Montreal, August 25 2015 : Virtuosic Montreal jazz-soul outfit Willis Pride & Half Nelson will launch their debut EP I Can Feel it. on October 2, 2015. They'll celebrate the milestone with a special album launch concert at Bleury Bar à Vinyle on the same day. Doors open at 8:00 pm and the show is free and open to everyone.
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 utilizing 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 St. Pascal Baylon 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 Roy Hargrove 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 Gaye and Stevie Wonder. After all is said and done, 100 years of styles and influences 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 the 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.
Willis Pride - Vocals and Keyboard
Frank O’Sullivan - Guitar
Christophe Lepp Forest - Vocals and Drum
Etienne Dextraze - Bass Guitar
Mark LeClerc - Alto Saxophone
Dalhi Gonthier - Tenor Saxophone
I Can Feel it EP Launch Teaser
Willis Pride & Half Nelson
Info - I Can Feel It - EP Release
Montreal, QC Oct. 2 - Bleury Vinyl Bar 2109 de Bleury
Doors 8:00 p.m.