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JazzBulletin   -   Thursday September 21 2017 to Saturday October 14 2017

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New talents to be discovered at the @ HoJazz : singers Mary DeeHoJazz Montreal and Émilie Durand Grenier @ the HoJazz Laval.

animation 21 sept 2017.gifNew talent at the HoJazz Montreal with Mary Dee.

The HoJazz Montreal, always in search of new talents, presents a new artist this Thursday Sept. 21st ; Mary Dee. Mary Dee is a passionate and soulful singer/songwriter who takes listeners on a journey through a dynamic musical world. Her lyrics and strong vocals reflect her roots; while contemplating the trials of everyday life with an equal amount of beauty and pain. From Montreal, Mary Dee started off as a model but always knew that music was her true calling. Her exceptional performing skills has led her to stages all over the world including China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines and many more.

...and summer drags on at the HoJazz Laval with Émilie Durand Grenier...

Enjoy the last heat of summer to come and try our selection of sangrias and summer cocktails on our HoJazz Laval terrace in full bloom! On Friday September 29th, check out this new artist ; Émilie Durand Grenier. Young singer having toured Asia in recent years, Émilie Durand Grenier will come to present a funky and jazz repertoire! Don't miss it! 

For the HoJazz Montreal, reserve your seats at 514-842-8656 Montreal

House of Jazz Montréal - 2060 Aylmer
For the HoJazz Laval, reserve your seats at 450-232-5582 Laval
House of Jazz Laval - 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval

Check out dozen of videos of these artists at the House of Jazz Montreal and Laval at

The OFF JAZZ festival is back for its 18th edition! Starting Oct. 5th, come celebrate creation and the local jazz scene!

sortie-150x150.gifA great jazz jamboree is taking place in the middle of Montreal’s fall season, the OFF JAZZ festival 18th edition takes place from the Thursday Oct. 5th to Sunday Oct. 14th in different venues of the metropolis: Lion d’Or, Upstairs, Sala Rossa, Gesù, Résonance and Dièse Onze. This year especially, the OFF JAZZ festival will be presenting several big bands, thereby celebrating the originality, creativity and the ambition of local musicians.

MNSF : Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies – Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, Rafael Zaldivar and Greg Ritchie with special guest Ben Wendel – Sam Kirmayer Quartet –  Joe Sullivan Big Band – Jason Stillman Quartet – Gentiane MG Trio – Artie Roth Quartet – Pierre Labbé Sextet – Les Malcommodes – Mario Allard Quintet –  Benjamin Deschamps Quintet – Manta + Maggie Nicols + Les Jazz Mess – Daniel Arthur Trio – Ethan Ardelli Quartet – François Bourassa Quartet – Trio Luce Bélanger – Joshua Rager Nonet – Burton Greene trio d’octobre avec Éric Normand et Isaiah Ceccarelli – Quartetski does Bartók – Kite Trio – Sylvain Lafontaine Trio – Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – Guilbeault / Doxas / McLean / Leroux Quartet – Kyle Hutchins Trio – Once upon a time at the OFF Jazz Festival 18th edition  (conducted by Marianne Trudel)

The OFF JAZZ festival invites you to discover the unexpected and to experience memorable moments. More than 140 musicians, 26 shows and 4 record launches this year!

Visit to know the full program schedule and practical information. Passport, packages and reduced rates available.

Musicians : Want to perform in a band of extraordinarily talented musicians coached by internationally renowned masters of the scene @ Focusyear Basel in Switzerland?

focusyearbasel150x113.jpgFocusyear Basel is a one-year course for an internationally assembled ensemble of nine people, based in Basel, Switzerland, who will be coached in a regular cycle by acknowledged masters of the international jazz scene such as Jeff Ballard, Theo Bleckmann, Avishai Cohen, Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Swallow and many more. Wow.

The students selected for Focusyear Basel receive a full scholarship covering tuition and the cost of living, in order to allow them to focus on music exclusively. Over the course of the year, the ensemble creates concert programs and records an album, which will be produced in the school’s own recording studio. The band will perform regularly in the school’s Jazzcampus Club. A club tour is being organized for spring and a festival tour for the summer.

Applications for Focusyear 2018/19 are welcome in September 2017.

