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Yannick RieuRafael Zaldivar, Sylvain Provost  and l'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, dir. Jean-Nicolas Trottier, The Mystic Mind / Miles Ahead Suites, Saturday, May 7th at L'Astral.

ONJM 7 mai 2016.gifOn May 7th at L'Astral, trombonist and composer Jean-Nicolas Trottier is premiering The Mystic Mind Suite created for the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, with his guests soloists ; virtuosos Yannick Rieu (sax), Rafael Zaldivar (piano) and Sylvain Provost (guitar). Trottier will also conduct the sublime Miles Ahead,  a suite by Gil Evans of Miles Davis’s pieces in the original arrangement, except for the solo trumpet, replaced by Rieu’s saxophone. Trottier’s multiple projects in jazz or other genres include working with Vic Vogel, Lorraine Desmarais, Alain Caron, Patrick Watson (Félix 2007-Arranger), and Ariane Moffatt (2 Félix trophies in 2008: Co-arranger and Song of the year).

In 1988, DownBeat considered Yannick Rieu as one of the world’s most promising sax players. Rieu later won the 1996 Jazz Album Félix for What is the Color of Love, did acclaimed recordings, notably Spectrum, played with dozens of jazz luminaries, as well as giving conferences and touring in China.

After studying in Cuba and here at McGill and at the UdeM, Rafael Zaldivar played with Steve Coleman, Francisco Mela and Danilo Pérez. In 2011, his album Life Directions won the Opus Prize and the Archambault Grand prix de la relève.

Sylvain Provost
won the 1983 FIJM Yamaha Award and the 2001 Jazz Album Félix. For years, he has contributed his fluid style to jazz colleagues’ music, or to works by artists such as choreographer Edouard Lock (world tour 1990-94).

Check out the promo video by clicking here

Guest conductor : Jean-Nicolas Trottier
Guest artists : Yannick Rieu (sax), Sylvain Provost (guitar) and Rafael Zaldivar (piano)

Music : The Mystic Mind Suite (world premiere), by Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Miles Ahead Suite, by Gil Evans/Miles Davis.

: Jean-Pierre Zanella, Samuel Blais, André Leroux, Frank Lozano, Alexandre Côté. Trumpets : Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle, David Carbonneau, Bill Mahar.
Trombones : Dave Grott, Taylor Donaldson, David Martin, Bob Ellis. French horn : Jocelyn Veilleux, Laurence Latreille-Gagné. Tuba : Jean-Sébastien Vachon. Piano : Rafael Zaldivar. Guitar : Sylvain Provost. Bass : Rémi-Jean LeBlanc. Drums : Kevin Warren.

L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal
- Saturday, May 7th, 8pm.  L'Astral 305 Sainte-Catherine W / 514-871-1881.
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This Saturday - write that down on your agenda right now - It's the 2nd  Montreal edition of the International Jazz Day, April 30th, with Marianne Trudel, Sonia Johnson, Emie R Roussel, Jazzamboka and Jean-Pierre Zanella. Let's party.

SortiesJazzNights-GIF-150x150.gifApril 30th has become a must for jazz musicians and aficionados of the planet since 2011, when Unesco designated it as International Jazz Day. For the second consecutive year, this unique and important global event, celebrating music in unison, is presented by Divertissement Mercier in Montreal through a showcase presenting some of Montreal's musical treasures. The production of this anticipated event is made possible thanks to partnerships with Les Belles Soirées series of Université de Montréal and La Vitrine Culturelle.

Celebrate jazz April 30th with pianist Marianne Trudel, winner of a Opus and singer Sonia Johnson, winner of a Juno award, accompanied by bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc. Then it's the trio of pianist Emie R Roussel with bassist Jean-Bertrand Carbou, voted CBC Jazz Revelation (2014-2015) and winner of the Felix award for best jazz album of the year by the ADISQ for the trio's 2015 album, Quantum. To end the Montreal celebration, the Jazzamboka collective, winner of the Place Des Arts award and the CIBL Radio award in 2014 at the «Vitrine Des Musiques Locales Métissées» showcase, and winner of six awards at the Festival Vue Sur La Relève in 2015. Jazzamboka will invite to join them one of the most sought-after jazz saxophonists on the Montreal scene, Jean-Pierre Zanella, who received the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011.

So what's this International Jazz Day?

In the words of Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO: "In times of change and uncertainty, we need the spirit of jazz more than ever before, to bring people – especially young women and men – together, to nurture freedom and dialogue, to create new bridges of respect and understanding, for greater tolerance and cooperation." This resonates Miles Davis’ assertion that "music isn’t about competition, but about cooperation, doing shit together and fitting in."

