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Tuesday, June 29


31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


The Festival’s mobile application hits the Top 5 on the iTunes hit parade!

Aside from the enormous crowds plainly visible on the site, here’s another sign of the popularity of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan: the Festival’s mobile application for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad has been named in AppStore Canada’s “What’s Hot” category in the Music section, and since Friday, has been ranked among the top 5 most downloaded applications. The ideal complement to MontrealJazzFest.com, this application, presented by Bell, also available for Blackberry, enables Festival fans to plan their schedules, buy tickets and share their favourites, anywhere and anytime! Fans who want to get in with the in crowd can download the application from www.MontrealJazzFest.com/iPhone and www.MontrealJazzFest.com/BlackBerry.

The application includes all Festival programming, as well as photos taken every day by fans and official Festival photographers. It also has a surprise in store for fans attending the Beast concert tonight.

Tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Événement spécial Bell: Beast

TD stage, Place des Festivals

L’Événement spécial Bell with Beast, the Montreal duo that creates a genuine “buzz” everywhere they go is on tonight! This Beast has two heads: Betty Bonifassi (the solid vocalist) and Jean-Phi Goncalves (multi-instrumentalist, DJ extraordinaire). Their “trip rock” rhythms flow with equal parts soul and guts from the singer, and polished beats and nasty grooves from the beatmaster, all of it delivered with a precise and judicious attention to detail. Returning to the Festival after their immensely successful appearance in 2008, this dynamic duo decorates their lair with visual and multimedia projections that take your breath away. A beauty of a Beast, that bites, stings… and dazzles. The Événement spécial Bell will be broadcast live and as an encore presentation on the web at enmusique.ca/beast, on the Sympatico.ca portal.

Major free outdoor concerts at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

On the TD stage in the Place des Festivals

Once again this year, in addition to its Grands événements and Événements spéciaux (Special Events), the main Festival stage hosts Les Performances TD, presented at 9 p.m., and again at 11 p.m at the Place des Festivals. In the next few days, the public is invited to see:

On June 30, funky brass band Slavic Soul Party! invites the entire world to Partytown, Eastern European style!

On July 1, José James BlackMagic Band follows with the jazziest hip hop tracks and coolest grooves.

And on July 2, programmers have stashed away a Surprise Show and a nice one too! Rendez-vous is at the TD stage on the Place des Festivals for a night the most adventurous (and most curious) will be bragging “I was there!” and shouting “What a concert!”

Reminder: travel and safety at major events

This year, the main events will be held at the new Place des Festivals, located at Jeanne-Mance Street south of De Maisonneuve Boulevard. We advise festival-goers to access this site by way of Jeanne-Mance and Saint-Catherine Streets.

For security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs are not allowed on the site; strollers for children are tolerated, but their use is strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited on the site, as well as cans and glass bottles. However, we advise festival-goers to bring a supply of water (in reusable bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages on the site.

The Festival advises the public to travel to the concert from east to west and from north to south; the use of mass transit is strongly advised. Public transit is the best option. Once on site, festival-goers always have access to the specially-designed security corridors to exit the site during the performance. These one way corridors can only be used to leave the site, but not to return. They lead directly to the Place-des-Arts metro station, to Complexe Desjardins and to De Maisonneuve Boulevard East and West. Because these are, by definition, traffic corridors, pedestrians are not permitted to remain standing in them.

Starting Friday, the Guitarissimo The Gazette evenings at the MGS

An absolute must for die-hard guitar fiends, the Guitarissimo The Gazette series once again presents a breathtaking program of six-string virtuosity with three evenings of performances, part of the Montreal Guitar Show, from July 2 to 4 in the Cinquième Salle, PdA. From Django’s grandson (David Reinhardt) to the virtuoso who logged 78 million YouTube viewings (Andy McKee) to the ethnomusicologist who also happens to be a slide guitar expert (Bob Brozman), our programmers have hunted down the best of the best!

