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Alexandre Côté Quintet

Wins the 2011 TD Grand Jazz Award

The Galaxie Rising Star Award goes to John Roney

Montreal, Monday, July 4, 2011 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in collaboration with TD-official sponsor and presenter of the event-are today pleased to be awarding the TD Grand Jazz Award to Alexandre Côté Quintet The group was deemed best of 9 other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition. The jury made a special mention of Ernesto Cervini Quartet to highlight the interest for this young Toronto ensemble. The group is invited to participate in the 2012 edition of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

The Galaxie Rising Star Award was bestowed for the best composition, the 2011 prize going to John Roney for his piece Choices.

Alexandre Côté Quintet was awarded the 2011 TD Grand Jazz Award by Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President of Programming & Production, at a press conference, this morning at 11 a.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Alexandre Côté Quintet

One of the elite saxophonists on the Quebec scene, Alexandre Côté, also composer, arranger and teacher at Cégep de Saint-Laurent, has played with Guy Nadon, Vic Vogel, Bernard Primeau, Alain Caron, Martin Deschamps… With a discography that includes appearances on more than 30 albums, he now heads stagefront-and-center with his quintet composed of Jonathan Cayer, Dave Mossing, Kevin Warren and Dave Watts and offered us a luminous evening earlier this week.

2011 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

  • The 2011 TD Grand Jazz Award and a $5,000 grant from TD;
  • The opportunity to present a second concert on July4 at 6p.m. on the TD stage;
  • An invitation to take part in the 2012 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, all expenses paid by the Festival;
  • Fifty hours of studio time and mastering at KarismaStudio;
  • A licensing deal for the manufacturing and distribution of an album on the EffendiRecords label;
  • An invitation to perform at Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, 2012 edition;
  • An invitation to perform at the 2011 Zacatecas International Jazz & Blues Festival (Mexico).

Galaxie Rising Star Award

Galaxie is proud to be associated with the TD Grand Jazz Award. This year’s Galaxie Rising Star Award is going to John Roney for his piece Choices, considered by the jury to be the best composition presented in this year’s contest. In addition to a $5,000 grant, the winner will have his music played on one or many jazz channels offered by Galaxie. By encouraging these upcoming stars, Galaxie is fulfilling one of its heartfelt objectives.

A springboard for Canadian jazz ensembles

Created in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Jazz Award has become a springboard for local musicians with bright futures in jazz. Every summer, the awarding of the Grand Jazz Award has increasingly drawn the interest of the general public, as well as observers of the national and international jazz scenes, giving that last big boost to groups or artists on the verge of general recognition.

This year, 10 Canadian groups or artists were in competition for the TD Grand Jazz Award 2011. Besides the winners-Alexandre Côté Quintet (Québec) and John Roney (Québec)-, competing this year were: Will Bonness Trio (Manitoba), Ernesto Cervini Quartet (Ontario), Joel Kerr Quintet (Québec), Don Berner Sextet (Alberta), Efa Etoroma, Jr. Trio (Québec-Alberta), Bomata (Québec), Alex Goodman Quintet (Ontario) and The Unsupervised (British Columbia).

The 2011 jury was comprised of: Michael Bourne (WBGO New York), Lorraine Desmarais (pianist and 1984 TD Grand Jazz Award prizewinner), Pierre-Jean Lavigne (Galaxie programmer), Martin Roussel (Festi Jazz International de Rimouski programmer), Vicente Rodriguez (Zacatecas International Jazz & Blues Festival programmer, Mexico) and Carole Therrien (Effendi Records Vice-President and musician).

Take note that the last year’s winner, Parc X Trio, gave a free exterior concert last Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m., as part of Les Gammes TD series on the TD stage of the Place des Festivals.

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