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Press release for immediate distribution

Jazz All Year Round gets bigger and better!

Tickets on sale now!

Montreal, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - If fans of the Jazz All Year Round series were already amazed by the amount of concerts in this year’s program, wait until they get an eyeful of this incredible new serving of shows being announced for 2010! Presented by TD, the series-inviting jazzophiles and fans of blues and other related musics to indulge their passions all year long-has just added eight new names to its program, including some Blue Wednesdays artists whom we’ve been dying to see. And it all happens in the intimate confines of L’Astral! Tickets on sale now.

Marcus Miller, Tutu Revisited featuring Christian Scott - April 28, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - L’Astral - New Yorker Marcus Miller is incontestably one of the greatest names in contemporary jazz. The master of slap bass has appeared on no fewer than 500 albums and dozens of soundtracks! Famed for his collaborations with Miles Davis, Miller pays tribute to the master with an album and tour, Tutu Revisited, the Music of Miles Davis featuring Christian Scott, just in time for the We Want Miles exhibition, to be presented in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from April 30 to August 29. A living legend performing in the intimate environment of L’Astral!

Andrew Jr. Boy Jones - May 5, 8 p.m., L’Astral (Blue Wednesdays series) - From postwar Texas to California in the ’80s, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones is a prolific, veteran guitar prodigy who has spent 45 musical years playing alongside some of the greatest names in electric blues including Freddie King, Bobby Patterson, Cornell Dupree, Johnny Taylor and Katie Webster. Since releasing his very first album, I Need Time, in the late ’90s, he’s been fronting the group that bears his name. He rolls into the Festival with the aptly-titled Gettin’ Real, a visceral, authentic and accomplished 5th album that rocks the blues.

Cindy Blackman - May 8, 8 p.m. - L’Astral - A genuine pioneer, percussionist Cindy Blackman is, without a doubt, one of the truly original figures on the contemporary scene. Influenced as much by Jimi Hendrix’ psychedelic rock as by polyrhythmic jazz, she hit our consciousness with a bang as a member of the Lenny Kravitz band. The volcanic musician presents her first album since 2005, Another Lifetime, a powerhouse tribute to her hero, Tony Williams.

David Binney Quartet - May 13, 8 p.m. - L’Astral - One of the most prolific musicians in New York (or frankly, the world), intrepid composer and alto sax master David Binney returns to Montreal with his new album, Aliso. With his quartet, Binney boosts his own repertoire of original music with supercharged standards by Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers and Coltrane. A torrentially energetic show designed for devotees of the classics and fervent fans of new jazz.

Steve Hill and the Majestiks - May 15, 8 p.m., L’Astral - He’s a guitar hero whose virtuosity and mighty six-string exploits are undeniable: Steve Hill ranks among the most impressive live performers in the province. After last autumn’s electrifying set in the intimate confines of L’Astral, he returns to the scene with his loyal Majestiks and the howling blues-rockers from his latest album, The Damage Done.

Tuck & Patti - May 21, 8 p.m. - L’Astral - To hear Tuck & Patti is to become an instant fan! Originally from San Francisco, the duo-couple has been active in American live music for over 30 years. They’ll treat us to the standards of American jazz (Ellington, Gershwin, Jerome Kern) taken from their album I Remember You, revivified and purified via the passion and virtuosity of their vocal/guitar magic. It’s love at first listen-guaranteed!

The Stephen Barry Band, 35th Anniversary Concert with special guests Susie Arioli and Jordan Officer - May 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral - La Presse has already declared that the Stephen Barry Band “is the best group in Montreal, Quebec and probably all of Canada”-nothing less. And to properly celebrate this elite group’s 35th anniversary of excellence, we had the great idea to invite some very special guests: Quebec jazz darling Susie Arioli and her loyal partner, peerless, unique guitar stylist Jordan Officer. It’s their happy anniversary… but we get the presents!

Steve Strongman - May 26, 8 p.m., L’Astral (Blue Wednesdays series) - Blazing guitar, dynamic songwriting, power, personality and an uncompromising attitude have made Steve Strongman one of the most fascinating young bluesmen on the Canadian scene. His most recent release, Blues in Color, was ranked among the finest 2009 albums in the genre released in Canada. After winning over the entire country and twice seducing this city last July during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Strongman keeps up the charm offensive, bringing us with what’s sure to be another striking performance.

A second evening for Arthur H

Finally, fans of the great Arthur H will be delighted to learn that the artist will offer an extra show: in addition to the previously announced April 29 concert, he will also perform on April 30, at 8 p.m., once again in the intimate confines of L’Astral.

Previously announced concerts

In L’Astral

Larry Coryell - tonight, 8 p.m.

MG3 - Montréal Guitare Trio and California Guitar Trio - tomorrow, March 24, 8 p.m.
Lee Oskar with the David Rotundo Band - April 14, 8 p.m.

Molly Johnson - April 22 & 23, 8 p.m.
Susana Baca - April 24, 8 p.m.

Arthur H solo - April 29 & 30, 8 p.m.

Fortin-Léveillé-Donato-Nasturica - May 27, 8 p.m.

In Métropolis

Jesse Cook, The Rumba Foundation - April 8 & 9, 8 p.m.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers - June 4, 7 p.m.

In the Savoy
Colin Moore - March 26, 8 p.m.

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the tenth year in a row, by reinvesting its surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from public partners, specifically, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Montrealers and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, official host of the Jazz All Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.

Tickets already on sale

Tickets for these concerts are already on sale. They are available at L’Astral (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), at the Festival’s central box office, located in Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or through Ticketpro-ticketpro.ca, 514-908 9090 or 1 866-908 9090. For more information, call the Bell Info Jazz Line at 514-871 1881, toll-free at 1‑888‑515‑0515 or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal emailed to your inbox. For further information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 888 515‑0515, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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