“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 playing a regular shift twice per week at the Hotel Blackfoot in Calgary. Solo piano from 4:30-7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We start up again on January 12, 2016.
I am doing a special performance in Calgary with Toronto saxophonist Mike Murley on January 15, 2016 at the National Music Centre.
On Friday, March 4, 2016, I will be doing a special performance in Calgary with Vancouver bassist Jodi Proznick, at Lolita’s Lounge, 9 pm.
Ambrose Jazz Day is Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
A day filled with instrumental clinics, small combos and great faculty.
Cost $90 – includes instrumental clinics, jazz combos, supper and faculty concert
$75 early registration by February 15, 2016
Special Guest: Artist Jodi Proznick.
For more information, and to register, please click here: https://ambrose.edu/jazzday
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)