"Not All that Jazz"

Henry Grimes, le 16 mai 2012 à L’Envers !

In À surveiller, Concert on 13 avril 2012 at

Le légendaire contrebassiste de passage à Montréal pour un soir seulement ! À ne pas manquer….

Le communiqué de presse est en anglais, désolé. Celui français s’en vient…

Wednesday May 16 at L’envers, 185 Van Horne

The workshop: 3-5pm (open to musicians of all experiences as well as curious listeners)

The Show: Doors open at 9, music starts at 930

Tickets are $17 for the show, $15 for the workshop, or $27 for the workshop and show.

Tickets will be available at the door and in advance at Phonopolis, Cheap Thrills, Atom Heart, 33 Tours, and L’Oblique. (Sorry, advance tickets are not available at the venue)

Henry Grimes (bass, violin, poetry) performing solo and with:

Jean Derome (alto saxophone)

Ellwood Epps (trumpet)

Pierre Tanguay (drums)

About Henry:

Master jazz musician (acoustic bass, violin) HENRY GRIMES has played more than 4OO concerts in 24 countries (including many festivals) since 2OO3, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Mastbaum School and Juilliard. As a youngster in the ‘5O’s and early ‘6O’s, he came up in the music playing and touring with Willis « Gator Tail » Jackson, Arnett Cobb, « Bullmoose » Jackson, « Little » Willie John, and a number of other great R&B / soul musicians; but drawn to jazz, he went on to play, tour, and record with many great jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and Rev. Frank Wright. Sadly, a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Henry in Los Angeles at the end of the ‘6O’s with a broken bass he couldn’t pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. Many years passed with nothing heard from him, as he lived in his tiny rented room in an S.R.O. hotel in downtown Los Angeles, working as a manual laborer, custodian, and maintenance man, and writing many volumes of handwritten poetry. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2OO2 and was given a bass by William Parker, and after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Henry emerged from his room to begin playing concerts around Los Angeles and shortly afterwards made a triumphant return to New York City in May, ‘O3 to play in the Vision Festival. Since then, often working as a leader, he has played, toured, and / or recorded with many of today’s music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, Edward « Kidd » Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and Cecil Taylor. In the past few years, Henry has also held a number of residencies and offered workshops and master classes on major campuses, including Berklee College of Music, Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, CalArts (with Wadada Leo Smith), Hamilton College of Performing Arts (with Rashied Ali), Humber College (Toronto), Mills College (with Roscoe Mitchell), New England Conservatory, the University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and several other fine educational institutions. He can be heard on about a dozen new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 7O, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, « Signs Along the Road, » and creates illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He can be heard on more than 85 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, ILK Music, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Henry Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City.

About Jean, Ellwood, and Pierre:

Jean Derome and Pierre Tanguay have been making music together for 25 years, and are both closely associated with the Ambiances Magnetiques collective, forming a vital part of a watershed generation of creative musicians in Québec.  Notable collaborations include Derome’s Dangereux Zhoms (6 records since 1995) and the trio Évidence, devoted to the Thelonious Monk songbook.  Ellwood Epps is a brilliant trumpet player from a younger generation. Since arriving in Montreal in 2005, he has quickly become active and vital, closely involved in the beginnings of the L’envers venue and Mardi Spaghetti concert series. All three are constantly active in Montreal’s jazz, improvised and actuelle music scenes, and beyond.

About L’envers:

Since its inception in the summer of 2008, this gorgeous loft space by the train tracks has been a hotbed for creative music and arts, hosting more than 400 performances. A product of the dreams of Ellwood Epps and Philippe Battikha, and the labour of dedicated friends, listeners, and fellow musicians, L’envers is a home for improvised music in Montreal. In addition to hosting local mainstays like Josh Zubot, John Heward, and Nicolas Caloia, visitors from around the world have played here, including John Butcher, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, and Fred Frith. L’envers will be teaming up with neighbours La Plante to present this show in the beautiful big space with its historic wooden pillars and one of a kind spacious acoustic environment.


Henry’s 2003 New York ‘debut’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-vY7tN5i8

With David Murray and Hamid Drake in 2004: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFFK309roCo

At the Stone in NYC on henry’s 75th Birthday:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eble8QcLblc

And of course you can hear Henry on classic records from the 1950’s and 1960’s such as ‘Sonny Meets Hawk’, ‘Tranquility’ (Lee Konitz), ‘Conquistador’ (Cecil Taylor), and ‘Witches and Devils’ (Albert Ayler).

More information on all the artists and L’envers can be found at:






For more information or to inquire about interviews, please contact Ellwood Epps at lenvers185@gmail.com.

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