An exceptional sound, a sensitive approach, an innate sense of musical language are some of the characteristics that were used to define Chantal De Villiers’s tenor saxophone’s playing.
Chantal was born in Montreal, in a musician’s family. She was exposed to music at an early age by her dad, a professional pianist. She chose the tenor saxophone at age 15.
During her career, Chantal De Villiers has performed in duet, trio, quartet and quintet formation at a variety of events. Since music was a major force in her family, the musical relationship she developed with her father helped her define her style. The rich, hushed saxophone sound she developed brings to mind her influences, such as Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Scott Hamilton, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris and Gene Ammons.
The concert she presents at Upstairs is the recipient of the Opus Prize for the best Jazz concert of the year 2020.
During her last concert, she was the guest of saxophonist Rémi Bolduc. It is her turn to invite him to this musical evening which marks a return after long months of the pandemic.
Chantal De Villiers – tenor saxophone
Taurey Butler – piano
Fraser Hollins – bass
Rich Irwin – drums
special guest Rémi Bolduc – alto saxophone