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The Festi Jazz international de Rimouski presents the Nuits Jazz Desjardins with singer Gabrielle Shonk, organist Laurent Coulondre and pianist Amaury Faye.

NuitsJazz.gifThe Festi Jazz international de Rimouski presents the Nuits Jazz Desjardins. On Friday September 1st, a unique and exceptional performance by singer Gabrielle Shonk, will reveal her musical roots in a tribute to Billie Holiday. It will be followed the next day by the organist crowned at the Victoires du jazz in 2016, Laurent Coulondre who will perform in duet. The pianist Amaury Faye and his trio, winner of the ReZZo Focal Jazz à Vienne will complete this series of shows on Sunday September 3rd. The Nuits Jazz Desjardins will be held at the intimate Bouchard-Morisset Hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, offering spectators an incomparable proximity with artists.

Always driven by this desire to hold a festival in an enchanting scenery and an intimate atmosphere, the Festi Jazz welcomes some of the most popular Quebec and international artists. From Tuesday August 29th to Sunday September 3rd, there will be 300 artists performing in 60 shows during the 32nd edition!

Jazz fans can contact the Spect'Art Rimouski ticket office (418-724-0800 or for tickets or for passports which give access to all of the festival's shows. Sold only $160, with savings of up to $100 for those who do not want to miss anything!

For more information about the program, please visit

Grand Prix de Jazz TD winner bassist Brad Cheeseman releases The Tide Turns and plays in Montreal, Rimouski and Trois-Rivières.

Cover-Web-150x150.jpgThe album The Tide Turns includes nine tracks, eight of which are new contemporary jazz compositions from the bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman. Joining Cheeseman on this album are frequent collaborators Robert Chapman (guitar), Sam Kogen (piano) and Marito Marques (drums), as well as JUNO award winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson. The CD will be available at the concerts, as well as digitally through Bandcamp and iTunes.

The album comes on the heels of Cheeseman winning the coveted Grand Prix de Jazz TD for his band's performance at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival, which included a week of studio time at Montreal's Studio 270. "It was a huge honour to win the Grand Prix, and a catalyst to document an important time in my life through music," explains Cheeseman. "This is a very personal record for me, and is based on a year full of change, self-discovery and reinvention. There's a lot of heart in this music."

The Tide Turns is Brad Cheeseman's second full-length album - following 2015's Brad Cheeseman Group — and fourth release overall. Cheeseman's music has received airplay across Canada, reaching #8 on Earshot's National Jazz Charts; won "Instrumental Recording of the Year" at the Hamilton Music Awards in both 2013 and 2016; and has been nominated twice for "Best Jazz Instrumental" at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. In addition to his work as band leader, Cheeseman has performed with many great Canadian jazz musicians including Bruce Cassidy, Terry Clarke, Adrean Farrugia, John Macleod, Reg Schwager and Nancy Walker.

Brad Cheeseman is celebrating the release of this album with 4 Quebec concerts. These performances will feature material from The Tide Turns, as well as fan-favourites from previous releases of the artist with these musicians :

Brad Cheeseman - electric bass
Robert Chapman - guitar
Matt Lagan - tenor sax
Nick Maclean - piano
Austin Gembora - drums

Aug 30th 9pm - Résonance, Montreal, QC
Aug 31th / Sept 1st - Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
Sept 2nd 9pm - Café-Bar Zenob, Trois-Rivières, QC

For more info check out Brad Cheeseman or @bcheesemanmusic on social media.

Jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa launches Straight Ahead From Havana - cuban standards into straight-ahead jazz!

671a5d8a-5b6d-4c23-8c48-3554df3af85d.jpgIgnacio Berroa is the only latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as jazz....” - Dizzy Gillespie

There’s an undeniable connection between music and culture, but maybe sometimes we imagine that bond to be a little too strict. While specific musical elements rose from distinct regions of the world, it’s unrealistic to put those pieces into boxes. There’s a natural ebb and flow between musicians that results in a flexible exchange of cultural elements, breaking down restrictions and making music a bit more maleable. We can’t easily describe a country’s music by pointing to a few musical elements; that’s an over simplification that doesn’t reflect the modern musical state of any location.

