Dièse Onze Jazz & Restaurant presents


Energetic player, composer and Grand Jazz Award winner at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 26th ed, Alex Bellegarde creates music drawn from a wealth of sources. He heads a number of formations and participates in a range of projects: jazz, Latin music and multidisciplinary. With several albums to his credit: Floating, Caminando, Quintet et Quartet “Live”, One Fine Saturday he is also a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists’ recordings.

“Bellegarde… a mainstay of Montréal’s jazz scene” – Sharon Cohen, Downbeat, NY

Tenacious and determined to keep the tradition alive, Alex Bellegarde hosts a dynamic weekly jam session that draws promising talents and renowned jazz musicians from near and far. Leading jam sessions at various clubs in Montreal for more than 20 years, his first experience at a jam session was down at Jazzons in the Quartier Latin district of Montreal in 97 with bassist Skip Bey leading.

Master of free improvisation, Alex Bellegarde plays in a wealth of projects from theatre, film, poetry, and dance to multimedia.

Born in Montreal, Alex grew up in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, he played through with the award winning Ensemble Davignon and Massey Vanier Band. Interest in performance and theatre sparked from playing in the school’s production of West Side Story.

By 97, he was back in town checking out Montreal’s effervescent jazz scene and playing at many of the weekly jam sessions. Influenced greatly by bassist, the late Skip Bey, he was a member of the Vic Vogel Octet and played with Vogel’s guest, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

A frequent player in events such L’Off Festival de Jazz, Montreal’s Jazz Fest as well festivals across Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France and shortly Morocco, you can be sure to catch up with him most of the year at his Tuesday jam in Montreal.

“I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by many enthusiastic people and to play with a wide range of exceptional musicians. During each session, I like to listen closely to our musical dialogues, absorb these ‘spontaneous conversations’, infuse my play with their positive energy and incorporate this in my music. ” Alex Bellegarde

Alex Bellegarde – double bass
Michel Cantero – Piano
Nestor Rodrigez – Saxophone
Diomer Gonzales – Percussion

Monday, October 11, 2021
Shows at 7:00pm and 9:30pm

Make your reservations by calling 514-223-3543.

Dièse Onze Jazz & Restaurant
4115-A, St-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M7
514 223-3543