Felix Rouè Doudou Boicel
Photo Credit: Sylvain Légaré
Remembering Felix Rouè Doudou Boicel
Mr. Boicel, a native of Guyana, moved to Canada at age 23. He was recognized by Brooklyn’s jazz community, with Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s “Founder Award’ in 2006. Doudou, an impresario and black music promoter, created the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club. And is known as the “Father of the Montreal Jazz Festival.”
In 1978 Doudou founded the Rising Sun Festijazz an international jazz and blues celebration. He brought music greats: Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan, and others to his stages. Festijazz is the forerunning of what is now called the Montreal International Jazz Festival.