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In November, the Dièse Onze blows ten candles with Masashi Usui, Yannick Rieu, Normand Guilbeault, Michael Rabinowitz, Jessica Vigneault and Alain Caron!

animation 27 oct 2016_v2.gifA big chunk of November at the Dièse Onze has been tailored to our 10th anniversary. Indeed, we welcome you, throughout this month, to come celebrate with us this milestone. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear acclaimed local bands, our residents whom have been set free in a carte blanche formula, what we judge to be the best up and comers, and even a few way out there sessions that should blow your mind. We'll be taking advantage of this celebration to visit the past, mark the present and define our future...

Friday, Nov. 4th 9pm, we kick things off with new montrealer and very experienced sax player Masashi Usui. Come experience the soft yet precise tone and playing of our new friend, who has the knack of surrounding himself with some of the most talented locals. (Paul Shrofel, Adrian Vedady and Andre White).

Saturday, Nov. 5th 9pm, as it turns out, we'll also celebrate the 10 years of hard work of our resident saxophonist Yannick Rieu's production company, Yari Productions. For this very special mutual birthday, Yannick has pulled out of the hat 25 year-old compositions and standards that were arranged back in the day by the one and only Vic Vogel. This is most probably your only chance to catch this unique and original concert, reuniting 9 musicians, 6 of these being brass players. Hold on to your hats folks!

Friday, Nov. 11th 9pm, the Ensemble Normand Guilbeault will bless us with its tribute to famed bassist Charles Mingus. These guys have been going on strong for more than 25 years and it shows. Not to be missed!

Double bill on Saturday Nov. 12th. We kick things off with something definitely off the beaten path. From 6pm to 8:30pm, come experience New Yorker Michael Rabinowitz's  bassoon sounds.  For some 30 years now, Rabinowitz has been pushing the boundaries of what is known traditionally as a classical music orchestral instrument, exploring deep into improvised sounds and jazz.

Right after, at 9pm, we present a vocal jazz concert. The Diese, on a general basis, has a tendency to focus more around instrumental music. But when we do vocals, we do them right!  What a delight it is to have the wonderfully charming Jessica Vigneault sings for us in a sextet setting, and what a choice of musicians! Al McLean, Paul Shrofel, Carlos Jiménez, Fraser Hollins and Martin Auguste, now that's a band...

On the weekend of the 18th and the 19th of November, do not miss internationally-known and praised-at-home bassist Alain Caron. It is rare that we get a chance to see and hear this level of musicianship in such a intimate and close way. With Paul Brochu on the drums and John Roney on piano.

Thank you to all the friends, clients, collaborators and musicians who have helped make the Diese Onze a success in this last decade. Long live the Montreal jazz scene, and long live the Dièse Onze.

Gary Tremblay

See our interview with Gary (en français) here

See our interview with Alex Bellegarde (en français) on the always-on-Tuesdays night jams, here

For our complete programming, check out

Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis

All our OFF Jazz  videos : Aaron Shragge/Ben Monder, Voodoo Jazz/Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Nick Fraser 4tet, STILL/Georg Graewe, Jean-Pierre Zanella 4tet, Thom Gossage Other Voices, John Hollenbeck/The Claudia Quintet, 3RIO/Schwartz - Côté - Doxas and Roscoe Mitchell with the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra!

roscoe2.jpgFor Roll The Dice by trumpeter Aaron Shragge and guitarist Ben Monder at the Lion d'Or Oct. 7th, it's here

For Kontradans by saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart and Voodoo Jazz at the Lion d'Or Oct. 7th, it's here

For the Nick Fraser Quartet at the Sala Rossa Oct. 9th, it's here

For Improvisations by STILL (Y. Charuest N. Caloia P. Valsamis) with Georg Graewe at the Sala Rossa Oct. 9th, it's here

For The Ride by Jean-Pierre Zanella Quartet at the Dièse Onze Oct. 11th, it's here

For Maestro R.W. by Thom Gossage Other Voices at the Lion d'Or Oct. 12th, it's here

For Sept. 9th (Wayne Phase) by John Hollenbeck and The Claudia Quintet at the Lion d'Or Oct. 12th, it's here

For You Stepped Out Of A Dream by 3RIO (Gary Schwartz Alex Côté Jim Doxas) at the Dièse Onze Oct. 13th, it's here

For They Rode For Them, Part 2 by Roscoe Mitchell and the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra at the Gesù Oct. 15th, it's here

L'OFF Jazz
  was held Oct. 6-15 in many Montreal venues.

Môod's, the latest project of bassist Christian Bailet, 2nd concert of the Vendredis Jazz at l'Espace Cercle Carré series, Friday, Oct. 28th!

Christian Bailet 150X150.jpgThe Vendredis Jazz series present the latest project of french bassist Christian Bailet : Môod's. With the new montrealer's electro-jazz experience, the Môod's trio is in a lounge and downtempo mode by creating an intimate environment ideal for unwinding and relaxing. The music ranges from  blues and a quiet atmosphere, to a more upbeat ambiance close to house with a great trio of musicians.

is a tasty mix of grooves, melody and improvisation in all its forms. The challenge is to mix with interactivity the samples and the electro loops with the energy and freedom of improvisation. The use of electronic instruments began in the 1970s with artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Ornette Coleman.

