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Primary Instrument: Bass

Born: July 28, 1926 | Died: February 4, 2003    

Charlie Biddle is a musical institution. Across the continent, his reputation precedes him among jazz musicians. In Quebec, his name has been synonymous with jazz, Charlie's life story cuts through linguistic, cultural and racial barriers.

When the Biddle Family opened the 1995 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, they were introduced as “the royal family of Montreal music”. That Montreal stages the most successful jazz festival in the world is due in part to the efforts of Charlie Biddle. When he organized the first Montreal jazz festival, “Jazz de Chez Nous” in 1979, he was told that it would never work, jazz was then totally foreign to Quebec's culture....
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Awards

Biddle received the Oscar Peterson Prize in 2000, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and was honored with the Prix Calixa-Lavallee in 2003. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society stated that: "Without him, Quebecers might not have developed their love for jazz that has made Montreal a host of one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world."
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