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From August 10th till 13th, Lévis gets its mojo workin' at the 11th Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis, jazz for all tastes!

M2R_2854.jpgThis year's Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis is jazz all along with bassist Carl Mayotte and his Fusion Quartet, power band Papagroove, saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella and his Quartet presenting their latest album Quattro Venti, singer Catherine Leblanc and her quartet, cuban-born guitarist, singer and composer Julian Antonio Guiterrez, singer Camille Caron and her trio, and many more!

You'll also hear singer Andrea Lindsay that will present her latest album, Entre le Jazz et la java, this anglophone artist from Guelph and lover of the french language will charm you on with pieces such as Serge Gainsbourg's Le poinçonneur des Lilas, Sylvain Lelièvre's Les choses inutiles and Diane Tell's les Cinémas-Bars. Good times and a bit of nostalia...

To see a video of Le poinçonneur des Lilas by Andrea Lindsay at the 2017 Montreal Jazz Fest, it's here
To see a video of The Ride by Jean-Pierre Zanella at L'OFF Jazz 2016, it's here

A true street festival with a warm atmosphere, the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis will present, from Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13, 40 free outdoor shows in the streets of Old Lévis, musical animation on the Lévis-Québec ferry and a jazzy mass at L'Église Notre-Dame de Lévis. The Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis features 100 artists on the Begin and Desjardins stages on the streets of Old Lévis.

For more info and the complete programming :

The Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis is presented by Desjardins with the collaboration of la Ville de Lévis and Énergie Valero inc.

The Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, August 2-6, is also Jean-Michel Pilc, Joe Sullivan Big Band, Montreal Hard Bop Five, Rachel Therrien and...

festijazz.jpgThe Grand événement Focal of the 10th Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant features UZEB on Saturday Aug. 5th at 9pm. The most famous internationally recognized jazz fusion band from Quebec is back after 25 years away from the music scene. The Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant is proud to be the only promoter of the R3UNION tour to host this concert under the stars and for free!

The Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant is again this year presenting 40 free concerts with more than a 100 artists that will be presented on two outdoor venues located  downtown Mont-Tremblant and in other 7 venues. Nearly 20,000 festival-goers from Québec and other provinces are expected. This annual jazz event of has become an unmissable event for amateurs, novices and jazz musicians. Join us for a unique experience during the Master Classes series every day at 11am at the Jazz Lounge stage. These morning meetings under the trees testify to the exceptional camaraderie of the Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant. Every day a musician converses with the audience about musical techniques, inspiration and his affiliation with music.

Two series of concerts will be presented on the Jazz Lounge stage. The series Relève Jazz Laurentides allows to discover daily at 1pm the young wolves of the new jazz from the great Laurentide region like Saint-Graal Trio, and Modibo Keita Quintet. The BMR Jazz Series at 3pm presents a variety of ensembles coming from  diversified musical horizons, like the Carlos Jiménez Trio, Michel Dubeau Quintet, as well as Sonia Johnson with Stephen Johnston. All in a festive and friendly atmosphere!

While the sun slowly makes way for the stars, the series presented on the big stage will dazzle you with the quality of the artists: the Piano Libre Promutuel Boréale Insurance series at 7pm presents with among others Pierre François, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Steve Amirault. At 9pm, the Jazz sous les étoiles series presents Rachel Therrien Quintet for the opening concert on Wednesday August 2nd, Montreal Hard Bop Five on Thursday August 3rd, the Joe Sullivan Big Band on  Friday August 4th, the Grand événement Focal with UZEB August 5th, and François D'Amours Quintet for the closing concert on Sunday August 6th.

And don't miss the festive Festi Jam at 10:45 pm every night at the marquee Jazz Lounge!

Other artists in the program include Sylvain Provost, Michel Donato, Normand Guilbeault, Gaetan Daignault, Normand Deveault, Frédéric Darveau, Laurent Bélec, J-F Barbeau, Rémi-Jean Leblanc, Robert Ménard, Pier-Luc Daoust Trio, Mathieu Quenneville Quintet, Olivier Bédard, etc

For more info check out

Wes Montgomery - Echoes of Indiana Ave - a project from long lost recordings of the great guitarist.

wesmontgomery.jpgResonance Records - with the help of legendary producer Michael Cuscuna - present rediscovered recordings of famous guitarist Wes Montgomery from the Indian Ave. jazz scene, in Indianapolis, Indiana, about three hours south of Chicago. These recordings highlight Wes Montgomery's magic as well as the Indian Ave. jazz scene. These are never before released studio and concert recordings of Wes Montgomery.

