Orchestre national de Jazz de Montréal presents


This fourth concert in the Soloist Series of the Montreal National Jazz Orchestra welcomes with great pleasure writer/composer/conductor Joe Sullivan. He leads the world premiere of his suite Pandemonia, which he composed for the occasion. This 7-part suite, including 6 songs and an instrumental piece, is inspired by various aspects of life during a pandemic. The songs touch on themes of isolation, longing, joy, rebellion and loneliness.

Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large franco-ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. During his youth, he led an active musical life that included classical piano competitions, rock bands and high school concert and stage bands. He also composed music for several theater productions. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical trumpet at the University of Ottawa in 1981. His interest in jazz led him to the Berklee School of Music, then to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1987.

Since then he has lived in Montreal and has been active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. A prolific composer, Sullivan leads and has written extensively for both his jazz sextet and his jazz Big Band and is active with a variety of small groups. He has seven compact discs to his name, the most recent being “Whiskey Jack Waltz” (Perry Lake Records 2013) with jazz quintet and “Northern Ontario Suite” (Perry Lake Records 2010) with the Joe Sullivan Big Band. He has served as conductor and arranger with the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra; has been a member of the Vic Vogel Big Band for some twenty-five years; has appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; and has performed with numerous jazz artists of international repute, including Slide Hampton, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Pat Labarbera, Kirk Macdonald, Rémi Bolduc, John Medeski, John McNeil, Alain Caron, George Garzone, and Ranee Lee.

He has received both the Prix Socan (1991) and the Prix DuMaurier (Joel Miller Group, 1997) at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as several awards from the Canadian and Québec arts councils. He currently directs the McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 and teaches jazz composition, arranging and trumpet at McGill University, where he is an associate professor.

Vocals: Sonia Johnson, Jeff Simons
Saxophones: Jean-Pierre Zanella, Alex Coté, André Leroux, Yvan Belleau, Jean Fréchette
Trumpets: Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle, Ron Di Lauro
Trombones: Dave Grott, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Jean-Sébastien Vachon
French Horns: Louis-Pierre Bergeron, Sarah Amahrit 
Piano: Kate Wyatt
Double Bass: Adrian Vedady
Percussion: André Martin
Drums: Jim Doxas

Live webcast
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00pm

On Demand webcast
From April 28 To to May, 2, 11:59 pm

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