Rachel Therrien

Trumpet player, composer, arranger


French-Canadian born, New York City based trumpeter, composer and bandleader Rachel Therrien boasts an enviable career. She is considered one of the most promising jazz musicians in the Quebec music scene, playing a wide variety of music styles and rhythms. Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival and the 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award, Rachel Therrien performed as a solo artist in many clubs, festivals and on television throughout the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean.

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

So far she has published four records: Why Don’t You Try? (2017), a jazz-rock record with her Montreal Quintet, Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia (2016), an Afro-Colombian inspired jazz album recorded in Bogota Colombia, Home Inspiration (2014) and On Track (2011) released on the Labels Multiple Chord Music (CA) and Truth Revolution Records (US). The Quintet features Simon Page (bass), Charles Trudel (piano), Alain Bourgeois (drums) and Benjamin Deschamps (sax) while Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia showcases 13 musicians from different cities of Colombia. She received stellar reviews from Le Devoir, La Presse, All About Jazz, New York Hot House, Downbeat, Latin Jazz Corner, just to name a few.

She also shared stages with some of the greatest artists of our time: DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Tony Allen, Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, the Latin Grammy Nominated 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, Orchestre Septentrional d’Haïti, Klimax, Orquesta Anacaona. She also worked for Canadian TV Show “Belle et Bum” which lead her to share the stage with great artist such as Marie-Josée Lord, Alex Nevsky, Mara Tremblay, Daniel Boucher, Stéphanie Bédard, Lisa Leblanc, Joseph Edgar, and American famous folk singer Joseph Arthur.

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