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McGill University Jazz Program Welcomes Special Guest

On the eve of the Off festival, (Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.), McGill University stages a concert with a guest artist, double bassist Greg Cohen. ­Associated primarily with the jazz avant-garde, most notably John Zorn’s epochal Masada quartet as well as one of the final groups of the late Ornette Coleman, this American bassist is thoroughly versed in all forms of jazz, ­including its most traditional ones. He comes to Montreal for a week to prepare a program of music celebrating its most famous icon, Louis Armstrong. In March 2020, drummer Terri Lynn Carrington will come to the university for a week-long residency.

ONJ: Something Old, Something New…

Now entering its ­seventh concert ­season, the Orchestre national de jazz ­Montréal has four shows on tap in as many months. On Sept. 14, it tackles the music of Miles Davis   from his seminal 1960s ­recording Miles Smiles, just a month ­before the launching of the band’s long-awaited third recording on closing night of the Off festival. On Nov. 9, the group welcomes Swedish pianist Maggi Olin in a ­program entitled Échange nordique II, ­followed by guest ­vocalist Elisabeth Sheppard and her show Chanson d’ici on Dec. 7. ­Stalwart trombonist Jean-Nicolas ­Trottier will be prominently featured throughout, both as head arranger and musical director of all shows but the third. Go to:

The city circuit

In its wide-ranging program of performances, the Maisons de la culture circuit always spots in some jazz, even some musique actuelle, like that of guitarist René Lussier. One date to take note of is Oct. 17, with no less than three overlapping shows that evening.

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René Lussier Quintet

Plateau Mont-Royal

Effendi JazzLab – Quintessence (Also performing on Oct. 10 at Marie-Uguay.)


Dialogues Ella et Joe (with Sonia Johnson, voice, and Stéphane Johnston, guitar)

Other dates

Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Sept. 21 Super Nova

(trio Derome, Guilbeault, Tanguay + Felix Stüssi, piano)

Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto

Dec. 3 No Codes (Benjamin Deschamps, quartet)


Lorraine Desmarais trio + J.P. Zanella (sax) – Jouer Noël

Chapelle historique

Dec. 21 Les Malcommodes invite Sonia Johnson

Odds and Sods

Casa del Popolo

Sept. 11 Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Tom Rainey (drums) and Hank Roberts (cello)

La Vitrola

Sept. 17 Duo Henneman-Baars from Amsterdam meets Montreal duo Mercury (Nicolas Caloia, double bass, and Lori Freedman, clarinets)

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Maison symphonique de Montréal

Oct. 16 Trilogy (Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade)

Théâtre Corona

Nov. 9 Théâtre Corona: Cinematic Orchestra

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About Author

Marc Chénard is a Montreal-based multilingual music journalist specialized in jazz and improvised music. In a career now spanning some 30 years, he has published a wide array of articles and essays, mainly in Canada, some in the United States and several in Europe (France, Belgium, Germany and Austria). He has travelled extensively to cover major festivals in cities as varied as Vancouver and Chicago, Paris and Berlin, Vienna and Copenhagen. He has been the jazz editor and a special features writer for La Scena Musicale since 2002; currently, he also contributes to Point of Departure, an American online journal devoted to creative musics. / / Marc Chénard est un journaliste multilingue de métier de Montréal spécialisé en jazz et en musiques improvisées. En plus de 30 ans de carrière, ses reportages, critiques et essais ont été publiés principalement au Canada, parfois aux États-Unis mais également dans plusieurs pays européens (France, Belgique, Allemagne, Autriche). De plus, il a été invité à couvrir plusieurs festivals étrangers de renom, tant en Amérique (Vancouver, Chicago) que Outre-Atlantique (Paris, Berlin, Vienne et Copenhangue). Depuis 2012, il agit comme rédacteur atitré de la section jazz de La Scena Musicale; en 2013, il entame une collabortion auprès de la publication américaine Point of Departure, celle-ci dédiée aux musiques créatives de notre temps.

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