bio

alex bellegarde

bio

Energetic player, composer and Grand Jazz Award winner at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 26th ed, Alex Bellegarde creates music drawn from a wealth of sources. He heads a number of formations and participates in a range of projects: jazz, Latin music and multidisciplinary. With several albums to his credit, he is also a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. A pillar of Montreal's jazz scene, he hosts a dynamic weekly jam session that draws promising talents and renowned jazz musicians from near and afar.

A much sought-after Latin bassist when local Cuban players or latin stars from out of town need the right sound, he has played at special events with artists from the US and Cuba : Candido Camero, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Edwin Bonilla, Chiquitin and Caridad Cruz.

Master of improv', Alex Bellegarde has performed in a wealth of projects from theatre, film, poetry and dance to multimedia. Spontaneous Creation Module, Émergence Énergie, Mix Sessions/ Radical Libre (multimedia), Exit Sur Scène , Poetry for Three Americas (poetry), MRJ (Bravo film), Cornemuse by Larry Tremblay, Hamlet Machine by Heiner Müller (theatre)...to name a few!
Invited to join Laurent Bortolotti's international project jazz é-tape (jazz, theatre & tap) in 2013, he performs several times a year with the company in Europe.

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Born in Montreal, Alex grew up in Quebec’s Eastern townships, where throughout high school he played with the award winning Ensemble Davignon and Massey Vanier Band. By 97, he was back in town checking out Montreal's effevescent jazz scene and playing at many of the weekly jam sessions.

Influenced greatly by bassist, the late Skip Bey, Alex was member of the Vic Vogel Octet and played with Vogel’s guest, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, at the Montreal Jazz Festival. He is a frequent player in events such L'Off Festival de Jazz and the Montreal jazz Fest and in festivals and clubs across Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and the US.

DISCOGRAPHY/FESTIVALS & EVENTS...scrolldown
    DISCOGRAPHY
  • 2014 · Alex Bellegarde Trio – Floating, AB Productions
  • 2009 · Live – Alex Bellegarde Quintet, Productions Chien Noir
  • 2007 · Montreal meets New York – Neal Haiduck & Alex Bellegarde
    Blackwood Prod.
  • 2006 · Caminando – Alex Bellegarde Quartet, Justin Time Records
  • 2003 · Live – Alex Bellegarde Quartet, Productions Chien Noir
  • 2002 · One Fine Saturday – Alex Bellegarde, VV Records
  • 2001 · Montréal Jazz & Blues Plus – compliation, VV Records
  • 2000 · À Chacun son Tour – Alex Bellegarde Quartet, Indie

