After a 100-concert tour, 1969-70 for JMC (YMC), Leduc moved from jazz to pop music, working both for the CBC and as music director 1970-2 for Claude Léveillée and 1973-6 for Ginette Reno and as an accompanist for Angèle Arsenault, Edith Butler, François Dompierre, Diane Dufresne, and Jean-Pierre Ferland. In 1983 he returned to jazz, serving the FIJM for several years as the host pianist for its 'after hours' jam sessions, first at the Hotel du Parc (where he initiated a year-round jazz policy that continued until 1987) and later at the Hôtel Méridien. Leduc appeared at the FIJM proper in 1985. He has written several pieces for jazz group (including Synchronisation, recorded also by Boudreau), scores for CBC TV dramas by Marie-Claire Blais, Michel Tremblay, Paul Dupuis, and others, the music for Pauline Julien's song 'La Croqueuse de 222,' and arrangements for Léveillée and Reno. Leduc has taught 1976-81 at the UQAM, 1980-3 at the Drummondville Cegep, and, beginning in 1984, at the University of Montreal.
Author Claire Versailles
Information. Donato double-bass, Normand percussion. 1966. Elysée ELS-2003
Pierre Leduc et son quatuor. Barley saxophone and clarinet, Haynes double-bass, Wikjord percussion. 1967. RCI 267
Pierre Leduc, renaître. Orch and chorus, Stanciu pan pipes, J.-M. Benoit guitar, Donato double-bass, Provençal drums, Leduc piano, conductor, and comp. 1977-8. Martin M-16210
Others as sideman to Boudreau, Gagnon, the tenor saxophonist Billy Robinson (Evolution's Blend, 1972, RCI 375), and the singer-poet Marie Savard (Marie Savard, 1966, Apex ALF-1574), and as accompanist-arranger-conductor for Léveillée and Reno
Bourgeault, Pierre. 'L'Émotion, la vie, le jazz: Pierre Leduc,' Montreal La Presse, 25 Apr 1964
Gallagher, Greg. 'A jazz pianist turns to the classical,' CanComp, 111, May 1976
Gilmore, John. Who's Who of Jazz in Montreal: Ragtime to 1970 (Montreal 1989)
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