With Parc X Trio, we have been doing a monthly series at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill back home in Montreal, where we pay tribute to different jazz composers. We've covered Jobim, Monk, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley and a bunch of other stuff. Frankly, it's just always been on my bucket list to learn a bunch of these songs and it's wonderful to have such a great venue support us in this project. It's been a great learning experience, and it took us back to our acoustic roots. It's also a lot of fun to focus on different material after mainly performing your own compositions for over a decade. We are setting time aside this winter to bunker down, write and rehearse new material. We also have a suite called "Orbit" that we performed a few times in 2012 that we never recorded, so we might do that in the fall so we can close that chapter.
My label, Multiple Chord Music, will release an album by Montreal-based alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps next September. We will also be re-releasing music recorded by some older musicians in the '90s and early '00s that was never uploaded online. A lot of those smaller, local jazz labels disappeared when the distributers went belly-up. And now days, if you're not on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and such, you don't really exist. We're starting with two records by Mike Gauthier, who's played with a lot of American guys like Steve Grossman, Jimmy Heath, Archie Shepp and Barry Harris in the '80s and '90s. Later this Fall, I'll begin organizing the second edition of our Hiems Festival (Hiems is the Latin word for Winter). Last year, we showcased 9 bands over 3 nights. I hope this time we'll expand it to 4.
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