Misses Satchmo, a quartet led by the dazzling Lysandre Champagne on vocals and trumpet, presents an original, modern take on the works of Louis Armstrong,
nicknamed Satchmo. The "Misses", which comes from the fact that two of the band members are women, undeniably lead the show with their coquettish smiles and attitude.
The group offers a cabaret-style mise-en-scène spiced up with New Orleans flavour, and the members' complicity and love of music is infectious. Spectators are
charmed from the get-go.
The group launched its first album, The Sun Will Shine at the Montréal International Jazz Festival in June 2011. Much like the show of the same name,
the album was well-received and obtained nothing but positive reviews. The 12 recorded tracks are warm and vibrant, with tight, thematic arrangements that reflect
the band's energy and carry listeners on a carefree adventure.
Misses Satchmo is now presenting a series of four CD-release concerts across the province of Quebec, featuring the tunes from their new album, Apple Tree.
The songs on the album, from the early jazz period, take us on a trip through the swing era with tunes like: Let's Swing that Music,
The Man from Harlem, and a beautiful instrumental tune: Beau Koo Jack. Misses Satchmo also offers the always fashionable classics
Ain't Misbehain', Blue Skies, I'm Gonna Sit Right There and Write Myself a Letter, as well as a funeral march that will make
you feel like being on the streets of New-Orleans, Just a Closer Walk with Thee. The quartet now augmented by clarinet and banjo refreshes these
songs in an upbeat and tasteful way. Fans of the The Misses will be pleased to relive the band's ever playful approach to the music, now combined with
a maturity acquired through four years of touring. Apple Tree will be available on September 17.
Born in summer 2009, the quartet built up its character by playing bars and small showrooms throughout Quebec. The band members - Lysandre Champagne on vocals
and trumpet, Maude Alain-Gendreau on piano, Frédéric Pauze on upright bass and Marton Maderspach on drums - stand out with their unique on-stage presence,
and it wasn't long before Misses Satchmo made its name on the Québec music scene.
In 2010, Lysandre Champagne was awarded the "Interprétation en arts de la scène" prize by Art excellence, and in 2011, the band received financial support
from the "Entrées en scène Loto-Québec" programme. With over 200 live performances under their belts, a noteworthy appearance on the Belle et Bum show and
a brand new video for Heebie Jeebies, the group is rapidly gaining the experience needed to win over a growing number of fans.
Misses Satchmo is on the right track and booked to take the stage in a variety of cultural and corporate events. The release of Misses Satchmo's second opus
"Apple Tree" will be celebrated on those initial dates:
September 16 2013 at Les Brasseurs du Temps in Gatineau
September 17 2013 at the Lion d'Or in Montréal
September 26 2013 at the Rond Coin in St-Élie-de-Caxton
September 27 2013 at salle Youville in Palais Montcalm, Québec.