It was an amazing week for Rachel Therrien at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival! The highlight of course: her 9 piece combo performing PENSAMIENTO: PROYECTO COLOMBIA at a full Astral, receiving numerous of ravishing reviews.
Rachel also shared the stage with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, was 1st trumpeter on Beth McKenna’s Orchestra at the outside main stage and, woot woot, played a few soli with legendary drummer Tony Allen at the Monument National on the closing July 8th!
Her 4th album will be released on August 29th!
“Trumpeter Rachel Therrien performed on a number of stages: first as a featured soloist in Beth McKenna’s Jazz Orchestra (which played the leader’s eight-part suite Home: Montréal); later the same night accompanying Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and again as a surprise guest during Tony Allen’s Blakey tribute. She presented her fiery new Afro-Colombian project Pensamiento at L’Astral, with a local band that included Colombian marimba player La Wey Segura (one of the 12 Colombian musicians featured on the album, recorded in Bogota), playing original compositions as well as arrangements of “Prende La Vela” and “¿Por qué me pega?.” (Jazz Times review)