Press release for immediate distribution

Tuesday, June 22


31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The countdown starts: 3 days until the official opening!

Only three days remain until the opening of the 31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which runs from Friday, June 25 to Tuesday, July 6, 2010! This year, with the Festival closing on Tuesday, organizers have decided to seize the opportunity to throw a large-scale celebration: La Grande soirée Mardi gras à Montréal! Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a parade (featuring real parade floats from New Orleans!) followed at 8:30 p.m. by a free outdoor closing show on the Place des Festivals starring Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty with guests Soul Rebels Brass Band and a special appearance by Zachary Richard. The entire city is invited to join us for this genuine Mardi gras in July-it’s going to be massive! But until then, vive le Festival!

New! The Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse
in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

This morning, in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal proudly inaugurated the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse. Located on the 3rd floor of the Maison, this new jazz resource centre and cinémathèque is accessible to the public free of charge. It was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of La Presse. The unique collection in the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse-along with the one in Montreux, the largest of its kind in the world-is a massive treasure trove of jazz memorabilia. Visitors will discover the collected printed archives of the Festival, including tens of thousands of photographs, articles, programs from the last 30 editions of the event, an impressive collection of Festival audiovisual recordings, including hundreds of concerts, concerts filmed for TV, interviews and coverage, excerpts from press conferences, rehearsals, etc., as well as over 5000 CDs by Festival artists, available for listening on-site. The Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday and, for a limited run, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of the Festival (from June 25 to July 6). Take the elevator in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. West. Admission is free at all times.

Flamenco in the spotlight in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

“Andalucia, land of love…” sang Luis Mariano. Andalucia, cradle of flamenco, with its peerless musical passion, its regal and graceful dancers, and the flaming, dizzying cascades of notes from the fretboard… It is irresistible! With that in mind, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal assembled the greatest contemporary flamenco artists in a new concert series, El Duende Flamenco presented by Air France (8 p.m. in the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde). Five artists have been confirmed: Dorantes (with a trio), Chano Dominguez, Diego « El Cigala » and Juan Carmona (with a quintet), as well as their incredible dancers.

Nos stars chantent le blues à Montréal

Following the blockbuster success of the album Nos stars célèbrent le jazz à Montréal, this year, Spectra Musique and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal present a major celebration of the blues with Nos stars chantent le blues à Montréal. Launched last night at Bistro à Jojo, the album features talented local artists performing some of our favourite blues standards. Nos stars chantent le blues à Montréal kicks off with Yann Perreau and his passionate take on Elmore James’ Shake Your Money Maker, while Zachary Richard rolls out a country-blues remake of Midnight Special. Nadja and her spouse Taurey Butler take on You Can Have My Husband (Don’t Mess With My Man), while Jonas and Frank Marino beautifully reinvent the Bo Diddley classic, Who Do You Love. The album also features songs by Patrick Huard, Mario Pelchat, Plume, Catherine Major, Steve Hill, Éric Lapointe, Stéphane Dufour, Dan Bigras, Robert Charlebois as well as a rare live cut by first-generation Offenbach. The proceeds from this magnificent album will contribute in particular to staging forthcoming editions of the annual Blues Camp, the popular musical day camp presented entirely free of charge as part of the Festival. In stores now.

The Festival accessible around the clock!

The Festival Intenational de Jazz de Montréal has upgraded its web site, MontrealJazzFest.com, by adding the latest platform innovations, newest functionalities and exclusive multimedia content. Festival fans can now browse the program schedule, buy tickets and share their concert selections anywhere and anytime with the new mobile application for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or BlackBerry. And from now on, the Festival will be grouping all its video offerings such as concert excerpts, interviews and reports at the same address: www.MontrealJazzFest.TV. These two projects were made possible thanks to support from Bell.

Miles Davis and Yves Archambault in the Galerie du Festival

The say that Miles Davis painted and sketched with the same intensity he brought to his trumpet, and his artworks, like his music, are rich in originality and imagination. For this 31st edition of the Festival, the legendary musician’s estate has accorded us the privilege of creating a silkscreen from one of his pieces, Chariot of Gods. A vernissage will be held on Friday, June 25 at 1 p.m. in the Galerie. We add that the extraordinary multimedia exhibition We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz continues until August 29 in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (mbam.qc.ca/milesdavis).

