Joe Sullivan Quintet avec Yannick Rieu

Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large franco-ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical trumpet at the University of Ottawa in 1981.

His interest in jazz led him to the Berklee School of Music, then to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1987. Since then he has lived in the Montreal area and has been active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. A prolific composer, Sullivan directs a jazz sextet and a jazz Big Band and has eight compact discs as a leader. He has played with an impressive list of renowned artists, including Slide Hampton, Pat Labarbera, Dave Liebman, Kirk MacDonald, John Medeski, François Bourassa, Lorne Lofsky, Alain Caron and many others. He currently directs the McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 and teaches jazz composition, arranging and trumpet at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, where he is an associate professor.

Joe Sullivan trumpet
Yannick Rieu, sax
François Bourassa, piano
Adrian Vedady, bass
André White, drums

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