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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Attention Jazz lovers and film fans: “CHOPS” is now available in Canada.

The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a must-see film for anyone passionate about music. “CHOPS” tells the story of a remarkable group of music students from a public-arts school in Jacksonville, Florida as they compete in the prestigious national Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and hosted by its Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis.

The film is currently available via B-Side Entertainment’s signature “Theatrical On Demand” program where individuals, restaurants, jazz clubs and other organizations can host a screening of any size, in any location, at any time.

Additionally, the “CHOPS” DVD is now on sale and makes a perfect gift for the music lover in your family.

For more information about the film, visit

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Multiple Award-winning Bassist, Composer and Arranger, Dave Young, Releases New Quartet CD, Mean What You Say

Featuring Kevin Turcotte, Robi Botos and Frank Botos
and...celebrates his new recording with a Special CD Launch at Toronto’s vibrant new Jazz Venue, “The TRANE STUDIO Jazz Lounge”
Thursday – November 12th – from 8:00 pm

“To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic simpatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.”
-Dr. Oscar Peterson

“...Flawless time, big buoyant tone and bold solo ideas...keen instincts and depth of musicality. The results of (his playing) are a testament to his ability to listen and adapt his concept of time from player to player.”
-Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES

“Dave Young has been properly acclaimed as a musician with bold solo ideas, flawless timekeeping and a large, gorgeous tone.”
-Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star

TORONTO – OCT. 7, 2009 – On this coming November 12th, Award-winning and internationally recognized jazz bassist, composer and arranger, Dave Young will be releasing his third excellent CD as a leader. On the footsteps of Dave’s previous hit jazz recordings, Tale of the Fingers and Mainly Mingus (JustinTime), Mean What You Say is an independent release and a thrilling musical collaboration (as well as bass-centric jazz recording masterpiece). In addition to Dave on bass, the quartet recording also features the considerable talents of first-call trumpet genius Kevin Turcotte, as well as gifted pianist Robi Botos and dynamic drummer Frank Botos.

Well-Produced by noted award-winning bassist, composer and producer Roberto Occhipinti, Mean What You Say is comprised of material from some of the most intriguing jazz composers of the modern musical era (e.g. title-track author Thad Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Sam Jones, W.C. Handy, Bud Powell, Cole Porter and Matt Dennis) as well as original pieces by Dave Young himself. “The TRANE Studio Jazz Lounge” is located at 964 Bathurst St. (at Fallis Ave. – South of Dupont Ave.). For reservations (HIGHLY recommended) and further venue info, please call 416-913-8197, or log on to “The Trane Studio Jazz Lounge” is also a Fine Arts Gallery, and is currently exhibiting Mark Tearle’s photographic tribute: “Doug Richardson: 1937 -2007”. Nouvelle gourmet appetizer and full dinner menus (from 6:00 PM) are available. Performances will begin at 8:00 PM, and there will be a $10 Music Charge for the general public.

The eclectic, musically sophisticated and deeply swinging material on Mean What You Say includes the title track, written by legendary jazz trumpeter, arranger and bandleader Thad Jones (one third of the Pontiac, Michigan jazz dynasty that includes late drum legend Elvin and still swinging pianist Hank Jones). It’s only natural that Thad’s tune should be a feature for Kevin Turcotte’s agile and sumptuous sound while also including strong rhythmic work from Frank Botos and inspired solos from Robi Botos and Dave. “Will You Still Be Mine” comes from the late, prolific Sinatra inspired vocalist/composer Matt Dennis, and is arranged here as a jaunty, rhythmic swing with an impressive arco solo by Dave as well as more exquisite lead trumpet work from Turcotte and strong solo piano sections from Robi Botos. Innovative bass/cello genius Oscar Pettiford’s “Bohemia After Dark” is a bass-centric stand out, and one of the most appealing tracks on the CD. Of particular beauty are penultimate American tunesmith Cole Porter’s classic and moving ballads, “Every Time We Say Good-bye” and the sumptuous, more up-tempo “Dream Dancing” – both of which display the communicative sensitivity and superb musicianship of the entire quartet. Other highlights of Mean What You Say include “Celia”, by revered seminal bop pianist Bud Powell; Dave Young’s original compositions “Sandu” (which features a gorgeous pizzicato bass solo), “Minor 101” and the emotionally evocative “Last Time I Saw Her”. Also, avant-garde jazz bassist/composer Sam Jones’ progressively smooth bopper, “Seven Minds” and the gospel-tinged bass feature, “Morning Star” from jazz progenitor and rag-time king, W.C. Handy.

About Dave Young......
Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic.

As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.

One of Dave’s most beloved gigs was a five year stint (1961-66) as a member of iconic jazz guitarist Lenny Breau’s quartet. Recently, Randy Bachman’s “Guitar Archives” label has released Bourbon Street – a LIVE recording of Dave and Lenny in duo format, digitally restored and originally recorded on a primitive reel to reel at Toronto’s late, lamented jazz venue. The list of musicians with whom Dave has shared the stage is a virtual “Who’s Who” of international jazz...including the late Oscar Peterson (with whom Dave had a thirty-five year musical relationship), Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Simms, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyard, Gary Burton, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Ranee Lee, Marcus Belgrave, Don Thompson, Kenny Burrell and James Moody.

In recent years, Dave Young has released a number of excellent CDs as leader: the JUNO winning Fables and Dreams with co-leader Phil Dwyer (Justin Time Records); We Three with Phil Dwyer and Michele Lambert ( and Two by Two – Volumes 1 & 2 (1995 & 96) which featured Dave in duet performances with jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, John Hicks, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Marsalis, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Renee Rosnes, Cyrus Chestnut and Oliver Jones and the hit recordings Tale of the Fingers with Special Guest Mulgrew Miller (Justin Time), and the excellent quintet album, Mainly Mingus (Justin Time), which features Dave’s re-imaginings of the music of Charles Mingus and Horace Silver.

