Friday July 15th, 2:30pm
Main Stage
As part of the Halifax Jazz Festival free daytime programming.

Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Rachel Therrien already boasts an enviable CV and is considered as one of the most promising jazz musicians in the Québec music scene, playing in a variety of music styles and enriching her talent with experiences from many different cultures. Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, she has shared stages in clubs, concerts and TV shows all around North and South America and the Caribbean with many world-class musicians.
Therrien holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from University of Montreal, a degree in arts management, a certificate from Instituto Supérior de Arte, in Havana-Cuba and she was selected to participate in 2012, to the Banff Center Jazz and Creative Music workshop held by Dave Douglas and Vdjay Iyer. She has worked with a large number of mentors and teachers including Ron DiLauro, Elpidio Chappotin, Laurie Frink, John McNeil, Jonathan Finlayson, Clarence Penn, Ralph Alessi, and many more.
Her quintet, with Simon Page on bass, Charles Trudel on Piano, Alain Bourgeois on drums and Benjamin Deschamps on sax, has released two albums, “On Track” (2011) and “Home Inspiration” (2014). Since the release of the second album on the Multiple Chord Music label, she has toured as a band leader in Mid-Ouest USA, Mid-Canada (Ontario), and New York City, in a list of clubs and Festivals. She will soon be releasing her new afro-colombian inspired jazz album, “Pensamiento”, that was recorded in Bogota, Colombia, and starting the production of a third album with her Montreal Quintet. Rachel will also continue to host the Montreal Jazz Composers Series, an event that she founded in 2013 to contribute to Montreal’s jazz community.