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Jazz vocalists steals the spotlight during the 3rd week of the 8th edition of the Festival international de jazz de Québec, unti Nov. 2nd!

FIJQ 2014_150x150_nouvelle version.gifAt the 8th Festival international de jazz de Québec, jazz vocalists steal the spotlight with Holly Cole that kicks things off at Théâtre Petit Champlain on October 27th, while Halie Loren graces the stage of the Clarendon for two nights October 28th and 29th, and Emilie-Claire Barlow teams up with the OSQ at Grand Théâtre on October 30th and 31st. A potent double bill of Virginie Hamel and her Blue Gardenia ensemble and old-school crooner Colin Hunter at Château Frontenac on October 31st is sure to excite, while Sonia Johnson and Cyrille Aimée will share the stage November 1st at Théâtre Petit Champlain.

La Salle des promotions du Séminaire de Québec and its beautiful environs play host to three wonderful concerts : André Leroux Quartet and Jazzlab Orchestra on October 28th, Yves Léveillée and the Fred Alarie Trio on October 29th, and finally Ellis Marsalis and Gilles Bernard on November 1st.

Pianist Andy Milne highlights his ‘Strings and Serpents’ project with openers the Rakalam Bob Moses Trio at the Musée de la civilisation on October 30th, while the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presents Le jazz croise l’Inde with Neelamjit Dhillon and Adrian Vedady on November 1st.  

At la Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, saxophoniste Yannick Rieu revisits classic Coltrane with ‘A Love Supreme - 50 ans’  featuring an opening set by renowned
chinese pianist Xia Jia, October 31st.

The closing night of the Festival features heavy-hitter Ellis Marsalis and his guests at the Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec on November 2nd.

Furthermore,  a pot-pourri of other concerts and events are happening all across the city of Québec in various venues and bars until the wee hours of November 2nd!

Vive le jazz à Québec!  Discover the complete program at

To see our videos of the Les Grands Québecois du jazz Oscar Peterson Tribute concert Oct. 16th at Théâtre Capitole, visit our Festival international de jazz de Qc section by clicking here

L'Orchestre national de Jazz at L'Astral, Thursday, Oct. 30th at 8pm, guest artist Samuel Blais under the direction of Christine Jensen, with music by Darcy James Argue.

onj_samuel_blais_150x150.jpgFor this special concert of L'Orchestre national de Jazz, the special guest is none other than the saxophonist-composer Samuel Blais, who will play some of his latest pieces and also pay a tribute to Darcy James Argue, a role model in audacity and music creation for big band.

Fresh out of the Conservatory, Samuel Blais decides on a Music bachelor in Jazz at McGill followed by a Master degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York. The three years he spent in NY led him to bond with people such as Greg Osby, Jim Black, Larry Grenadier and Nate Smith. Having played in United States and Canada, and knowing no boundaries, with performances in France, Belgium, Mexico and Hong Kong, gaining more musical experience than visas. With his album New Angle winning the 2011 Prix Opus for “Album Jazz de l’année,” and the recent release of his fourth opus, Cycling, which he just promoted on tour with David Liebman, Sam is now in great position.

Native from Vancouver, James Argue studied at New England Conservatory and settled in New York fifteen years ago. Since then he ventures outside the box, pairing the woodwind and the brass instruments to processed guitars, and even dares seldom use of melodica. Chosen as the Rising Star in 2010 and 2011 by Downbeat magazine critics, he was a Grammy Awards’ finalist in “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category in 2011 for Infernal Machines, and in 2014 for Brooklyn Babylon.

To see a few tracks of the ONJ in concert, July 6th at the FIJM, click here

L’Orchestre national de jazz - led by Christine Jensen, guest artist Samuel Blais - Thursday, Oct. 30th, 8pm at L'Astral - 305 Sainte-Catherine W 514-871-1881.
(This is the 2nd concert of the 2014-2015 season).

Yves Léveillé Septet, on a Essences des bois tour, Oct. 28th to Nov. 14th in 5 Montreal Maisons de la culture and at the FIJQ 2014.

animation Yves Leveille Essence oct 2014.gifDifficult to resist the flood of imagery and the muffled waves of the woodwinds set in motion by the latest album from the composer/pianist Yves Léveillé ; Essences des bois. In this septet for flutes, oboes, english horn, clarinets, saxophones, piano, bass and drums, the Montreal musician creates a luminous balance between the colours of the woodwinds and the supple energy of the rhythm section.

Shifting from the pursuit of ideal phrasing to the complex and the lyrical, Yves Léveillé persistently strives for jazz-like beauty. The musical clarity, a sign of the composer’s maturity, is combined with graceful tones and a purity of playing, all of which give a shimmering, dreamy resonance to the ensemble. With ample room for virtuosity and musical intelligence, this encounter between seven exceptional musicians is deeply moving.