In addition to club appearances, touring, recording and concert/festival performance work, Dave is also a dedicated jazz educator, having taught at numerous music seminars and jazz clinics, as well as being an ongoing member of the Faculty of Music at Humber College and The University of Toronto. In the classical milieu, Dave regularly tours with clarinettist James Campbell and pianist Gene Di Novi in a successful programme of “Classical Fusion”. He also stretches both his classical and jazz chops at the annual “Festival of the Sound” in Perry Sound, Ontario, where he has been an integral part of this two-week eclectic musical event for some years.

Dave Young was recently named as a member to The Order of Canada – our country’s highest and most prestigious civilian honour. He was installed for his huge international contribution to the music world and to Canada. Dave Young is also the winner (several times over) of the prestigious National Jazz Award “Bassist of the Year”. Dave is currently performing as part of the 17-piece orchestra accompanying award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp’s latest Broadway-bound dance extravaganza: “Come Fly With Me” – The Music of Frank Sinatra. The orchestra (led by drummer/arranger Dennis Mackrel) is performing “LIVE” to vocal tracks drawn from Sinatra’s long, distinguished recording career. Vocalist Dee Daniels (also “LIVE”) adds her unique voice to the performance. The show has already received rave reviews, and will be touring major U.S. and Canadian cities prior to what promises to be a long run on The Great White Way.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Chris Botti - Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8 PM/ Massey Hall

Toronto, ON. Thursday, September 24, 2009 - The fastest selling American jazz instrumental artist, Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti first drew international attention with the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD, When I Fall In Love. Though best-known as a contemporary jazz performer, Botti’s lavish pop-infused sound and charismatic performances have earned him countless fans and recording credits that include collaborations with such notable artists as Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Sting and Andrea Bocelli. Chris Botti brings his remarkable virtuosic trumpet dexterity to the illustrious Massey Hall stage for a return engagement on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:00 pm.

A gifted instrumentalist and composer, Chris Botti has created a series of recordings which draw from the worlds of pop, jazz, classical and other genres. His instantly recognizable signature sound has garnered praise for the warmth and complexity of his tone and musical ideas, which combine a soulful ambience with naturally flowing improvisation. He has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboard Top 200), To Love Again: The Duets (2005, #1 Top Jazz Album, #18 Billboard Top 200), and Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (2006, #2 Top Jazz Album). In addition to receiving an RIAA gold-certification for When I Fall in Love and To Love Again, both produced by Bobby Colomby, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (with vocals by Sting) earned Botti a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

Botti’s association with Sting dates back to 1999, when Botti joined the music legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two years. In the studio and on stage, Chris Botti has also worked with such leading singer-songwriter/composers as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as well as renowned film composer John Barry, among others; as a sideman, he has appeared on dozens of albums, compilations and soundtracks.

Chris Botti’s latest project is Chris Botti in Boston, a visionary expansion of his first PBS pledge drive special “Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests”. Originally aired on PBS during March Pledge Week 2006, Botti’s first television special became a perennial pledge drive favourite in the US, while a DVD of that show achieved platinum status. It became a huge event on September 18 & 19, 2008, when Chris invited some of the most well-known and esteemed artists to perform with himself and the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart: Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith. This concert was recorded and is available on the Columbia Records label in CD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats.

One of the world's most popular concert attractions, Chris Botti maintains one of the busiest touring schedules monitored by the industry. Performing more than 250 concerts this past year, Chris’s 2008 concert itinerary included concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8 pm / Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time Warp returns to York U Oct 6 with Jazz Orchestra

Time Warp Jazz Orchestra brings it home to York University

Toronto, September 23, 2009: Time Warp, one of Canada’s best known and longest-running jazz ensembles, takes centre stage in a celebratory performance at York University October 6.
The Time Warp quartet was founded in 1980 by drummer Barry Elmes and bassist Al Henderson, who both studied in York’s groundbreaking jazz program. Going on to forge stellar individual careers as performers and composers, they also continued their collaboration as co-leaders of the quartet.

Today, Elmes and Henderson are leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene and Time Warp has achieved international renown. With nine CDs under its belt, extensive tours and numerous accolades (including winning the Jazz Report Award for Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year four times), the band has inspired a generation of fans.

Time Warp’s unique style and highly original repertoire reflects musical influences spanning the entire history of jazz and beyond. Known particularly for its own compositions and its fresh interpretations of the works of Duke Ellington, the ensemble has always pushed the boundaries of the genre. Long before the term "world music" was widely known, Time Warp was drawing on musical and cultural influences from around the globe, including the rhythms and harmonic structures of West African music, Japanese koto music, Hungarian folk songs, North American urban funk rhythms and New Orleans parade music, to create its distinctive sound.

All four members of Time Warp are currently on faculty in York University’s Department of Music. Professor Elmes chairs the department, Professor Henderson directs the York University Jazz Orchestra, and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet) and Kelly Jefferson (saxes) teach in the jazz program.

The quartet will be joined by 11 other leading artists to form the Time Warp Jazz Orchestra for its one-night-only performance.

Two of the guests are Time Warp alumni: saxmen Bob Brough, a charter member who played with the group throughout the ‘80s, and Mike Murley, a 15-year veteran of Time Warp and a graduate of York’s music department, where he now heads the jazz studies area.
All the other guest artists in the big band are currently teaching and/or studying in York’s music program. Saxophonists David Mott and Sundar Viswanathan, vocalist Karen Burke, trumpeter Bill Thomas, cellist Mark Chambers and trombonist Ron Westray, the newly-appointed Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance, are all full-time faculty. Cellist Matt Brubeck, guitarist Lorne Lofsky and pianist Mark Eisenman teach in the jazz program.

