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Alex Bellegarde

Energetic player, composer and Grand Jazz Award winner at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 26th ed, Alex Bellegarde creates music drawn from a wealth of sources. He heads a number of formations and participates in a range of projects: jazz, Latin music and multidisciplinary. With several albums to his credit, he is also a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. A well-known figure on Montreal's jazz scene, he hosts a 'killer' weekly jam session that draws promising talents and renowned jazz musicians from near and afar. A much sought-after Latin bassist when local Cuban players or latin stars from out of town need the right sound, he has played at special events with artists from the US and Cuba : Candido Camero, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Edwin Bonilla, Chiquitin and Caridad Cruz. Master of improv, Alex Bellegarde has performed in a wealth of projects from theatre, film, poetry and dance to multimedia


Article: Album Review

Fat Kid Big Band: New Beginnings

Read "New Beginnings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Note to Montreal's Fat Kid Big Band: If you really want to make a favorable first impression on your audience, move the opening track on New Beginnings, “Bustin' My Ass," and replace it with any of the album's five instrumental numbers. Nothing personal, and no disrespect meant to singer Othniel PF, but why would a big ...


Article: Album Review

Tomisheep: Rhodes Trip

Read "Rhodes Trip" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tamas Barany studied for eight years at the Bela Bartok Music Academy in his native Hungary and in 2004 was appointed a Knight in the Order of Saint George (Eastern Europe's oldest chivalric order, established in 1326), an appointment he accepted as a pianist, accompanied by an oath to protect the origins of traditional Hungarian music.


Article: From the Inside Out

Sing it Out to Swing it Out!

Read "Sing it Out to Swing it Out!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Through samples and loops, vocalese accompaniment within a chorus, harmony behind a verse, or a featured vocalist singing standard verses and choruses, the human voice brings a warm commonality to music from almost every space and time, including these six new and recent releases. Joe Cuba A Man & His Music--El Alcalde ...


News: Performance / Tour

Bassist Alex Bellegarde to Perform at the National Jazz Awards on April 8th, 2008 in Toronto.

Bassist Alex Bellegarde to Perform at the National Jazz Awards on April 8th, 2008 in Toronto.

'Canadian jazz artists, festival organizers, journalists, broadcasters and enthusiasts will gather to pay tribute to their own at the Seventh Annual National Jazz Awards on April 8, 2008' 'The National Jazz Awards, presented by Galaxie, CBC's Continuous Music Network and generously supported by FACTOR, salutes “The Next Generation". Executive Director, Bill King has assembled an amazing ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Bellegarde Quartet: Caminando

Read "Caminando" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Strano connubio, quello tra il freddo Canada e la calda Cuba. Ma il jazz ci ha abituato ad abbinamenti ben più estrosi e del resto la contaminazione è nella natura stessa di questa musica. Dedicato alla memoria del contrabbasista Kaspar Crumby Bey, meglio noto come Skip Bey, Caminando è un album canadese (o forse sarebbe meglio ...


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