Jazz News Alex Bellegarde Latin Quintet, National Jazz Awards … Bellegarde did a magnificent number to close out the festivities with grand style. » Paul J. Youngman, Toronto
A much sought-after Latin bassist when stars from out of town need the right sound, Alex Bellegarde has played with legendary artists from the US, Puerto Rico and Cuba : Candido Camero, Willy Torres, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Tony Vega, Edwin Bonilla, Pedro Arroyo, Ray Sepulveda, Eddie Torres, Willy Gonzales, Chiquitin, Caridad Cruz, Brenda Naverette
Alex Bellegarde heads his Latin Jazz Quintet, Quartet and Trio as well as the Cuban band Trabuco Habanero. He also plays with many Cuban, Mexican and Columbian artists from the Canadian latin scene. ... Jesus Cantero & los Criollos All Stars, Miguel de Armas, Neville Jr Y Orquestra Ritmo Caribeño, Los Amormales, Gabriel Palachi, Grupo Asere, Yousy Barbara Ruiz, Joe Armando, Roberto Lopez, Macuyé de Cuba, Pedrito A Gonzales, Alejandro ‘El Nino’ Perez, The Montreal Cuban All Stars, Convoy Cubano, Québa… to name a few.
Original compositions, free improvisations, savy grooves, bassist Alex Bellegarde, fuses contemporary jazz with Afro‐Cuban music. Regular performers at Montreal's prestigious Upstairs Jazz Club, the band features some of Montréals top Cuban musicians Domier Gonzales, Michel Cantero, Nestor Rodriguez.… » Upstairs Jazz Club - Sundays, bi-monthly @ 19h30
Son, rumba, timba and salsa rhythms drive Trabuco Habenero's exciting repertoire of original compositions as well as some innovative arrangements of traditional themes drawn from the very heart of Cuba. Featured at many hotspot venues around Montreal and beyond, you can be sure to catch up with them at Dièse Onze Jazz Club on rue St Denis every Monday where the night heats up with Trabuco's all star lineup: Jesus Cantero, Lazaro Leyva, Yoel Diaz, Diomer Gonzales Gonzales, Alex Bellegarde. …» Dièse Onze Jazz Club - Mondays @ 21h30
Alex's association with legendary Cuban singer/percussionist Chiquitin (Alfredo Morales), featured guest artist on his album One Fine Saturday, VV Records, sparked a passion for Cuban music and Latin rhythms.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Chiquitin, who began his career more than 50 years back. When we first met we communicated via music as neither of us spoke the other's language and it was during his visit to Montreal in 2002 he introduced me to his world of traditional Cuban music. Connecting and playing with many Montreal-based Cubans has deepened my appreciation of Cuban 'Son', with its often very complex rhythms and the warmth and spontaneity of the musicians.