Upcoming Events

L'OFF Festival de Jazz: Olivier Babaz Trio

Oliver Babaz presents a very personal blend of upright bass and kalimba. The original pieces oscillate between spacey textures and formal writing, complementing the freshness of the trio’s improvisations.

Olivier Babaz - bass, kalimba // François Jalbert - guitar // Mark Nelson - drums


Ken Shorley Trio with Shawn Mativetsky

Ken Shorley Trio is a dynamic world-percussion group, with a sound that is energetic and groove-centric, playful and hypnotic. The drumming is crisp and melodic, and the original compositions are intricate and richly multi-layered. The trio features Nova Scotia-based percussionist/composer Ken Shorley, with percussionists Adam Campbell and Daniel Morphy, of Toronto's TorQ Percussion Quartet. The Trio will be joined by Montreal's tabla guru, Shawn Mativetsky, for an evening of collaborative groove.

Ken Shorley Trio - hand drums, world percussion // Shawn Mativetsky - tabla

L'OFF Festival de Jazz: Nomad

Rhythmic and visceral, Nomad’s music is the result of a meticulous search, an authentic collaborative spirit and a great sense of freedom.

Ted Crosby - clarinet // Mike Bjella - saxophone // Simon Millerd - trumpet // Jake Wiens - guitar // Ben Dwyer - bass // Kai Basanta - drums

#Jazz #Original

Chronicle Infinitas

Chronicle Infinitas plays chamber music that goes on and off the page, melts, sprouts, sports many outfits. Founded in 2012 by Mike Bjella, 'Chronic' is a fixture at Montreal's Resonance Cafe, house shows across Canada and Casa del Popolo. Size, instrumentation and compositions always in flux, it's members include east and west coasters - Simon Millerd, Jane Chan, Peggy Lee, Jacob Bergson, Anh Phung, Dan Reynolds, James Meager, Thomas Quail, Conrad Good, Krisjana Thorsteinson and Gab Drolet.

Mike Bjella - woodwinds // Gab Drolet - bass // Krisjana Thorsteinson - oboe // Jane Chan - cello // Simon Millerd - trumpet

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Live, organic improv drawing from jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk, afro-beat, and more. Every Sunday at 9:45.

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental #Vocal #Funk

Taylor Donaldson Big Band

Big band standards and originals from the band book!

Benjamin Deschamps - alto sax // Jason Stillman - alto sax // Annie Dominique - tenor sax // Michael Johancsik - tenor sax // Philippe Côté - baritone sax // Dominic Rossi - trumpet // Andy King - trumpet // Jacques Seguin - trumpet // David Martin - trombone // Olivier Hebert - trombone // Taylor Donaldson - trombone // Jean-Sébastien Vachon - bass trombone // Andrew Boudreau - piano // Sébastien Pellerin - bass // Louis-Vincent Hamel - drums

Pablo Held Trio (Germany) meets Simon Millerd // NOMAD meets Pablo Held!

When it comes to counting the Pablo Held Trio’s qualities, critics do not cut down on superlatives. There is talk of “the shooting star among young jazz pianists”, of “an ideal combination of improvisational imagination and musical economy” and of “one of the most exciting young groups of German jazz. Pablo will be joining Montreal rock-jazz collective Nomad at 9pm for the first set, and the full trio will be joined by local trumpeter Simon Millerd at 10:30pm for the second set.

Pablo Held - piano // Robert Landfermann - bass // Jonas Burgwinkel - drums // Simon Millerd - trumpet // Mike Bjella - tenor saxophone // Ted Crosby - bass clarinet // Jake Wiens - guitar // Ben Dwyer - bass // Kai Basanta - drums

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental

Sonic Perfume at Cafe Resonance

Sonic Perfume is an adventurous trio that spans across the lines and borders of jazz as well as geographical locations. Splitting members between Canada and Michigan, Patrick Booth, Jonathan Taylor, and Phill Albert continue to push music forward by exploring compositions intended for improvisation, drawing on the diverse history of modern jazz traditions.

Phill Albert - bass and effects // Patrick Booth - saxophones // Jon Tayler - drumset

Mark Nelson's Sympathetic Frequencies

“…the music is more adventurous than one could expect. Nelson has penned a program of originals that are contemporary in concept yet jazzy at heart.” - Marc Chénard, La Scena Musicale

Mike Bjella - tenor saxophone // Andrew Boudreau - piano // Nicolas Bédard - double bass // Mark Nelson - drums

Altsys Jazz Orchestra Hommage à Kenny Wheeler

Altsys Jazz Orchestra pays musical tribute to the late trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler. We will feature many of Kenny's compositions as well as music inspired by him.

