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Blues at the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis with Guy Bélanger (Aug 7), Bryan Lee (Aug 8) and Angel Forrest (Aug 9).

BryanLee 150 HR.jpgGuy Bélanger Blues Band gets the blues goin' at the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis on Thursday, Aug. 7th at the Loto-Québec stage. Winner of 14 Lys Blues trophies since 2003 and nominated three times for the prestigious Maple Blues Awards, Guy Bélanger is a prodigious harmonicist and instrumentalist, an imaginative composer and a true creator and will present his latest CD, Dusty Trails.

Nominated at the 2010 Grammy Awards and at the 2011 Blues Music Awards, guitarist/singer Bryan Lee will give an explosive show on Friday, Aug. 8th on the Desjardins stage at 9:30.  World-class musician, Brian is now playing with new musicians for his new tour, including keyboardist Larry Bird.

Angel Forrest
, who won Singer of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, will also be playing Saturday, Aug. 9th. True passionate blues singer, with a 26-year career, the  Montreal singer has just released her seventh album, Mother Tongue Blues. Recognized as an artist who gives it all on stage, she'll charm you with her authentic and  powerful voice.

Come and join us in Lévis for the Festival Jazz Etcetera Lévis from Thursday, August 7th to Sunday August 10th -  Visit for our complete schedule - Facebook / Twitter (@JazzLevis)

Interview with organist/bandleader/composer Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was in concert with his Octet in the Jazz dans la nuit serie of the 35th FIJM, June 30th 2014.

drlonnie.jpgWe met a master of the Hammond B3 organ, bandleader and composer Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was in concert with his Octet in the Jazz dans la nuit serie of the 35th FIJM, June 30th 2014.

We spoke of aging, his long career, why he doesn't like practicing and sound checks, playing fresh and inspired, spontaneity, his Pilgrimage label, how he feels about his music sampled by rap, dance and house artists, playing with younger musicians, the healing power of music and more...

The interview was produced by Coco, our jazz gig of the week journalist and Claude Thibault at the camera/editing.

To see the interview, click  here
To see a excerpt of their June 29th concert, click here
Jazz dans la nuit serie
Sunday, June 30th, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

A few words with the great Dianne Reeves, in the Les Grands Concerts serie, Friday, June 27th at the 35th FIJM.

dianne_reeves_150X150.jpgBecause of a tight schedule and short on time, we could'nt reach great singer Dianne Reeves before her Montreal Jazz Fest concert, June 27th. No worry, as we spoke on the phone with the happy jazz singer a few days after, as she's at home for a few days before leaving again for other concerts all around the world.

Lady of swing (four Grammys), main character in the movie « Good Night and Good Luck », she's the voice of a great tradition that ranges from Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington.
CR - So who inspired you?
Dianne - "My father who was a great amateur singer, he had a beautiful tenor voice and liked opera a lot but jazz, not that much. In my family, music was everywhere, so my ear got used to listen to at first the texts, and then the music. My mother, who played trumpet quite young in high school and who liked swing, but that changed direction professionally, never lost her musical spirit. When I decided I wanted to pursue a musical carreer, my parents supported me, but warned me it would'nt be easy."
CR - You were also influenced by Clark Terry, trumpetter, teacher and mentor...
Dianne - "A great man for whom I have limitless admiration. I worked breathing techniques, how to understand music, phrasing, the importance of tempo to give more emphasis and presence to what's being sung. A strict school of jazz, but so enriching."
CR - Talking about singing, what's more important for a melodist like you, the words or the music?
Dianne - "Without a doubt, words are the soul of it all. They give me the drive and the creative momentum that allow me to give a sense to what I am, a singer. Not to diminish the music, far from that, but words and texts are the centerpiece to which I attach the emotions, and that drives the vitality of a concert. »
To see an excerpt of "Dreams" from the June 27th concert, click here
Les Grands Concerts Serie
Friday, June 27th, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Interview by Christophe Rodriguez.

The fall jazz festival season, August 6 to November 2 : Festi Jazz de Mont-Tremblant, Festival Jazz Etcetera de Lévis, Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, Sutton Jazz, L'OFF Jazz and the Festival de jazz de Québec!

animation 6 festivals d'automne.gifDo you know that apart from the Montreal Jazz Fest, there are quite a few other jazz festivals in Québec, and just a few weeks away, 6 of them. From Mont-Tremblant to Québec City discover the local, international, and exciting programming, and that, all over Québec. We'll be there!

Festi Jazz de Mont-Tremblant
7th edition, Aug. 6 -10
Festival Jazz Etcetera de Lévis
8th edition, Aug. 7-10

Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
29th edition, Aug. 27-31

Sutton Jazz
13th edition, Sept. 12 - Oct. 4
L'OFF Jazz
15th edition,  Oct. 2-11

Festival de jazz de Québec
8th edition,  Oct. 14 - Nov. 2

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez


Rubedo’Ro, created by singer/percussionnist Géraldine Eguiluz is a lot of things but not really jazz. Vocal expressionism, invented languages, with some theatrical aspects, but who's to say what is what ?. After two listens, even with these great musicians playing, this brand of music is to be experienced live as opposed to the recorded version.

It's not easy to get the sense of this expanded vision of music that might sound like certain post-industrial productions with a musical guideline that's sometimes hard to follow.

Géraldine Eguiluz, voice and compositions
Marie-Lys Trudel, voice and violin
Julie Babaz, alto violin
Sheila Hannigan, cello
Stéphane Diamantakiou, doublebass

to find out more :

TVJAZZ  June 30 2014
Interview with one of the masters of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith - FIJM, June 30th 2014

Marie-Fatima Rudolf and her trio in a tribute to Monk and Coltrane, Friday, Aug. 1st, at Upstairs.

marie-fatima_rudolf_150X133.jpgMarie-Fatima Rudolf is a young composer and pianist with a diversified musical path. She's studied classical and jazz piano in Montreal, Torontoand New York. Her very personal style and presence are very popular on the local jazz scene as well as internationaly.

For this concert, Marie-Fatima is working on Monk's repertory, based on recordings for the 50s.  At the time Thelonious Monk was playing at Harlem's Five Spot, in residence for a few months with sax player John Coltrane and out of that came two great albums, witnesses of the energy and drive of the moment. Marie-Fatima Rudolf dug into Monk's works such as Nutty, Evidence, Epistrophy, Ruby My Dear, Monk's Mood and other classics such as Well You Needn't and Stuffy Turkey.

These charts are still quite alive and kicking ! Marie-Fatima Rudolf will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with the amazing Al McLean on the saxophone, and her rhythm section is none other than André White at the drums and Dave Watts on bass. Watch out!

Don't miss it, this is the oh-so-perfect quartet to highlight Monk's colourful compositions.

See Marie-Fatima's "Arlo's Dream" by clicking here

Marie-Fatima Rudolf - piano
Al McLean - sax
Dave Watts - bass
Andre White - drums

Upstairs Jazz Bar et Grill
Saturday, Aug. 1st at 8:30pm
1254 Mackay   
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Stanley Péan of Quand le jazz est là (5:30pm on ICI Musique 100,7) is waiting for your musical suggestions for the happy hour,  Friday's new formula, with your jazz suggestions for the summer season.

Quand le jazz est la 150x117.jpgStanley Péan of Quand le jazz est là (5:30pm on ICI Musique 100,7) is waiting for your musical suggestions for the happy hour,  Friday's new formula, with your jazz suggestions for the summer season.

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TVJAZZ  June 30 2014
Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - FIJM, June 30th 2014

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