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Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large franco-ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. During his youth, he led an active musical life that included classical piano competitions, rock bands and high school concert and stage bands. He also composed music for several theater productions. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical trumpet at the University of Ottawa in 1981. His interest in jazz led him to the Berklee School of Music, then to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1987. Since then he has lived in Montreal and has been active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader

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Kris Tokarski Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Kris Tokarski Trio The Jazz Corner A Tribute To Lester Young And Pee Wee Russell Hilton Head Island, SC January 18 and 19, 2019 Kris Tokarski is a dedicated young pianist keeping the New Orleans and Chicago jazz traditions alive in a modern sophisticated style. His return to ...

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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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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

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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 ...

Unfamiliar Surroundings

Label: Perry Lake Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1 -- October Suite (Prelude / Off Kilter / Let’s Go); Suite Laurentides (The Grackle / Nightfall / Unfamiliar Surroundings). Disc 2 -- Suite Montage ( The Waiting Game / A Lullaby / Montage #3 / The Captain’s Log / Refuge).

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Joe Sullivan Big Band: Unfamiliar Surroundings

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Unfamiliar Surroundings, a well-designed two-CD set by trumpeter Joe Sullivan's all-star ensemble from north of the border, consists of three disparate suites, two on Disc 1, the other on Disc 2. If the surroundings seem unfamiliar, the music is not, as it honors the legendary bellwethers of the Big Band Era without echoing any of them. ...

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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Montreal International Jazz Festival has just concluded its 38th year. I've been fortunate to have attended more than 30 of them and this year ranked among the best. I've covered the event as a photographer for All About Jazz since 2011. The festival is a total music immersion experience presenting some 600 concerts over the ...

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KMJO: Common Ground

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KMJO is shorthand for the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Common Ground is the third recording by the splendid Toronto-based group, following the well-received Deep Shadows (2011) and Family Suite for Large Ensemble (2012). This time around, the orchestra performs compositions by MacDonald arranged by one of Canada's premier co-pilots, Joe Sullivan. The ...

Whisky Jack Waltz

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Khivan Adventure; Lonely Roads; Get Lost; A Lullaby; Le Bash; Stealth; Whiskey Jack Waltz; The Gloves Are Off!; The Good Doctor.

Northern Ontario Suite

Label: Perry Lake Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Plus ca Change; Mambo #6; Northern Ontario Suite (Ionosphere / May Run Boogaloo / Tiger Lily / Super City Shuffle / Voices / Abitibi Breeze); Later Joe.


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