This is an amazing trio from Europe. Drummer Greg Smith is originally from Montreal and currently lives in Rotterdam as does Portugese bassist Gonçalo Almeida. The third member of the band is trumpeter Susana Santos Silva from Porto in Portugal. I can't rave enough about this band. They make wonderful music; it's creative, lyrical, dreamy, energetic, unique, and fresh. They use bits of electronics to create these soundscapish backgrounds. It’s extremely accessible music, yet with a bite. The players are very accomplished, and their interactions are so tight.

They have just released "The Elephant's Journey" with guest bass-clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. This is a band that needs to be heard!


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The New York Times considers David Virelles as one of the important jazz pianists to emerge in the last ten years. He's now firmly emplanted in the world's jazz scene, performing and/or recording with Ravi Coltrane, Tomasz Stanko, Chris Potter, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, Curtis Macdonald, Jonathan Finlayson, Matt Brewer and David Binney among others. His two most recent releases were highly acclaimed by critics everywhere: Continuum came out on Pi Recordings in 2012 and Mboko in 2014. And he was named #1 Rising Star Piano in the annual 2015 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll. He continues to delve further into a new paradigm of Cuban music, and develop as a leader of his own groups. He will be touring in Europe in 2015 with a feature performance at the North Sea Festival. his most recent tour of Canada took place in summer 2014 where his Continuum Trio with Thomas Morgan and Eric McPherson played to packed audiences.


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One of the new voices in the cutting-edge scene of the New York free jazz crowd is saxophonist/flautist
Anna Webber from Kelowna BC, educated at McGill and now living in New York. She fronts the Webber-Stemseder-Gray trio (Elias Stemseder is a 23-year old pianist from Austria (who won the Joe Zawinul prize
in 2008), and Devin Gray is a gifted and energetic drummer from the US). They released Jagged Spheres
in 2013. Anna also fronts a German-based guintet called Percussive Mechanics with two releases (Refraction in 2015) on the German Pirouet label, and she released Simple with Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck in 2014, a recording that made several best-of lists.


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You might remember Stefan. He came from Germany to Winnipeg in 1990, toured a few times, and recorded a few projects, before moving to New York in 2002 or so. Throughout this entire period of time, he has been busy touring and recording in Europe.

Voyage is his international band: Stefan on vibes, Chris Bakas from NY, saxophone, Germans Roland Schneider drums and Pepe Bernes bass, and singer Michal Cohen from Israel. They released Geographia, will be released in Germany in late 2013 on Jazzhausmusik with release to North America shortly thereafter.

To cut costs and encourage interest in having Voyage play in Canada, Stefan is contemplating a re-jigging of the band's lineup to include mostly Canadian musicians.


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Winnipeg drummer and bandleader Curtis Nowosad just toured the 2015 Canadian Jazz Festivals,
promoting his Cellar Live release, Dialectics. With him on tour were the talented Jon Gordon on
saxaphones, Derick Gardner trumpet, Steve Kirby bass, and Will Bonness piano.

Performance info is here.
These are artists/groups that I think
would be extremely worthwhile for
Canadian jazz audiences to see/hear.
If you need information about any of them
please contact me.
Stefan Bauer and Voyage
David Virelles