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DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2012 Adjudicator

Jazz
Richard Gagnon

Richard GagnonA Montreal musician, Richard Gagnon studied at cégep St-Laurent. He then participated in some musical training sessions with the Canadian Armed Forces in Victoria, British Columbia. Back in Montreal, he took classes at McGill University, studied trombone with Ted Griffith and Mohamed Abdoul Al Kabir and, more recently, with Steve Davis from New York. He also studied arranging with André Beaudry, a teacher at cégep St-Laurent. For the past 25 years, Richard has been a presence at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with different bands such as the Vic Vogel Big Band, the Joseph Sullivan Big Band, Jazz Lab, other musicians like Lorraine Desmarais, Alain Caron and his own Richard Gagnon Quintet.

As a freelance trombonist, Richard has acquired considerable experience in diverse musical styles such as Traditional with La Bottine Souriante, Dixie with Bourbon Street, Pop, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues with stars like Céline Dion, Gregory Charles, Frank Sinatra jr. , Aretha Franklin and many more. In 1998, the Richard Gagnon Jazz Quintet was born, a band for which Richard writes most of the arrangements and the original repertoire. In February of 2000, he produced his first CD with the Quintet entitled À cœur ouvert (Independent label). This recording was followed by a second one called Influence (XXI-21 Records). In 2004, Richard decided to write for six trombones and a rhythm section and started a new ensemble, the RICHARD GAGNON TROMBONES ACTIONS.

In October 2006, he launched his third CD called Intro, a collection of 11 titles, made up of seven original compositions and four jazz standards for which he hired 6 of the best trombonists from the Montreal musical scene. In March 2010 a fourth album is born, Suite, which includes 11 original compositions, with special guest Steve Davis, a distinguished trombonist from the USA. Trombonist, composer, arranger and producer, Richard Gagnon offers a music open to everyone, with beautiful melodies, carefully thought out and efficient arrangements and an orchestral sound. He leaves a lot of room for soloists and welcomes improvisation. His “swing” is energizing, half-way between classical and modern.

The RICHARD GAGNON TROMBONES ACTIONS also proposes audacious and novel sounding jazz.

 

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