Caroline Nadeau

Forever Lasting Canadian Songs (Les Disques Jazzazoue)

Singer, arranger, composer, backing vocalist and teacher, Caroline Nadeau has been evolving in the music industry for more than 20 years. A charismatic performer recognized for her uplifting performances as she has presented herself on various stages and at major events, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Mommenta Festival in Germany, the Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival and the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. She was also invited by the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil to participate in a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald.

At the end of the 1990s, the artist set up her own group, the Caroline Nadeau Jazz Band, and in 2001, she took a leap into releasing her first jazz album in French, Around Midnight. Which was very warmly welcomed by the public and the critics, the opus is among the 10 best jazz albums on the Galaxy channel. On the strength of this first success, Caroline did it again with Si Fragile in 2007. Produced with a team of high-caliber musicians, the opus was cited in the Album of the Year – Jazz Interpretation category at the ADISQ gala.

For her third solo album, Caroline chose to reconnect with her musical roots and devote herself to jewels of the Quebec repertoire rearranged into jazz versions. Entitled “Chansons Pour Durer Toujours”, a nod to this magnificent piece by Richard Séguin, the opus released in 2013 once again reveals the qualities of the singer who puts her sultry voice at the service of carefully chosen pieces. Caroline received a second nomination in the Album of the Year – Jazz Interpretation category at the ADISQ gala.

Taking up the process that led to the creation of “Chansons Pour Durer Toujours”, Caroline immersed herself in the Canadian repertoire in 2023 with the album Forever lasting Canadian songs, where she brilliantly revisits 10 emblematic songs popularized by big names such as Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and k.d. lang. The result is a groove filled and emotional journey through more than 50 years of songs. The album will be released on October 13.

Since 1996, Caroline Nadeau has also been a member and soloist with the jazz vocal ensemble Bémol 9, with which she has recorded five albums: the most recent, Blanc, as well as Vokaléidoscope, Snapologie, Festival de Ritmo and Noël. A new album from the group will be released next spring.

Alongside her artistic activities, Caroline has been teaching jazz and popular singing for more than 25 years at University and College levels; she is currently a teacher at the Cégep regional de Lanaudière in Joliette.

A classically trained flutist, Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a bachelor’s degree in jazz singing from the University of Montreal. In 2022, she returned to school to obtain a master’s degree in jazz singing at Université Laval under the direction of the great Ranee Lee, an experience that allowed her to deepen her talents as a performer, composer and arranger.

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Artistic direction & produced by
Caroline Nadeau

Piano: John Sadowy
Acoustic guitar, electric guitar & lap steel : Daniel Lacoste
Double bass : Karl Surprenant
Drums : Max Sansalone (tracks 1-4-5-6-8-9)
Drums: Rich Irwin (tracks 2-3-7-10)

Recorded at
Studio Boutique de son

Recording engineer
George Doxas

Marc Thériault, Le Lab Mastering

Mixed by
Patrick Tousignant, Caroline Nadeau & George Doxas
Studio Boutique de son

Graphic design
Nick Dilauro

Alain Comtois

Track Listing

  1. 1- Takin’ Care Of Business 4.07
  2. Randolf Charles Bachman
  3. Arr.: Vincent Morel
  4. 2- If you could read my mind 5.18
  5. Gordon Lightfoot
  6. Arr.: Caroline Nadeau & John Sadowy
  7. Solo voice and piano composition: Caroline Nadeau
  8. 3- Heart of Gold 3.48
  9. Neil Young
  10. Arr.: Karl Surprenant
  11. 4- Big Yellow Taxi 4.05
  12. Joni Mitchell
  13. Arr.: Karl Surprenant
  14. 5- Bird On A Wire 4.31
  15. Leonard Cohen
  16. 6- Black Velvet 4.18
  17. Christopher William Ward, David Michael Tyson & Andrew Blake Lasater
  18. Arr.: Vincent Morel
  19. 7- You’re still the one 4.49
  20. Shania Twain & Robert John Lange
  21. Arr.: John Sadowy
  22. 8- Swinging Shepherd Blues 5.56
  23. Rhoda Roberts, Kenny Jacobson & Morris Koffman
  24. Adaptation: Caroline Nadeau
  25. 9- Hurts To Be In Love 4.18
  26. Gino Vannelli & Joe Vannelli
  27. Arr.: Vincent Morel & Caroline Nadeau
  28. 10- Constant craving 4.14
  29. Ben Mink & Kathryn Dawn Lang
  30. Arr.: Caroline Nadeau & John Sadowy

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