A word from the artistic director

I always dreamt about playing the blues, and now I've been doing so for over 40 years. Blues music comes right from the heart and expresses everything that rings true. With its compelling rhythms, soul-stirring melodies and rallying lyrics, blues music is nothing short of irresistible.

And now, dear students, it's your turn to tell us your stories entirely in music, by exploring this wonderful southern-rooted genre with our generous-hearted teachers.

Passion and pleasure guaranteed! May the party begin!

Vincent Beaulne


VINCENT BEAULNE  | MATTHIEU VAN VLIET  | ALAIN BERTRAND  | DANIEL BONIN  | DOMINIC LÉVEILLÉ  | CHRISTIAN MALETTE  | LAURENT TRUDEL  | BERNARD DESLAURIERS  | ALI LABELLE  | YVES ADAM

VINCENT BEAULNE, artistic Director

He also leads the Blues Delight band.
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Montreal-born Vincent Beaulne leads the group Blues Delight, and has loved the blues and jazz ever since childhood. A professional musician by age 16, he then went on to accompany numerous artists in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, the United States and France. A singer, composer, musician and music teacher (he has a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from Concordia University, and a bachelor's degree in music education from UQAM). He collaborates often with blues musician Bob Walsh and singer Nanette Workman. bluesdelight.com

MATTHIEU VAN VLIET, trombonist

Matthieu Van Vliet

Matthieu was born in Brussels in 1979. After a few years in San Francisco, his family settled in Montreal 1989. After two years at McGill University, Matthieu put his jazz studies on hold for a year, in order to join and tour with La Chango Family across Canada and throughout Europe. He completed his Bachelor degree in Jazz Trombone at the University of Montreal. Since then he has been very much in demand as a freelancer, in the studios, tv shows and concerts. He is a regular guest musician on TV Shows The Voice, Belle et Bum, Le Choc des Générations to name a few. His collaborations have included artists such as: Cee Lo Green, Pink Martini, Angelik Kidjo, Bonobo, Chris Botti, Colin James, Fred Pellerin, Serge Fiori, Claude Dubois, Michel Fugain, Marc Hervieux, Daniel Lavoie, Brigitte Boisjoli and many more. He is also a member of Gregory Charles’s band and part of Papagroove.

ALAIN BERTRAND, guitar

Talented guitarist who did his university studies in the streets!
Alain Bertrand

A genuine autodidact! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal opened its doors to him right from the beginning. Whether for a show series with Don Alias or a three-year tour with La La La Human Steps, Alain Bertrand has demonstrated enormous versatility. The world of recording studios holds no secrets from him. As for shows, we've seen and heard him alongside the big names on the Quebec music scene, such as Isabelle Boulay, Paul Piché, Richard Séguin and Gregory Charles. He is currently accompanying Ginette Reno. Alain Bertrand is also a songwriter-composer.

DANIEL BONIN, bass guitar

Talented bass player who has performed with numerous big-name artists.
Daniel Bonin

A bass player who graduated from the Université de Montréal in jazz and pop performance, he also holds a music education diploma from UQAM. Since 1982, Daniel Bonin has been the bass accompanist for many artists, including Robert Charlebois, Jean Lapointe, Patsy Gallant, Édith Butler, Nicole Martin, Pierre Verville and Kashtin, Marie-France (Souveraine) and Claude McKenzie (Innu Town), with whom he has recorded discs. He has also participated in a number of TV shows such as Beau et Chaud and L'Auberge du chien noir. He is currently teaching music in elementary schools and working as an active freelance musician.

DOMINIC LÉVEILLÉ, trumpet

Dominic Leveille

Working mainly as a freelance musician, Dominic Léveillé has accompanied big names such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Muppet Show, Don Rickles, Forever Gentlemen, Cee Lo Green, Vic Vogel, Colin James, Jamie Cullum, Claude Dubois, Gregory Charles, Éric Lapointe, Marc Hervieux, Nadja, Ima, Susie Arioli, La Bottine Souriante, M (Matthieu Chedid), Alex Nevsky, Elvis Story, Vénus3, Pink Martini, Chris Botti, Les Gitans de Sarajevo, Bob Walsh, Dj Champion, Nikki Yanofsky, Tricot Machine, and Daniel Boucher.

He has also participated in the last 17 editions of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and appeared in the Gala des prix Gémeaux, Le grand blond avec un Show surnois,Palmarès, En route vers l’ADISQ, L’enfer, c’est nous autres, Chabada, L’Écuyer, En direct de l’univers…, La Voix, Les enfants de la télé programs, as well as numerous telethons.

CHRISTIAN MALETTE, guitar

Guitarist, composer and arranger.
Christian Malette

Christian Malette studied jazz and big band-type orchestral arrangements at Cégep de Saint-Laurent and Université de Montréal and did blues classes with Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh, accompanying him for more than ten years. His career has taken him to numerous festivals across Quebec and in France. He also accompanied singer-rocker Marjo for six years, and can be heard on the Marjo et ses hommes, vol. 1 & 2 albums. Christian has his own big-band orchestra as well, with which he performs as singer and orchestra leader. Passionate about his art, he loves sharing it with both the young and the young at heart! 

LAURENT TRUDEL, harmonica

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Laurent was already playing flute, sax and guitar when his brother Jean suggested he take up the harmonica because a guitar was too big to carry around when hitchhiking through the Maritimes. One year later, after hearing him play, James Cotton gave him one of his harmonicas. That very evening, Laurent knew he would become a bluesman. His multi-instrumental path allows him to taste a variety of styles. And as an autodidact, he switches easily from strings to winds and is passionate about sharing the full richness of this delicate little instrument, the harmonica, which he affectionately dubs "ruine-babines" (equivalent to "lip spoiler").

BERNARD DESLAURIERS, Drum Teacher

Bernard Deslauriers

Bernard Deslauriers has been a freelance drummer since 1977. He has played with international artists like Chuck Berry, Shawn Phillips, Céline Dion, Charles Trenet, Al Martino, Johnnie Johnson to name a few. In Quebec, he played with Michel Louvain, Adam Karch trio, Barbara Diab & The Smoked Meat Band, Jim Zeller and many more. He participated in 32 editions of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

 

ALI LABELLE, Piano Teacher

Ali Labelle

Ali Labelle has participated in more than 8000 performances of all kinds, whether as a musician or conductor. Let’s name two tours with Cirque du Soleil on the Alegria and Quidam shows and, more recently, with Céline Dion, Garou, Marc Hervieux, Jean-Marc Couture and Bruno Pelletier.

 

 

YVES ADAM,  Saxophone teachers

Yves Adam

A graduate of McGill University’s music faculty with a major in jazz performance and holder of a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance, Yves Adam (saxophone, clarinet and flute) is an accomplished musician who began playing clarinet at age 12. With a bachelor’s degree in education from Université du Québec, he currently teaches at École secondaire Ozias-Leduc in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. He also pursues a career as an independent musician in the Greater Montreal area, and has accompanied the likes of Gregory Charles, Ginette Reno, Bob Harrisson, Marc Hervieux, Robert Marien and Guy Nadon. He is currently a member of the groups Funkxie Groove, Jean-Pierre Lambert Big Band and Bathyscaphe.

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