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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...


Martin Antaya

Born in Montreal, Québec, Canada in 1971, Martin Antaya started learning piano and guitar from the age of 8. He pursued classical as well as jazz studies in musical institutions such as McGill's conservatory (theory), St-Laurent college (classical piano with Anne-Marie Gendron, jazz piano with Lorraine Desmarais, jazz arrangement with André Beaudry, classical guitar with André Roy) and Université de Montréal (instrumental composition with composer André Prévost). He seldomly makes public prestations, as he devotes his life mainly to contemporary and jazz composition, integrating both written and improvised music. He founded the Martin Martinsky Trio in 2008, composing and playing guitar, with band members Denis Monette (drums) and Olivier Labrecque (bass), who was replaced for the unique public performance in october 2008 by double-bassist Frédéric Alarie. From 2010 to 2019, he was working in a group improvisation public performances project at the A.M.I.C./C.A.I.M (Alternative Musical Improvisation Center/ Centre Alternatif d'Improvisation Musicale) with music school-master, teacher and composer Alain-Jacques Coutu.


Aurélien TOMASI

Based in Montreal, Aurélien TOMASI is an active reed player in Montreal scene


Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

Read "Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...


Sonia Johnson

Les Productions Sonia Johnson, headquartered in Montreal, produced its first CD, Don’t explain in 2005 with the help of a grant from the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse [the Montreal Mayor’s Foundation for Youth]. The artist garnered critical acclaim for her first release. This first production allowed the jazz vocalist to gain recognition in her artistic field and new collaborations arose, such as her participation in Frédéric Alarie’s project Sous Hôte Tension part of the 2006 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Sharing a common vision of jazz music, Frédéric and Sonia decided to explore composing together, and were then joined by pianist Luc Beaugrand and drummer Camil Belisle


King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis

Read "King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis" reviewed by John Kelman

King Crimson 2019 Celebration Tour Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Canada Théâtre St-Denis, Montréal, Canada September 14 & 17, 2019 After covering six shows including two 2014 dates in San Francisco, another two 2015 shows in Montréal, and single, back-to-back 2017 performances in Montréal and Toronto, perhaps the biggest question is:


Montreal Pianist Andrés Vial To Release "Gang Of Three," His 5th Album As A Leader, On October 4

Montreal Pianist Andrés Vial To Release "Gang Of Three," His 5th Album As A Leader, On October 4

Gang of Three, the stunning new album of originals by jny: Montreal pianist Andres Vial (pronounced Vee-al) and his fifth as a leader, was written over a two-year period marked by major life events—becoming a first-time father, and returning to university to complete a Master’s degree in jazz piano. It will be released October 4 on ...


Festival International De Jazz De Montreal 2019

Read "Festival International De Jazz De Montreal 2019" reviewed by Wendy Ross

Festival International De Montreal De Jazz Various Venues Montreal June 29-July 1, 2019  Billed as the largest Jazz festival in the world, the International Festival de Montreal de jazz has over its 40 years presented some 16,000 concerts with thousands of artists from all over the world. The ...


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...


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