« Count » Basie
Saturday July 20 | 8 pm
Back at the Amphitheatre for its seventh consecutive visit, Montreal’s Orchestre national de Jazz continues its series of great jazz classics, on this occasion a tribute to William “Count” Basie, a timeless symbol of jazz in the twentieth century. The concert also makes a bow in the direction of the legendary Michel Legrand, who died earlier this year.
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL
Ron DI LAURO, direction
Sonia JOHNSON, voice
Great successes of William “Count” BASIE and Michel LEGRAND
Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal
Founded in 2012, the Montreal National Jazz Orchestra (NJO) is a Canadian ensemble that brings together conductors and instrumentalists of the highest caliber. Its mission is to commission, perform and record new works, interpret work from the world repertoire, invite the greatest artists and raise public awareness of the contribution and importance of jazz in musical culture. Since its founding, ONJ has performed more than 50 concerts, produced 2 CDs and collaborated with more than 100 of the best national and international jazz musicians.
At the 21st Opus Awards ceremony in 2018, The Conseil Québécois de la Musique awarded the Orchestra in two categories:
Jazz Record of the Year for Under the Influence Suite, composition and direction by Christine Jensen featuring singer and songwriter Sienna Dahlen on Justin Time Records.
Jazz Concert of the year – Composition, scenography and direction by John Hollenbeck featuring singer Theo Bleckmann, performed at GESÙ theatre during the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival (FIJM).
Ron Di Lauro
Ron di Lauro is the 2014 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award presented by the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and of the “Prix hommage” of the Jazzfest des jeunes de Québec in 2019.
One of Quebec’s most sought-after musicians for close to 40 years, Ron Di Lauro’s repertoire encompasses jazz, classical, pop, and world music. This trumpeter and conductor never ceases to amaze.
Throughout his career, he has accompanied many renowned artists in Canada and around the world.
As a soloist, he has often performed with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Vic Vogel’s Big Band, Lorraine Desmarais, and Joe Sullivan. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio broadcasts, collaborated in productions of musicals, film and commercial soundtracks, and in well over 300 recordings, notably with Cirque du Soleil and Céline Dion.
Ron di Lauro regularly serves as a guest jury member of music festivals and cultural organizations. He is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal, where he directs both the Big Band and Jazz Chamber Orchestra programs, in addition to teaching jazz trumpet. He is also an instructor at McGill University, where he teaches jazz trumpet and leads the McGill Jazz Orchestra II, and at UQÀM (pop trumpet).
Sonia Johnson is one surprising jazz vocalist and her eclectic career eloquently testifies to this. She has performed or shared double bills with many renowned jazz and pop artists such as Vic Vogel, Karen Young, Ray Anderson, Diane Tell, or Jean-Pierre Ferland. Juno Winner for the well-mastered Le Carré de nos amours (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2012) she also received 2014 Juno and ADISQ nominations for the collective Triades also featuring singers, Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr. Her last solo album Le cœur à l’endroit, which was listed in the top 5 best albums at ICI Musique for CBC Radio, is a subtle balm for souls in search of serenity, hope and for all those who enjoy jazz softly crooned in French! An inspired songwriter, she has collaborated as a lyricist with artists such as; Laila Biala, Steven Taetz or Félix Stüssi (Les Malcommodes invitent…) and composed children songs for entertainers Kalimba, Daniel Coutu and Bill Bestiole. Recently, she’s a guest vocalist within Vincent Rehel’s jazz rock project Le Capitaine Ivre, and she performs a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald entitled Dialogues Ella and Joe beside guitarist Stephen Johnston. She’s also singer and lyricist for Rodrigo Simoes Jazz Brazilian project and she completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from Université de Montréal. She’s preparing a new album to be revealed in spring 2019.