And, once again this year, visitors to the Galerie du Festival will find numbered and signed silkscreens of our Festival poster, Vénus et Chronos, by Yves Archambault, our artist in residence for over the past 20 years. We cordially invite you to visit the Galerie du Festival, located under a tent at the northwest end of the Place des Festivals, at the corner of De Bleury St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd.

This autumn, the Galerie Lounge TD de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, open all year long, will present the exhibitions Jazz Noir by Zïlon (August 5 to September 26), and The Spirit of a Generation by photographer Eliott Landy (October 14 to December 24).

De Maisonneuve Blvd., a more pleasant access point!

Yes, this year, the southern side of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site is somewhat obstructed by trucks, fences and other inconveniences due to repairs underway on Ste. Catherine St. Therefore, Festivalgoers are invited to access the site from the north-east at the corner of St. Laurent and De Maisonneuve Blvds. In addition to being close to both Saint-Laurent Metro and the bike path (so practical!), this entrance allows fans to admire the new Parterre (so romantic!) of our future symphony orchestra venue. It’s an excellent way to fully enjoy the Festival without getting lost along the way (site maps available everywhere!)!

Grand événement d’ouverture TD
presented in collaboration with XM Radio Satellite :
Brian Setzer Orchestra

June 25, 9:30 p.m., TD stage

There was once Brian Setzer, the former singer/guitarist of the rockabilly trio the Stray Cats and his extraordinary Orchestra, with its Big Band jazz and wild impulses. His return to the Festival last year sent sparks flying at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier: many dared to dream of a repeat experience under the stars. It’s actually been on our minds since 1994, but this time the Festival and its organizers gave in to popular demand and are now offering this grand opening show, a much-coveted gift! The spirited Brian Setzer Orchestra will be igniting the Place des Festivals and, just like his classic, he will Rock This Town! You guessed it: get there early! In a grand premiere, the concert will be rebroadcast live on MontrealJazzFest.TV. To watch the event, internet users must download the Silverlight plug-in.

Some concerts already sold-out!

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Bobby Bazini (July 2, 7 p.m. - Club Soda)

♫ Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts)

♫ Boz Scaggs (June 25, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Opening Gala : Lionel Richie in concert, Cassandra Wilson and her musiciens (June 25, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier, PdA)

♫ MAnu Katché, Sylvain Luc and Richard Bona (June 30, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Meaghan Smith (June 27, 7 p.m. - Savoy at the Métropolis)

♫ Nikki Yanofsky (June 27, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa (June 25, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Paolo Fresu and Ralph Towner (June 26, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Paolo Fresu, Nils Petter Molvaer and MAnu Katché (June 27, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers (July 5, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Tigran Hamasyan (July 2 and 3, 7 p.m. - Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:

Couleurs SAQ series (Club Soda - 7 p.m.)

Alex Cuba (June 26)

Ben Sidran, Dylan Different (June 27)

Événements spéciaux TD series (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts)

Lionel Richie in concert, Cassandra Wilson and her musicians (June 26, 7 p.m.)

An Evening with Sonny Rollins (June 27, 7:30 p.m.)

Smokey Robinson, opening act: Nadja (June 28, 7 p.m.)

Musique au MAC series (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal - 8 p.m.)

Basia Bulat (June 25 to 27)

Jazz Beat TD series (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA - 8 p.m.)

Bitches Brew Revisited with Vernon Reid, Graham Haynes, DJ Logic, Melvin Gibbs, James Hurt, JT Lewis, Adam Rudolph, Antoine Rooney (25 juin)

David Sánchez Group, opening act: Omar Sosa solo (26 juin)

Rythmes Bell series (Métropolis - 8:30 p.m.)

Plants and Animals, opening act: The Besnard Lakes (June 25)

Spank Rock, Kid Koala Presents The Slew Live: 6 Turntables Meets the Ex-Wolfmother Rhythm Section et DJ Food (June 26)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Taj Mahal & The Trio (June 28)

Le Club series (L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

Yosvany Terry Quartet (June 25, 9:30 p.m.)

Ibrahim Maalouf (June 26, 9 p.m.)

Grands concerts series (Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - 9:30 p.m.)

