EN | FR

Willis Pride & Half Nelson

PROCHAINS SPECTACLES :

EP Launch
Bleury Bar à Vinyle
Montreal

02/04/2015

Creator, singer and frontman Willis Pride met the group Half Nelson during a recording session in 2014. Ever since, the band has not stopped setting themselves apart by utilising a complex technique derived from multiple influences.

Enamoured with his father’s vinyl collection, at an early age Willis decided to devote himself to jazz, later leave his native Outaouais to study in Montreal. Profoundly marked by Oscar Peterson’s work, the singer and band leader confounds a number of additional influences: The Beatles, Robert Glasper, D’Angelo and Kendrick Lamar creep their way into the band’s compositions.

But, the Concordia University graduates are mostly marked by the tradition of jazz improvisation and their work retains the sonic footprints of Marvin Gay and Stevie Wonder. After all is said and done, 100 years of style and influence condense into one project: Willis Pride & Half Nelson.

Winner of the Montreal Jazz Festival Award, Willis Pride has already played the Montreal International Jazz Festival, as have two other group members. Already present on the Montreal scene for almost five years, 2015 will be a hallmark year for the band, which plans to release their debut EP this fall.

 

PLAYERS

 

Willis Pride - Vocals and Keyboard

Franck O’Sullivan - Guitar

Maxime Philippe - Drums / Percussion

Christophe Lepp Forest - Vocals and Percussion

Etienne Dextraze - Bass Guitar

Mark LeClerc - Alto Saxophone

Dalhi Gonthier - Tenor Saxophone

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

INFORMATION / Contact

Jon Weisz - PR. 
jweisz@indiemontreal.ca

Christophe Lepp-Forest - Gérance

chris.lepp.forest@gmail.com

Matériel :

Dossier de presse

Photo

Bio