The orchestra’s October 6 concert will feature the world premiere performance of new arrangements for large ensemble of several favourites from the Time Warp repertoire, including “Theme for Coleman Hawkins”, “Nima na Kombo”, “Gridlock”, “Reincarnation of Rat Boy” and Henderson’s ”Ellingtonia” suite. The concert will be recorded for a future CD release.

The Time Warp Jazz Orchestra performance is a YU50 event, celebrating York University’s 50th anniversary.

What: Time Warp Jazz Orchestra

When: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30pm

Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.

Admission: $15 | students & seniors $5 
Box Office: 416.736.5888 | 

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Vincent Gagnon lance Bleu Cendre






Québec, le 23 septembre 2009 – Vincent Gagnon mène à terme un projet personnel qu'il chérit depuis deux ans : celui d'un album avec ses meilleures compositions,enregistrées selon ses standards et caprices. Le résultat est intéressant, tellement quele projet fait déjà tourner les têtes : Bleu cendre attire bourses, prix prestigieux et reconnaissance médiatique.

Sur l'album, des compositions spontanées du pianiste et de deux autres musiciens du quintette :Guillaume Bouchard et Alain Boies. Les mélodies sont interprétées avec une justesse et un swing des plus précis; ces puristes du jazz recherchent un son parfait, unique.

Présentant un judicieux choix de musiciens aux réputations solides (voir plus bas), le projet est fait sur mesure pour l'improvisation, art que le groupe maîtrise indéniablement. « L'improvisation, c'est un mode d'expression instantané, ce qui est probablement le plus proche d'un échange dans un langage universel, permettant de canaliser les émotions. » (VG) Ni plus ni moins qu'un baume pour garder la musique vivante.

Vincent est un pianiste très présent sur la scène musicale de Québec. Il est particulièrement apprécié pour ses talents d'accompagnateur sur de nombreux projets de création, notamment avec le saxophoniste André Larue. On qualifie son jeu de sensible et son style de personnel. Inspiré par plusieurs écoles, il démontre un côté impressionniste et romantique auquel s'insère une note torturée sous-jacente.

Vincent aime aussi accompagner les chanteuses. Sa plus grande inspiration est l'illustre Billie Holiday. Il lui rend hommage en soutenant ces voix féminines de Québec qu'il chérit : Lily Thibodeault, Danya Ortmann et Virginie Hamel. Parmi ses principales collaborations, nous retrouvons la vibrante Annie Poulain, amie et complice de longue date avec qui il apprécie la symbiose entre la voix, les textes et la musique.

Fasciné autant par la justesse d'une interprétation que par des textes colorés, Vincent
se plonge depuis peu dans l'univers des mots. D'abord dans des projets associant musique et littérature : Satori à Québec, Volskwagen Jazz - avec Jacques Leblanc - et Urbanitudes et autres dérives country - poésie contemporaine. Ensuite dans le projet rock de Keith Kouna, brillant compositeur et parolier atypique de la Capitale, qui fait dans les textes purement masculins. Les textes ainsi posés sur la musique l'inspirent, l'alimentent. 

Bleu cendre est moderne sans être à la mode. N'y sont préservés que les éléments les plus essentiels de la tradition du jazz. Bleu cendre met la musique devant la performance. Bleu cendre est raffiné, intelligent, accessible, original. 

Bleu cendre de Vincent Gagnon 

Vincent Gagnon (piano), 

Guillaume Bouchard (contrebasse),

François Côté (batterie),

Alain Boies (saxophones)

Invité spécial : Michel Côté (saxophone, clarinette basse, Maïkotron).

Lauréat du Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada au Festival International de Jazz de
Montréal 2009, pour la pièce Après l'une. Ce prix récompense la meilleure composition d'un groupe canadien.

Lancement à Québec le 22 septembre 2009, à Montréal le 24 septembre.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Santana's trumpeter Bill Ortiz goes solo with new album

September 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Bill Ortiz, a legendary name synonymous to San Francisco's music scene, has been receiving nothing but accolades for his debut CD, From Where I Stand, since it was released on July 12th, and he's returning to Las Vegas backing Carlos Santana for a two week stand at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, September 4th to 15th, 2009.

Bill's sweet full tone, and clear, distinctive and assertive style has made this San Francisco native one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the Bay Area Music Scene, as well as the entire west coast, for the past 25-years. From Where I Stand, features 13 original compositions that will appeal to all tastes as the disc is, as Bill states, "a diverse musical journey," that transcends his unique Neo-Soul and Nu-Jazz styles and Funk influences.

Charting on as many as 50 radio stations per week, From Where I Stand has been in frequent rotation nationwide since its release. The most authoritative national music industry magazine, Music Connection, states, "Contemporary jazz trumpet greats have a run for their money now that longtime Santana sideman Ortiz enters the urban jazz scene with this chillin', artsy yet infectious, easy grooving debut."

Nate Seltenrich of Oakland's East Bay Express states, "Despite the Santana connection, there's no Latin to be found among Ortiz's thirteen originals; he dabbles instead in jazz, soul, R&B, and even reggae, mastering each language as he goes."

Veteran Connecticut-based New Haven Advocate and The Entertainer music critic, Ed Jennings, writes on, "Right from the first note of the initial track AyeJaye, you know where you stand with your musical guide, Bill Ortiz. You are swept away on a magic carpet ride of orchestrated funk."

Bill Ortiz has been a member of Carlos Santana's touring band since 2000, landing the gig after performing on the Santana's 1999 smash single Smooth from the multi-Grammy-winning, 30-million selling smash CD, Supernatural. Ortiz also appears on the Grammy-winning single The Game of Love from Santana's 2002 release, Shaman. Carlos Santana states, "Bill articulates the beautiful language of jazz without loosing the purity and innocence of a child. It's a wonderful experience to share music every night with him."


From the sensual and scintillating jazzy opener, AyeJaye, to the rollicking Reggae infused Judgment Day, to the soulful and searing sexiness of Slip Into This and Ease My Mind, each track is, not only, a brilliant showcase of Bill's prodigal trumpet playing, but also a masterwork confirming this San Francisco musician as a compositional genius.

