Sunny and assured, the music had no trouble jumping the language barrier, and provided considerable instrumental interest with reflective guitar and deep inflected tuba solos. ”

Alayne McGregor,

Mélanie E plays the Great Québec Songbook”

Alayne McGregor,

Mélanie and Keith interview on CBC's ALL IN A DAY”

Mélanie E

Going out best bets, JAZZ”

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen


"Melanie E." is a French Jazz ensemble based in Ottawa, Canada. Featuring the vocal talents of Melanie Hartshorn-Walton, this highly talented group of musicians (led by husband Keith) is entertaining audiences across Canada. Their sensational and romantically nostalgic exhibition of traditional French and Quebecois songs, splashed with a magical jazz appeal, provide an atmosphere that magically boasts a profound appeal to audiences of all languages and ages! 

"We're introducing traditional French Songs to a new public by reaching out to all with funky jazz idioms, and awakening the senses of those familiar with the popular repertoire who may not have been introduced to jazz. We're thrilled to be bringing the best of our world, to the world around us." 

The new album Chemin celebrate it`s first year anniversary.  Now we are generating new tunes... stay tuned.

Le jazz à la française

Our musicians:

Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton, vox          Alex Tompins - guitar            Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton - tuba           Michel Delage - drums

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