Quebec -born, New York City-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader Rachel Therrien boasts an enviable career. She is considered one of the most promising jazz musicians to have emerged from the Quebec music scene, whose proficiency in a wide variety of music styles and rhythms has earned her many accolades, such as winning the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, being nominated as Best Jazz Album Producer at the 2018 Independent Music Awards in New York City, and receiving the 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award.
Unapologetically curious, with the mind of an explorer, Therrien often has operated at the intersection of jazz and world music. Her geographic reach is awe-inspiring, taking in sounds that range from New Orleans trad-jazz and Cuban folk music to Colombian funk and American rock ’n’ roll and refracting them through her own audacious trumpet aesthetic.
With her self-named Quintet, Rachel has toured all over Canada, USA, Europe, Ukraine, Mexico and beyond, and shared stages with some of the finest artists of our time, including the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Tony Allen, Michel Legrand and Roberto Fonseca. Her discography comprises five albums to date: the JUNO-nominated VENA (2020), Why Don’t You Try (2017), Pensamiento: Colombia (2016), Home Inspiration (2014) and On Track (2011).