Joe Sullivan – leader, trumpet & flugel horn


Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large franco-ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. During his youth, he led an active musical life that included classical piano competitions, rock bands and high school concert and stage bands. He also composed music for several theater productions. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical trumpet at the University of Ottawa in 1981. His interest in jazz led him to the Berklee School of Music, then to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1987. Since then he has lived in Montreal and has been active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. A prolific composer, Sullivan directs a jazz sextet and a jazz Big Band. He has six compact discs to his name, the most recent being "Voices" (Effendi 2010) for sextet and "Northern Ontario Suite" for the Big Band. He has been a member of the Vic Vogel Big Band for over twenty years; has appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; and He has performed with numerous jazz artists of international repute, including Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk Macdonald, John Medeski, Pat Labarbera, Alain Caron, George Garzone, and Ranee Lee. He has received both the Prix Socan (1991) and the Prix DuMaurier (Joel Miller Group, 1997) at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as several awards from the Canadian and Québec arts councils. He currently directs the McGill Chamber Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz composition, arranging and trumpet at McGill University, where he is an associate professor.
Joe Sullivan – leader, trumpet & flugel horn
JS Big Band, JS Sextet

Donny Kennedy – lead alto & soprano saxophone


Donny, originally from Regina, has lived in Montreal since his days as a student at McGill in the mid-1990's. Donny is one of the city's best young alto players and is author of his own début cd, "Horizons" (2004). Donny has has been a member of the JSBB since 2005. He has recorded with Min Rager and has performed with Kevin Dean and Vic Vogel. His group was chosen by the Canada Council for the Arts as one of Canada's rising stars at the IAJE festival in Toronto in 2004.
Donny Kennedy – lead alto & soprano saxophone
JS Big Band

Remi Bolduc – alto & soprano saxophone


Rémi is one of the city’s most original jazz saxophonists. Since returning from New York, where he studied with and was strongly influenced by Steve Coleman, Rémi’s highly personal approach to the alto sax has won him the admiration and respect of his peers. He has recorded with Jerry Bergonzi, Mark Johnson, Kirk Macdonald and Jazzlab and has performed with numerous artists including Ben Monder, Jeri Brown and . Rémi is currently teaching at Mcgill University. Personal site: www.remibolduc.com
Remi Bolduc – alto & soprano saxophone
JS Big Band

Al McLean – tenor saxophone


Since arriving in Montreal as a student in the early 1990's, Al has established himself in the top tier of Canadian saxophonists. His solos are consistently outstanding and he has pushed the veterans in the band to new heights. This fine young artist is clear evidence that jazz is alive and well here. He has CD with Brian Hurley and has recorded with Josh Rager and the JSBB. Al currently resides in Chateauguay Qc.
Al McLean – tenor saxophone
JS Big Band

Andre Leroux – tenor saxophone


André has long been recognized as one of Canada's finest jazz saxophonists. He has recorded with the Joe Sullivan Sextet, François Bourassa, James Gelfand and Vic Vogel, to name only a few. He is also in great demand as a classical saxophonist and is active on the contemporary music scene in Montreal. Current projects include "Hommage à John Coltrane", his first CD as a leader, and a new recording with the Joe Sullivan 6tet. André currently resides in St Donat. Personal site: www.andreleroux.net
Andre Leroux – tenor saxophone
JS Big Band, JS Sextet

Jean Frechette – baritone saxophone


Best known as the saxophonist and arranger for La Bottine Souriante, Jean is Montreal’s first call on baritone saxophone. He is a long-time member of both the Vic Vogel Big Band and the Joe Sullivan Sextet. Frechette is also a respected big band composer and arranger whose music has been recorded by Vic Vogel, Denny Christianson and this ensemble.
Jean Frechette – baritone saxophone
JS Big Band, JS Sextet

Jocelyn Couture – lead trumpet & flugel horn


Jocelyn is one of those lead players that makes other trumpeters shake their heads in disbelief. Not only does he possess tremendous power and range, but he swings, too! He has played lead for Vic Vogel, Maria Schneider, the Maritime Jazz Big Band, Kenny Wheeler, Michel Legrand, Bobby Vinton, Lou Rawls and others. He also directs the stage band and teaches trumpet at Vanier College.
Jocelyn Couture – lead trumpet & flugel horn
JS Big Band

