“One of Canada’s most intriguing jazz composers” – Ottawa Citizen
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 jazz quintet 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 backed up artists in all genres. She has worked regularly in the pit orchestras of local theatre companies like Theatre Calgary, StageWest, and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. 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. Since the Fall 2014, she has been on faculty at Ambrose University in Calgary teaching Jazz Piano. More bio information here.
“Her ingenious creations are all of interest” – Toronto Star
“Very original with great depth and imagination…” – Still Another Jazz Show – Sacramento, CA
I am accepting registrations for new weekly students for the 2017 Winter term. If you are interested in jazz piano lessons, please download the form and contact me to get started.
2017 Lesson Registration Form
Learn Jazz/Pop and other styles from one of Canada’s top freelance musicians. Classical pianists interested in exploring the world of improvisation are welcome. Minimum 12 week terms are recommended. Fees are $70 per lesson. It is recommended that students have about a Grade 8 level piano or equivalent, 12 years old and over.
*CHORDS AND JAZZ VOICINGS
*IMPROVISATION AND JAZZ THEORY
*COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING
*TECHNIQUE AND INJURY PREVENTION
*KEYBOARD SKILLS FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS
*JAZZ ADVANCEMENT FOR CLASSICALLY TRAINED PIANISTS AND TEACHERS
*KEYBOARD AND WRITING SKILLS FOR SINGER-SONGWRITERS
*UNIVERSITY JAZZ PROGRAM PREPARATION
*CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS OF MUSIC
*LEARN ON A NEW YAMAHA PIANO
*OVER 30 YEARS OF TEACHING AND PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Ambrose Jazz Day is Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A day filled with instrumental clinics, small combos and great faculty.
For more information, and to register, please click here: https://ambrose.edu/jazzday
This Spring I will be performing as part of the pit orchestra for Theatre Calgary’s production of Crazy For You. There are about 33 shows to catch and here is the schedule: Crazy For You Schedule/Buy Tickets.
I am pleased to announce that I am now on faculty at Ambrose University in Calgary teaching Applied Jazz Piano. Faculty bio here. Ambrose offers several sized programs, from 3 – 4 year music degrees. They also offer a Jazz Focus. More info on Ambrose Music Programs.
2014 through to Winter 2015 has been a busy time filled with wonderful contracts, mostly in the world of Musical Theatre. Last Spring I played Keys 1 in Theatre Calgary’s Mary Poppins and the production earned a Betty for Best Musical Production. From November 2014-February 2015 I spent three fun-filled months with Stage West’s Production of 80′s Solid Gold.
(In the pit for Theatre Calgary’s Mary Poppins, Spring 2014)