L'OFF Jazz, the other Montreal jazz festival with a greater emphasis on local musicians, has just announced the lineup for its festival in early October.

Highlights of the October 3 to 12 event include:

  • the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra
  • Alec Walkington’s Contraband
  • Marianne Trudel + William Parker + Hamid Drake (reprising their energetic collaboration at Guelph)
  • Chet Doxas's Dive with Matt Stevens, Eric Doob and Zack Lober
  • the Jeff Johnston Trio
  • L’Ensemble Rémi-Jean LeBlanc,
  • Quartetski does Stravinsky – Le sacre du Printemps
  • the Litania Projekt
  • Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay launching their new album WOW!
  • World Colors – John Roney & JazzLab Orchestra + guest violinist Mark Feldman

and much more. And a couple Ottawa expats show up too: the Craig Pedersen Quartet and Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson.

More info: www.lofffestivaldejazz.com/

The Quebec City Jazz Festival also occurs next month, from October 15 to 27, and has recently announced its schedule.

International musicians are prominent, including the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, The Bad Plus and Kurt Rosenwinkel Solo, Tigran Hamasyan, and the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane.

But Quebeckers are well featured as well: Christine and Ingrid Jensen, Nikki Yanofsky, Susie Arioli, the Samuel Blais Trio, the Joel Miller Quartet, the Dan Thouin Trio, the Fred Pauze Trio, and Yannick Rieu Spectrum4 + première partie Jazz Culture Club (and more).

There's also one cross-border collaboration: The Roy Hargrove Quintet with the Jensen sisters.

The Ben Charest Trio will be repeating its highly successful live soundtrack to Les Triplettes de Belleville, which wowed audiences in Ottawa and Montreal. But, not satisfied with one film, the festival is tryng out live jazz soundtracks to three more:

  • Cole Porter, De-Lovely (Alex Le Blanc Trio)
  • Sun Valley Serenade (Laura Doyon Trio)
  • Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea (5 For Trio)

More info: jazzaquebec.ca/

    – Alayne McGregor