Highlights of The Joe Sullivan Big Band


The ensemble’s repertoire consists of approximately 50 original compositions and arrangements, about 40 of which are by Joe Sullivan. The remaining compositions are by Jean Fréchette, Janis Steprans, Jean-Nicolas Trottier and Al Mclean. Sullivan has also arranged the compositions of several important Canadian jazz composers, including Kirk MacDonald, Janis Steprans and Pat Labarbera.

Performance History

  • featuring Pat LaBarbera; Concert at Tanna Schulich Hall in Montreal, October 29th 2010
  • featuring Lorne Lofsky; concert at Espace Dell’Arte in Montreal, February 16th 2010
  • at Segal Center in Montreal, November 15th 2009
  • featuring Don Thompson; Concert at the Casa Luna in Montreal, November 21st, 2008, featuring Canadian jazz legend and multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson.
  • Mont Orford summer concert series, August 31st 2008
  • featuring George Garzone; at Espace Dell’Arte in Montreal, part of the concert series Jazz en Rafale, March 29th 2008. This concert received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
  • at Salle Odyssée in Gatineau, March 8th 2008, recorded for broadcast for Espace Musique. Live recording of the Northern Ontario Suite.
  • featuring Brian O’Kane; Concert at Mojito, Montreal, February 9th, 2008
  • featuring Jean Fréchette and Jean-Nicholas Trottier; Concert at Mojito, Montreal, November 8th 2007.
  • Back To School Special” at the Mojito in Montreal, Sept 13th 2007
  • The Northern Ontario Suite”; at the Mojito in Montreal, April 2007
  • featuring Al Mclean, André Leroux, Aron Doyle: Espace Dell’Arte, Montreal Feb 28th, 2007.
  • Sala Rossa, Montreal, July 2nd 2006 featuring the music of Chuck Dotas
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival June 26th, 2006
  • featuring Kevin Turcotte (Toronto) and Janis Steprans (Quebec City); Espace Dell’Arte, Montreal May 18th, 2006 (part of “Stop and Listen” concert series)
  • Joe Sullivan Big Band plays the music of Rémi Boldu, Club Soda Montreal April 25th, 2006
  • Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University, Montreal, March 11th, 2006
  • featuring Kirk MacDonald and Andre Leroux; main stage, Montreal Intl Jazz Festival, July 8th, 2005
  • featuring Remi Bolduc; Focaccio Montreal, May 19th, 2005
  • featuring Kirk MacDonald; Focaccio Montreal, March 11th, 2005
  • featuring Andre Leroux; Focaccio Montreal, Feb 5th, 2005
  • featuring Pat Labarbera; Focaccio Montreal, Nov 12th, 2004
  • featuring Kirk MacDonald; Espace Alizé Montreal, May 27th, 2004
  • featuring Al Kay; Musicfest Canada (held at Vanier College), May 29th, 2004
  • Gesu Centre de Créativité Montreal, Feb 11th 2004
  • at Espace Focaccio Montreal, Dec 1st, 2003
  • at Espace Focaccio Montreal, Nov 10th, 2003
  • at Espace Focaccio Montreal, Oct 6th, 2003
  • Montreal International Jazz Festival, July 2003
  • Pollack Hall, Mcgill University, Feb 5th, 2003
  • Off Jazz Festival, July 6th, 2002
  • Jazzfest des Jeunes du Quebec, St. Hubert, March 23rd, 2002
  • Moyse Hall, Mcgill University, Dec 5th, 2001
  • Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia University, March 18th, 2001

CD Recordings

  • 2010 Northern Ontario Suite (Perry Lake Records)
  • 2006 Stop And Listen (Effendi)
  • 2004 Joe Sullivan Big Band (Effendi)


  • Canada Arts Council: Rehearsal and Production (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), Sound Recording (2002, 2005, 2009), Commissioning Grants (1998, 2001, 2002, 2011)
  • Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec: Rehearsal and Production (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)


  • Nomination for Prix Opus, best jazz concert of 2007-08 (Mont Orford, Aug 31st 2008)
  • Nomination for Prix Opus, best jazz recording of 2005-06
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