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Bassist Alex Bellegarde, from Montreal, plays with Clarinetist Neal Haiduck in NYC

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Bassist Alex Bellegarde, a prominent player on the Montreal scene, will join American jazz Clarinetist Neal Haiduck for a weekend of jazz in New York City, beginning Friday, February 24, when the duo will play swinging Modern Jazz with Rob Garcia, drums, and Nathan Bloom, guitar, at Detour, East 13th Street at First Avenue. Sets begin at 9 p.m. No cover. (Take the IRT to Union Square.) Bellegarde's visit is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qubec.

Bellegarde, who leads a quartet and a ten-piece ensemble in Montreal, won the coveted General Motors Grand Prix du Jazz at the 2005 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Haiduck, who is one of the few modern jazz clarinetists in the world, plays regularly on the New York scene and in European and Canadian jazz festivals.

Bellegarde and Haiduck have a long-standing interest in Latin music. Bellegarde recently returned from Mexico, where he played with Cuban and Mexican artists. Haiduck has played with many Latin bands, including Tito Puente's band and, most recently, El Rico Son, led by trumpeter Enrique Medina. Bellegarde and Haiduck will join Medina and friends for an explosion of Latin Jazz on Saturday, February 25, at 10 p.m., at Camaradas, on First Avenue at East 115th Street, in El Barrio. No cover. (Take the IRT #6 to 116th Street.)

The weekend will wind up at Saint Peter's Church, Sunday, February 26, at 5 p.m. Bellegarde and Haiduck will play Jazz Vespers, with David Heckdendorn, piano, and Rob Garcia, drums. Ministering to jazz musicians since the early '50s, Saint Peter's is located in the Citicorp Building at East 53rd Street and Lexington Ave. (Take the IRT #6 to 51st or E to 53rd.)

Have some fun listening and responding to the beautiful sounds, brilliant improvisations, and original compositions of Bassist Alex Bellegarde and Clarinetist Neal Haiduck February 24, 9 p.m., at Detour, East 13th Street & First Avenue February 25, 10 p.m., at Camaradas, First Avenue & East 115th Street February 26, 5 p.m. at Saint Peter's, Citicorp Building, East 53rd Street & Lex For more info:Email [email protected] or go to www.Alexbellegarde.com

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