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Marianne Trudel, Patrick Masbourian and Dick Irvin: judges for the 7th edition

Battle of the Bands VII

Montreal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — It’s become a Festival tradition: every year, two rival orchestras engage in merciless musical combat, showcasing their interpretive talents and instrumental mastery! And in this calm before the storm, as we prepare the 7th edition of the Battle of the Bands as part of the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, it’s time to unveil the names of the judges who will deliver their verdicts and choose the big winner between the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Terry Myers, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra led by Bill Tole. Presented on July 4 this year in celebration of the American national holiday, the 7th Battle of the Bands will take place at 7 p.m. in the Maison symphonique de Montréal. 

Marianne Trudel

Pianist, composer, arranger and improviser, Marianne Trudel has performed in many countries. She has 6 recordings to her credit, 2 of which were nominated for Juno awards and one was awarded a Prix Opus. She has composed and arranged for numerous ensembles and orchestras, among them the American Composers Orchestra (NYC) and the Orchestre national de Jazz (Montreal). During her career she has shared the stage with international stars of the music world including Charles Aznavour, Chucho Valdés and Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Patrick Masbourian

After placing 3rd in Radio Canada’s La Course Europe-Asie 1990-1991, Patrick became a reporter/director for TQS and TVA and a host at Télé-Québec and Musique Plus. From 2000 to 2006, he was both host of La Revanche des nerdZ at ZTélé and a reporter for Flash. He is a huge music lover and has his own radio show PM at Ici Radio-Canada Première since 2009.

Dick Irvin

The voice of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for over 30 years, Dick Irvin Jr. is an icon in Canadian sports broadcasting. Besides his work on television and radio, he is also an accomplished author, philanthropist and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2013. Although celebrated for his great knowledge of hockey, Dick is known as one of Montreal greatest aficionados of Big Band music.