Music Connection Magazine's review concludes, "Ortiz crafts a set of dreamy seductions with a blend of old school, retro-soul keyboard vibes, liquid atmospheres, languid guitars, silky backing vocals and a moody lead horn vibe that is a contemporary twist on the Miles Davis Sound. While R&B is an obvious influence, Ortiz shows deeper artistic promise on the Latin/Jazz/Reggae tinged 'Judgement Day.'"

Over two and a half decades, Bill Ortiz's performing and recording credits include work with such diverse and dynamic artists as Destiny's Child, Taj Mahal, Tito Puente, Tony Toni Toné, Wayne Shorter, Michelle Branch, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Don Cherry, Quincy Jones, Beyonce' Knowles, Cachao, John McLaughlin, Todd Rundgren, Arturo Sandoval, and Boz Scaggs, to name just a few.

Bill Ortiz will be performing with Santana at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas September 4th to 15th, 2009.


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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Markham Jazz Festival and The Markham Stouffville HospitalThe Markham Jazz Festival and The Markham Stouffville Hospital

The Markham Jazz Festival and The Markham Stouffville Hospital

Markham, ON - After a hugely successful festival weekend the Markham Jazz Festival is set to donate half of the proceeds from its Silent Auction to The Markham Stouffville Hospital’s expansion project. 

The silent auction took place during the festival’s On Fire! opening night Gala at The Markham Theatre. The 25-item auction raised $1,620 in total and the festival is donating half of its proceeds, totalling $810, to the hospital. Sponsorship Director Tammy Mang says, “The Markham Stouffville Hospital plays an integral role in our community. It provides care to a community of 110,000 people and serves a population of 300,000 people. The Markham Jazz Festival is happy to contribute to their expansion efforts.”

The 12th Annual Markham Jazz Festival wrapped up on August 16th and hosted 18,000 people over the two and a half days. The main streets of Markham and Unionville were filled with riffs and melodies of jazz quartets and trios, and as the sun shone bright in the cloudless blue sky, a relaxing and enjoyable weekend was had by all.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Théâtre Centennial - Coup d'envoi jazzé pour la saison 200-2010

Heureuse combinaison : jazz et chanson française avec François Bourassa et Jeanne Rochette

Sherbrooke - La saison jazz du Théâtre Centennial s’ouvre le 26 septembre 2009 sur un spectacle enlevant et réjouissant de la jeune chanteuse d’origine française Jeanne Rochette avec le pianiste jazz bien connu François Bourassa et trois de ses musiciens. Des chansons à savourer par cette jeune artiste découverte à Magog en 2008 alors qu’elle recevait le Prix du Jury du concours intitulé « Découvertes de la chanson de Magog ». Ce spectacle est le premier de la série Jazz etc, donc la dernière chance de s’abonner à 5 grands spectacles pour 80$. Les autres artistes invités sont : Harry Manx le 24 octobre, Michael Kaeshammer le 4 décembre, le Christine Jensen Big Band le 20 février et le François Richard Nouvel Orchestra le 24 mars 2010.

Arrivée il y a cinq ans au Québec après avoir joué dans les café concerts de Paris pendant plusieurs temps, l’auteur-compositrice-interprète Jeanne Rochette s’est vite attelée à la tâche en arrivant au Québec pour jouer dans les bars et festivals dédiés au jazz (Le Off du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM), le FIJM, le Upstairs, et maints autres endroits. Avec François Bourassa, elle se démarque par son approche multi-genres et par une présence de scène dynamique et charmante à la fois. Sa formation en théâtre la sert parfaitement : elle a de l’énergie à revendre, s’exprime avec esprit et humour et propose des chansons qui swinguent sur des textes désarçonnants.

Quant à François Bourassa, nul besoin de le présenter après 25 ans de carrière en jazz. Avec le prix Oscar Peterson du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal en 2007, le Prix Opus de l’album jazz en 2008 pour Rasstones, il s’aventure aujourd’hui sur un terrain heureux qui marie son jazz raffiné à de la superbe chanson française.


Les billets sont en vente au guichet, 819-822-9692. Pour plus de renseignements, on consulte le site du Centennial :

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3e Festival de Jazz de Québec Québec sous le signe de la note bleue !

Québec – Le Festival de jazz de Québec (FJQ), présenté du 23 au 27 septembre 2009, promet de placer la ville de Québec sous le signe de la note bleue ! Pour sa troisième année, le FJQ poursuit sur sa lancée d'événement jazz le plus important à l'Est de Montréal en présentant près de 70 spectacles, regroupant plus de 200 artistes d'ici, du Canada, des États-Unis et du Brésil, dans 13 lieux de diffusion. Jazz nomade, jazz fusion, bossa nova, new jazz, jazz ambulant, voilà une programmation des plus diversifiées qui saura plaire au connaisseur comme au néophyte.

Le sympathique Gino Ste-Marie, président et directeur général du Festival de jazz de Québec, est très fier de la 3e cuvée de l'événement : « Le Festival poursuit sa mission qui est de mettre en valeur le grand talent des artistes d'ici, de présenter des artistes de calibre international et d'être ouvert sur les tendances. De plus, le jazz reprend sa place à l'Hôtel le Clarendon, rayonne vers de nouveaux horizons (Jules & Jim, Cinéma Cartier, Le Cercle, etc.) et continue de briller au Palais Montcalm. Nous souhaitons que tous ces lieux se laissent prendre au jazz et le diffusent toute l'année.»

Du jazz partout et pour tous !

