Michelle Grégoire / About This Artist

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Hometown: Calgary, AB, CA

Website: www.michellegregoire.com

Genre: Jazz

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Jazz pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire's music has been described as “ingenious”, “elegant”, “balanced”, and “original with great depth and imagination”. She has toured across Canada with her own projects and her music is heard regularly on XM Radio and Galaxie satellite jazz programs. An active freelance musician since 1984, Michelle Grégoire maintains a solid reputation as a sideperson and band leader having appeared with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Peter Appleyard, Kenny Wheeler and many others. Grégoire holds two jazz degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (1988, 1990), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Florida State University (1993) and has attended the Hugh Fraser Jazz Orchestra Residency in Banff where she worked with Maria Schneider in 2002 and Kenny Wheeler in 2004. Grégoire has also studied privately with world-renowned composer Bob Brookmeyer. Her quintet features the crème of Canadian Jazz and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Film and Sound and more. The group was also featured in some major jazz festivals such as the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Prairie Scene, the All Canadian Jazz Festival, IAJE in Toronto and more. The quintet was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz and Galaxie Étoile competitions at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2006 and was recorded by CBC for national broadcasts on Espace Musique, After Hours and other programs. Both of her releases Reaching and Diversity earned a nomination as Outstanding Jazz Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards and both recordings enjoy continued airplay making the top ten lists on jazz radio programs throughout North America. Recently Grégoire relocated to Calgary and her current focus includes a fresh new project with local musicians Tyler Hornby (drums) and Rubim de Toledo (bass). They've formed an exciting contemporary jazz trio entitled Ascend 3 Trio. New material is being created for this project and a new recording is in the works


“an intense and engaging performer…”
Geoff Chapman - The WholeNote Toronto

“Her ingenious creations are all of interest”
Toronto Star

“One of Canada’s most intriguing jazz composers.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Very original with great depth and imagination…”
Still Another Jazz Show – Sacramento, CA

“Grégoire is clearly in command of a broader harmonic knowledge, yet her playing style is all about elegance, subtlety, and understatement.”
John Kelman - All About Jazz