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Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon

Gotan Project, Pat Metheny, Johnny Clegg and AfroCubism with Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyaté, Baba Sissoko…

the new Jazz All Year Round season is here!

Montreal, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pleased to unveil the first concerts of the 2010-2011 season of the Jazz All Year Round series presented by TD. Once again, “eclecticism” is the watchword, as our concert marquees blaze with names from wildly diverse musical and geographical horizons: the astounding tango of the Gotan Project, Pat Metheny’s staggering Orchestrion project, the world music of AfroCubism and the clarion call of “White Zulu” Johnny Clegg bring a kaleidoscope of musical colours to Montreal’s autumn! Tickets for these new concerts go on sale Friday, June 4 at noon.

Gotan Project - Wednesday, September 29, 8 p.m., Métropolis - The Gotan Project-tango, in backslang-isn’t simply tango, but Tango 3.0! It’s also the title of the latest album by this phenomenally successful group that daringly blends Argentinean and electro rhythms, broadening all of our musical horizons. Back after their visit for the 2006 Jazz All Year Round series, this duo propels tango into the future with their ceaseless musical innovation, never failing to surprise us with every performance. Encore!

Pat Metheny, Orchestrion - Tuesday, October 12, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve - Leave it to Pat Metheny, guitar genius and looongstanding friend of the Festival-he’s played here 15 times, including the unforgettable downtown outdoor closing spectacular in 2005!-to take the idea of the player-piano and create a veritable orchestra of instruments controlled by the strings of his guitar. The project is all the more impressive when one realizes how closely these percussion instruments, pianos, keyboards and vibraphones follow his every musical and improvisational whim. Orchestrion is a Metheny triumph and, what’s more, the opportunity to enjoy a mind-blowing experience in acoustoelectrics and jazz!

AfroCubism - Friday, November 5, 8 p.m., Métropolis - The phenomenal talent detectives who turned up the Buena Vista Social Club (Nick Gold and Ry Cooder) are back at it! This time, they bring us 13 gifted players from two countries at their musical zenith, Cuba and Mali-including singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa, perhaps the sole star of the prestigious club to never have played our Festival, Toumani Diabaté on the kora, Bassekou Kouyaté on the ngoni, and Baba Sissoko on the tamani (talking drum)-here to deliver a performance as eclectic as it is harmonically gorgeous. It’s nothing less than a new experience in world music, a rare treat for fanatics devoted to musical world-travel!

Johnny Clegg - Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m., Métropolis - Johnny Clegg’s new show, Spirit is the Journey-The 30th anniversary concert, spotlights 30 years of musical and cultural influences, as well as the extraordinary events that made him a global superstar-it’s nothing short of an overview of his absolutely fascinating life story. Bringing us the magic of his group, aided and abetted by two dancers, he’ll present a new album due for release in autumn 2010, The World is Calling.

A month of Piano solo in the Balmoral… free of charge!

In addition to the international artists descending on the Métropolis and Place des Arts, pianists take up residence in Bistro Le Balmoral as part of the Piano solo series, every week in August, Thursday to Saturday, for free 60-minute concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.: John Roney (August 5 to 7), Steve Amirault (August 12 to 14), Vincent Gagnon (August 19 to 21) and Yoel Diaz (August 26 to 28). Don’t miss the opportunity to discover or re-discover the leading lights of local piano… free of charge!

The Festival de Jazz on tour

We remind you that the Festival is going on tour across Quebec for a 2nd year. This time out, excellent guitarist Jordan Officer and charming singer Stacey Kent take on the province: in Montreal on March 11 & 12, 2011, in L’Astral, as well as March 10 in Longueuil, March 13 in Gatineau, March 15 in Brossard, March 17 in Saint‑Hyacinthe, March 18 in Sainte-Thérèse, March 19 in Shawinigan, March 20 in Sherbrooke, March 24 in Valleyfield, March 25 in L’Assomption, March 26 in Beloeil and March 27 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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 eleventh 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 go on sale Friday at noon

Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, June 4 at noon and will be available from the L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from the Festival’s central box office, located in Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or from Ticketpro (ticketpro.ca, 514-908‑9090 or 1-866-908‑9090)-excluding those concerts presented at Place des Arts, which will be available at 514 842‑2112, at 1 866 842‑2112 or at laplacedesarts.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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