Drummer Ignacio Berroa has embraced this idea of cultural connections and explores the concept on his new album, Straight Ahead From Havana. On the recording, he takes standards from the Cuban repertoire and re-imagines them in a straight-ahead jazz context. Berroa has a history of exploring this connection, most notably during his time with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. The iconic trumpet player embraced every cultural element in music, viewing them all as equals while respecting their differences. Berroa has carried that into his own work as a leader on fantastic albums such as Codes and Heritage and Passion.

The following video features a sneak peek at Straight Ahead From Havana on Drume Negrita, letting us take a look at Berroa’s outstanding playing in the studio, where he shows us music transcending cultural elements.

To watch Ignacio Berroa perform Drume Negrita, it's here
The track listing :

Alma Con Alma
La Tarde
Drume Negrita
No Te Importa Saber
Negro De Sociedad
Deja Que Siga Solo
Los Tres Golpes
Si Me Pudieras Querer
Nuestras Vidas
Me Recordaras

The band :

Ignacio Berroa - drums
Martin Bejerano - piano
Josh Allen - upright Bass
Lowell Ringel - upright Bass (tracks 6 & 10)
Special Guests:
Conrado “Coky” Garcia - percussion (tracks 5 & 7)
Ruben Blades - lead vocal (track 5)

Editor's Note : Ignacio Berroa visited the Université de Montréal in March 2016 giving a few masterclasses and seminars as well as playing with the Université de Montréal Big Band that we filmed, so here's the video

The Rachel Therrien Quintette launch Why Don't You Try at Upstairs Tuesday Aug. 29th in a free 5 à 7!

20728246_10155651615266992_1264791741209704351_n.jpgWinner of the TD Grand Prize Jazz Award of the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival and of the Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award in 2016, this young, creative and very talented Rachel Therrien Quintette founded by trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien in 2009, is one of the most creative jazz ensembles of her generation.

With three albums under their belt (On Track, 2011; Home Inspiration, 2014 et Why Don’t You Try, 2017) and with the enviable complicity they have, the Rachel Therrien Quintette has played all over Canada in the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals.

Rachel Therrien - trumpet
Benjamin Deschamps - sax
Charles Trudel - piano
Simon Page - bass
Alain Bourgeois - drums

For the Facebook event, it's here

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Ethan Cohn - Plastic Waste

As August steps in, the Montreal/QC jazz scene is loaded with releases. Instead of waiting for a fall release, young bassist and composer Ethan Cohn has decided to do it now before everybody else. It's not a surprise, this first release is chock full of talent with close to twelve instrumentalists and singers. However, like it often is, there are no standards to be found, but 7 original tracks. So let's listen a bit and find some points of reference.

For guitarist Matt Schultz, right away I thought of John Scofield, while saxophoniste Chris Edmondson and Claire Devin find their inspiration with Coltrane (he can't be re-invented!). For Ethan Cohn, the bass playing is closer to a rock guitarist than a Jaco Pastorius. In sum, it all holds together and the tracks suggest many parcels of originality, with the feeling that the result is sometimes a bit too academic.

We should tell these young musicians, without sounding like somebody from the dark ages, that a bit of swing can't hurt. Quite the opposite and to be the devil's advocate, the sounds of what would do pianist Robert Glasper will certainly interest those who like to mix genres. It's a good first with some interesting writing, with a promise of even better things to come.

Ligo / Da Vinci Virtual / Corner of My Eye / Native Son / Marifa / The Morning After / Sail Away

Ethan Cohn : bass, guitar, voice and compositions / Chris Edmondson : alto sax
Claire Devlin : tenor sax / Matt Schultz : guitar
Will Kjeer : piano / John Buck : drums
Sarah Rossy : voice / Roman Munoz-Bueno : guitar
Daniel Arthur : piano / Eric Maillet : drums

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

TVJAZZ  September 2 2016
Gilad Hekselman Trio - KeeDee - Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, Sept. 2nd 2016

SNAGGLE and trumpeter Brownman Ali with their electrifying jazz at the Resonance Friday Aug. 18th.

imageSnaggle is a band based out of Toronto led by pianist Nick Maclean. It's made up of young turks in their twenties from the jazz scene. They are into a very communicative and expansive brand of jazz with lots of improv. It's said that they are the canadian version of great collective Snarky Puppy. With influences that range from Miles Davis to Rage Against the Machine, Snaggle plays a passionnate, dynamic and original set-list. Funk, rock, metal and even classical are part of the compositions of the young band.

