September 9/10/11 2016

Marianne Trudel Quartet with Kevin Turcotte

“The three times I’ve seen Marianne Trudel perform in person, she’s radiated rapture. Alert at the piano, she looked possessed by her music, expressions of intent thoughtfulness and unfettered joy alternately crossing her face.” — Neil Hobkirk, Wall of Sound (Canada), December 2014

“And if there is always a question mark related to this type of performance, Marianne Trudel maintains that it is precisely this type of vertigo that represents the essence of jazz. Going on stage without knowing exactly what will happen. Being in the moment, always.” — Guillaume Bourgault-Côté, Le Devoir (Québec), September 2013

Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger from the Quebec City area. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance forto duo, Trifolia, Marianne Trudel Quartet, septet, and large ensembles. She has played in Canada, United States, France, Spain, Germany, and Mexico.

Recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montréal Jazz Festival 2007), Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity.

She has shared the stage with, among others, in jazz and improvised music: Chucho Valdes, Mark Feldman, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, René Lussier, Mark Dresser, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan, Gerry Hemingway, William Parker, Mark Helias, Jean Derome, Karen Young, George Lewis, andMuhal Richard Abrams. In Chanson française and World / traditional music: Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Juan Carlos Caceres and Laura Risk. She has composed and arranged for the radio of Radio-Canada, the American composers Orchestra (NYC), the ensemble OktoEcho, the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles, California), the McGill Jazz Orchestra, as well as scoring for short films.

Special guest Kevin Turcotte will replace the quartet’s trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen for the All-Canadian Jazz Festival performance.

Kevin Turcotte

“one of the nations leading men on the horn…full of fresh ideas…a canny artist who can adopt with aplomb more disguises than Zorro” (Toronto Star)

Toronto based trumpeter Kevin Turcotte has had the privilege of playing on more than 175 recordings with musicians from all across the country. Twenty of these recordings have garnered Juno Nominations while five were Juno Winners. Whether it is recent outings by the Barenaked Ladies and Bruce Cockburn, the funky sounds of Mr. Something Something and Planet Earth, the eclectic nature of the Great Uncles of the Revolution and Jayme Stone or modern collaborations like the Sicilian Jazz Project and Ricochet, Kevin always brings a passion and creativity to each session.

Kevin has many ongoing and strong musical relationships with musicians like MIke Murley, William Carn, Kirk Macdonald, Dave Young and Michael Occhipinti but he has also had the honour and privilege of playing in bands led by Canadian icons Claude Ranger, Phil Nimmons, Pat Labarbera, Doug Riley and Don Thompson. He has played with a variety of American artists such as Brian Blade, Sam Rivers, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Tito Puente, Warren Vache and Carla Bley. In 2007, at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Kevin participated in an international Chet Baker tribute concert with 10 former Baker sidemen including players like Herb Geller, Hal Galper and Curtis Fuller. Ten years later, he was asked to play the trumpet parts on the soundtrack for a feature film about the life of Chet Baker. “Born to be Blue”, starring American actor Ethan Hawke as Chet, was released in 2016 to rave reviews. It comes as no surprise that Kevin has been recognized multiple times by Jazz Report Magazine and the National Jazz Awards as Jazz Trumpeter of the Year for his many accomplishments.

Kevin is presently the Jazz Brass Instructor at York University in Toronto.

Marianne Trudel Quartet with Kevin Turcotte
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