Pas moins de 13 lieux de diffusion présenteront du jazz: le Palais Montcalm (ainsi que son Café-spectacles), le Largo, Le Cercle, la Scène Belle Gueule - Pub Saint-Alexandre, l'Hôtel Clarendon, le bar Sainte-Angèle, le Théâtre de la Bordée, le Cinéma Cartier, le bar Jules & Jim, le Boudoir Lounge et les rues Saint-Jean et Saint-Joseph qui verront défiler des musiciens ambulants.

Du jazz de haut niveau au Palais Montcalm

Les amateurs savent déjà qu'ils seront servis avec le Volet Prestige présenté en collaboration avec la Société du Palais Montcalm. En plus du légendaire McCoy TynerEliane Elias, du jazz fusion avec Allan Holdsworth, du jazz manouche avec les Frères Ferré, Michel Donato et Alain Jean-Marie et du new jazz avec le brillant et électrisant Christian Scott. auquel revient l'honneur de clore le 3e FJQ, on pourra entendre également la bossa nova de la brésilienne

La Série jazz instrumental au Largo

Le Largo poursuit sa mission de Maison du jazz à Québec. Le resto et club de jazz le plus prestigieux de la Capitale-Nationale offre une programmation lumineuse. En pré-ouverture, le 22 septembre à 17h, un double lancement d'albums de formations québécoises très prometteuses : Jazz Culture Club et Vincent Gagnon (tous deux chez Effendi Records). Se succéderont au cours du Festival la pianiste virtuose Lorraine Desmarais (23 septembre), André Leroux (24 septembre), un des plus grands saxophonistes canadiens qui présentera un spectacle inspiré par l'oeuvre de John Coltrane, l'imprévisible trio Derome/Guilbeault/Tanguay (25 septembre), Sylvain Provost (26 septembre), l'un des plus grands guitaristes du Québec qui présente son nouvel album, et pour terminer, le saxophoniste David Binney en quartette, avec Brian Blade à la batterie (27 septembre) : l'un des musiciens les plus dynamiques et acclamés de la scène jazz actuelle et gagnant du plus récent Downbeat Critics Poll.

La Série jazz d'à côté au Cercle

Le Cercle, nouvelle scène du 3e FJQ, frappe fort en pré-ouverture avec Jay-Jay Johanson, légende et précurseur du trip hop. Suivront le Jazz Culture Club (23 septembre) et l'Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (24 septembre), 8 cuivres qui sauront faire lever la foule : après plusieurs festivals prestigieux, c'est au FJQ qu'ils font leur première apparition dans la Capitale Nationale. Le 25 septembre, on aura droit à une soirée exploratoire qui repousse les frontières du jazz avec Dan Thouin, Jocelyn Tellier et Jim Doxas suivi du Brian Hurley Quartet (présenté en collaboration avec L'Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal). Le Normand Guilbeault Ensemble en compagnie de Karen Young, avec son fameux Hommage à Mingus, assurera le spectacle du samedi 26 septembre.

La Scène Belle Gueule au Pub Saint-Alexandre

Une Série jazz & groove qui vous fera bouger ! Impossible de rester immobile avec le André Larue Elektrik Band (24 septembre), qui propose un funk revisité et des interprétations The Beatles, Zappa et Hendrix. Artillerie Lourde (25 septembre) poursuit le bal avec un swing manouche contagieux, suivi par Tribop (27 septembre), un trio saxophone - orgue - batterie qui fait revivre le jazz des années '50. -GRATUIT-

La Série les voix du jazz à l'Hôtel Le Clarendon

Des voix pour charmer et se laisser emporter ! La série débute avec Jessica Vigneault le 23 septembre et se poursuit avec Annie Poulain (24 septembre) et Marie-Noëlle Claveau (25 septembre), ces deux dernières étant lauréates du Gala de la musique de Québec. Le Clarendon reçoit deux chanteurs, Danya Ortmann et Renaud Paquet (26 septembre), et le KJK (collectif jazz de Québec) vient clore cette série consacrée aux voix le 27 septembre avec son spectacle 'Vive la France !', lequel propose des relectures jazzées des plus belles chansons françaises. -GRATUIT-

Et encore plus de jazz !

La Capitale-Nationale sera littéralement envahie par le jazz ! Le Jules & Jim présente la Série Jazz intimiste (Duo Gilles Bernard/Pierre Côté, Duo Danya Ortmann/Jasmin Cloutier, Duo André Larue/Daniel Marcoux, Duo Jonathan Hains/Simon Lévesque, Duo Danielle Viens/Pierre Côté), le Bar Sainte-Angèle, la Série Jazz in the Night (Jean-Luc Thibeault Quartet, Christian Proteau Quartet, Quartette Janis Steprans, Trio Sainte-Angèle) et le Boudoir Lounge, la Série Note bleue, rythmes chauds (Comité Trio, Son Cubano, André Larue Elektrik Band). De plus, des groupes de musiciens ambulants animeront les rues Saint-Jean et Saint-Joseph pendant l'événement.

Le Festival de jazz de Québec tient à remercier ses partenaires majeurs la Bière Belle Gueule, la Société du Palais Montcalm, Eau de source naturelle Saint-Élie, Largo, Pointcomm, Place Ste-Foy, Première Ovation, Patrimoine Canada, La Télévision de Radio-Canada à Québec, Rock Détente 107,5 et Voir Québec ainsi que ses partenaires Teksho, Stein Monast, Imprimerie Nicober, le Soleil et Québec-Scope.

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ORNETTE COLEMAN - Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM / Massey Hall


Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM / Massey Hall

$89.50 - $69.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON. -- Fifty years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the world of jazz with The Shape of Jazz to Come, a groundbreaking album whose influence has been felt by virtually every jazz musician. Coleman has always sought that most prized quality in jazz: freedom. His profound artistry was recognized in 2007 with both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. His music continues to resonate powerfully, thanks to his deeply memorable concert at Massey Hall in 2005. “There are concerts in the world of jazz, plenty of concerts, and then there are events. Ornette Coleman’s appearance in Toronto was both.” --The Globe & Mail

Ornette Coleman is a jazz revolutionary. In the 1960s, he ignored regular harmonies and rhythms, and in the 1970s he applied to rock instrumentation his “harmolodic” theory with his group, Prime Time. The result was an influential jazz/rock/funk/ethnic musical sound with all melodies treated equally, that blew the minds of jazz fans world-wide.

