In a city rich with jazz talent, bassist Alex Bellegarde is surely one of the best players around, constantly finding new types of projects and new musicians with which to extend the range of his jazz vocabulary Neil Brouillet. Montreal.com
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 much sought-after Latin bassist when local Cuban players or latin stars from out of town need the right sound, he has been called up to play with artists from the Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia and the US : Candido Camero, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Edwin Bonilla, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Sepulveda, Tony Vega, Willy Gonzales, Pedro Arroyo, Willy Torres, Chiquitin and Caridad Cruz.
Downbeat… ‹ Bellegarde… a mainstay of Montréal's jazz scene › Sharon Cohen
Alex Bellegarde hosts a dynamic weekly jam session that draws promising talents and renowned jazz musicians from near and afar.
Master of improv', Alex Bellegarde plays in a wealth of projects from theatre, film, poetry and dance to multimedia. Some productions: Spontaneous Creation Module, Émergence Énergie, Mix Sessions/ Radical Libre (multimedia), Exit Sur Scène , Poetry for Three Americas (poetry), MRJ transmedia actuelle - 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 has performed regularly with the company in Europe.
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. Interest in performance and theatre sparked from playing in the school's poduction of West Side Story.
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, he was a member of the Vic Vogel Octet and played with Vogel's guest, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
A frequent player in events such L'Off Festival de Jazz, Montreal's Jazz Fest and at venues across Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and France you can be sure to catch up with him most of the year at his Tuesday jam in Montreal.
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