Jun 12, 2010
Montreal-based composer and pianist François Bourassa proudly announces a rare tour in the U.S., with concerts scheduled at The Zinc Bar in NYC (June 14), The Rochester International Jazz Festival (June 15) and The Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA (June 16). Bourassa leads one of Canada's most acclaimed and revered jazz ensembles, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The quartet is composed of François with Guy Boisvert on bass, the celebrated saxophonist André Leroux and the young prodigy on drums, Philippe Melanson. West African percussionist Aboulaye Koné joined the group on the last album, bringing a "world" flavour to François' compositions: this great line up performs on the album Rasstones, (plus drummer Greg Ritchie): it was released in September 2007 on Effendi Records. François' career has gained some major momentum from numerous events, most notably: a 6-month residency in New York City (2005) which brought out a desire to play as much as he possibly could; and winning the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Oscar Peterson Prize in 2007. Bourassa previously won the Festival's new talent competition in 1985, which led to the start of his recording career.
Since then, the band has recorded six albums and has toured festivals, clubs and cultural centres around the world, including venues in the USA, France, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, India, Korea, China, Japan, Mexico and Russia, as well as numerous trips across Canada. Festivals played include the prestigious North Sea, Utsav, The Paris Jazz Festival, The Cork Jazz Festival, Yokohama and of course, Montreal Jazz Fests. The François Bourassa Quartet have opened for luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Stan Getz, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Ravi Coltrane. "Keep on doing that shit that you're doing," said Wayne Shorter to the band after they opened for him on a Western Canadian tour.