Versatile and adventurous, trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin composes for his variable geometry groups, Odd lot, Litania projekt and the quintet Migrations, as well as writing for symphony orchestra.
Séguin's repertoire is composed of melodic, explosive, complex but accessible tunes. As a performer, he has a certain sense of showmanship. He is recognized as one of the most brilliant trumpeters of his generation.
Winner of the 2020 JUNO award for best jazz-solo album & of the 2020 FÉLIX award in the best jazz album category with his project MIGRATIONS as well as the 2012-2013 Radio-Canada JAZZ Revelation, Séguin is increasingly asserting himself on the national and international scene. In 2015, he was nominated at the ADISQ in two categories: arranger and jazz album of the year for L'élévation du point de chute and, in 2016, for Litania projekt with the Quatuor Bozzini in the same two categories. He also received several nominations at the Opus Awards 2015, 2016 & 2019, for "jazz album of the year" for L'élévation du point de chute, Litania Projekt & Le quatuor Bozzini as well as MiGRATIONS, as well as a nomination in the category "Concert of the year - jazz and world music" for his performance at the FIJM 2014 where Jacques presented an enlarged version of his Litania Projekt by adding a string quartet to the ensemble.
For more than 10 years, Jacques has been touring regularly in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland where he is regularly featured by specialized magazines with several thousand subscribers such as Jazzforum, JazzPress as well as local newspapers such as Gazeta Wyborcza. In the fall of 2016, a 13-concert tour in Poland, Lithuania and Germany was organized to mark the European release of the album "JKS Litania Projekt with the Bozzini Quartet" on the Slovak jazz label Hevhetia. This same project was also presented in China, Quebec and Canada.
He plays with many musicians of the Montreal jazz scene, including Elizabeth Shepherd, Yves Léveillé, the Jazzlab and Philippe Côté. He also performs with Papagroove, and has performed with Jean Leloup, Ariane Moffatt, Daniel Bélanger, Dobacaracol and Pierre Lapointe, to name a few. Jacques toured for two years with Cirque du Soleil's Delirium show in 150 cities around the world.
His discography as a leader-composer includes 7 albums, all of which were recorded under the ODD SOUND label, a record company he founded and manages. In addition to producing and directing his albums, Jacques has hosted the program Symphonie en bleu on ICI Musique Classique, a program that bridges the gap between classical and jazz music. Finally, he is also the artistic director of the Jazz Crossing festival in the city of Zielona Góra, Poland, which brings together classical music and jazz.