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Bernard Primeau


BERNARD PRIMEAU was born in 1939 in Montreal and passed away October 10, 2006. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec he honed his skills while still a teen in the clubs and cabarets of Montreal.

Bernard later achieved renown as part of the Oliver Jones Trio along with bassist Charlie Biddle. He toured throughout North America and Europe then in the 1980’s created his own group – The Bernard Primeau Jazz Ensemble – recording 11 albums.

He won 2 Felix Awards for Best Jazz Album of the Year and the illustrious Oscar Peterson Prize in 2005 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival for contributions to jazz. His final album “Rencontre Jazz et Classique he described as “the album of his career”.