Yves Léveillé
, piano and composition
Roberto Murray, saxophones soprano and alto
François Richard, flute and alto flute
Marjorie Tremblay, oboe and english horn
Simon Aldrich, clarinet and bass clarinet
Adrian Vedady, doublebass
Alain Bastien, drums

Essences des bois Tour - Oct. 28 to Nov. 14

Oct. 28 : Maison de la culture Notre-Dame de Grâce, Montréal
Oct. 29 : Festival international de jazz de Québec - FIJQ 2014
Nov. 5 : Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
Nov. 7 : Maison de la culture Mercier, Montréal
Nov. 12 : Maison de la culture Côte des neiges, Montréal
Nov. 14 : Maison de la culture Villeray, Montréal

In November, move to the rhythms of the music of Elizabeth Shepherd (Nov 1), Jim Doxas (Nov 20) and Jordan Officer (Nov 22)as part of the Jazz All-Year Round series at l’Astral!

JAL_150x150_23 octobre.gifStart November in style with an evening combining jazz, soul and pop with the talented Elizabeth Shepherd! The accomplished jazzwomen presents her new album, The Signal. A real singing tour you must see on November 1st!

On November 20, Jim Doxas, one of the most prominent drummers on the Canadian jazz scene, invite you to discover his new album! He will hit the stage with pianist Paul Shrofel and double bassist Morgan Moore! An evening where you will listen jazz beyond its usual limits!

Finally, one of the darlings of this Festival, Jordan Officer, presents his last album, I’m Free! Drawing on the purest blues sources, the album showcases the virtuosity and vocal talent of this singer and guitarist. An evening you can’t miss with this musician at the apex of his talents, on November 22.

Tickets and info available at ! L’Astral of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 305 Ste-Catherine W.

Jérôme Beaulieu Trio - Chercher l'équilibre, wins a Félix in the album de l'année - jazz création category of l'ADISQ.

Julie Lamontagne
- Noël, wins a Félix in the album de l'année - jazz interprétation category of l'ADISQ.

animation ADISQ.gifCongratulations to the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio and Julie Lamontagne for their respective Félixes in the two ADISQ jazz categories, album de l'année - jazz création and album de l'année - jazz interprétation  !

For the occasion, here's our CDJazz feature on Dec. 12th, 2013 for Chercher l'équilibre of the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio
2013-2014 Radio-Canada jazz Revelation
, young pianist Jérome Beaulieu plays music you'll make friends with on his second CD. With his trio (what a powerful singing bass) we're in friendly waters with a dash of Monk on Watch Out and a bit of Brad Melhdau's influence on La Tourte, seven original compositions and interpretations : T-Chien Aveugle ( Fred Fortin), I Might Be Wrong ( Radiohead).

Solid jazz, atmospheric, with lots of feeling and depth from a young trio with a promising future. It's a hit !

Jérome Beaulieu - piano
Philippe Leduc - bass
William Côté - drums

To see a clip of "Grands Jardins", click here

to find out more :

Christophe Rodriguez
See the Jérome Beaulieu Trio in upcoming days in Alma, Jonquière, Orford and Joliette :

Alma - Oct 23

Jonquière - Oct 24
Orford - Oct 31
Joliette - Nov 7

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Sonia Johnson - Le cœur à l’endroit

2012 Juno winner for Le carré de nos amours, singer/songwriter/composer Sonia Johnson is back with Le cœur à l’endroit, for our greatest pleasure. The music of this consistent new release on the boundaries of jazz has two things going for it, one that's it's jazz with strong texts, the other being that's it's great music to listen to in a mellow space joined with a great rhythm section : Marianne Trudel, piano, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, bass/doublebass, Jim Doxas at the drums and friends that joined in such as André Leroux, Jonathan Stewart, etc.

Joining all this talent let's also mention the importance of the texts and collaborators : Combien d’automnes (Marianne Trudel), Si j’avais (Sonia Johnson, Nathalie Baroud),  Rue Liverpool (Stanley Péan /Anthony Rosankovic), Je rêve (Claude André/Mario Peluso) and of course, Sonia Johnson's voice, soft, captivating and touching. A great and tightly-knit CD.

To see a excerpt of Elle Court, click here

To see Toi, mon amour, Oct. 9th at L'OFF Jazz, click here

(photo : Pascale Therien)

Upcoming concerts...
Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson in Shawinigan
Thursday, Oct. 30th
Festival international de jazz de Québec
Saturday, Nov. 1st

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

TVJAZZ  June 27 2013
Holly Cole - Walk Away - at the FIJM, Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Marianne Trudel launches "La vie commence ici" with 4tet and Ingrid Jensen at the Résonance, Friday, Oct. 24th, 7pm

La_vie_commence_ici.jpgMarianne Trudel is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. This women is involved in many musical projects, all equally beautiful.