Victor Wooten (June 26)

Roy Hargrove Big Band with special guest Roberta Gambarini (June 28)

Nuits Heineken series (Club Soda - midnight)

Think About Life (June 25)

Emilie Simon (June 26)

WhoMadeWho (June 27)

Changes to the program

The concert An Evening with the Gipsy Kings, scheduled for the Bell Centre on Sunday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m., has been moved to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, same date, same time.

Following the strong public reaction to the Cyndi Lauper concert announcement, July 4 at 8:30 p.m. in Métropolis, the capacity of the venue has been increased to 2,000.

Please note that the concert Rakim with Special Guests, July 3 at midnight in Club Soda, is now entitled Rakim featuring Chin Chin.

Scheduling changes for two guest in the Dan Thouin et ses musiciens concerts in L’Astral on June 25 & 27 at 11:30 p.m.: June 25, Rémi Bolduc, alto sax, and June 27, Frank Lozano, tenor sax.

The Blackburn concert, July 3 on the Loto-Québec stage, is now entitled Blackburn with guest Dean Blackburn.

The Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues concert on July 1 in L’Astral is now entitled Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Marcella Detroit.

The Elizabeth Shepherd Trio concert June 27 at 8 p.m. on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage is actually entitled Elizabeth Shepherd.

The Combo Latin de l’UQAM concert June 25 at 4 p.m. on the Festival stage is now entitled Combo latin Pierre Cormier.

The Naad Brahma concert June 28 at 7 p.m. on the Festival stage is now entitled Louiz Banks and Joe Alvarez with Naad Brahma.

Additions to the program

Bobby Bazini will perform an additional show in Club Soda on June 28 at 7 p.m., part of the Couleurs SAQ series. Tickets cost $26.50.

Globally-renowned singer Dawn Tyler Watson, also known s the Queen of Montreal Blues, will perform July 4 at 8:30 p.m. in Métropolis with her group Blues Project as the opening act for Cyndi Lauper, Memphis Blues. Tickets cost $39.50.

Cancellations and replacements

The Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu concert scheduled for Club Soda on June 28 at 7 p.m. is cancelled.

The Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub concert scheduled for Métropolis on July 2 at 8:30 p.m. is cancelled.

The Cesaria Evora concert (opening act: Lura) scheduled for Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts on June 30 is cancelled.

The July 6 performance by Denis Chang, in the Musique au Balmoral series, has been cancelled.


A few errors can be found in the Festival program:

p. 10 (and in all subsequent concert descriptions) - the Pub Heineken will be located at the corner of Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets, as indicated on the map (and not at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Clark).

p. 12 (also in the Festival brochure) - concerts in the Performances TD series are listed at 9:30 p.m. However, only the concerts slated for June 25 (Grand événement d’ouverture TD, Brian Setzer Orchestra), June 29 (Événement spécial Bell, Beast) and July 5 (Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra) are scheduled at that time. All other concerts in the series start at 9 p.m., with the exception of the show presented in La Grande soirée Mardi gras à Montréal, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

Being a Friend of the Festival has its advantages

For the 15th consecutive year, the Friends of the Festival Card is the passport to exclusive privileges throughout the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The $12 (plus taxes) goes directly to financing some 260 free concerts that take place.

When Festival visitors pick up a Friends of the Festival Card they receive:

  • A free compact disc containing the 2010 Festival compilation, courtesy of Universal Music Canada;
  • A ticket to the Grand tirage. Ticket holders could win: 2grand prizes, a total value of $25,000 offered by TD; and a lot of other prizes.
  • For the fourth year, a number of exclusive services will be offered by TD:
    • At the Tente des Amis du Festival TD: between noon and midnight, a bottle of water, sunscreen and access to the stroller loan service.
    • Priority access to the daily Super sessions taking place at L’Astral (Maison du Festival RioTintoAlcan);
    • A 10% discount at Bistro Le Balmoral at the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (offer valid between July7, 2010 and June8, 2011).

The Friends of the Festival Card can be found in any of the 130 participating outlets of the SAQ in the Greater Montreal Region as well as at the Renaud‑Bray and Archambault stores in Montreal and surrounding areas. You can also purchase a card at the outdoor site of the Festival and at the Complexe Desjardins boutiques between June 25 and July 6. Each $12 contribution goes entirely toward financing free exterior shows.

All questions answered: Info-Jazz Bell

514 871-1881
1 888 515-0515

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