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Francois Bourassa

Piano, composition | Over nearly three decades, François Bourassa has built many musical mansions. As pianist, composer and bandleader, he long ago became an international example of Canada’s contemporary jazz scene. A model of both consistency and evolution, he continues to challenge himself, his talented musical partners and his ever-widening community of listeners. Bourassa was born in Montreal on September 26, 1959. Initially inspired to play piano by his mother’s example, he put the instrument aside for five years in favor of the guitar. “Even as a teenager I was passionate about music,” he recalls

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Francois Bourassa Quartet: Number 9

Read "Number 9" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Number 9 è il titolo del nono album a proprio nome del pianista e band leader di Montreal Francois Bourassa, alla testa del suo classico quartetto, ormai attivo da oltre diciotto anni, che lo vede a fianco del multistrumentista André Leroux, del contrabbassista Guy Boisvert e del batterista Greg Ritchie. La formazione propone un ...

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On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 22018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Various Venues, Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2018 Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

Number 9

Label: Effendi Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Carla und Karlheinz; 5 and Less; Frozen; Past Ich; Lostage; 18 Rue de l’Hotel de Ville; Beignes.

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Francois Bourassa Quartet Releases "Number 9" on Effendi Records

Francois Bourassa Quartet Releases "Number 9" on Effendi Records

Featuring Francois Bourassa (piano, compositions), André Leroux (saxophones), Guy Boisvert (bass) & Greg Ritchie (drums) Available October 27 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos) Award-winning, critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Francois Bourassa’s new album—Number 9, his ninth album of all original music, dropping on October 27, 2017 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos), features his Quartet of ...

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Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Suoni Per Il Popolo La Sala Rossa Montréal, Canada June 2-19, 2016 The final weekend of the 16th Suoni Per Il Popolo featured several notable performances by jazz-based artists: Myra Melford and Francois Bourassa; Luc Ex's Assemblee; and The Thing, with guest James Blood Ulmer. The program by pianists ...

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Julie Lamontagne: Opusjazz

Read "Julie Lamontagne: Opusjazz" reviewed by Robert J. Lewis

Julie LamontagneOpusjazzJustin Time Records2012From her earliest years, pianist Julie Lamontagne was immersed in classical music, but after attending a concert by the great Oliver Jones, she switched to jazz in her mid- to late teens. However, her musical mother tongue and first love remains classical, to which she ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 23-25, 2011 2011 represents something of a gamble--and no shortage of controversy--for the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival. After a financial loss in 2010 that wasn't especially large in relative terms, but was nevertheless significant, the ...


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