Friday, July 2: David Reinhardt (6 p.m.), Matt Andersen (8 p.m.) and Sylvain Luc (10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 3: Yamandu Costa (8 p.m.) and Andy McKee (10 p.m.)

Sunday, July 4: Charlie Hunter (6 p.m.), Bob Brozman (8 p.m.) and Monte Montgomery (10 p.m.)

And to wind up the event in great style, Craig D’Andrea, Ewan Dobson, Antoine Dufour, Gareth Pearson and Don Ross will take turns captivating audiences on stage-THE concert for all guitar fans- at the Soirée CandyRat Records evening, to be held in the Théâtre Jean‑Duceppe at PdA. Starting Friday and lasting all week-end long, in the heart of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the 4th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show-the biggest guitar event of its kind in Canada-features until July 4 a concert program and an exhibition venue worthy of its reputation: around 100 concerts spotlighting the six-string marvel, and more than 150 luthiers, musicians and specialists from around the world. For more information, please visit montrealguitarshow.com or montrealjazzfest.com.

Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…

Anne Bisson - 8 p.m. - Rio Tinto Alcan stage - In another lifetime, Anne Bisson took on the role of Cristal in Starmania in the ’80s before releasing a debut solo album in 1995-and performing it here at the Festival. Over 15 years later, the pianist and singer returns with a 2nd jazz-pop album, Blue Mind.

Coco Montoya - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Loto-Québec stage - Nicknamed the Master of the Stratocaster, Montoya is a former protégé of blues legends Albert Collins and John Mayall, he’s left a vivid impression with Festival fans on more than one occasion. And with Dirty Deal, he proves he’s more than living up to his reputation!

Tomorrow, June 30

Wop Pow Wow - 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Rio Tinto Alcan stage - Musician Angelo Finaldi wanted to launch an “Italian Bottine Souriante”… and in his gallery, we find a most appealing cast: Stéphane Tellier, Ben Charest, Betty Bonifassi, Chet Doxas… Now, some consider Finaldi’s musical fable to be one of the finest Montreal pop projects of 2010.

La-33 - 8 p.m. - Bell stage (also July 1) - A Colombian alternative-salsa band, La-33’s breakthrough came on the heels of a cover they recorded as a joke-a mambo version of the The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini-that went on to light up dancefloors around the world. An invitation to celebrate!

Thursday, July 1

Rafaël Zaldivar Trio - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. - Festival stage - World-jazz takes centre stage with Cuban pianist Rafaël Zaldivar who made sparks fly at last year’s Festival! Renowned for his improvisational and compositional talents he’s the 2010-2011 Révélation Radio-Canada Musique.

Grace Kelly- 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. - CBC/Radio-Canada stage - Alto saxophonist Grace Kelly is just 17 and already has 5 albums to her credit. As Jimmy Heath says so well: “The future of music is in good hands!”

José James BlackMagic Band - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - TD stage - His deeply soulful voice makes José James the jazz singer for the hip hop generation! José turns loose in the jazzy hip hop compositions and supremely cool groove, it’s no surprise that the singer is hitting it big in Europe.

Friday, July 2

Aronas - 7 p.m and 9 p.m. - Festival stage - Aronas: start with the furious piano of young prodigy Aron Ottignon, just 25, and surround him with tribal rhythms, powerful bass, and frenzied percussion and steel drums. Hit “blend” and you’ve got a frenetic, jubilant musical cocktail!

Bharath and his Rythm Four - 7 p.m. - Loto-Québec stage - Winner of the 2007 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, Bharat returns to a Festival stage armed with his harmonica, his Rhythm Four and a style directly inspired by the blues history of ’50s Chicago and Arkansas.

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio - 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. - CBC/Radio-Canada stage - With an onstage presence reminiscent of Glenn Gould and a mixed repertoire of marvelously rendered compositions and standards, Harold Lopez-Nussa is destined for a major career! The group will also be performing a concert on July 3, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., on the Festival stage.