According to Zev Feldman, producer of Echoes of Indiana Ave. these are the only recordings of Wes since 1968, which makes them unique. They were recorded in 1957-1958 in studio as well as the Hub Bub on Indian Ave. with pieces never recorded before by Wes, there's even a blues!

Track list :

1. Diablo's Dance
2. Round Midnight
3. Straight No Chaser
4. Nica's Dream
5. Darn That Dream
6. Take the A Train
7. Misty
8. Body and Soul
9. After Hours Blues (Improvisation)

To see the documentary video on this project, that's here

For more info, that's here

Still more videos of the 38th Montreal Jazz Fest : Jeremy Pelt Quintet, Django All-Stars, Flavia Coelho, Danilo Perez Trio and Joshua Redman Quartet...

joshua150.jpgFor Make Noise by the Jeremy Pelt Quintet with Victor Gould, Vincente Archer, Jonathan Barber and Jacquelene Acevedo, it's here

For the Django All-Stars with Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard and more, it's here

For Flavia Coelho, it's here

For The Expedition by the Danilo Perez Trio with Ben Street and Adam Cruz, it's here

For the Joshua Redman Quartet (photo) with Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade, it's here

And to see all of our 38th Montreal Jazz Fest interviews with Uzeb, Bria Skonberg, Kellylee Evans, Stanley Clarke, Mark Guiliana and Jowee Omicil, it's here

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Sam Kirmayer - Opening Statement

With the sun these days being a no-show and refusing to warm us up, let's just stay inside and listen to jazz. If you like the guitar you'll like this new release to be listened to with a good book and why not, a good mojito. I didn't know Sam Kirmayer until know and I was pleasantly surprised to discover this good guitarist that doesn't try to impress with a lot of fast notes. In between Jim Hall and Joe Pass, and that says quite a bit about the guitarist, this new release is played in a classic way without it being too light.

Smart solist, with hints  of blues - the matrix of jazz let's not forget - Sam Kirmayer sculpts melodies, improvises with sublety on For All We Know and of course the title track : Opening Statement, a composition of the departed Booker Little. There's a noticeable unity of the musicians, with fine pianist Sean Fyfe that recalls Jess Stacy, drummer Dave Laing and bassist Mike De Masi. Never rigid, he cultivates a bit of complexity and shines thru with his harmonics on his compositions such as One Fort Pete and Jiro’s Dream. Nice work that listens like a charm.

You can hear Sam at the St-Henri jams sessions at Pub Epoxy every Sunday night.

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

TVJAZZ  July 2 2017
Andrea Lindsay - Le poinçonneur des Lilas, July 2nd 2017

50 years of bossa nova with Jean-François Léger, Sunday July 23rd at the Lion d'Or and Nuits d'Afrique.

jfleger_150x150.jpgOnce upon a time there was bossa nova!

The 50 years of bossa nova in concert with friendly guitarist and singer Jean-François Léger, part of the Festival Nuits d'Afrique. It's quite an ambitious project says Jean François : "It would take 4 days to sing all those beautiful songs!"

Composer and arranger Jean-François Léger has been active in music and image for twenty years. Not only does he woo us with this musical tableau of the bossa nova, but he tells its story highlighting pieces that bring us back to the important moments of the bossa nova, which was a true cultural revolution. The guitarist,
singer and storyteller makes the connection between the brazilian artists and a few french aficionados. He plays, among others, Les eaux de Mars, translated by Georges Moustaki and Samba Saravah translated by Pierre Barouh. Jean-François Léger also treats us by singing some of those classics in portuguese - their original flavor.

This project came to life in 2012 and has been presented since with a lot of success all over Quebec. The album with the same title that was launched in September 2016 will perpetuate this brazilian voyage, recalling the warm nights of a Rio cabaret, with subdued lighting, evening dresses and candlelit tables.

Jean-François Léger is presenting this great brazilian adventure at the Lion d’Or with his hushed voice, bossa nova, samba and cool jazz from the fifties and sixties. A classy concert!

To see the promo video, it's here

Jean-François Léger, voice and guitar
François Marion, bass
Michel Dupire, percussion

Sunday July 23rd at 8pm
Festival International Nuits d'Afrique de Montréal at the Lion d'Or
1676 Ontario E       
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TVJAZZ  July 3 2017
Jeremy Pelt Quintet - Make Noise - July 3rd 2017

TVJAZZ  July 3 2017
Django All-Stars with Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard and more - July 3rd 2017

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