Rachel Therrien

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer




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Why Don’t You Try, Rachel Therrien Quintet (Free Run Artists/MCM), makes a convincing case for Rachel as one of the brightest and most creatively accomplished trumpeters on today’s jazz scene. Her clear, clarion tone and precise articulation, a sound rivaling many first trumpet chair holders in big bands, is matched by a cornucopian fecundity of improvisational strategies and ideas. That she and her bandmates are all Quebecois (French-Canadians) should not be surprising given the global scope of jazz today, but it is. By George Kanzler – Hot House Jazz Magazine, US

For several years, Quebec-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter Rachel Therrien has been among the most innovative artists operating at the intersection of jazz and world music. Her geographic reach is awe-inspiring, (… ) hones in on the jazzier elements of world music on her fourth album, Why Don’t You Try, offering 11 gripping originals that place groove and improvisation at the forefront. » By Brian Zimmerman – Downbeat Editor’s Pick, US


From Montreal to New York City, French-Canadian trumpeter, composer and producer Rachel Therrien boasts an enviable CV. She is considered one of the most promising jazz musicians, playing a wide variety of musical styles and rhythms.

Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival, the 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award and nominated as Best Jazz Album Producer at the Independent Music Awards 2018, she has shared stages with many world-class musicians in clubs, festivals and on television throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Rachel has published four records:  Why Don’t You Try (2017),  Pensamiento: Proyecto  Colombia (2016), Home Inspiration (2014) and On Track (2011) released through Labels Multiple Chord Music (CA) & Truth Revolution Records (USA). She received stellar reviews from Le Devoir, La Presse, All About Jazz, New York Hot House, Downbeat Editor’s Pick, Latin Jazz Corner, just to name a few. For the last few years she has toured as bandleader all over Canada, USA, Europe, Ukraine, Mexico and more, taking on the most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs. 

Her 5th studio album VENA, recorded with her European Quartet in Paris, was released by French Label Bonsaï Music in spring 2020 and got nominated for best Jazz Album at the ADISQ (2020) and JUNO Awards (2021).

She also continues touring with her Montreal Quintet (which will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2020); with her New York based Latin Jazz Quartet  and very occasionally, she performs Pensamiento : Proyecto Colombia.

Rachel holds a bachelor degree in jazz performance from the University of Montreal, a degree in arts management and a music certificate from Instituto Supérior de Arte (Havana, Cuba), and was selected to  participate in the Banff Center Jazz and Creative Music workshop held by Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer in 2012. She has worked with a large number of mentors and teachers such as Ron DiLauro, Elpidio Chappotin, Laurie Frink, John McNeil, Jonathan Finlayson, Clarence Penn, Ralph Alessi and many more.

As a side(wo)man, she played with some of the greatest artists of this time: DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, the Latin Grammy winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Yacouba Sissoko, Geraldo Piloto, Michel Legrand, Pedrito Martinez, Julie Lamontagne, Benito Gonzales, David Buchbinder, Vic Vogel, Bryan Lynch, Carole Welsman, Nomadic Massive, Wesli Band, Tabou Combo, Skah Shah, Klimax, Orquesta Anacaona. She also worked for Canadian TV Show “Belle et Bum” which lead her to share the stage with many famous Canadian Artists. 

Apart from that, Rachel founded the annual Montreal Jazz Composers Series in 2013, to contribute to Montreal’s jazz community. 


Rachel Therrien, trompettiste et compositrice québécoise travaillant entre New York et Montréal, possède déjà une carrière enviable. Elle est considérée comme l’une des musiciennes jazz les plus prometteuses de sa génération (Downbeat, All About Jazz, Radio-Canada). Reconnue pour sa signature personnelle et ses influences de jazz traditionnel, d’afro-latin et de rock progressif, Rachel tient une réputation d’artiste de haut calibre, versatile et innovatrice.

Elle a remporté plusieurs concours et nominations, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns: Le Grand Prix TD 2015 du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, lePrix Stingray Rising Star 2016, une nomination au Independent Music Award à New York pour Best Jazz Album Producer en 2018 et le prix LOJIQ à la Bourse RIDEAU 2018 pour développer sa carrière en France.

Rachel Therrien a autoproduit 4 albums, dont 3 en formule quintette sur les étiquettes Multiple Chord Music (CA) et Truth Revolution Records (USA) ainsi qu’un album “World” Pensamiento : Proyecto Colombia (2016), enregistré avec 13 musiciens à Bogota en Colombie. Le dernier, Why Don’t You Try (2017), gagne une critique dans Downbeat, Editor’s Pick. Le dossier de presse impressionnant de Rachel Therrien comporte des critiques plus que gratifiantes de plusieurs journaux reconnus (Le Devoir, La Presse, All About Jazz, New York Hot House, Downbeat, Latin Jazz Corner … ). ​​​

Menant son projet solo depuis 2009, Rachel Therrien a présenté son spectacle dans plusieurs Festivals, Théâtres et clubs de jazz à travers les Amériques, l’Europe et les Caraïbes. Pour en nommer que quelques-uns : Invitée spéciale à l’International Jazz Day à Odessa en Ukraine, le renommé festival Français Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival, Krementchouk Jazz Festival en Ukraine, Polanco Jazz Festival à Mexico City, Havana Jazz Festival à Cuba, Lula World Festival à Toronto, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola et 55 Bar à New York, Andy’s Jazz Club à Chicago, B-Flat Berlin en Allemagne, Gode Jazz à Valencia en Espagne ainsi que la plupart des Festivals de Jazz Canadiens.


Establecida en Nueva York, la trompetista y compositora de Quebec, Rachel Therrien posee una carrera envidiable. Reconocida por su estilo personal y sus influencias de jazz tradicional, afro-latín y rock progresivo, Rachel tiene una reputación de artista versátil de alto calibre.

Rachel Therrien ha compuesto cuatro discos, tres con su quinteto de Montreal bajo las disqueras MultipleChordMusic (Canada) y TruthRevolution Records (USA) y un disco “World-Music” Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia (2016), este último, grabado en Bogotá, presenta ritmos de las regiones del Pacífico y del Atlántico de Colombia. Why Don’t You Try (2017) gana una crítica en Downbeat Editors’ Pick y fue nominado por la mejor producción jazz en el New York Independent Music Award. La talentosa trompetista también ha compartido escenario con reconocidos músicos tales como Tony Allen, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Roberto Fonseca, Michel Legrand, Pen Peplowski, Pedrito Martinez, Arturo O’Farrill y Darcy James Argue entre otros. 



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