Trumpeter Brownman Ali was born in Trinidad. He studied in New-York and is now living in Toronto. He's one of the hot young jazzmen these days. He's gotten a lot of great reviews about his playing. An accomplished composer and arranger, Brownman won the 2001 Grand Prix Du Jazz General Motors of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and also won the 2001 CBC Galaxie Star Prize. Very active in latin jazz, he's part of many groups of the genre. In his long list of mentors, you'll find Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Guido Basso as well as Kenny Wheeler.

Snaggle welcome us to explore their world with their 2nd album «The Long Slog» recorded incollaboration with Brownman Ali, released in Septembre 2016, and it's been a hit since.

A night of futuristic and colorful jazz!

Nick Maclean, keyboards and synthetiser 
Brownman Ali, trumpet
Graeme Wallace, tenor sax
Sean Patrick-Clarey, guitar 
Brad Cheeseman, bass
Riley O'Connor, drums

For Theorum with Brownman Ali, it's here



Résonance Café
Friday Aug. 18th 9pm
5175A Ave. du Parc   
Coco -
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Coco Jazz, Tuesday night 7pm @ 100,1 CKVL FM

15 album launches in Québec in August, September and October : Ethan Cohn, Fuat Tuaç, Simon Millerd, Cole Birney-Stewart (pic), Rachel Therrien, Jean Fernand Girard, Tevet Sela - John Roney,  Chet Doxas, Charles Trudel, Simon Denizart, Leaf, Simon Legault, Emie R Roussel, Joshua Rager & François Bourassa!

20708417_10154888838276958_3710548380118354124_n.jpgThe Quebec 2017 fall jazz launch season gives us no less than 15 album launches, and probably many more, there's really something for everybody...

Things get going with bassist Ethan Cohn with the Aug. 10th online launch of Plastic Waste. Psst, check out what Christophe Rodriguez thinks about it in our CDJazz feature.

Singer/crooner Fuat Tuaç does his thing and give us Late Bloomer, in concert Wednesday, Aug. 23rd at Upstairs, on Mackay St. Psst, check out what Christophe Rodriguez thinks about it in our CDJazz feature.

Trumpeter Simon Millerd and friends launch Lessons and Fairytales, Saturday, Agu. 26th at the Résonance, on Parc Ave.

Bassist Cole Birney-Stewart and Sextet (pic) launch Champlain Bridge, Sunday, Aug. 27th at the Casa Del Popolo, on St-Laurent St., why not check it out?

Trumpeter Rachel Therrien Quintet give us 3rd opus - Why Don't You Try - Tuesday, Aug. 29th in a 5 à 7 at Upstairs with probably a few concerts coming up...

Pianist, arranger and composer Jean Fernand Girard launches his 2nd album Jazz Waves Aug. 31st with Paul Brochu, Frédéric Alarie, Michael Pucci, François d’Amours, Stéphane Allard, Guy Bélanger and Jean Cyr.

Saxophonist Tevet Sela and pianist John Roney team up on The River, Wednesday, Sept. 6th at Upstairs.

Another saxophonist, this time it's Chet Doxas with Matthew Stevens, Zack Lober and Eric Doob that get into it on Rich in Symbols, Thursday, Sept. 7th at Artgang, on St-Hubert St.

Pianist Charles Trudel and Sextet treat us to some Fruit, Friday, Sept. 8th at the Dièse Onze, on St-Denis St.

Another launch on the same day, Friday Sept. 8th at the Riverside St-Henri, and of another pianist, Simon Denizart (Jazz Revelation Radio-Canada 2016) who's launching Darkside.

Guitarist Simon Legault and Quintet give us Hypnagogia Polis, Friday Sept. 8th on Effendi Records and Sunday, Sept. 24th at Upstairs.

The Leaf quartet launch selt-titled Leaf, Wednesday, Sept. 13th at Upstairs. Check it out.

Pianist Emie R Roussel Trio launches Intersections on  Effendi Records Sept. 15th.

Pianist Joshua Rager and his Nonet launch Jondo, Thursday, Oct. 12th at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, part of the 18th OFF Jazz.

And last, but not least pianist François Bourassa Quartet launches Number 9 on Effendi Records at the end of October.

For more info, stay tuned to

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