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Soul with singer MaryDee @ HoJazz Montreal Dec. 15th and our diva Michelle SweeneyHoJazz Laval Dec. 15, 16 & New Year's Eve, the 31st.

marydee 150x150.jpgThis Friday, Dec. 15th singer MaryDee gives it all in soul @ the HoJazz Montreal! (9:30pm)

The holiday season is right around the corner so come celebrate that special time of the year with us. Friday, Dec. 15th, the HoJazz Montreal is proud to present MaryDee. MaryDee is a passionate and soulful singer/songwriter who takes listeners on a journey through a dynamic musical world. Her lyrics and strong vocals reflect her roots while contemplating the trials of everyday life with an equal amount of beauty and pain. From Montreal, MaryDee started as a model, however, from her youth, MaryDee knew that music was her true calling. Her exceptional performing skills brought her on stages all over the world. She has performed in countries such as China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines and the list is growing. MaryDee and her band offer the ultimate soulful experience! Be ready to be thrilled by a mix of jazz, soul, funk and pop that promises a powerful and intimate evening. Also, don't miss our New Year's Eve Party with the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective.

Check out Montreal and reserve your seats now at 514-842-8656. House of Jazz Montréal - 2060 Aylmer

Diva Michelle Sweeney entertains Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th and Dec. 31st @ HoJazz Laval (9pm)

For the holiday season the HoJazz Laval presents one of our favorite artists : Diva Michelle Sweeney will be on stage with December 15th, 16th and the 31st. Michelle has performed all around the world and has worked besides some of the world’s greatest entertainers, including Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, and Oliver Jones. The past five years her main stage has been both the HoJazz Laval and Montreal. Michelle Sweeney will make you sing and dance all night long! For New Year’s Eve our chef Robert Lapaj has prepared a wonderful 5 course menu to end 2017 in beauty.

Check out Laval and reserve your seats now at 450-669-3000. House of Jazz Laval - 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval

Check out our dozen of videos of these artists at the House of Jazz Montreal and Laval at

Two videos (Chopin's Étude #3 & Footprints) with bassist Petros Klampanis and Montreal pianist Guillaume Martineau who were at Upstairs Wednesday Dec. 13th.

klampanis.jpgPetros Klampanis grew up on the greek island of Zakynthos to the sounds of mediterranean and balkanic folk music. His passion for music led him to abandon the Athens Polytechnic and in 2005 he started studying the double bass at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2008 he completes his studies at NY's Aaron Copland Music School. Since his arrival in New York, Klampanis has played alongside renowned NY musicians such as saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and drummer Ari Hoenig. He was also in the rhythm section of Snarky Puppy for one of their last Montreal concerts. His compositions are very melodic, slighly classic, with some oriental sounds. The sum is contemporary jazz, accessible and mesmerising. For his solo double bass playing, Petros uses a loop pedal to create a "double bass orchestra".

2015-2016 Révélation Radio-Canada in jazz, pianist Guillaume Martineau has a singular way of playing and very creative. He completed his jazz studies at Boston's Berklee College in 2012 where he was awarded a North American Scholarship and won the Zambelli Award. Following a Masters Degree in Classical Musical from McGill University and a First Prize at the 2009 Canada Music Contest, it's his meeting with pianist Oliver Jones that got him to switch from classical to jazz.

The end result is quite impressive for a first meeting. We were there and produced two videos for this great Upstairs concert.

For the video of Guillaume Martineau's arrangement of Chopin's Étude #3 in duo with Petros, it's here

For the video of Footprints with Petros Klampanis playing solo, it's here

From classical to jazz with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, organist Jean-Willy Kunz and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Friday, Dec. 15th at the Maison symphonique.