Jocelyn Lapointe – trumpet & flugel horn


Jocelyn has been a successful free-lance lead trumpeter in Montreal for over twenty years. He is a long-time member of La Bottine Souriante and has played lead trumpet for Robert Charlebois, Vic Vogel, Denny Christiansen and numerous other ensembles and visiting artists over the years. He currently teaches at Cegep Joliette and resides in Montreal.
Jocelyn Lapointe – trumpet & flugel horn
JS Big Band

Aron Doyle – trumpet & flugel horn


Aron is one of Montreal’s busiest sidemen and finest jazz soloists. Originally from British Columbia, he has impressed Montreal jazz fans and his fellow musicians with his warm tone and musical sense of phrasing. He has appeared with Kenny Wheeler, Ray Anderson, Maria Schneider, Altsys, Dave Turner, Joel Miller, Jazzlab and many others. Aron is also a member of the No Name Jazz Sextet.
Aron Doyle – trumpet & flugel horn
JS Big Band

Dave Mossing – trumpet & flugel horn


Originally from Regina, Dave is one of Montreal's finest contemporary jazz soloists. He has performed with Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, Karen Young, and Vic Vogel, to name a few. He has recorded numerous CD’s and radio shows as a sideman. He has released one CD with the ‘Dave Mossing Quintet’ which has performed at various venues around Montreal.
Dave Mossing – trumpet & flugel horn
JS Big Band

Dave Grott – lead trombone


Over the years, Dave has established himself as one of Montreal’s finest trombonists. Best known for his work as lead player for Vic Vogel, he is one of our busiest free-lancers, and has toured extensively, notably with the musicals “Chicago” and “Forever Swing”.
Dave Grott – lead trombone
JS Big Band

Richard Gagnon – trombone


Richard is a self-taught jazz trombonist who has been on the scene for many years as a member of the Vic Vogel band and as leader of his own quintet, which has released two CDs. Richard also founded the group "Trombones Action", a five trombone ensemble with two CDs to its credit. He is a member of Jazzlab and has performed with numerous ensembles including "La Bottine Souriante".
Richard Gagnon – trombone
JS Big Band

Jean Nicholas Trottier – trombone


Jean-Nicholas is a young trombone virtuoso who has already made his mark in Montreal. He is a prolific jazz composer, leader of his own big band and is a first-rate jazz soloist. He currently teaches at Université de Montreal and resides in Longeuil.
Jean Nicholas Trottier – trombone
JS Big Band

Bob Ellis – trombone


Bob is best known as a long-time member of both the Vic Vogel band and “La Bottine Souriante”. Along with his ability to power the bottom of a big band, Bob is capable of playing with classical delicacy, as evidenced by his work as a member of Les Grands Ballets and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivière. He teaches at the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivière and at Cegep Jolliette.
Bob Ellis – trombone
JS Big Band

Andre White – piano & fender rhodes


André is one of Montreal’s most versatile and universally respected musicians. His skill as a pianist is equalled only by his skill as a drummer, and he is in great demand on both instruments. André is also a jazz historian and sound engineer; in short, he’s a regular jazz renaissance man! His long list of accomplishments include appearances with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Pepper Adams, Barry Harris and Kevin Dean. He has several cd recordings under his own name: with Ben Monder, Kirk Macdonald, Janis Steprans, Joe Sullivan and as leader of his own trio. André is also a professor at Mcgill University.
Andre White – piano & fender rhodes
JS Big Band, JS Sextet

Alec Walkington – acoustic bass


Alec is one of Montreal’s most respected bassists, largely due to his great time feel and strong improvisations. His impressive CV includes appearances with Joe Henderson, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler and Jimmy Heath, to name only a few. He is currently a member of the Kevin Dean Quintet. Alec also teaches at Mcgill University.
Alec Walkington – acoustic bass
JS Big Band, JS Sextet

Dave Laing – drums


Dave Laing is one of Canada’s very finest jazz drummers. He has long been just about every band leader’s first choice here in Montreal, and deservedly so. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Kevin Dean Quintet, with which group he appears on a regular basis. He is also a member of the Joe Sullivan Sextet and the André White Trio.
Dave Laing – drums
JS Big Band, JS Sextet
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