When he started in the 1950s, Coleman changed the standard jazz practice in which musicians have performance autonomy. His new mode encompassed that “no one player has the lead; anyone can come out with it at any time.” In the early 1960s, Coleman took a couple of years off from the stage to focus on learning other instruments like the trumpet and violin. He returned in the mid 1960s with new works for these instruments and ensembles traditionally considered “classical” – wind quintets, large chamber ensembles, and vocalists. While he continued musical partnerships with Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell, and tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, he rarely performed with a regular band. He also played with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, drummer Elvin Jones, and Yoko Ono, whose 1968 performance with Coleman’s band is documented on her 1970 Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band.

Skies of America was written by Coleman in 1972, a long work for orchestra recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. This album introduced his “harmolody” theory. In 1987, Coleman released In All Languages, featuring a guest appearance by Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, a fan of Coleman’s. Coleman continued experimenting for various instrumentations and ensembles, mixing acoustic with electric. In the 1990s, his music was re-discovered by modern jazz fans. In 1993 Coleman’s monumental Atlantic recordings were released in a CD box set, Beauty Is a Rare Thing. In 1997, Coleman was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Also that year New York’s Lincoln Center hosted a festival of his work featuring a performance of Skies of America by the New York Philharmonic and the surviving members of Prime Time. He continues performing and experimenting in an art form he completely changed.

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL Sponsored by TD Canada Trust

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The NAC 2009-10 Manhattan on the Rideau jazz masterclass series begins with pianist Jason Moran on Sept. 22

Ottawa, Canada – The National Arts Centre’s 2008-2009 “Manhattan on the Rideau” series of four jazz masterclasses begins on Tuesday, September 22 with legendary jazz pianist Jason Moran at the NAC’s Fourth Stage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Manhattan on the Rideau links leading jazz faculty members of Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with accomplished music students at the National Arts Centre. The sessions use the very latest in broadband videoconference technology to connect teachers and students in real time with high fidelity audio and video. The series is produced by NAC New Media as part of the Hexagon Project in association with MSM.

Manhattan on the Rideau continues with vibraphonist Stefon Harris on November 10; vocalist/ composer Theo Bleckmann on February 9; and vocalist/composer Peter Eldridge on April 6. All four free masterclasses are from 12 noon to 14:00 and take place in the NAC’s Fourth Stage.

A masterclass is a one-on-one lesson in which a master musician teaches a selected student or ensemble under the watchful eyes of fellow students and members of the public. The audience can learn from the master along with the talented student in the spotlight. Each masterclass involves 2 to 3 students in succession followed by questions-and-answers. Jason Moran will teach students from Toronto’s Humber College, the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and the Music Faculty at the University of Toronto.

Jason Moran was born in 1975 in Houston, Texas, and began studying piano at age 6. His aspirations and talents eventually led him to New York City where he continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music to study with pianist Jaki Byard, a jazz leftist who became Moran’s teacher for four years and a role model for life. Since 1997, Moran has been a fixture in Greg Osby’s touring and recording bands. Moran made his professional recording debut on Osby’s 1997 Blue Note CD, Further Ado, which brought him to the attention of Blue Note executives who signed the pianist to his own record deal shortly thereafter.

Moran has performed as a sideman with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lee Konitz, Von Freeman, Ravi Coltrane, and Stefon Harris. Rolling Stone proclaimed Moran “the most provocative thinker in current jazz,” and he topped the Down Beat Critics Poll in three categories in 2003 and 2004. He has been lecturer/instructor at Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark’s’ Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Skidmore and Manhattan School of Music.

The NAC’s Hexagon project supports education outreach activities by leveraging next-generation networks like Canada’s CA*net4 ( and Internet2 ( in the United States as well as regional high speed networks throughout the world. The NAC’s broadband infrastructure includes state-of-the-art optical network access in all its performance spaces as well as on-site videoconference and audio-video production facilities. Hexagon projects include tele-mentoring sessions with master teachers in music, theatre and dance..

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MJF - Solveig Barber

The Markham Jazz Festival 2009
Solveig Barber

Markham, ON-Local Markham resident and acclaimed vocalist Solveig Barber performs on her town’s Main Street on Sunday, August 16th with the 12th Annual Markham Jazz Festival.

Norwegian born singer and actress Solveig Barber grew up in Canada where she developed her musical talents. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company and in upscale nightclubs throughout Ontario and Quebec. She has appeared on television, in movies and has even traveled to the Far East to entertain our Armed Forces. Currently, she performs with the vocal group The Canadian Singers, and as a soloist or with an ensemble for private and special events. She is performing twice with the Markham Jazz Festival this year, first on Sunday August 9th for a promotional concert at Markville Shopping Centre, a silver sponsor of the festival, and then as a quartet with local jazz musician Larry Bond and his trio on Sunday, August 16th on Main Street Markham.

The Markham Jazz Festival runs from August 14th-16th, 2009 and is one of the town’s most notable events, attracting thousands from across Ontario to the picturesque main streets of Markham and Unionville. With over 20 performers on four stages, plus many “hot spots” (local bars and restaurants who book their own acts under the umbrella of the Markham Jazz Festival), this year’s festival is sure to provide “cool” sounds for all fans of great music!Solveig Barber

When: Sunday, August 9th 2009
Location: Markville Shopping Centre
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
When: Sunday, August 16th 2009
Location: Main Street Markham
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber Music America Announces $253,000 in Grants to Jazz Ensembles

CMA announces $253,000 in grantS to JAZZ ensembles

for the creation and development of new work

Twelve U.S. jazz ensembles to receive support

NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2009)—Chamber Music America (CMA), celebrating its 32nd year of service to ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of 12 grants through CMA's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program. The grantees were selected in June by an independent, five-member panel of professional jazz musicians. CMA received 161 applications from jazz ensembles in 16 states.