Branford Marsalis 150x150.jpgSaxophone and organ: an improbable duo that promises fascinating discoveries. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a specialist of both jazz and classical music, joins Jean-Willy Kunz, organist in residence of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. On the program : Goulet, Tomasi, Debussy, Alain, Iturralde, Milhaud, Kunz, Piazzolla, Marsalis. A concert of two unexpectedly compatible instruments! For the tickets, it's here

Branford Marsalis has roots in jazz, his first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxes when the teenage Branford began working in New Orleans. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, such as with Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. He created his quartet in 1986, one of his primary means of expression today. But classical music is a large portion of Branford’s music. A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Branford has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, the North Carolina Symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.

Jean-Willy Kunz is the resident organist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). He studied at the Conservatoire de Lyon, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and at McGill University, where got his doctorate with John Grew. His rich discography highlights his many musical influences, ranging from traditional Balkan music to singer Pierre Lapointe. Last avril, alongside the OSM and Olivier Latry, he won a Juno for Best Classical Album of the Year for Large Ensemble.

Watch the video of Branford Marsalis in the World Premiere of Scherzo Furioso, here

And a video of Jean-Willy Kunz in Citus, altius, fortius, the first piece of the concert, here

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ

Friday Dec. 15 at 8pm
La Maison symphonique
1600 St-Urbain

For the tickets, it's here

Congrats to the finalists in the concert of the year and album of the year of the 21st Prix Opus Feb. 4th 2018 : Jonathan Turgeon, Jean-Pierre Zanella, the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, Christine Jensen, Rémi Bolduc, Christine Tassan, Cordâme and Yves Léveillé.

PrixOpus2018.jpgEach year, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) highlights the best musical productions (Sept. 2016 to Sept. 2017) in classical, jazz, contemporary, etc, with the Prix Opus. Here are the finalists in the jazz categories of the 21st Prix Opus :

Disque de l’année - jazz

Les rêves errants, Trio Jonathan Turgeon et Frank Lozano, Indépendant

Quattro Venti, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Aaron Parks, Mike Moreno, Sashana Souza Zanella, Pierre François, Paul Brochu, Rémi-Jean Leblanc, Frederic Alarie, Kevin Warren, Indépendant.

Under the Influence Suite, Orchestre national de jazz, Christine Jensen, direction and composition,
Sienna Dahlen, words and texts, Justin Time Records

Concert de l’année - jazz

Le Génie de Coltrane, Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, Sept. 22 2016

Entre Félix et Django, Christine Tassan et Les Imposteures,  March 19 2017

Cordâme - Satie Variations, Cordâme, March 22 & 30 2017

Triptyque, 30 ans de carrière, Quintette Yves Léveillé, May 11th 2017

L’Orchestre national de jazz welcomes John Hollenbeck & Theo Bleckmann, July 8th 2017

Le 21st Prix Opus will be held Sunday, Feb. 4th 2018 at the MBAM's Salle Bourgie and is organised by the Conseil québécois de la musique.

To see the complete list of the Opus finalists, it's here

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Josh Rager Nonet - Jondo

I know pianist Josh Rager well, like many of you. A Montreal/Quebec jazz club/festival regular, his multiple approach and his confirmed talent allow him to play in many genres. This time around no trio, but a consistant nonet album that make us discover his composing as well as arranging talents. For jazz lovers, this is a celebration. In it's essence, Jondo brings us back to jazz of the sixties, jazz that evolved on the West Coast with the likes of Milt Berhnardt, Shelly Manne, Dave Pell or Richie Kamuca. More than just some easy listening jazz, this is some finely crafted jazz played by some of our best jazz musicians. Joining pianist Joshua Rager are saxophonists Donny Kennedy (alto), Frank Lozano (tenor) and Cameron Wallis (baritone), trumpeter Bill Mahar, trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier, guitarist Kenny Bibace, bassist Dave Watts and drummer Rich Irwin.

For his second opus, the work of Josh Rager shines. Like it happens often, I was afraid that the long suites would be too academic or have too much of a studio sound but no, not at all. For example with Prodigal Son Suite Part 1 and Prodigal Son Suite Part 2 + 3 ideas mingle and create an atmosphere with a singular brand of swing. If you prefer the West Coast sound over Art Blakey's hard-bop, the tone is set for a beautiful voyage. The band is connected and together as can be heard on The Master Waits and the very beautiful No Goodbye that highlights guitarist Kenny Bibace. After a few good listens, Jondo sounds like it could easily the soundtrack of a detective flick. Make yourself happy and treat yourself for Xmas.

