Brad Cheeseman returns to Montreal Jazz Festival

Brad Cheeseman will be performing at the 2017 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, an encore to last year’s Grand Prix-winning performance. Rounding out the band will be Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano) and Marito Marques, the same band that entered the studio in December to record Brad’s new album. The band will be showcasing these new compositions at a free concert on the festival’s main stage (Scene TD) in downtown Montreal on Monday July 3 at 6pm.

Brad at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival

Brad Cheeseman Group wins 2016 TD Grand Prix Jazz Award

The Brad Cheeseman Group was awarded the prestigious TD Grand Prix Jazz Award at this year’s Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. The prize features recording time, future festival appearances, prize money, and included a feature performance on the festival’s TD Stage. Each year, the festival selects ten Canadian artists to compete for the award and, after careful consideration, selects a winner based on their festival performances. In addition to the Brad Cheeseman Group, this year’s competition included Tara Kannangara (Ontario), Lisanne Tremblay (Quebec), Tertio (Quebec), Samuel Bonnet (Quebec), Autobahn (Ontario), Annie Dominique (Quebec), FOG Brass Band (Ontario) and the Simon Denizart Trio (Quebec).

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The band—including guitarist Robert Chapman, pianist Sam Kogen, drummer Marito Marques and saxophonist Chelsea McBride—delivered the exciting competition-deciding performance on July 4 at the Club Jazz Casino stage, performing selections from the band’s award-winning self-titled album for hundreds of enthusiastic festival-goers. Later that night, Brad received a call from the festival letting him know the good news. At the festival’s press conference, Cheeseman stated that “to be here at all, especially with nine other fantastic artists, is a huge honour and to get this recognition is incredible.” The band later delivered a concluding performance on the festival’s TD Stage on July 5.

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Brad Cheeseman Group: summer 2016 tour!

After a quiet winter and spring, the Brad Cheeseman Group will be hitting the road this June and July to perform music from their award-winning albums. You can see/hear the band on the following dates (check the Calendar for more info):

June 16 – The Rex Hotel, Toronto, ON
June 24 – Artword Artbar, Hamilton, ON
June 25 – Mahtay Cafe, St. Catharines, ON
July 4 – Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, QC
July 15 – Waterloo Jazz Festival, Waterloo, ON

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See you soon!