Born: May 13, 1988
Based in Montreal, Benjamin Deschamps, named Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-18, is a really sought after saxophonist, flutist, clarinettist, composer and arranger.
At the head of his own band, he won the Rimouski's Festi Jazz Grand Award in 2013 and released his first record What Do We Know in 2014 with his Quartet. Nominated twice for the Montreal's International Jazz Festival's TD Grand Award in 2014 and in 2017, he was also nominated for the Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star award in 2018. Laureate of the Jazz Creation award by the Montreal Council for the Arts in 2016, Deschamps released his second record Demi-Nuit in 2017. With his Quintet, laureate of the JPL Victo Jazz Award 2019, Benjamin presented his music all around the province of Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. In September 2018, he puts together the music collective No Codes and released his third record of original music.
Holder of a Jazz Performance Master's degree form McGill University, Benjamin is a very active musician on Montreal's scene and on the international scene. We can hear him as a sideman in Rachel Therrien's Quintet, winning group of the Montreal's International Jazz Festival's TD Grand Award in 2015 with whom he toured in western Canada and in Mexico City. We can also hear him in the Charles Trudel Ensemble, laureate of the Rimouski's Festi Jazz Grand Award in 2017 with whom he toured in France, Belgium, Abitibi and the Lower St-Lawrence. Benjamin also did a tour with his quartet in France in 2018.
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Modern and adventurous (...)'' - Wulf Muller, Wulf's Music, December 10th 2018
Again, composition and improvisation, exploration, individuality and tradition are all impressively maintained throughout, which
makes No Codes a disc to absolutely die for. Raul da Gama, The Whole Note, January 29th 2019