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Montreal group B's Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for writing compelling original music and playing high energy interpretations of the music of past masters such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Haden. Comprised of 4 core members and several charter members, they wowed over 800 people at their debut concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012.

When bandleader Brandon Goodwin won a scholarship to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012, he formed B’s Bees with a lineup of some of the young star players in the city and never looked back. Since then, B's Bees have been in demand at prominent clubs around Montreal and the surrounding area, playing over 100 shows and headlining two weekly Jazz parties. They are currently on the roster at two locations of Montreal’s House of Jazz. They’ve also developed an entire show of Charlie Haden compositions to pay tribute to the recently passed master.

B's Bees released their first album to much acclaim in 2015, featuring all original compositions by various members of the group. The eponymous album reached the #1 spot on several jazz radio charts, and reached #2 on Earshot Online's national jazz ranking.

In the Spring 2017 the group embarked on their first major tour, touring from Montreal all the way down to New Orleans, before heading back up to Montreal to record their second album. At the Velvet Note in Atlanta they were joined by Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Tedeschi-Trucks Band, OutKast, Chris Dave). On April 29 at Twins Jazz in D.C. they featured guest saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, a fast-rising and far-touring young jazz star who arose from the DC jazz scene. In New Orleans the group spent a day working with Delfeayo Marsalis, honing new tunes destined for their next album.

The group is currently preparing to release their second and third albums. The first of the two releases is a tribute to the great bassist Charlie Haden, and contains five of his compositions, arranged in a new and exciting way. The second release album will have 4 original compositions by Julien Sandiford and by Joe Ferracuti, as well as a 4-movement quite that Goodwin wrote titled Kanata Suite. The album will be released in Spring 2018, and will include another North American tour. So far, dates have been confirmed in Providence, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toronto, with many more to come.

Meet the Band

Brandon Goodwin

Armstrong, B.C., Canada
Bachelor of Music, Concordia University (2012)
Great drummer-bandleaders such as Art Blakey, Ari Hoenig, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and Paul Motian.

"Killer" Joe Ferracuti

A young up & comer, pianist Joe's stylistic playing  grooves, swings, and excites the listener. Joe has performed in many different venues in Montreal, as well as at the Montreal Jazz Festival as both a leader and a sideman.

Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Music, Concordia University (2014)
Thelonious Monk, Vijay Iyer, Mal Waldron

Julien Sandiford

Julien Sandiford est un guitariste et compositeur originaire d’Ottawa. Installé à Montréal depuis plusieurs années, il s’est déjà démarqué dans la scène de jazz de la métropole par son jeu mélodique et sensible. Animé d’une grande curiosité musicale, il cherche toujours à dépasser ses limites, que ce soit dans le domaine du jazz, de la musique de monde, ou de la musique fusion. Julien s’est produit dans un grand nombre de clubs de jazz montréalais au sein de diverses formations, et au Festival de Jazz de Montréal avec le groupe hard-bop B’s Bees. 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Music, Concordia University (2014)
Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, Ed Bickert