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Octoghost is the compositional collaboration or Maxime Tremblay and Evan Stewart. They explore, in composition and sound, the afterlife of an octopus.

Maxime Tremblay - guitar // Ted Crosby - tenor saxophone/clarinet // Evan Stewart - bass // Afolabi Fapojuwo - drums

Michael Malis Trio

The Michael Malis Trio is a forward looking, compositionally motivated improvising ensemble based in Detroit, Michigan. The trio’s debut album, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing” (Polyfold) features all original compositions by Malis and was called “as good as any debut recording anywhere in 2015” (Detroit Free Press). The music includes elements of free improvisation, as well as moments of highly detailed, through- composed material, with a thread of jazz- informed language running through the entire album.
“Malis’ flexible touch and attack can sound sumptuous, splashy, or spiky, and his well-developed technique allows him to get around the piano easily. He has an impressive way of spreading out the rhythm between his two hands to create a fulsome sound that comes from playing the entire instrument.”

Michael Malis - piano // Benjamin Rolston - bass // Stephen Boegehold - drums

Ambroise // Simon Millerd Quartet

Ambroise is the mystical, ethereal solo project from Eugénie Jobin. Listen at (9:30 pm) The second set will be the maiden voyage of a new quartet from Simon Millerd. (10:30 pm)

Simon Millerd - trumpet // Rafael Zaldivar - piano // Martin Heslop - bass // Phillipe Melanson - drums

Duotone Series

The Duotone series will take place every Sunday from July 31st to August 21st, with a final show on Friday August 26th. The idea for the series came about from frequently playing and improvising in duo setting since my arrival in Montréal in 2014. Each show will be feature a different musician with whom the challenges and possibilities of paired down playing will be explored. The first show features myself and Roman Munoz on guitar playing the music of Charlie Parker.

John Buck - drums // Roman Munoz - guitar

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Marc Vilanova + Felix Del Tredici & Friends

Marc Vilanova’s work is focused on the exploration of the instrument, as well as ongoing research into new sounds, techniques and expressions connected with technology and other arts. Marc is active as a performer in many art forms, including electroacoustic music, free improvisation, contemporary repertoire and collaborations with dancers. His approach coherently encapsulates both performative feature and sound installation. He is currently based in Switzerland. He is joined tonight by Felix Del Tredici (bass trombone), Scott Thomson (trombone), Evan Shay (saxophone), Eric Lewis (trumpet), and Julie Houle (tuba). It will be a completely improvised concert.

Marc Vilanova - saxophone // Felix Del Tredici - bass trombone // Evan Shay - saxophone // Scott Thomson - trombone // Eric Lewis - trumpet // Julie Houle - tuba

Resonance Reading Series

Anita Anand, Michael Belcher, Jessi MacEachern, Alyse Tunnell, Drogheda Woods

Claire Devlin & Andrew Boudreau duo

Claire Devlin and Andrew Boudreau, both McGill University graduates, will be performing a selection of jazz standards, as well as some of their own original compositions.

Claire Devlin - tenor sax // Andrew Boudreau - piano

Ron Seguin Quartet

Original music

Ron seguin - bass // Jeff johnston - piano // Greg amirault - guitar // Michel lambert - drums

Parker Mah // Krzysztof Majewski // Guillaume Vaillancourt = The Hidden Tracks

The Hidden Tracks is an instrumental piano/bass/drums combo playing lesser-known gems from across the ages. Favouring the stripped-down electric sound, but always funky & always soulful.
Herbie Hancock
Jose James
Hubert Laws
Ziad Rahbani
Marcos Valle
Wayne Shorter
Danilo Perez
Espen Eriksen
Galt MacDermot
Dom Um Romão
Joe Zawinul
and many more...

Parker Mah - piano, keys // Krzysztof Majewski - electric bass // Guillaume Vaillancourt - drums

Luc Herrmann Standards Trio

Luc Herrmann - guitar // Mathieu McConnel Enright - bass // Brandon Goodwin - drums

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Mozart & Schubert - guitares romantiques à Vienne

The Ensemble Wiener Klassik is the result of the artistic encounter between guitarists Babak Babaie (Iran), Vincenzo Giura (Italy) and Marlène Demers-Lemay (Canada). 3 musicians from around the world joining together to allow you to discover a selection of the great works from the First Viennese School revisited on the guitar. Wiener Klassik shed new light and brings a breath of life on the classic repertoire thanks to the infinite realm of tones of the guitar. They present, on period instruments, original works and transcriptions for solo, duo and trio for guitars, which render with concision and authenticity historical texts. Babak, Vincenzo and Marlène met in 2013 at the Academy Chigiana in Siena, Italy and since then promote this unique project, performing in Europe, Iran and North America.

Ensemble Wiener Klassik - romantic guitars trio

Run & Hide featuring Frank Lozano

Run & Hide is an avant-garde music and improvisation trio of two saxes and drums, the brainchild of Evan Shay and Kyle Hutchins. The compositions and improvisaitons are meant to explore melodicism and the relationship between two saxes without the presence of chordal instruments. Recently, Kyle and Evan recorded an record with Mike Bjella on tenor sax, and that will be released in the near future.

Evan Shay - alto saxophone // Frank Lozano - tenor saxophone // Kyle Hutchins - drums

The Cygnus Trio plays Folk Songs

The Cygnus Trio seeks to bring familiar and challenging repertoire to diverse audiences. Program to include folk songs from Norway, Japan, Scotland, and North America, as well as living composer Anita Perry's Okanagan Vignettes and Astor Piazzolla's formidable Grand Tango.

