Jazz in the Point
@ Toronto's Rex Hotel (September 19th)
@ Ottawa's Café Paradiso (September 20th)
@ Montreal's Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill (September 21st)
End of Tour Party and Jam Session
@ Montreal's Café Armatta (September 22nd)
Montreal's own jazz quartet Jazz in the Point, (Ben Henriques, tenor sax, Marie-Fatima Rudolf, piano, Kyle Morin, bass, and Thomas Durant, drums) celebrates the release of their debut self title album with performances at Toronto's Rex Hotel on Monday September 19th, Ottawa's Café Paradiso on Tuesday September 20th, Montreal's Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill on Wednesday September 21st, and Montreal's Cafe Armatta on Thursday September 22nd.
Jazz in the Point is a Montreal based jazz band and musical co-operative founded by drummer Thomas Durant and bassist Kyle Morin in November of 2008.
Established with an emphasis on community, Jazz in the Point (JITP) offers a wide variety of opportunities for both musicians and enthusiasts, including weekly performances and jam sessions, as well as a Saturday night concert series.
The jam sessions, which are frequented by many students and emerging musicians, have also attracted the likes of Joel Miller, Chet and Jim Doxas, Rémi Bolduc, Andre White, Geoff Lapp, Fraser Hollins, Kevin Dean, and John Roney among others.
In the style of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with the core being Morin on bass, and Durant on drums, the JITP "house band" has featured a wide variety of musicians from all over the country. In October of 2009, the Jazz in the Point concert series was debuted, and the Al McLean Quartet performed to a packed house. Over the course of nine months, JITP produced twenty five concerts including Jennifer Bell and Bill Mahar's Altsys Nonet, Dave Turner's Earth Tones, The Joe Sullivan Sextet, OneUpOneDown, The Steve Amirault Trio, The Chateauguay Tenors, and a fundraiser for Haiti featuring Christine and Ingrid Jensen among others.
Jazz in the Point has become widely recognized in the Montreal jazz community as a nexus where players of all ages and abilities can hear quality music, build rich networks, and perform together in a non-threatening, listener friendly environment. It provides an atmosphere which fosters growth, creativity, and cultivates the aural tradition of jazz.
The concept of the album was to capture the feeling that was generated during JITP's inception. Nine of the ten tracks are original compositions, with guest appearances by two of Canada's finest saxophone talents Al McLean and Cameron Wallis.
Jazz in the Point's music is highly accessible, coherent, and has an air of genuine honesty, which is an accurate representation of the JITP vibe. "Thomas and Kyle are an integral part of Montreal's jazz scene. They are driving the real, not commercial, Montreal jazz scene - they are standing the jazz community on its ear."- Al Mclean, Rare Bird Records