For more info,

Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 21st., l’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal welcomes Vancouver conductor John Korsrud for a once-only concert at L'Astral,

ORCHESTRENATIONALDEJAZZDEMONTREAL_cdf7b_large.jpegL’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal (ONJ) is proud to host John Korsrud, artistic director of Vancouver's Hard Rubber Orchestra, for a once-only concert at L’Astral Thursday Sept. 21st. In addition to the original compositions of the guest conductor, the concert program includes two pieces by prolific Montreal composer/guitarist René Lussier.  The dynamic Montreal group boasts 18 musicians amongst the best of the local jazz scene including pianist Marianne Trudel, violonist Lisanne Tremblay and percussionnist Eugenio «Kiko» Osorio.

Who's John Korsrud ?
To add to his conducting of the Hard Rubber Orchestra, a Vancouver jazz and new music ensemble, John Korsrud is a composer, producer and trumpeter. Having performed all over Canada and in Europe, John has won many prizes including the prestigious Alcan Arts Awards. As a composer, he's played his trumpet concerto, Come to the Dark Side at NY's Carnegie Hall, a work sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra. He's also worked on many occasions composing for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Albany Symphony New Music Festival, and Vancouver New Music. John has experimented, as a trumpeter, different avenues and musical genres with improvisers such as George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Han Bennink, Barry Guy and Kenny Wheeler and even with punk group DOA.

Conducted by John Korsrud, this ONJ concert will have a lot of new music, the program is made up of eight pieces by the Vancouver composer as well as two pieces written by Montreal guitarist René Lussier, compositions that will take us in a universe of altered sounds : Céphalopodes et Papillon/Moutons.

The other musicians part of the group Thursday the 21st of September are : Samuel Blais, Alexandre Côté, Jocelyn Couture, Taylor Donaldson, Aron Doyle, Bob Ellis, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, Frank Lozano, Bill Mahar, David Russell Martin, Steve Raegele, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Kevin Warren and Jean-Pierre Zanella.

For the ONJ website, it's here
For the Youtube page, that's here
For their Facebook page, that's here

L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, conducted by John Korsrud - Thursday Sept. 21st 8pm @ L'Astral, 305 Sainte-Catherine W / 514-871-1881.

Tonight, Thursday Sept. 21st at the Dièse Onze, Spirale, the newest album by pianist Jean-François Groulx

JFG_Spirale_Album_CouvX150.jpgFor his new album Spirale, pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jean-François Groulx is back with a trio. With Adrian Vedady on bass and
Paul Brochu at the drums, he has crafted a universe where bold, current melodies are carried by breathtaking rhythms that will bring you to peak listening experiences.

Winner of the 2006 André-Gagnon Award and the 1995 du Maurier award of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, these days pianist of the TV show  En direct de l’univers and for Edgar Bori, Jean-François Groulx releases the best of his versatility throughout this 8th album undoubtedly hewn to become one of his discography highlights.

Spirale is available here on iTunes

Concert-launch Thursday September 21st 7pm

Jean-François Groulx with Adrian Vedady and Paul Brochu
Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis, Montreal
(free admission)

For more info :

JFG on Facebook, that's here
The Sept. 21st event on Facebook, that's here

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Charles Trudel - Fruit

The 2017 music fall crop is bountyful with so many great albums and players tickling our ears. For the last few days I've been listening to Charles Trudel's latest album, Fruit, with a lot of attention and believe me, this one's a keeper. Like it usually is nowadays, no jazz standards but to our greatest joy the sounds of a bygone period that's not yet forgotten. Surrounding this brilliant pianist that can sometimes sound like Ahmad Jamal or Red Garland, which is quite a good start, are alto saxman Benjamin Deschamps, tenor sax Mario Allard, trumpeter Nicolas Boulay, bassist Sébastien Pellerin and drummer Alain Bourgeois.

These not-so-young musicians, even if they're not that old, know their jazz history real well. When closing my eyes listening to this music I'm taken back to the sounds of the famed Blue Note jazz label from the 50s/60s period. Knowing well the style of alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps, he's amazing in F pour Facile. Playing truly parkerian tonalities, our friend beckons us to succulent and timeless passages. And there's more, like on  Home Made Rabbit with pianist Charles Trudel playing a torrent of notes, something that the great Erroll Garner would've been proud of, just like trumpeter Lee Morgan would've been for trumpeter Nicolas Boulay, as well as saxophonist Phil Woods for altist Deschamps, taking up the challenge.

But why is it such a great album ? Because the Sextet bridges the past and the present without it being a big head trip like it can sometimes be. Another convincing argument about the quality of this album is listening to beauty of the moves on Nouvelle Direction. The art of the trio is something really beautiful and you can get into it. So we're very happy about this one and if Charles and the band are in your area, check them out.