International Jazz Day in Montréal
Saturday, April 30th 8pm
Le Centre d'essai, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 2332 Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard, Montreal  (Édouard-Montpetit Metro Station)
Randy Cole Photo Exhibition: 6 pm
Tickets  :

A Divertissement Mercier Production

Paul Brochu, the Artist of the month of May at the Dièse Onze + Sylvain Provost, Mike Gauthier, Greg Amirault, Samuel Blais, Al McLean, Jessica Vigneault, Jacques Masson and Yannick Rieu.

diese_onze_nouveau_logo_150X150.jpgFirst off, it's with great pleasure that I announce to you that our artist of the month of May at the Dièse Onze is none other than Paul Brochu. Paul is certainly one of the most influential drummers in Canada, and also one of the nicest people you could encounter in the jazz world. Paul will be playing the last three Thursdays (12-19-26) of the month, where you will be able to hear the Undercover Project, which consists of him and the rest of the band that play on the Radio-Canada TV show  En direct de l'Univers (Peter Kisilenko/bass, J-F Groulx/piano & Jean-Benoit Lasanté/guitar). This is a well-crafted project, consisting of some very beautiful jazz arrangements of new and old pop tunes. Also not to be missed, Paul is welcoming guitarist Sylvain Provost in trio and will be playing what I consider some of the most authentic and touching music written by a local musician.

Keep your eyes out also for these following dates in May : An all-guitar weekend with Mike Gauthier on Friday the 6th and Greg Amirault Friday the 7th. An all-sax weekend Friday the 20th with Samuel Blais and with Al Mclean on the Saturday 21st. Also not to be missed, the Francois D'Amours - Headhunters Tribute - on Friday the 27th.

Also in May beautiful singer-pianist Jessica Vigneault on Saturday the 14th, drummer Jacques Masson and his trio on Friday the 13th featuring Norman Lachapelle on bass,
and finally no month would be complete without the presence of Yannick Rieu, on Saturday the 28th...

The Dièse Onze is proud to collaborate with and help you discover its musical programming -
Jazz on
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

Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis

Benefit concert with pianist Taurey Butler and singer Sharada Banman for l'Abri d'espoir, Wednesday, May 4th at the Lion d'Or.

armeedusalut_soireejazz_4 mai 2016.jpgThe oscarpetersonish pianist Taurey Butler and singer Sharada Banman, will delight us through their musical performances this Wednesday, May 4th. This is a very special benefit evening planned for l'Abri d'espoir, the Salvation Army's women and their children shelter. Be part of a great event with a greater cause! This formidable jazz evening will be held at the Lion d'Or.

L’Abri d'espoir’s mission is to help each woman realize her potential for success ful, independent living. Every resident receives a personal  intervention plan. A dedicated, qualified staff supports our clients as they make progress towards a new life, a life of health and hope.

Tickets 100 $ - Lion d'Or 1676 Ontario E,  in Montréal.
Wednesday, May 4th at 6pm.

Information and tickets :

We want to talk and meet Melody Gardot, Christian Scott, Tal Wilkenfed, Hiromi, Taj Mahal, Cyrille Aimée, Bilal, Larry Coryell and Joey Defrancesco at the  37th FIJM.

affiche FIJM 2016 - 150X204.jpgThe 37th Festival International de jazz de Montréal indoor concerts press conference was held last Tuesday at l'Astral to a busy crowd of media, musicians, the jazz crowd, partners and many more...

This 37th crop presents, as things should be, grand concerts (Gregory Porter, Hiromi, Taj Mahal, and +), special events (Melody Gardot and +),  many jazz series such as Les Soirées jazz de l'Upstairs (Pilc Moutin Hoenig and +), Jazz d'ici (Guy Nadon, Lorraine Desmarais, MISC and +), Invitation (Christian Scott, Kenny Barron and +), Le Festival à la Maison symphonique (Chick Corea, Emilie Claire Barlow and +), Jazz Beat (Chris Potter, Joey Alexander, Avishai Cohen and +), and my favorite that caps off each festival day Jazz dans la nuit (Shai Maestro, Charlie Hunter and +).

All this jazz and great music for such a short time is, as it is each year, a great opportunity to meet, hear and discuss and maybe present a few interviews with these international and Quebec jazz stars...

