Jean-Nicolas Trottier

Randy Cole

Since 2000, Jean-Nicolas Trottier is an active trombone player on the Montreal jazz scene. In addition of being the main musical director/composer/arranger of the Orchestre National de Jazz de Montreal, he is the leader of his own projects like Acid Bunny, Jean-Nicolas Trottier 4tet, Jean-Nicolas Trottier 10tet and Jean-Nicolas Trottier Bigband. He also have been playing in some of Quebec’s finest jazz ensembles such as Joe Sullivan Bigband, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Trombone Action, Jazzlab Orchestra, L’ensemble Rémi-Jean Leblanc, and Rémi Bolduc Random Masters. He has recorded 7 albums as leader, and over 60 others as sideman or guest soloist.

Over the years, M. Trottier played in different countries such as USA, France,
Belgium, Italie and Mexico. Jean-Nicolas was heard alongside numerous internationally
acclaimed artists such as Slide Hampton, Steve Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ruffus Reid, Ingrid Jensen,
Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake, Yannick Rieu, Jean-Michel Pilc, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, John
Hollenbeck, François Théberge and others.

As a composer/arranger, he has collaborated with different ensembles such as MSO, QSO, GSO
and I Musici. His catalogue counts more than 600 compositions/arrangements, for solo to
symphonic orchestra, chamber music ensembles and Bigband. On the popular side, he as
written music and/or played alongside many great national and international artists such as
Frank Sinatra Jr., Gregory Charles, Patrick Watson, Arianne Moffatt, Herman Olivera, Nikki
Yanofsky, Louis-Jean Cormier, Yann Perreau and many others.

Jean-Nicolas Trottier is a D.Mus graduate in jazz performance, composition and arrangement
from The Schulich School of Music in Montreal and is now professor of jazz composition and
arranging at University of Montreal.