Erica Jacobs-Perkins - violin // Benjamin Stuchbery - flute // Jonathan Stuchbery - guitar

Michael Johancsik Trio plays Duke & Strayhorn

Michael Johancsik presents the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in trio with longtime friends/musical collaborators Gentiane MG and Mathieu McConnell-Enright!

Michael Johancsik - saxophone // Gentiane MG - piano // Mathieu McConnell-Enright - bass

Vera Marijt

Kim Zombik Quartet

Kim Zombik - voice // Adam Daudrich - piano // Martin Heslop - bass // Greg Ritchie - drums

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Taylor Donaldson Big Band

Dave Gossage Septet

Original Jazz

Dave Gossage - flute // Adrian Vedady - bass // Andrew Boudreau - piano // Frank Lozano - tenor // Rich Irwin - drums // Rich white - guitar // Samuel Blais - alto/baritone

Luc Herrmann Group

Luc Herrmann is a Montreal based guitarist and a strong voice in the next generation of great jazz musicians the city has developed a reputation for. Having heavily studied the jazz guitar tradition, all the while appreciating current composers and improvisers, Luc’s sound is a natural blend of the old and the new. The band always brings a high level of energy and great camaraderie to each performance having played together now for a number of years.

Luc Herrmann Group

Lara Driscoll Trio

Chicago-based 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).

Lara Driscoll - piano // Dave Laing - drums // Rémi-Jean LeBlanc - bass

Ben Deschamps Quintet

After a first record in quartet, Ben Deschamps invites Jean-Nicolas Trottier to join the group for new material and to record later this year a second album.

Ben Deschamps - saxophone // Jean-Nicolas Trottier - trombone // Charles Trudel - piano // Seb Pellerin - bass // Al Bourgeois - drums

Kevin Dean & Friends

Simon Millerd

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Mike Bruzzese 5tet

This exciting band will be playing a selection of original compositions and swinging standards by Thelonious Monk, Joshua Redman and more...

Mike Bruzzese - guitar // Alex Francoeur - tenor saxophone // Gentiane MG - piano // Finn McConnell - bass // John Buck - drums

Andrea Stewart

The Charlie Haden Project

A tribute project to the great Charlie Haden. All original arrangements of his compositions from various periods of his career.

Brandon Goodwin - drums // Ben Dwyer - bass // Julien Sandiford - guitar // Gary Schwartz - guitar // Joe Ferracuti - piano // Modibo Keita - trombone // Taylor Donaldson - trombone // Simon Millerd - trumpet // Renee Yoxon - voice

Lawful Citizen

Duotone Series

Kevin Dean & Friends

Aaron Dolman Love Songs Group

The Love Songs Group is the product of a simple idea: to spread as much joy and love as possible through jazz standards, as well as lesser known compositions. The group is led by drummer Aaron Dolman, who has enlisted an ensemble of sympathetic musicians, all of whom emanate warmth when they perform.

Alex Francoeur - saxophone // Kenny Bibace - guitar // Theo Sunny Abellard - piano // Mathieu McConnell-Enright - bass // Aaron Dolman - drums

Kalmunity Jazz Project

Jean-Nicolas Trottier 10tet

Pemi Paull

Denis Bernier

Chris Maskell Trio

Ottawa-born, Montreal-based saxophonist Chris Maskell is an emerging voice in the local jazz scene. As a recent graduate of McGill University’s jazz program, he’s had the chance to study with saxophonists such as Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Rémi Bolduc. His latest project finds him in a trio setting alongside two frequent collaborators, bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel. Together, the group explores their own original compositions and re-imagines choice jazz standards, producing creative and exciting music.

Chris Maskell - saxophone // Levi Dover - bass // Louis-Vincent Hamel - drums

Reno De Stefano Trio

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

Reno De Stefano - guitar // Mike De Masi - bass // Guillaume Pilote - drums

Fay Victor Montreal Ensemble

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor, called “artistically complete” by the New York Times, consistently hones a unique vision of the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music. Victor’s snake-like ability to fuse her prodigious vocal talents in myriad music arenas. This time she will be at Resonance Café to play some jazz tunes, Herbie Nicol's music with local creative artists.
(Names will be announced in a few weeks.)
(the title of the concert could be changed)

Fay Victor - voice

Bellwether4 (Toronto)

Bellwether4 is a Toronto based quartet, focusing on improvised/avant-garde music. Following the steps of Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, and many others, Bellwether4 is dedicated to creating it's own original music.

Anthony Argatoff - alto saxophone // Emily Denison - trumpet // Victor Vrankulj - acoustic bass // Andrew Miller - drums

Luc Herrmann Group

Luc Herrmann is a Montreal based guitarist and a strong voice in the next generation of great jazz musicians the city has developed a reputation for. Having heavily studied the jazz guitar tradition, all the while appreciating current composers and improvisers, Luc’s sound is a natural blend of the old and the new. As a recent McGill graduate, Luc was able to study and perform with some of the best jazz musicians Canada has to offer. His personal project “The Luc Herrmann Group” is a modern Jazz quartet in which he can most truly express his artistic vision in composition and improvisation, performing mainly his own work and select repertoire from his heroes. The band always brings a high level of energy and great camaraderie to each performance having played together now for a number of years.

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

Mike Bjella & friends

Saxophonist Mike Bjella returns to Montreal.

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

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

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