Artist: Adrian Vedady

Adrian Vedady

Born September 9,1973 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Double-bassist/composer Adrian Vedady has been playing with some of Montreal’s finest jazz musicians for the last 11 years. His career started shortly after commencing his jazz studies at Concordia University. Accompanying his professors, such as, Dave Turner, Charles Ellison, Andrew Homzy, Roddy Ellias and Jeri Brown on gigs and concerts he started to get a sense of his voice and was inspired to continue developing as a player.

Artist: Stéphanie Laliberté

Photo de l'artisteBorn in Quebec City, Stéphanie Laliberté was introduced to onstage vocal performance through her studies in music at Cégep de Sainte-Foy and through three tours with the Crescendo Company in France and Switzerland. She is currently studying jazz at McGill University where she works, with such notable artists as Ranee Lee. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in music with a major in jazz interpretation, for which she received an Outstanding achievement in jazz voice acknowledgement, Stéphanie has made multiple appearances in some of the greatest spots for jazz in Quebec and Montreal. She regularly performs at the renowned Quebec Clarendon Hotel and the Montreal Queue de Cheval where she has begun a collaboration with the Geoff Lapp Trio. Currently teaching music and working as a backup vocalist, she still manages to be very present on the Montreal jazz scene.

Artist: Geoff Lapp

Geoff Lapp PhotoGeoff Lapp, a Montreal native, was born in 1953, and is considered one of Canada’s most accomplished pianists/composers; he is a much sought-after accompanist for a host of top Canadian performers.

Originally trained in the classical tradition, Mr. Lapp studied at McGill University under the widely respected Art Maiste. Over time, he became known for his excellent technique and large repertoire of jazz standards. After gaining experience in the pop music world touring with the likes of Michel Pagliaro, he performed in salsa, country, funk and rock bands. In the early ‘80’s he became committed to the jazz idiom and has not looked back since then.

Artist: Dave Turner

Photo of Dave TurnerA native of Montreal, alto saxophonist/composer Dave Turner has been a mainstay of that city’s jazz scene since the mid 1970’s. During this time he has performed and has been a featured performer at every major jazz festival in Canada, as well as such prominent clubs as Top of The Senator (Toronto), Sweet Basil (New-York), Le Lion S’Envoile (Liege) and L’Archiduc (Brussels). Dave Turner has been a featured soloist and lead alto with the Vic Vogel Big Band since 1979 and also filled the same role with the European Broadcast Union Orchestra in 1999 in live concerts and a recording celebrating the centennial of the birth of Duke Ellington. In the same year he was a guest soloist with the National Arts Center Orchestra in another dedication to Duke at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

Artist: Jean Beaudet

Photo of Jean BeaudetJean Beaudet studied piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. He then played in various blues, rock and calypso groups. He also studied counterpoint, composition and piano at the University of Ottawa.

His professional jazz career began in the early seventies in local clubs in and around his native city, Ottawa. He also recorded music for CBC Radio. He traveled to Toronto and New York, but chose to settle in Montreal in the late seventies. He has played and/or recorded with big names such as Nelson Symonds, Billy Robinson, Guy Nadon, Claude Ranger, Charles Ellison, Charles Papasoff, Dave Turner, Barry Elmes and Steve Wallace. Internationally, he has played and/or recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Julius Hemphill, Gene Perla, Jane Bunnett, Don Thompson, Ralph Lalama and many others.

Artist: Martine Carrière

Photo of Martine CarrièrePiano, singing and composition are some of Martine Carrière’s musical passions. After extensive classical training, she studied jazz piano, musical composition, classical singing and jazz. She is renowned among musical afficionados as an artist of integrity and great talent, with a deep knowledge of music, a unique voice, excellent technique and a very personal style, in her compositions as well as her interpretation. Her primary jazz influences are all pianists: Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, etc. Her vocal inspirations include Betty Carter, Billy Holliday, Sheila Jordan and Shirley Horne. Passionate, intense and charismatic, from the very beginning, Martine selected voice as her form of music, using it much as a wind instrument. Her musical interpretations are emotional, transparent and improvisational, and reveal extensive research. In the mid-eighties, she drew on her wide musical training to perform her original compositions as well as her own arrangements of jazz standards. Daniel Lessard, Ron Séguin, Frédérique Alarie, Jean Beaudet, Paul Léger, Dave Robbins, André White, Jean-François Groulx and Mathieu Bélanger are among the talented musicians with whom she worked in concerts and on TV and radio. During the nineties, Ms. Carrière performed a few concerts at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, sang in private venues, and several of her compositions were performed by Montreal musicians.

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