Made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New Jazz Works supports the creation and performance of new works by professional U. S. jazz ensembles, funds activities that extend the life of the work, and encourages the development of career-related business skills. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided support to more than 132 jazz ensembles.

"We're delighted to be offering the New Jazz Works program," said Margaret M. Lioi, chief executive officer of Chamber Music America, "not only because of the new compositions it is supporting, but also because of the opportunities for professional development it will foster for composers over the three-year grant period. More than ever, creative artists need to be competent administrators and promoters of their own work. CMA is grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for its generosity in making the program possible, and we look forward to working closely with these exceptional musicians over the next several years."

Grantees and their Projects

Rez Abbasi Group (New York, NY) In Motherland, Abassi will draw from indigenous Pakistani music and his experiences as a Pakistani-American to create a work for his quartet—guitar, piano, bass, and drum set—and a guest vocalist.

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Yonkers, NY) ElSaffar's piece for sextet will integrate a harmonic language based on the intervals of the Maqam, a system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music; alternative tunings; a melodic and rhythmic template, and improvisation. The piece will feature voice, trumpet, alto saxophone, santour, oud, buzuq, violin, bass, dumbek, frame drum, and drum set.

John Escreet Project (New York, NY) Escreet explores his interest in the relation between speech and music with a new work that looks into the compositional possibilities of multiple, simultaneous speech tracks. His ensemble includes alto saxophone, trumpet, electronics, piano, bass, and drum set.

Ellery Eskelin and Different But the Same (New York, NY) Eskelelin plans a work in which the instrumentalists will improvise as composers, rather than simply playing solos in a pre-composed piece. Instrumentation includes tenor saxophones, bass, and drum set.

Joel Harrison Group (Brooklyn, NY) Harrison draws from the formal concepts of Charles Ives, John Adams, Oliver Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Aarvo Pärt to construct densely textured suite for alto saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, hajini, dejmbe, frame drum, and drum set.

John Hollenbeck and The Claudia Quintet (New York, NY) Suite Lorrainebased loosely on structures, melodies, and harmonies of select jazz standards—will feature polyrhythms, sonic "tapestries," and rhythmic counterpoint. The piece will be scored for clarinet, tenor saxophone, accordion, vibraphone, bass, piano, percussion, and drum set.

Jason Kao Hwang and Edge (Jersey City, NJ) Jason Kao Hwang will sequence written notation and improvisations, creating "a musical landscape through which each instrument, as a character, will journey." Instrumentation: cornet/flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, violin/viola, erhu, pipa, bass, and drum set.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet (Brooklyn, NY) Gamak is planned as a multi-movement work for alto saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum set. Mahanthappa will explore melodic ornamentation, alternative tunings, and rhythm beat cycles derived from Indian, African, and Indonesian music in a jazz context.

Ole Mathisen and F.F.E.A.R. (New York, NY) Mathisen conceives Mirage as a multi-movement work built on unusual meter, tempo, and micro-tonal relationships. As the title suggests, the piece is meant to project the illusion that the quartet (saxophones, clarinet, trombone, bass, and drum set) is part of a much larger group of instruments.

Josh Moshier and Moshier/Lebrun Collective (Evanston, IL) For a work inspired by Studs Terkel's memoir Touch and Go, the composer will utilize both sequenced song and through-composition in five self-contained songs. The work will be scored for tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.

Mario Pavone and Orange Double Tenor Ensemble (Prospect, CT) In anticipation of his 70th birthday, Pavone will compose a polyrhythmic work for sextet that alternates composed sections with structured and open improvised sections. The five-part suite will feature tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, piano, bass, and drum set.

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures (Maplewood, NJ) Yeyi: A Wordless Psalm of Protypical Vibrations is envisioned as a 12-part suite for six multi-instrumental improvisers. The work will investigate rhythm themes, thematic melodies based on intervallic materials and develop Rudolph's "Cyclic Verticalism" and prototypical signal rhythm patterns. Instrumentation includes winds (B-flat and bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bansuri, hichiriki, shakuhachi, bass, C and alto flute, cornet, flugelhorn, and kuduhorn), strings (guitars, oud, banjo, dotar, and sintir), and percussion (djembe, dumbek, tarija, cajon, bata, conga, thumb piano, bender, qarqaba, gongs, slit drum, marimbula, udu drum, caxixi, achimevu, and drum set).

Chamber Music America was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Visit

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Carolyn Fe sings the blues at Petit Campus, Aug. 26

An Evening of Great Blues with Carolyn Fe

August 26 at Petit Campus

MONTREAL, July 2009 Carolyn Fe will be in top form on Wednesday, August 26 at Petit Campus, performing songs from her current EP Carolyn Fe 100%. Songs from the recording have been getting airplay on 97.7 CHOM FM's Black Cat Alley with Randy Renaud and 91.9 FM Planète Jazz, as well as on online radio stations. On both and, her songs remain in the Top 5 of their hit list.

Stretching her versatility to the max, Carolyn Fe, produces only original material with phrasing that at once evokes Janis Joplin begging for love, the hard-core, in-your-face strength of Tina Turner or the dreamy allure of Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. Until now, fans have enjoyed Carolyn Fe in a duo or trio format but this time, Carolyn Fe rocks the house with a full band. Fans will be in for a full out Blues treat. She is backed by veteran musicians who've played with the likes of Percy Sledge, Freddie James and Carol Franklin (Aretha's sister).