Jennifer Bell - saxes // Bill Mahar - trpt // Frank Lozano - saxes // Cam Wallis - saxes // Jocelyn Veilleux - horn // Dave Martin - trombone // Christopher Smith - bass trombone & tuba // Jocelyn Couture - trpt // Aron Doyle - trpt // Josh Rager - pno // Clinton Ryder - bass // Kevin Warren - drums


The Jessica Stuart Few CD Release w/Corinna Rose

You wouldn’t expect it from a white girl who grew up in Canada, but the Japanese ‘koto’ is in Jessica’s blood. Growing up with a ‘koto’ master for a mother, Stuart lived in Japan as a child, and came upon the traditional 13-stringed harp honestly, studying with her mother’s sensei. Stuart’s innovative songwriting shows her love of guitar-heavy rock and soul music on equal footing with the Canadian singer-songwriter tradition. Described as “Joni Mitchell meets Frank Zappa in Japan”, soaring lead vocals are coupled with a unique take on the ‘koto’ and backed by double bass, drums and 3-part harmonies, putting the trio on media’s “must-hear” lists worldwide. Following in folk footsteps, Stuart delves lyrically into tales of the human experience, with the unexpected accompaniment of rhythm-heavy grooves that make audiences of all ages compelled to sing, clap and stomp along.

Jessica Stuart - koto, guitar, vocals // Charles James - double bass, backing vocals // Tony Nesbitt-Larking - drums, backing vocals

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Live, organic improv drawing from jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk, afro-beat, and more. Every Sunday at 9:45.

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental #Vocal #Funk

Reno De Stefano Trio

Jazz guitarist Reno De Stefano will be presenting his trio, featuring Martin Heslop (bass), and Guillaume Pilote (drums). The trio will be playing tunes by Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Chick Corea, as well as a mix of standards and original compositions. Fun Evening, come hear the band !

Reno De Stefano - guitar // Martin Heslop - bass // Guillaume Pilote - drums

Luc Herrmann Group

Luc Herrmann - guitar // Jules Payette - saxophone // Louis-Vincent Hamel - drums // Levi Dover - bass


Papacho Sirdey Trio. Featuring Olivier Babaz and Ivan Bamford

Original compositions and standards. Musicians with multicultural backgrounds blend their influences creating a high energy, spontaneous and fresh sound.

Papacho Sirdey - piano // Olivier Babaz - double bass // Ivan Bamford - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Experimental #Instrumental

Spectrolite Ensemble CD Release

Spectrolite Ensemble is a trio of clarinet, cello and piano performing classical and contemporary music. Their debut CD, featuring music by Beethoven, Zemlinsky and Roberto Sierra will be available at the show.

Sean Rice - clarinet // Vernon Regehr - cello // Patrick Cashin - piano

Poste AM Quintet

A reunion of like minded jazzers, close at heart yet geographically far apart. Their sonic worlds combine for one night only!

Lex French - trumpet // Annie Dominique - tenor saxophone // Lara Driscoll - piano // Nicolas Bédard - double bass // Mark Nelson - drums

Kevin Dean and Friends

#Jazz #Standards

Latin-Cuban All Star Band featuring Rafael Zaldivar

The Latin-Cuban All Star Band brings the flavour of an unique danceable and energetic night for you. Its rhythms and lyrics brings the dancer to an ecstatic state, interacting with other dancers and and taking pleasure in one's own movements. Welcome to the Latin-Cuban-Quebecois party.

Latin-Cuban All Star Band - voice, piano, guitar, bass, percussion

#Vocal #Cuban Salsa

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Live, organic improv drawing from jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk, afro-beat, and more. Every Sunday at 9:45.

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental #Vocal #Funk

Lara Driscoll Trio

Chicago-based French-American jazz pianist Lara Driscoll returns to Montreal for a performance of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards, featuring one of Montreal's finest rhythm sections: Dave Laing (drums) and Rémi-Jean LeBlanc (bass).

#Jazz #Original #Standards

Kim Zombik Quartet

Kim Zombik - voice // kate wyatt - piano // adrian vedady - bass // andre white - drums

#Jazz #Standards #Vocal

The Bombadils + Ryanhood

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo.
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres.

The Bombadils - folk / celtic / bluegrass // Ryanhood - acoustic folk pop

Samuel Cousineau Trio feat. Donny Kennedy

Samuel Cousineau - alto saxophone // Donny Kennedy - alto saxophone // Andre White - drums // Mathieu McConnell - bass


Amy Brandon - CD Release

Sculptural and evocative, guitarist Amy Brandon's solo compositions and improvised pieces draw from the worlds of jazz, classical and electroacoustic music.
".. mesmerizing nylon-string guitar work. Anchored by a droning backdrop of stretched and scrambled guitar sounds, she traced rapid, tangling trajectories in a performance that was one of the festival’s highlights."
- Nick Storring - Musicworks Magazine

Amy Brandon - classical guitar and electronics // Mike Rud - guitar

Evan Shay & Daniel Arthur

Evan Shay and Daniel Arthur are both from Seattle, yet they met at McGill. Both leaders of their own groups, Evan and Daniel will join forces for a night of loose compositions and improvisation.