This electronic musical encounter of imaginary landscapes will be accompanied by the bewitching visual projections of young and talented filmmaker David Marquis.

Christian Bailet : bass and composition
Félix Pouliot : guitar
Pierre Richard : saxophone

To see Inuits from Christian's Electrolyz project, filmed at Vendredis Jazz, it's here

Les Vendredis Jazz
at l'Espace Cercle Carré
- Christian Bailet and Môod's, Friday, Oct. 28th at 8pm - 36, rue Queen - tickets 25$ students 15$ - reservations : 514-397-0430,  The Series goes on every last Friday of the month from November 2016 to June 2017 with Rachel Therrien and Julie Lamontagne Nov 25th,  Streetnix Feb. 24th, Trio Populaire March 31st, Joel Miller April 28th, Huu Bac May 26th and Thiago Ferté June 30th.

Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 27th, Claude Thibault presents his monthly feature at Quand le jazz est là, with Stanley Péan on ICI Musique

lisa_fischer_150X150.jpgThursday, Oct. 27th the editor of, Claude Thibault, is the guest of Stanley Péan at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique

Starting around 6:48pm, we'll listen (and talk a bit, en français) pieces from these artists in concert these days in Québec...

Big BandYTorchestre (17 musicians) dir. Yves Turgeon - House of Jazz Montréal - Sunday Oct. 30th 7:30pm

André Dequech Ensemble
with Jean-Pierre Zanella - Upstairs Jazz Bar et Grill -  Wed. Nov. 2nd 8pm and 9:15pm

Michel Donato Robert Ménard (Simplement jazz)
  - Shawinigan / Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson - Friday Nov. 4th - Bromont / Centre Culturel St-John - Friday Nov. 18th.

Misses Satchmo - Is That All There Is
- Saint-Élie-de-Caxton / Le Rond Coin - Saturday Nov. 5th

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
(photo) - Palais Montcalm Quebec City - Thursday Nov. 3 - Maison symphonique de Montréal - Saturday Nov. 12th.

For more info on these concerts check out our Montréal and Outside Montréal calendars

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Jazzamboka - Jazzamboka

Even if the world of music is in turmoil, as far as concerts and CDs, but not as much online, some smaller companies bravely continue to ply their trade. The 270 Sessions is one of those companies as they pursue their goal with unfalthering faith, using social media and concerts to promote their music. On the footsteps of Hard Bop 5, a brand of pure swing played with intelligence, it's time to make room for jazz with a world flavor. Even if this is not a new idea, the 5 members of Jazzamboka have some great musical ideas that will certainly please a larger public.

Yes you'll hear percussions, african grooves, but also funk and hip-hop, which creates the unique sound of this self-titled debut album. From start to finish Jazzamboka welcomes us to a certain joie de vivre, a crossbreed of jazz with a sound not unlike the Masters of Morroco with pianist Randy Weston. Like alchemists, they vary the ambiances with a certain musical tension, reminding us of a way of life that you can find at the Mont-Royal tam-tams, among others. A beautiful new release, hard to categorise, but that will catch on with a public with open ears.

Émile Farley : bass
Julien Fillion : alto & soprano sax, flute, keyboards
Félix Leblanc : keyboards
Elli Miller-Maboungou : ngoma (congo drums)
Noel Mpiaza : drums

To see our video of Statement at the 2016 International Jazz Day, it's here

Jazzamboka on Facebook

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

TVJAZZ  April 9 2015
L'Ensemble Normand Guilbeault - Mingus Tribute - Moanin' - L'Astral, April 9th 2015

French group the Moutin Factory Quintet present Deep at Upstairs Oct. 28-29.

MoutinFactory150X138.jpgMoutin Factory is the quest of a sound in a renewed environnment with new collaborators. The twin Moutin Brothers, Louis on drums and François on bass, wanted to make sense of their new compositions by tapping into the creative force of their talented collegues  guitarist Manu Codjia, saxophonist Christophe Monniot and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.

Even if one live in Paris, the other in New York, the chemistry and musical exchange stays the same. The twin brothers are in creative mood and have reached new heights with their latest opus Deep.  Intuition is part of their playing that's very rhythmic with hints of avant-garde...after all they are the Moutin Factory rhythm section!

French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, who now makes Montreal his home, joined the group in 2015, and confides about what to expect for those two nights : « The Quintet will fulfill the promise of original compositions by the Moutin Brothers. Some very interesting and exciting musical pieces with their share of challenges. With a sense of humor"

The Moutin Factory Quintet is a creative and united alliance that will play melodies and improvisations, a new brand of european jazz to be discovered!

Louis Moutin - drums, compositions
François Moutin
- bass, compositions
Manu Codjia - guitar
Christophe Monniot - alto and sopranino sax
Jean-Michel Pilc  - piano

Moutin Factory Quintet
Friday Oct 28 / Saturday Oct 29
7pm and 9:45pm
1254 Mackay
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TVJAZZ  July 3 2013
Alain Caron "Sfing" at the FIJM, Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

TVJAZZ  October 15 2016
Roscoe Mitchell et le Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra - They Rode For Them, Part Two - L'OFF Jazz, Oct. 15th 2016

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