Jean-Nicolas Trottier has been active as a jazz trombonist on the Montreal music scene since 2000. In addition to performing with some of the best jazz ensembles in Quebec like The Joe Sullivan Big Band, The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, The Jazzlab Orchestra and l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, he also leads his own projects Acid Bunny, the Jean-Nicolas Trottier Quartet, 10tet and the Jean-Nicolas Trottier Big Band, as composer/arranger/trombonist. He has recorded six albums as a leader, and has been a sideman or guest soloist on more than fifty other records. He has been heard alongside internationally renowned jazz artists like Slide Hampton, Steve Davis, Dave Brubeck, Rufus Reid, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake, Ari Hoenig and many others.
As a composer and orchestrator, Jean-Nicolas has collaborated with a number of ensembles including l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. His catalogue of works numbers over 400 compositions and arrangements for ensembles ranging from solo instruments to chamber ensembles to big band and full orchestra. He is currently artistic director, conductor and composer-in-residence of the award-winning l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal.
Jean-Nicolas also teaches arranging, composition and jazz trombone at The Schulich School of Music of McGill University and at the faculty of music of The University of Montreal.