So here are some of the interviews we'll try to present : Melody Gardot, Christian Scott, Tal Wilkenfed, Hiromi, Taj Mahal, Cyrille Aimée, Bilal, Larry Coryell, Joey Defrancesco, MISC, Lorraine Desmarais, Jacques Kuba Séguin and Emie R Roussel !

Have a good one!

Check out the Mtl Jazz Fest promo video

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez


Talented pianist Jérôme Beaulieu - the other guys are good too !  - switches the trio's self-titled name to MISC. MISC - like miscellaneous  - or how to change your band's name without losing your soul - and their music is a treat.  Authentic in it's essence, the trio evolves and pursues it's quest for accessible jazz, with a unique sound. To stand out from that brand of jazz that sometimes spews out things that are  hard to digest, the three friends are cooking up some tasty jazz. This unity, or if you prefer the art du trio, shines thru on Unlucky, Overgrown, is creative on La fin, a 8 minute piece and the rhythmically charged Respirer dans l’eau.

Let's also mention the impeccable work of bassist Philippe Leduc as well as drummer William Côté, two complete artists, more than sidemen, that complete the trio.

In the end, MISC is a beautiful new release that brings to life the work of three blue-note lovin' musicians that still believe in creation and emotion.

To discover Saturday July 2nd at l’Astral, part of the FIJM.

check out our interview by clicking here

check out Les Années Molles by clicking here

For more info,

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

TVJAZZ  April 23 2016
The Mystic Mind Suite | Miles Ahead de l'ONJM

Makaya's kreol jazz, Friday, April 29th at Résonance.

makaya_150X140.jpgMakaya presents their colorful jazz!

A Montreal-based kreol jazz quintet with a unique twist, Makaya's music grooves with strong rhythms!

Makaya is also the name of Haiti's highest mountain, so the collective is reaching for new heights, with music that reflects melodies and songs from the traditional and popular haitian repertoire. All arranged and mixed-in with compositions by pianist David Bontemps.

With two albums released, Makaya was finalist for the 2010 Montreal Jazz Fest Grand Prix, and won bronze for a 2007 Syli d'Or in world music. Their first self-titled album was released in 2009. Bursaries of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the band releases their 2nd album Elements in February 2016.

Makaya is a band with concerts that make room for spontaneity, halfway in between kreol troubadours and a jazz quintet. These great musicians are influenced by artists of many musical genres : Miles Davis, Eval Manigat, Chucho Valdès, Omar Sosa, Buyu Ambroise, Cesaria Evora, Ahmad Jamal, Richard Bona, Coupe Cloue, Keith Jarrett, Beethova Obas, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jacques Schwarz-Bart...

For this concert, Makaya takes us on a voyage of music with lots of energy, vibrant and rooted in caribbean rhythms, as well as making a lot of room for improvisation and the magic of the present moment. A night of compelling beats, and full of human warmth!

David Bontemps, piano and bandleader
Jude Deslouches
, guitar and voice
Emmanuel Delly, percussions
Nicolas Bédard, bass
Cydric Féréol, gwo ka and percussions

Friday, April 29th @9pm
5175A Ave. du Parc   
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Thursday, April 28th, Claude Thibault presents his monthly feature at Quand le jazz est là, with Stanley Péan on ICI Musique

Quand le jazz est la - nov 2014 - 150X114.jpgThursday, April 28th, Claude Thibault, the Editor of, is the guest of Stanley Péan at Quand le jazz est là on ICI Musique

Starting at 6:49pm, we'll talk about the subjects and music, Québec jazz news, releases and features.

1) International Jazz Day Montréal and at the White House with Obama - Centre d'essai de l'UdeM - Saturday April 30

2) Guitarissimo : Jacky Ambroise Harold Faustin Toto Laraque Gary Crèvecœur Claude Marcelin - a benefit for Haiti's École Duverger - Théâtre Plaza - Saturday May 7th

3) Ensemble vocal Bémol 9 - Théâtre Plaza  - Friday May 13

4) 3 carte blanche concert with Marianne Trudel - Théatre Outremont - Saturdays May 14-21-28

5) Christine Tassan et Les Imposteures - Entre Félix et Django -  Maison des Arts de Laval - Fridays May 22 and 29 / Palais Montcalm QC - Thursday May 26

TVJAZZ  July 6 2014
Emie R Roussel - La timbale et la fourmi - FIJM, July 6th 2014

TVJAZZ  August 6 2015
Undercover Quartet - My Way Around - Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, le 6 août 2015

TVJAZZ  April 28 2016
Indoor concerts promo video of the 37th Mtl Jazz Fest - June 29 to July 7 2016

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