Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal +
Aaron Parks
18 Mars – 8h00 pm

Franky Rousseau will lead the National jazz orchestra and guest soloist in the interpretation of some arrangements of his compositions, as well as some by Aaron Parks and  Kenny Wheeler. Originally from Montreal and now based in New York, Rousseau defies convention by creating pieces that transcend genres and eras while expanding the tradition of orchestral jazz. Aaron Parks, a well-established improviser, combines a very personal approach of the piano with a vast knowledge of its place in jazz.

Woodwinds: David Bellemare, Samuel Blais, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Frank Lozano, Alexandre Côté Trumpets: Aron Doyle, Jocelyn Couture, David Carbonneau, Lex French 

Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Taylor Donaldson, David Russell Martin, Jean-Sébastien Vachon

Piano: Aaron Parks
Contrabass: Rémi-Jean Leblanc
Richard Irwin

Rafael Zaldivar – Afro-Cuban Revival
March 23 – 8h00 pm

This new project by pianist, composer, and JUNO nominated Rafael Zaldivar was born from his desire to evoke the Cuban folklore and its incredible rhythms. His original repertoire includes a variety of Afro-Cuban rhythms such as: afro, son montuno, and obatalá. Here, the pianist presents an artistic product full of emotion and energy through which he shares his musical legacy. Providing the musical direction, Zaldivar is surrounded by excellent Rémi-Jean LeBlanc on the electric bass and Michel Medrano on the drums. The Afro-Cuban Revival Project offers unique chants, rhythms, and improvisations, celebrating the African ancestors’ heritage and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz.


François Bourassa Quartet
March 23 – 9h30 pm

“My main goals in music are expression of emotion and the ability to touch people in an intangible manner.” François Bourassa, composer and pianist, leads one of Canada’s most active recording and touring jazz ensembles. Being an international example for Canada’s contemporary jazz scene, the Francois Bourassa Quartet has received several prestigious Canadian prizes such as the Juno, Felix and Opus awards and the Oscar Peterson Award of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The crew have in the past found “…new levels of mystery, whimsy and passion … angles and space … and an ever-deepening telepathy among its members.” So wrote Bob Blumenthal about his last album, Idiocyncrasie.

On their 9th album, Lostage, to be recorded soon, the François Bourassa Quartet explore the connection between contemporary/ free jazz and classical /20th century music.


Auguste Quartet
March 24 – 8h00 pm

Since 1997, Auguste has toured around the world. More than 400 concerts and 5 super complimented albums here and abroad. Highlighting its 20th anniversary, have recently been shot in South Korea, Japan and twice in Europe the new Auguste quartet, composed of Mario Allard (sax), Félix Stussi (pn), Alain Bédard (cb), and Michel Lambert (drs), returns to propose the fresher “Circum Continuum” or space and time, linking the link fragile elements that conceive us, so intimate, but so different.


Félix Stüssi and Les Malcommodes invite
March 24 – 9h30 pm


Last September, pianist Félix Stüssi decided to celebrate his 35th birthday of carrer and his 50th birthday in a grand way by inviting some of his favorite musician friends for two concerts. This extraordinary musical adventure will be followed on March 24 at l’Astral as part of the Jazz en Rafale festival. Felix Stüssi and his trio Les Malcommodes, featuring bassist Daniel Lessard and drummer Pierre Tanguay and their guests Sonia Johnson (voice), Ray Anderson (trombone, voice), Jean Derome (alto saxophone, flute), André Leroux Saxophone and clarinet) as well as Jacques Kuba Séguin (trumpet) will launch the album they recorded last autumn with a great concert. Join the party!

Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen trio
March 25 – 8h00 pm
**Presentation of their new album

Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Trio is part of a fast growing jazz scene in Luxembourg. For many years, musicians such as Michel Pilz, Ernie Hammes and Roby Glod have held their own on stages throughout the world. The Luxembourg jazz scene continues to push its frontiers, bringing forth captivating young artists such as Pascal Schumacher and Maxime Bender. Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen have strong ties to their home country, and are among these emerging talents who through experience, learning and reflection, have acquired a worldly open mindedness and eagerness to bring their music to audiences worldwide. With their European style of melodic composition, set to an almost American sounding rhythm section that is exciting and dynamic, yet grounding and settled, Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen share the diversity of current jazz and a laid-back Europe.

Pierre de Bethmann / Yannick Rieu quartet
March 25 – 9h30 pm


Yannick Rieu (sax)
Rémi-Jean Leblanc (bs)
Jim Doxas (dms)

First pianist of the super trio Prysm, who between 1994 and 2001 recorded 4 albums for Blue Note and toured intensely in France and several times in the USA, he then launched the Ilium project from 2001, recorded 7 albums in formulas ranging from 4tet to a medium set of 12 musicians. In 2015, he launched his own label ALEA, dedicated initially to the production of his own projects. He has been teaching at the Department of Jazz and Improvised Music of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris (CNSMDP) since 2008. Pierre is the recipient of the awards: Grand Jazz Prize of the Charles Cros Academy 2016, Victoires du Jazz 2008 (album of the year), Django Reinhardt Prize 2004 (French musician of the year), Django d’Or 1998 (Prysm, band of the year), First prize of the Contest of La Défense 1994.

Among these many collaborations known here have found : Moutin Reunion, Géraldine Laurent, Olivier Ker Ourio, Stéphane Huchard, Jean-Christophe Béney… and occasionally with many major international soloists such as Eddie Henderson, Dave Liebman, Aldo Romano, Philip Catherine, Riccardo del Fra, Stéphane Belmondo, Stéfano di Battista, Flavio Boltro, Julien Lourau, the singers Meredith d’Ambrosio, Norma Winstone and Sara Lazarus, the Brazilian singer Marcia Maria, and the Québécois singer Térez Montcalm.

Yannick Rieu no longer needs a presentation here – saxophonist to the unprecedented professionnal career in China, and in Europe and his many projects and collaborations, he again emphasizes an unprecedented encounter with one of the great composers and jazz pianists of the french scene Pierre de Bethmann.


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