Sold-out concerts

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

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

♫ Courtney Wing (July 1, 7 p.m. - Savoy du Métropolis)

♫ Cyndi Lauper (July 4, 8:30 p.m. - Métropolis)

♫ The Gretchen Parlato Band (July 2 and 3, 7 p.m. - Savoy du Métropolis)

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

♫ Robert Glasper Trio (July 1, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Robert Glasper and Terence Blanchard (July 2, 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

En Voix Rio Tinto Alcan series (Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - 6 p.m.)

Special Evening with John Zorn’s Masada Marathon with Bar Kokhba, Saft Trio/Ben Goldberg Quartet, Mycale, Erik Friedlander and Masada Sextet (July 1)

Richard Bona, The Ten Shades of Blue (July 2)

Jazz d’ici series (L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 6 p.m.)

Felix Stüssi 5 & Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Tribute to Len Dobbin (tonight)

Papasoff (July 1)

Christine Tassan & les Imposteures, Pas manouche, c’est louche ! (July 2)

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

John Forté (June 30)

The Aggrolites (July 1)

Piano Solo series (Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur - 7 p.m.)

Jean-François Groulx (July 1)

Guitarissimo The Gazette series (Cinquième Salle, PdA)

David Reinhardt (July 2, 6 p.m.)

Matt Andersen (July 2, 8 p.m.)

Sylvain Luc (July 2, 10 p.m.)

Yamandu Costa (July 3, 8 p.m.)

Andy McKee (July 3, 10 p.m.)

Charlie Hunter (July 4, 6 p.m.)

Bob Brozman (July 4, 8 p.m.)

Monte Montgomery (July 4, 10 p.m.)

Soirée CandyRat Records (July 4, 7 p.m. - Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA)

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

Ron Di Lauro, Porgy and Bess as performed by Miles Davis (June 30)

The Jack DeJohnette Group with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Fiuczynski, George Colligan and Jerome Harris (July 2)

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

Lewis Furey (June 30 and July 1)

NEeMA (July 4)

El Duende Flamenco series présented by Air France (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde - 8 p.m.)

Diego El Cigala (June 29 and 30)

Juan Carmona Quintet (July 2 and 3)

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

Andreya Triana, Bonobo and Mr. Scruff (July 3)

George Clinton and Parliament (Opening act: God Made Me Funky) (July 5)

Jason Bajada / John Butler Trio (July 6)

Le Club series (L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 9 p.m.)

Neil Cowley Trio (June 30)

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Marcella Detroit (July 1)

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

Gypsie Planet with Christian Escoudé, Marcel Azzola, Florin Niculescu, David Reinhardt, Darryl Hall and Jean‑Baptiste Laya (June 30)

Ahmad Jamal (July 2)

Ben E. King (July 4)

Jazz dans la nuit series (Gesù - Centre de créativité - 10:30 p.m.)

Dave Douglas and Keystone, Spark of Being (June 30)

Punk Bop! with Ari Hoenig, Tigran Hamasyan, Matt Penman, Gilad Hekselman (July 1)

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (July 2)

Les Nuits Heineken series (Club Soda - midnight)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) (Jnue 30)

Land of Talk (July 1)

Anti-Pop Consortium (July 2)

Concerts broadcast in the media

Some concerts from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be taped for broadcast on the web or on the radio:

♫ The Événement spécial Bell : Beast (June 29, 9 :30p.m. - TD stage, Place des Festivals) will be broadcast live (and as an encore presentation) on enmusique.ca/beast.

♫ Ron Di Lauro, Porgy & Bess (June 30, 8 p.m. - Théâtre Jean-Duceppe) will be taped by Radio-Canada.


An error has found its way in the Festival’s program grid and in the pamphlet:

Concerts in the Performances TD series are listed at 9:30 p.m. However, only the concert slated for July 5 (Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra) is 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.

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