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Snooky and the Bandits do it at the HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal Wednesdays December 19-26.

snooksta at drums 150x150.jpgSnooky was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in a small city called Woonsocket in Rhode Island. At the early age of 6, he began humming and singing songs to his mother while keeping the drumming beat going with his mouth. Even then, at that young age, music was in his bones. So, his journey began into the wonderful world of drumming. Upon arrival in Montreal, Quebec, he met a well known performer by the name of Freddy James. He later became his drummer and back-up vocalist in his dance R&B band, known as Fusion 3. For the next 6 to 7 years, they toured Japan, Africa, USA and Canada.

When the Freddy James era was over, he continued to successfully perform in night clubs, gospel choirs, and worked with other great musicians in studios. By the spring of 2010 he stayed in Montreal to work and finish writing another CD. He started playing regularly at the HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal with Geraldine Hunt, and his quartet, Snooky and the Bandits became one of the headliners at the HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal.

Wednesday December 19-26 7pm
HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal
2060 Aylmer, Mtl

Check out our complete programming on HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal and reserve your seats now at 514-842-8656 / 2060 Aylmer, Montreal

In Laval, check out our complete programming onHoJazz Oliver Jones Laval and reserve your seats now at 450-669-3000 / 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval

Check out the dozen of videos of artists at the HoJazz Oliver Jones Montréal and HoJazz Oliver Jones Laval at

Trumpeter Rachel Therrien launches the Haydée Santamaria video in honor of Haydée and the cuban women's struggle.

Rachel Therrien - Haydee Santamaría - 150x250.jpgHaydée Santamaria is one of the most influential persons of the Cuban revolution. I was reading her biography and was asking myself: “How come I didn’t know about her?” The answer is simple: the place of a woman 50 years ago wasn’t the same as it is today. So I decided to write a piece in honor of Haydée and all the women who fought for gender equality and to be an inspiration for the women of today still fighting for a better future. Here's the video of this piece.

A tribute to all women that opened the path for the women of today ; and for those of today that will light up the road for the women of tomorrow.” - Rachel Therrien

This video, directed by a great female producer from Montreal, Frédérique Bérubé, is an artistic vision of several generations of inspiring women.

For the video of Haydée Santamaria, i'ts here

Working in between New York and Montreal, French-Canadian trumpeter, bandleader and composer Rachel Therrien has made for herself on the international jazz scene. Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award, where she presented her second album Home Inspiration, “an emotionally charged show filled with improv and exceptional musical orchestration” - Montreal Jazz Fest. Therrien also launched “Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia” a afro-colombian inspired jazz album recorded with 12 musicians in Bogota, Colombia (2016), and is currently touring her fourth album made with Why Don’t You Try - WDYT (2017), including concerts in Canada, United-States, Germany, France, Ukraine and Spain.

The talented trumpeter has played alongside Tony Allen, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Roberto Fonseca, Michel Legrand, Pen Peplowski,  Pedrito Martinez, Arturo O’Farrill and Darcy James Argue, among others..

Trumpet, flugelhorn and compositions: Rachel Therrien
Saxophone: Benjamin Deschamps
Piano: Charles Trudel
Bass: Simon Page
Drums: Alain Bourgeois

For more info,

For Rachel's Facebook page, it's here

Recorded at Studio 270 (Montreal, Canada). Mixed and mastered by Olivier St-Pierre, Studio ToneBender (Montreal, Canada). Thank you to: Christianne Desantis, Rita Desantis and all Desantis Family, Josiane Rouette, Kayiri, Frédérique Bérubé, Suzanne Therrien, Cynthia & Claudia Thérriault and everyone appearing in the images.

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures treat us to a new album - Django Belles - just in time for the Holidays at the Dièse Onze Thursday December 6th and Friday December 7th.

Django Belles raquettes animation.gifWith this new album, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures – a fabulous all-female gypsy jazz band – whisks us away in a musical frenzy celebrating winter in all its forms. Ten songs and instrumental pieces supported by some surprising arrangements and with a bonus, a totaly new and fresh Xmas medley. Django Belles is a colorful album that's playful, poetic and funny, with a devilish swing that'll certainly become a essential Holiday classic!

On Django Belles, the band is enriched with the swing of two exceptional musicians : trumpeter Justine Verreault-Fortin and trombonist Karine Gordon with their bright horn sounds that'll stand out opposite the 100% gypsy swing of musicians Christine Tassan (solo guitar, voice), Martine Gaumond (violin, voice),  Lise-Anne Ross (rhythm guitar, voice) and Blanche Baillargeon (double bass, voice).

For the last 15 years, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have been doing their thing in the gypsy jazz and revisited song scene in Quebec, Canada and  internationally. The quartet has released six albums, winning a Opus in the 2017 Jazz Album of the Year category for Entre Félix et Django as well as being  nominated in the 2018 Concert of the Year category for the tour of the same name.

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures launch Django Belles on three nights in Montréal and Québec City!

Reservations recommended!

