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Montreal-based Trifolia In Concert At SAM On Jazz Northwest

Randy Cole
Trifolia: Etienne Lafrance, Marianne Trudel, Patrick Graham

The Montreal-based trio Trifolia played at the Seattle Art Museum's Art of Jazz series as part of their recent West Coast tour, and highlights from the concert aired on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 21 at 2 PM PDT.  The trio consisting of Marianne Trudel, piano, Etienne Lafrance, bass, and Patrick Graham, percussion, plays original music by the pianist and draws upon elements of jazz, classical and world music.

Pianist Marianne Trudel has degrees in music performance and ethnomusicology and has produced six CDs with various ensembles.  Le Refuge, by Trifolia, won a Prix Opus 2013 and was also a Juno Award nominee.  Etienne Lafrance is also principal bassist witht he Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Patrick Graham uses a variety of percussion instruments instead of the usual drum set to provide an international flavor.

The Art of Jazz concerts are presented on the second Thursday each month by The Seattle Art Museum and curated by  John Gilbreath for Earshot Jazz.  The series moves outside to the Olympic Sculpture Park for July  and August with the next concert featuring D'Vonne Lewis Special Edition on July 9.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and  The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific.  Podcasts are available at

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Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.