About Jazz'n Geek

About us 

Jazz’n Geek Orchestral Productions was founded in July 2019 by two fans of jazz and video game music.

Unique in Canada, the concept of a part jazz, part symphonic ensemble specializing in video game music will simultaneously immerse you in the comforting warmth of jazz, the grandiose beauty of symphonies and the moving nostalgia of your favorite fantasy worlds.

From funk to Latin, through blues or symphonic classical, our orchestra performs a wide range of musical styles thanks to its ambidextrous instrumentation and explores them by revamping the geek community’s most beloved melodies, while still retaining their original colors, whimsy, and essence.

As Jazz’n Geek is made up of artists just as geek as our audience, our quest is simply to transport you, make you smile and surprise you with our talent, our unique concept, and the passion we share.

Board of Directors

Maxime Lebrun

President and Chief Executive Officer, Director of Operations and Finance

Alain Sabourin

Senior Vice President and Director of Logistics

Eleanor Hébert

Chief Creative Officer and Artistic Director

Gabriel Rivet

Chief Experience Officer, Director of Customer Service and Artist Manager

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French

Musical direction

Dr. Lex French

New Zealand-Canadian jazz trumpeter Lex French has been hailed by Radio Canada jazz critic Stanley Pean as “a trumpeter extraordinaire”. He is fast becoming a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene and has been in high demand since moving to Montreal in 2016. He is also a sought-after composer and arranger, and has recently been commissioned to write works for string quartet, jazz orchestra and massed trombone choir.

Lex has recorded or performed with international artists such as Bennie Maupin, Aaron Parks, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval, Nikki Yanofsky, Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Andy Bell (Erasure), Bob Mintzer, Bill Cunliffe, Eric Marienthal, Alex Sipiagin, Jean Michel Pilc, Ryan Truesdell, James Muller, Luis Bonilla, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Clay Jenkins, Jim Pugh, Steve Houghton, Jeff Driskill, John Fedchock, Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Chris Cain, Bob Sheppard, Fima Ephron, Bill Ware and Esdra “Nenem” Ferreira. He has also released two albums as leader: “The Cut” (2014), “Prevent the Future” (2017) and “Live at the Rogue and Vagabond” (2020). In addition, he has twice won the Recorded Music of New Zealand award for Jazz Album of the Year, in 2009 and 2021.

In Montreal, his most recent engagements include collaborations with the Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal (ONJM), the Christine Jensen Quintet, the Jim Doxas Quartet, Joel Miller’s Dream Cassette, the Yannick Rieu Nonet, the Emie Roussel Trio, Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies, the Eric Harding Quartet and the CODE Quartet.

He has studied with Ingrid Jensen, Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Kevin Dean, Jocelyn Couture and Charley Davis, and holds a doctorate in jazz music from McGill University.

Our musicians

Saxophones

Louis Plouffe

Alto Saxophone

Cédric Lefebvre

Alto Saxophone

Raphaël Masino

Alto Saxophone

Félix Rivest

Tenor Saxophone

David Massé

Tenor Saxophone

Alain Sabourin

Baritone Saxophone

Trumpets

Joseph Machak

Trumpet

Sébastien Barthélémy

Trumpet

Maxime Lebrun

Trumpet

Benjamin Sicard

Trumpet

Trombones

Laurent Cauchy

Trombone

Jérémie Desaulniers

Trombone

Jonathan Joanisse

Trombone

Alexandre Choinière

Bass Trombone

Rhythm Section

Victor Girardin

Piano

Francois-Xavier Bilodeau

Guitar

Jérôme Légaré

Electric Bass

Patrick Bureau

Drums

Eleanor Hébert

Percussions

Flutes

Francine Laramée

Flute

Marguerite Luu

Flute

Marie Masouve

Flute

Oboe

Gabriel Rivet

Oboe

Clarinets

Laurence Liu

Clarinet

Francesca Nyiri

Clarinet

Strings

David Beaudry

Violin 1

Julien Chandonnet

Violin 2

William Boisvert

Viola

Étienne Demers

Viola

Meixian Fong

Cello

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