Winner of a 2013 Opus Prize for Trifolia, Marianne Trudel has also been nominated for the Junos and at l’ADISQ. At this event the pianist will present her new opus ’’La vie commence ici’’ with canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, both recognized internationally.

On the eve of her forties, Marianne Trudel wanted to express themes such as affirmation, self-acceptance, the respect of nature and the fragility of the world we live in. With jazz and classical music influences, as well as improvised music, improvisation being her
« forté »,  with enough space for trumpeter Ingrid Jensen to express herself.  Ingrid Jensen's
spacy trumpet playing will set us off on a dream.

She'll be sided by excellent saxophonist Jonathan "Bunny" Stewart who's involved in multiple North American musical platforms, bassist Morgan Moore (he can make that bass  sing) and drummer Robbie Kuster, Patrick Watson's drummer and longtime Marianne Trudel collaborator.

The sum of it all is magnificent and cinematic, transcending the frontiers of jazz. Creative music, colorful and lots of emotions!

Magic !

Marianne Trudel, piano and compositions
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Jonathan "Bunny" Stewart, saxophones
Morgan Moore, bass
Robbie Kuster, drums

Friday, Oct. 24th at 7pm
Résonance - 5175A Ave. du Parc   
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Connections, what's jazz, his influences, what he listens to and today's musical reality with guitarist Pat Metheny, Thursday, Nov. 13th at Montreal's Métropolis and in Quebec City's Palais Montcalm Nov. 14th.

animation Pat nice.gifCR - Listening to your new CD "Kin" by the Pat Metheny Unity Group, I'm wondering what's the meaning of unity for you?
PM - "Kin is a word that implies connection or family or lineage. To me, like the word Unity, it really fits with what I am shooting for - and not just with this band - in music in general. I like the idea of making connections, finding inclusion and forming a way of thinking about not just the way the people making the music may be connected to each other, but also the way the music that I hope to present has connections with all of the other music I love. Beyond that, this may be the first band I have ever had that really can address everything from my trio  stuff, to stuff from Song X, all of my regular band stuff, the more straight ahead kinds of things; all of it can coexist under one roof. And the “unpronounceable”  symbol that follows the word "Kin", (←→) , was something that just sort of popped out that I thought did a good job of indicating that our “kin” is not always behind us chronologically in an ancestral sense - we are also going to be the ancestors for many generations to come. And also musically. So this is a message to those future listeners as well."
CR - In 25 years and possibly more, you’ve played and shared the stage and studio with jazz giants such as the late Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman, etc...over the years your style has changed a little and jazz is always in your heart…Over the years, what is your definition of jazz?
PM - " I am not a huge fan of the whole idea of “genre” or styles of music kind of to start with. To me, music is one big universal thing. The musicians who I have admired the most are the ones who have a deep reservoir of knowledge and insight not just about music, but about life in general and are able to illuminate the things that they love in sound. When it is a musician who can do that on the spot, as an improviser, that is usually my favorite kind of player. I feel like I am a musician in this broad sense first. And all the subsets of the way music often gets talked about in terms of the words people use to describe music is basically just a cultural/political discussion that I have found that I am really not that interested in, in the same way I am interested in the spirit and sound of music itself."
CR - One of your friends and probable mentor was the great Jim Hall. Apart from this giant, who were your prime influences and did you sometimes listen to others such as a Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Freddie Green?
PM - "Well, Wes Montgomery is by far my biggest influence on the instrument. He remains the model for me in so many ways, but particularly in the way that he found a sound that really allowed him to represent his conception of music in such a personal way. You are right that Jim Hall was also an important influence and also one of my favorite playing partners. Also, Kenny Burrell was pretty huge for me and remains one of my favorites. In the generation that followed, both Pat Martino and George Benson are favorites of mine."
CR - Like pianist Brad Meldhau, do you listen to bands such Nirvana, RadioHead, young turks such as  Christian Scott , Ambrose Akinmusire and classical music?
PM - "I listen to everything. I became and remain a musician because I am such a fan of music."
CR - Today’s jazz/music scene is suffering from downloading and streaming, what do you think should be done to change that?
PM - "It has always been very difficult to get good notes out there in the world and each generation faces unique challenges and also gains unique opportunities. But also, I feel if you really get something happening that has a certain authority and authenticity unto itself, there is a possibility you may be able to have a tiny place at the table in the culture of your time. I think just being a good player isn’t really enough, but I think that has always been the case. You have to be able to not just represent fluency - there is plenty of that - but you need to actually aspire to the creation of ideas that no one has ever really thought of before, one way or the other."
Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin
Pat Metheny, guitar
Chris Potter, saxophone
Giulion Carmassi, multi-instrumentalist
Ben Williams, bass
Antonio Sanchez, drums
Interview : Christophe Rodriguez
Thursday, Nov. 13th at Montréal's Métropolis - part of Jazz All Year-Round
Friday, Nov. 14th at Québec City's Palais Montcalm

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