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

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

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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