Fruit / Home Made Rabbit / Six Têtes / Nouvelle Direction / Regarde en Avant (quand tu marches...) / Sourire à Deux Côtés / F Pour Facile / Interlude / Tropical Monkey / Conclusion

Charles Trudel, piano
Benjamin Deschamps, alto sax
Mario Allard, tenor sax
Nicolas Boulay, trumpet
Sébastien Pellerin, bass
Alain Bourgeois, drums

To see our video of Tropical Monkey that they played as 1st part of UZEB, Sunday Sept. 3rd at the 2017 Festi Jazz international de Rimouski , it's here

For more info and gig dates, check out

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

TVJAZZ  May 12 2014
Taurey Butler Trio - The Preacher - House of Jazz, May 12th, 2014

Guitarist Simon Legault launches Hypnagogia Polis Sunday Sept. 24th at Upstairs.

simonlegault150x150.jpgGuitarist Simon Legault launches his newest album, Hypnagogia Polis, with his Quintet and I'm delighted!

We had to wait four long years before the return of the beautiful music of the guitarist. His jazz is modern, intelligent and sophisticated. The eight new and original compositions reflect his numerous influences, including some great guitarists such as Rosenwinkel, Metheny and Scofield.

Simon Legault discovered the guitar and his talent when he was 16. He won first prize at the Secondaire sur Scène high school contest by playing his jazz compositions. Pursuing his pop/jazz studies, the young man also won first prize of the Bourses Desjardins Excellence in music contest. Winner of the 2007 Jazz en Rafale New Talent Contest he was invited to play at the Montreal Jazz Fest with his group of that period. After that he made some great new connections
and collaborations that gave way to two albums that were well received by the critics. The guitarist is currently at McGill U finishing up his Masters.

The guitarist is very happy about his new quintet that include some of the best Montreal jazz musicians. He tells me  «My music was written for both the guitar and the saxophone playing together. Also, the piano's accompaniment seemed vital for this new project. I'm overjoyed!»

With Hypnagogia Polis, Simon Legault immerses us in a relaxed ambiance, hypnotic and rhythmic.

A launch concert with a lot of contemporary jazz, with style, rhythm and groove. Don't miss it!

For the event on FB, it's here

Simon Legault, guitar / compositions
Jules Payette, alto sax
Andrew Boudreau, piano
Adrian Vedady, bass
Louis-Vincent Hamel, drums

Sunday Sept. 24th 7pm / 8:45pm / 10pm
1254 Mackay   
Coco -
Facebook / twitter
Coco Jazz, Tuesday night 7pm @ 100,1 CKVL FM

The Emie R Roussel Trio launches Intersections with Malika Tirolien, Lex French and Norman Lachapelle at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Thursday, Sept. 28th.

Emie R Roussel Intersections.jpgHaving had the privilege to present their music in eleven countries across four continents in less than two years, the Emie R Roussel Trio is back - inspired, and with a whole new level of complicity and mutual understanding - with their new project, Intersections. The hard-won musical cohesion of the group’s three members (Emie R Roussel on piano, Nicolas Bédard on bass and Dominic Cloutier on drums) puts a particular spotlight on groove and melody with a sound at times more acoustic, at times more electric.

On their respective journeys, the members of the group had the chance to cross paths with musicians who affected them tremendously. This inspired the idea to bring together the evolving musical universe of the trio with the influences of three special guests, for each of whom was written a unique composition that would best benefit from their collaboration. Thus to the songs performed by the trio will be added others performed as a quartet, featuring in their turn Guadeloupean singer and songwriter Malika Tirolien, Canadian/New-Zealand trumpeter Lex French, and Canadian bassist Norman Lachappelle. These precious shared moments, and each member's creativity, met at the crossroads of their respective paths, the intersections of their musical odysseys…

To see the promo video of Intersections with their special guests, it's here

For more info

Emie R Roussel Trio launch Intersections with Malika Tirolien, Lex French and Norman Lachapelle
Maison de la culture Maisonneuve,  Thursday Sept. 28 @ 8pm
4200 Ontario E
For the Facebook event page, it's here
For tickets, it's ici

This concert will also be presented in Shawinigan, Quebec City and Rimouski :  Sept 29 - Maison de la culture Françis Brisson in Shawinigan / Nov 3 - Quebec City Palais Montcalm / Nov 16 - Salle Desjardins-Telus in Rimouski. For more info on these concerts, check our Outside Montreal calendar here

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