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WILLIS PRIDE
& HALF NELSON

(WP&HN)

EP Release - I CAN FEEL IT
 
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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. 

Listen to I Can Feel It here

 
About Willis Pride and Half Nelson
 

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.

 

Players

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

Willis Pride & Half Nelson EP launch Promo

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.
Free !


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