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Josh Rager

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Josh is a pianist, arranger, composer, and teacher based in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his 15 year career he has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and North America. In 2005 he was nominated for the Prix du Festival at the Montreal International Jazz festival. In 2007 he played at Carnegie Hall with Nikky Yanofsky appearing also on her Juno nominated debut DVD/CD “Ella…I swing of thee”. In 2009 he received a commission from The European Broadcasting Union to compose a jazz suite for two pianos entitled “Menuet and Duo” which was recorded by CBC at its premiere in Montreal at Pollack Hall and broadcast internationally

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On the Night Bus

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Frou Frou; Person Mcfurson; Chili; The Writer; Off-Kilter; Not Approved; Scuffle; On the Night Bus; In Waiting; 4 am Shuffle.

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Article: Album Review

Stephen Menold: On the Night Bus

Read "On the Night Bus" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stephen Menold's ride On the Night Bus is for the most part an amiable and pleasant trip, one wherein the Canadian-born bassist's quintet revisits a time when bop reigned supreme and giants whose names are forever enshrined in the historic annals of jazz were alive and swinging. While Menold says his series of ten original compositions ...

Album

Dreams And Other Stories

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Spring Is Here; Twinkle Toes; Those Who Came Before; New Waltz; In A Dream; Max's Facts; O Sacrum Convivium.

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Article: Album Review

Josh Rager: Dreams And Other Stories

Read "Dreams And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Montreal's Juno Award-nominated pianist, Josh Rager, has assembled an all star quintet for his fourth album as a leader, Dreams And Other Stories. Sandwiching five of his own superb compositions between the disc's opener, the Rodgers and Hart jewel “Spring is Here," and the wrap-up, Olivier Messiaen's “O Sacrum Convivium," he creates a cohesive and vivacious ...

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News: Interview

Josh Rager, in His Own Words

The Gloucester-raised, Montreal-based pianist Josh Rager has previously appeared in the blog on several occasions, proving his way with words as the interviewee here and here, for example, and as the incisive commenter, here. Recently Rager decided that he didn't need my half-baked ideas as points of departure anymore, and he launched his own ...


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