Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill presents

Jim Doxas Quartet featuring Al McLean

Jim has been heavily influenced by rock, jazz, Motown and World Music. His work can be heard on over 150 albums and soundtracks, and he is a popular featured artist at jazz festivals worldwide. Distinguished for his improvisational approach to jazz, he makes the case that percussion can be as performative as a lyrical instrument. Jim has been recognized by way of receiving Felix and Juno Awards, as well as nominations for Academy and Grammy Awards.

Al McLean

Al McLeanOne of Canada’s preeminent saxophone talents, Al McLean owns the night in the grand old Jazz city of Montreal. McLean’s brute force, and seemingly bottomless depths as an improviser set a unique standard of excellence.  With an equally nimble command of bebop, and more avant garde repertoire rooted in the language of Coltrane, McLean is sought after by both Canadian and international players.

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Al McLean has resided in Montreal since 1995. He is a sought-after freelance saxophonist, as well as an expert in saxophone history and restoration.

Al McLean is featured in over 100 short films, most of which are part of the “Jazz, Period.” series by Montreal filmmaker Randy Cole.  McLean draws performers and students from diverse locations around the world to perform or study in Montreal.

McLean has been a featured artist with l’Orchestre national  jazz de Montreal, and has recorded with the legendary saxophonist Azar Lawrence on multiple releases (Cellar Live).  He is the regular saxophonist for vocalists Colin Hunter and Susie Arioli, and is a featured soloist, composer, and arranger for the Joe Sullivan Big Band, and the Vic Vogel Big Band.

Additionally, McLean has performed and recorded worldwide with countless artists, including Oliver Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Jaleel Shaw, Bill Easley, Lenny White, Tyler Mitchell, Gary Smulyan, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Seamus Blake, and Slide Hampton.  Al McLean’s improvisations have been described as “a fluid, masterful account of the entire lineage of the saxophone”.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:30pm

Make your reservations by calling 514-931-6808

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
1254 Mackay Street
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2H4

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