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Voted one of “The Top 20 Local Jazz/Blues Artists” in 2012 by Montreal entertainment magazine Camuz, Joel Kerr is one of Montreal’s busiest and most versatile bassists, as well as a composer, arranger and bandleader.

His current project is an electric quartet, a throwback to the musical explosion of the late 60s and early 70s, but with the influence of modern sounds such as indie rock, contemporary classical music, and R&B.  The ensemble features Kenny Bibace on guitar, Adam Daudrich on Fender Rhodes, and Mark Nelson on drums.

In addition to leading his own band, Joel is a co-leader of Siach HasadehBean and the Key-Lites.

In 2011, Joel was a finalist for the Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Jazz Award, and nominated for the Galaxie Rising Star Award.

Joel holds a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from McGill University, and is currently working towards a Master of Library and Information Studies degree, also at McGill University.

He has toured extensively across Canada, as well as in the US and Europe with various ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands.

Currently, Joel performs with several artists, including Sarah Slean (Toronto),  ShtreimlMoe Clark, Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson (Montreal/Ottawa), and Craig Pedersen (Montreal/Ottawa).

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