Thursday December 6th and Friday December 7th 2018 (6pm) in Montréal :

Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis, Montréal    

For the Montreal Facebook event page, it's here

Friday February 22nd 2019 (8pm) in Quebec City :

Palais Montcalm - Salle d'Youville
995 Place d'Youville, Quebec City

For the Quebec City Facebook event page, it's here

For the Django Belles video teaser, it's here

For more info,

For the Facebook page of the Imposteures, it's here

To listen and pre-order the album, it's here

The 20th L’OFF Jazz de Montréal will be held October 2019 in different Montréal venues - musicians can submit a concert proposal before, Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019.

off.jpgThe 20th L’OFF Jazz de Montréal will be held October 2019 in different Montréal venues - musicians can submit a concert proposal before, Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019.

Your concert proposal should include :
- A CD or demo with a minimum of 3 pieces
- The title of the project with a short description ;
- Leader’s name and short biography ;
- Musician’s list and instrumentation ;
- A photo of the band or leader in jpeg 300 dpi ;
- Postal and email address and telephone number ;

You can send your concert proposal by email or by regular mail (see addresses below) :

Important : If you send your request by email, please
make sure you send a compressed MP3 file. Please do not send files that are too heavy. Only one email per proposal.

L’OFF Festival de jazz de Montréal
Comité de la programmation
C.P. 60150
Montréal, Québec
H2J 4E1

Programming committee : / 514-524-0831.

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Rodrigo Simões - Jazz brésilien

Living in Quebec since 2015, guitarist/mandolinist Rodrigo Simões chases those winter blahs and cold with Jazz brésilien. This new happy and hip-shaking album featuring singer Sonia Johnson and saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella explores the fine line in between brazilian music and jazz, not unlike Stan Getz' emblematic Desafinado. With a great tempo and a mood that'll take you back to some of the good moments of the Montreal Jazz Fest, first track Partido Cearense is all about the swing, with some great bass licks by André Galamba. On Friend's Ship, hats off to the crystal-clear and fluid voice of Sonia Johnson, who, like a good bottle of wine, gets better and better over the years.

And then there's some guests like brilliant saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella who give to the piece D’ale a sound that might bring to mind the departed Gato Barbieri, but with less tension. In six minutes and a bit more here's a nice ballad to settle by the fireplace. Also quite happy that Rodrigo Simões brought back to memory huge harmonicist Toots Thielemans with Bluesette. On a samba groove, the smiling belgian is with us and I'm pretty sure he's giving Sonia Johnson a big hug. Bright and luminous her take on Bluesette is a gem, just like this new release.

Treat yourself or a loved one, this album makes a nice gift.

Partido Cearense / Eye Ear Toe / Friend's Ship / Nouvelle samba / Bluesette / D'ale / Tapiraí à Juquiá / Mix for All /
Vento Minuano / I Remember / I Remember - Radio Edit

For the Facebook concert/video launch event, Friday Nov. 30th 9pm at Résonance (5175A Parc), it's here

For the teaser video, it's here

For more info,

To listen, buy and share, c'est ici

Rodrigo Simoes, guitar and compositions
Sonia Johnson, voice
Jean-Pierre Zanella, saxophone
Papacho Sirdey, piano
André Galamba, bass
Fabrice Laurent, drums and percussions

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

TVJAZZ  December 5 2018
Rachel Therrien - Haydée Santamaria

Explosive & eclectic, guitarist/composer Pete McCann (NY) Quartet's at the Résonance Wed. Dec. 12th.

pete mccann petit.jpgPaying a daily toll to get into a city in 2018 ? Sounds middle-agish ?, but that's exactly what guitarist Pete McCann does everyday to cross the Georges Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York. Luckily for the jazz community he's transformed the frustration into a energetic and singular piece, « Pay For It On The Other Side », which is also the title track of the last quintet album.

This album weaves the jazz, pop, rock and indian music languages as a single idiom, with great care, in the form and structures of the compositions with a nice balance in between the written and open, improvised parts. Pete McCann is a fan of musical geometry in the different layers of music. Inspired by a frustation, the one of the over-politically correct carries a groovy funk in « Conventional Wisdom ». Confronting today's political discourses, McCann and his musicians play a dense music, going from surprise to surprise, with a lot of courage, audacity and affirmation, and mostly, good musicians.

Next week at the Resonance come and hear the guitarist/composer Pete McCann in a a quartet setup digging into his Pay For It... repertoire with, among others, the only other musician on the album, drummer Mark Ferber with the help of saxophonist Godwin Louis and bassist Matt Pavolka, two very active NYC musicians.

I can only recommend you not miss this concert to see these inspiring and talented musicians.

For more info, Pete McCann

To see the Polygons video, it's here

To see the Is Avril Okay ? video, it's here

Pete McCann Quartet avec Godwin Louis, Matt Pavolka et Matt Ferber.
Wednesday Dec. 12th 9pm

5175A Ave. du Parc   
Benjamin Goron :
Facebook / twitter

TVJAZZ  October 5 2018
Kim Zombik Nicolas Caloia - Nazing Street - L'OFF Jazz 2018

TVJAZZ  November 29 2018
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures - Django Belles - launches at the Diese Onze Dec 6-7 and Quebec City Feb 22nd 2019

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