Evan Shay - tenor saxophone // Daniel Arthur - piano

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Improvised


ihtimanska is a montreal based duo playing creative takes on traditional and classical turkish and bulgarian music, from a wide cross section of the repertoire - complex bulgarian choral arrangements and funky-metered dance tunes, music from ottoman courts and sufi ceremony, centuries old protest songs from repressed villages, with a complicity and sweetness.

Ariane Morin - saxophone // Yoni Kaston - accordion, piano

Michael Occhipinti's Sicilian Project featuring Pilar

Michael Occhipinti’s JUNO nominated Sicilian Project has been dazzling audiences world-wide with an intriguing mix of rare Old World folk and the New World sounds of adventurous guitars, funk and reggae grooves, sophisticated chamber music and modern jazz. Using music originally sung by Sicilian fishermen, sulphur miners, and poets as a starting point, the music is like a trip on the Mediterranean that somehow manages to detour to Mali, Jamaica, and Toronto.
Based in Rome, Pilar is an astonishing vocalist with incredible range and stage presence, and her own albums have garnered stellar reviews. Ottawa's Alayne McGregor noted in 2015, "Rarely have I seen performers – and particularly singers – who immersed themselves in the music as much as Italian vocalist Pilar." The show is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute.

Michael Occhipinti - guitar // Pilar - vocals

#Jazz #Vocal #Sicilian folk meets modern jazz

Rallidae - album release show

Rallidae is an intimate and unconventional vocal group founded by composer and saxophonist Angela Morris. Combining songs and improvisation, Rallidae inhabits the increasingly populated sonic space between avant-indie and avant-jazz. Their 2014 EP “Paper Birds” was praised as “combining strong melodies and narratives… a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words. “Paper Birds” is an exceptional debut from an exciting and innovative new band.” (All About Jazz) The mostly Brookyln-based group features guitarist Dustin Carlson, bassist Scott Colberg, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone and voice, and the Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras (Meredith Monk, Tanya Tagaq). This December they tour the east coast and Canada in support of their debut full-length album “Turned, and Was.”

Angela Morris - tenor saxophone // Alex Samaras - voice // Dustin Carlson - electric guitar // Scott Colberg - acoustic bass

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux CD Release featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen

Nachoff’s writing is “bold, diverse and filled with compelling counterpoint.” – James Hale, DownBeat
NYC-based Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff “is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds” (Globe and Mail). Nachoff has been colliding genres since his 2006 debut, Magic Numbers, which melded a jazz trio with a string quartet. He’s since composed music for a variety of ensembles, including the Penderecki String Quartet, the Turning Point Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet, as well as his own Horizons Ensemble, Quiescence Quartet, the Pyramid Project and the FoMo quartet. As a sideman he’s performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Tim Hagans, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thompson among others. He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and taught at the University of Toronto and Humber College, as well as serving as artist-in-residence at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. On his most recent recording Flux, Nachoff explores the elusive terrain between modern jazz and contemporary classical, between the cerebral and the organic. Flux creates a fervently original sound that evokes bold, incisive playing from a singularly innovative quartet. It’s “a pure, bracing through-provoking music… cliché- and convention-free,” says Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen of the group’s debut concert. Jazz Magazine in France gave the recording 4-stars, calling Quinsin “a brilliant virtuoso musician.” The music has “an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery,” notes All About Jazz.
"Flux overflows with great resourcefulness, becoming a distinct echo of modernity and inspiration." - Jazz Trail

Quinsin Nachoff - tenor saxophone // David Binney - alto saxophone // Matt Mitchell - piano / keyboards // Kenny Wollesen - drums

#Jazz #Classical #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Electronic #Funk #Postmodern Magic Realism

Saorsa Winter Tour (Feat. Raphael Foisey - Couture)

Saorsa is a project that explores improvising concepts and original material. Unified through the rhythms and sounds of the earth, they seek to evoke these sounds through different timbres. Tour Dates Include: Tuesday December 13th - The Rex Hotel (Toronto) - 9:30pm Friday December 16th - Silence (Guelph) - Time TBA Sunday December 18th - Emmet Ray (Toronto) - 8:30pm Monday December 19th - TBA (Gatineau ) - 9:00pm Tuesday December 20th - Resonance (Montreal) - 9:00pm Wednesday December 21st - Pressed Cafe (Ottawa) - 9:00pm

Patrick Smith - saxophone // Dan Pitt - guitar // Raphael Foisey-Couture - bass // Harry Vetro - drums

#Jazz #Improvised Music