  • COLLABORATIONS...
  • 2014 · Jesus Cantero & Los Criollos All Stars – Que Quere Mi Gente, Mojito Music
  • 2013 · Niyaz – Sumud, Terrestial Lane Productions
  • 2012 · Planetarium – Martin Roussel, Note musik
  • 2010 · Encuentros – Yoël Diaz, Artic Records
  • 2009 · Rhodes Trip – Tomisheep, Air M.S Media
  • 2008 · Django in Montreal – Maânouche Swing, Indie
  • 2008 · Souvenirs – Trigo › Campion › Chang, Hot Club Records
  • 2007 · Empreintes – Eval Manigat, Tchaka Productions
  • 2006 · Nature Boy – Denis Chang, Hot Club Records
  • 2006 · Viva la Musica Cubana – Yoël Diaz & los Criollos all-Stars
    Fleur de Lys Prod.
  • 2006 · Desde mi casa hasta la Habana – Yoël Diaz Y Su Team Timba
    Mojitos & Musica
  • 2006 · Cherokee – Alex Gordon & Ginny B, Indie
  • 2005 · Live – Yoël Diaz Latin Band · House of Jazz
  • 2005 · How can you hug a fish – Vivienne Dean, Indie
  • 2005 · Lucky Lex & the Adventure, Indie
  • 2005 · Fragments – Marlène Continente, Solar Prod.
  • 2003 · Live à l’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal – Abel Hassing Quintet, Indie
    FILM & THEATRE
  • 2015 2014 2013 · Atman - Jazz & Tap with Laurent Bortolotti
  • 2009 · Viva Confusion doc-theatre produced by Hunt Hoe
  • 2008 · 3 Seasons film by Jim Donovan
  • 2007 · Swinging couples film by Simon Boisvert
  • 2004 · Urbaine & Ordinaire doc-film by Maxime Rousseau & Alexandre Bertrand
  • 2004 · Conte et Nous en Jazz
  • 2004 · Imagine-toi c’que j’ai lu: tales for 5 to 10 yrs old
  • 2004 · Hamlet Machine play by Heiner Müller
  • 2003 · Cornemuse play by Larry Tremblay
  • 2002 · Emmanuelle Blanche
  • 1999 · Sans Mesure film by Julie Provençal
  • 1998 · La Tête Dans les Nuages play by Marc Delaruelle
    SELECTION OF FESTIVALS & EVENTS
  • 2015 2014 2013 2010 2008 2006 2005 2003 · Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
  • 2015 2011 2010 2008 2005 2004 2003 2002 · L’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal
  • 2015 · TD Jazz Festival, Toronto
  • 2015 · Sutton Jazz Festival
  • 2012 2009 2008 2006 · Rimouski Festijazz International Qc
  • 2011 · Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto
  • 2009 · F.O.A.T Festival, Mexico
  • 2009 2008 · Conseil des arts de Montréal concert tour
  • 2009 ·  First Peoples' Festival, Montreal
  • 2008 · Governor General’s Arts Awards Gala,Ottawa
  • 2008 · Grand Prix F1 Piazza, Montréal
  • 2008 · Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2008 · La 9e Marché de la poésie de Montréal
  • 2008 · Hudson Music Festival Qc
  • 2008 · Festival International des Rythmes du Monde de Saguenay Qc
  • 2008 · National Jazz Awards Toronto
  • 2008 2006 2004 · Sunfest, London On
  • 2008 · Montreal Fashion & Design Festival
  • 2008 2007 2006 · Sutton Jazz Festival Qc
  • 2007 · Governor General’s concert, La Citadelle Québec
  • 2007 · Festival international des Nuits d’Afrique Montréal
  • 2007 · Raylle Jazz de Lanaudière Qc
  • 2007 · Le Mondial Choral Loto Québec Qc
  • 2007 · Festival des Rythmes d’Afrique Qc
  • 2007 · Festival de Musique du Bout du Monde Qc
  • 2007 · Spontaneous Creation Module Montréal
  • 2007 · La Nuit Laurentienne de la Poésie Qc
  • 2007 2003 · Les Francofolies de Montréal
  • 2006 · Candido Camero National Jazz Awards Toronto
  • 2006 · Kingston Jazz Festival On
  • 2006 · Jazz Vespers Manhattan NYC USA
  • 2006 · Neal Haiduck, Enrique Medina & El Rico Son, Harlem NY
  • 2006 · Eddie Palmieri & Team Timba Medley Montréal
  • 2006 · Jazz Amérique Montréal
  • 2005 · Jazz all year around FIJM Spectrum Montréal
  • 2006, 2005, 2004 · Montreal Rythmes of the World Festival
  • 2005 · La Charanga Habanera from Cuba Medley Montréal
  • 2005 · Les Folles Nuits de Jazz au Centre d’Histoire de Montréal
  • 2005 · Festival Voix d’Amériques, Montréal
  • 2005 · Musicans' Solidarity Show, Cafe Campus Montréal
  • 2005 · Festival Latino-Américan de Montréal
  • 2005 · Festival Cubain de St Sauveur Qc
  • 2004 · Vic Vogel Octet, Salle Pierre Mercure Montréal
  • 2004 · Distillery Jazz Festival, Toronto
  • 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 · FIJM Les Nuits de Montréal
  • 2004 ·  International Music Day, Montréal
  • 2004 2003 · FIJM Les Nuits de Montréal
  • 2004 2002 · Coup de Coeur Francophone Montréal
  • 2003 · Vic Vogel, Musée du Québec
  • 2003 · Salon de la Musique de Montréal
  • 2003 · Évidemment Jazz, Montréal
  • 2003 · TrioFF Générations Jazz, Montréal
  • 2003 · Montreal Fringe Festival
  • 2002 · Multimedia X NYC USA
  • 2002 · Auditorium Massey Vanier Qc
  • 2001 · Festival de la Francophonie Ottawa On
  • 2001 · International Swing Dance Festival Qc
  • 1997 · Les Francouvertes Montréal
  • 1996 · Festival des Musiciens de la rue Qc
  • 1995 · Festival Zoopalooza Qc
  • 1994 · Festival International de la Chanson de Granby Qc
  • ...as well as performances for Radio Canada, CIBL 101.5, Global and Bravo TV……… to name just a few.
    MONTREAL CLUBS
  • Upstairs, House of Jazz (Biddles), Dièse Onze, L'Escogriffe, Le Va et Vient, Jazzons, Club Soda, Café Campus, Quartier Latin, Quai des Brûmes, Café Soho, Bily Kun, Casa Del Popolol, Nyks, Café Sarajevo, O Patro Vys, Barraca, Cubanos, Bobards, Le Sergent Recruteur, La Place à Coté , La Rumba, Inter B, Le Bodegon, L’Air du temps, Le Va et Vient, Jello, Java U, O’ Casa, Les Minots, Sala Rossa, Le Monté Cristo, Bistro Duluth, Café L’Utopik, Terrasses St Ambroise, Café Ludik, O Patro Vys, Swing Ring

© 2005-2014 Alex Bellegarde