Prodigal Son Suite Part 1 / Prodigal Son Suite Part 2 + 3 / Jondo / Child's Play / The Master Waits / No Goodbye / Legged Dog / The Inside Track / Summer Night

To listen and buy :

For more info,

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

TVJAZZ  December 11 2017
Nilton Moreira Trio - Receita de Samba - Résonance, Dec, 11th 2017

Drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve's Jazz Message double launches Montreal Sessions and King Dog at Biddle's Jr. Sunday Dec. 17th. double launch and concert on a Sunday afternoon, what a great idea! Drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve brings us back to a golden area of Montreal and Toronto jazz clubs.

He's been keeping time with his drumsticks for six decades. He's one of the jazzmen that's marked the canadian jazz scene. Drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve is still and always loved as a musician. He was drummer for Oliver Jones which led him to tour with Ranee, Dave Young and Kenny Hamilton.

The great canadian jazz icon launches not one but two albums! Two jewels that time travel us back to a period of time where jazz was in full force in smoke-filled clubs.

The Montreal Sessions album is a compilation of music from the 60s and early 70s extracted from magnetic tapes that Norman Marshall Villeneuve had recorded playing Rockhead's Paradise and at the Black Bottom with stars of the period such as Nick Aldrich, Alvin Pall, Allan Wellman, Linton Garner, Bernie Mackey and Ivan Symonds. Some tracks were recorded in Montreal at the SSS Studios with Nelson Symonds and Charlie Biddle.

The second album King Dog is from a 1985 recording session at Toronto's Kensington Sound Studios. After their gig at NY's East 85th, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Nelson Symonds, Doug Richardson and Kingsley Ettienne recorded their session from 2am to 6am with interruption. The 2 inch reel had never been listened to until André White (drummer, pianist, composer and sound engineer) converted it to an electronic form in 2015, 30 years later! The end result is some stunning post-modern bebop that sounds just as fresh, new and connected as today's music.

This concert will be charged with a lot of rhythmic energy. To celebrate the event Norman will be surrounded by great musicians that want to celebrate these historic recordings.

And to top it off you'll discover Biddle’s Jr.!

Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums
Charles Ellison, trumpet
Dave Turner, alto sax
Jeff Johnston, piano
Éric Lagacé, bass

his FB page, that's here
the FB event, that's here

Norman Marshall Villeneuve's Jazz Message
Montreal Sessions and King Dog double launch

Sunday Dec. 17th from 2pm to 6pm
Biddle’s Jr.
207 Notre-Dame O.   
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Gregory Porter, Papagroove and at Montréal en Lumière 2018 ; heat stroke in winter!

6 - MEL18_150x150_alani_porter_papagroove.gifMontréal en Lumière welcomes you from February 22nd to March 4th 2018 to enjoy its hot lineup!

On February 23rd, it's the return of Gregory Porter, the worthy heir to the great American voices of the '60s and' 70s, in a tribute to Nat King Cole, the greatest inspiration of his career, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal for a grandiose jazz party! For his last album's trailer, it's here

And it is at L'Astral that Papagroove will deliver an explosive and groovy performance on February 24th! A tasty mix of politicized afrobeat, groove, pop, funk and  rock! See for yourself, here. Be amazed by the pieces of their third album, The Hunt.

On February 22nd, meet at Gesù  for an intimate show with this fascinating singer in her musical world which is as beautiful as delicate. One of the most impressive singers of the moment, to be discovered ... or rediscovered! Here she is in Not Coming Home, here

Wonderful musical evenings you don’t want to miss!

Info and tickets :

TVJAZZ  December 13 2017
Petros Klampanis Guillaume Martineau - Étude #3 Chopin - Upstairs, Dec. 13th 2017

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