Carolyn is thrilled to be playing Petit Campus after having to cancel various shows in June and July due to illness, including playing before an audience of 5000 at a fundraiser for Cancer at Parc de Maisonneuve, a recent show celebrating 2009 Martin Luther King Award Winner Ethel Bruneau at Bourbon St. West, and various festivals and gigs around Quebec.

What they had to say about Carolyn Fe:

"It's been a really long time since I've listened to Black Cat Alley and let me tell you, with this recession and job cuts happening everywhere, a good does of the blues really chases the clouds away. I'm sitting here in the middle of a mess of boxes and cannot get a tune out of my head. I checked CHOM's website and playlist. Indigo Heat, by Carolyn Fe is an amazing song. This lady has a haunting voice. I hope you play more of her songs in your upcoming shows."- Alison

"I saw this lady play live a couple of months ago doing an acoustic gig at a small bar on Bishop Street. She has quite a stage presence and pipes to back it up. It's a pleasant surprise to hear her on air. Please keep playing her songs. Long Live CHOM's Black Cat Alley!" – Max

"Il y a quelques jours que mes amis m'avaient suggéré d'acheter le CD de Carolyn Fe, chanteuse de blues Montréalaise. Je n'étais pas sûr car je ne la connaissais pas. Maintenant que tu me l'as introduit via Black Cat Alley, je suis certaine que mon achat ne serait pas perdu. Merci beaucoup de l'avoir introduit cette dame avec une voix onctueuse. C'est toujours un plaisir d'entendre du blues qui est très près de nous ici à Montréal." -Mélanie

"Last night during your show, Black Cat Alley, you played a female artist. I've never heard of her before. Caroline Fe? What a smoky voice she has! Can you play more of her tunes?" –Alain

Carolyn is a talented performer who wears many hats: actress, singer and producer (more info: As a singer, Carolyn co-founded the band DD Swank ( and fronted for them under the pseudonym of Mama B, singing in French, English and Spanish. Through song, the band told stories of the life of DD Swank, the elusive lady of the early 1900s. However the urge to do something on her own tugged strongly at her heartstrings.

With influences as diverse as Tom Waits, Patsy Cline and Blind Lemon, it is no surprise that Carolyn Fe's singing style reflects a wide range of genres, all of which she effortlessly slides into, seamlessly morphing from the sweet purity of a Holly Cole to the raunchy rock and roll edge of Tina Turner. Her acting experience gives her the unique ability to infuse lyrics with highly charged emotions. Likely a left-over from her days as a hoofer, Carolyn Fe truly marches to her own beat, with percussion taking the lead in her unconventional treatment of music, able to transform a gospel into steamy jazz or fusing native and blues rhythms.

What, When, Where:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur St. East

Doors open at 8pm

Tickets: 8$ advanced sales, 10$ at the door (plus taxes and service charge)

Tickets can be purchased directly at Petit Campus Box Office (you can save a few dollars on the service charge), 514 844-1010 or

At Admissions:, 514 790-1245

The EP, Carolyn Fe 100%, is available at Archambault Musique store on Berri and Ste. Catherine in the blues section or can be ordered online at The EP will be on sale at the show for 7$ each.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Roberta Gambarini's new album So In Love

Celebrated Singer Roberta Gambarini Affirms Her Status as One of the Most Important Vocalists Today with the Release of ‘So In Love’ out on Groovin’ High/Emarcy on August 25, 2009

Every once in a while, a truly great singer comes along who possesses the beauty, individuality and talent to remind us of the magic and majesty of the human voice: that singer is Roberta Gambarini, celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics and many of the world’s greatest musicians.

With the August 25, 2009 release of ‘SO IN LOVE,’ Roberta Gambarini affirms her status as the “true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae” (Boston Globe) and “the best singer to emerge in over 60 years,” as declared by 2009 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Mr. Hank Jones.

Mr. Jones, the legendary pianist who accompanied Roberta Gambarini’s 2008 major label debut, ‘You Are There,’ a superb follow-up to Gambarini’s GRAMMY-nominated debut, ‘Easy to Love,’ knows a thing or two about great vocalists – he has accompanied almost all of the most renowned vocalists of the 2oth century such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole, and Billy Eckstine.

Roberta didn’t set out to call the new album ‘So In Love,’ but looking back at the song list after the recording, she realized that the “album is all about love: the love between a man and a woman, the love of song, children, and most of all, the love of life.”

As Roberta explains, she rarely goes into the studio with a “concept,” instead she says that she tries “to let the songs come out of a balance between life experience and reflection,” capturing the music I feel in the moment.”

Joining her in this adventurous journey is a group of “exceptionally talented, sensitive, and sympathetic musicians,” who are long-time supporters, friends, and collaborators of Roberta since her arrival in the States from Torino, Italy: James Moody; Roy Hargrove; Tamir Hendelman; Eric Gunnison; Gerald Clayton; Chuck Berghofer; Neil Swainson; George Mraz; Jake Hanna; Al Foster; Montez Coleman; and Jeff Hamilton.

Recorded by Al Schmitt at the legendary Capitol Studios, with Roberta arranging all but two of the tracks, ‘So In Love’ is dedicated to the loving memory of her dear friends, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Mathews, and David “Fathead” Newman.

‘SO IN LOVE’ Track List:

1. So In Love (Cole Porter)

2. Day In Day Out (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer)

3. Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)

4. Crazy (Willie Nelson)

5. That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)

6. Estate (Bruno Martino/Bruno Brighetti)

7. Golden Slumbers / Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)

8. I See Your Face Before Me (Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz)

9. From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

10. You Must Believe In Spring (M. Le Grand/J. Demy/A. Bergman/M. Bergman)

11. This Is Always (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon)

12. You Ain't Nothing But a JAMF (Johnny Griffin/lyrics by Roberta Gambarini)

13. Medley from "Cinema Paradiso": Main Theme/For Elena (Ennio Morricone/Andrea Morricone/ English lyrics by A. Stewart)

14. Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)

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