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Friday, July 2


31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


Huge viewership for MontrealJazzFest.TV

Fans of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan have gone wild over concert video excerpts webcast on MontrealJazzFest.TV! The site has already racked up over 40,000 viewings in the first week of this 31st edition, above and beyond the tens of thousands of internet users who virtually “attended” the Grand événement d’ouverture TD presented in collaboration with XM Satellite Radio with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Événement spécial Bell with Beast live (on enMusique.ca). It’s plain to see-the video side of the Festival is a huge hit!

From now until the Festival ends, some 150 clips will be online. The list of most popular clips is headed by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and includes those featuring a Who’s-Who of artists including The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn Trio with Joey DeFrancesco, Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa, Think About Life, Nikki Yanofsky, as well as Bitches Brew Revisited with Vernon Reid, Graham Haynes, DJ Logic, Melvin Gibbs, James Hurt, JT Lewis, Adam Rudolph and Antoine Rooney.

Along with excerpts from shows at this 2010 edition, fans will also find some 300 clips on MontrealJazzFest.TV: artist interviews, press rehearsals, concert and archival interview excerpts from the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse, as well as reminiscences offered by Festival founders Alain Simard and André Ménard. MontrealJazzFest.TV, presented thanks to the support of Bell, has already become must-see daily viewing-the perfect way to keep tabs on the 31st edition of the Festival!

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:

Tonight, the secret just got out, make way for the much awaited Surprise Concert: the musical stylings of Caravan Palace, an eccentric sextet whose jubilant and frenetic music moved over 120,000 albums in France and was a smash hit of this past winter’s Jazz All Year Round series. Sure to be a huge music party!

July 3, Dan Bigras Big Band presents a collection of his favourite “bar tunes,” a selection to make a music fan’s mouth water (Hit the Road Jack, Fever, Just a Gigolo…) interpreted with the Montreal All City Big Band! The Dan Bigras Big Band is just that, BIG!

July 4, Festival favourites The Lost Fingers -are equally devoted to gypsy jazz, the kitschy hits of the ’80s, and French chanson. No doubt: with the new album and Lost in the 80’s, we’ve found the perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Django Reinhardt’s birth!

Major Free Outdoor Event : Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
Sunday, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage, Place des Festivals

Serbian filmmaker-actor-musician-composer-producer Emir Kusturica casts our city as the setting for the ultra-festive music of his No Smoking Orchestra-A veritable gypsy/electro/rock gem! Their North American tour includes a precious few dates, so it’s a genuine privilege to celebrate and dance the night away with them here in Montreal!

Closing Night of the Festival
The Grande soirée Mardi gras à Montréal

On Tuesday, July 6, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan closes out its 31st edition with a double bill of Mardi gras festivities in a Festival-premiere parade! - and a closing concert worthy of the legendary Louisiana city. The parade, hosted by none other than Zachary Richard, departs at 7 p.m. from the corner of du Fort and Ste. Catherine Streets, featuring more than 600 participants (singers, dancers, acrobats, stilt-walkers and giant marionettes) with flamboyant costumes and genuine parade floats from New Orleans, rolling over a 2 km route! At 8:09 p.m., the parade will stop on the Place des Festivals where the host will offer a show before inviting Soul Rebels Brass Band to lead fans to the main TD stage. Next, the Closing Show presented by Rio Tinto Alcan spotlights Louisiana’s Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint. It’s a unique evening, a tribute to the cradle of jazz, from the city that turned the music into the world’s largest jazz festival!

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.

People in wheelchairs must contact Julie Chamberland at 514 288‑1424, ext. 4540, the day before the concert in order to reserve a space.

Closing Concert : Dave Brubeck Quartet

Opening Act : Winner of The Grand Prix de Jazz TD
Monday, July 5, 9 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA

It’s an evening of award-winning talent! Dave Brubeck, the first pianist and composer to have sold one million copies of a jazz album (Time Out, 1959), a living legend who brought the genre to new heights, will be presented with a special Miles-Davis Award, in celebration of his entire career, and his 90th birthday. It’s therefore only natural to have him as the star of our closing concert with his Quartet, preceded by other musicians who deserve our undivided attention, the winner(s)-artist or group-of the TD Grand Jazz Award.

Blues Camp grads concert

Sunday, July 4, 6 p.m., TD stage, Place des Festivals

After living and breathing the blues for a week, the young participants in our Blues Camp are ready to strut their stuff! Auditioned and chosen for their interest level, talent and passion, these 13 to 17-year-old youngsters have perfected their musical technique and understanding in the company of music, education and blues professionals. If you want to be the first to see and hear our future local stars, this is the place!

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

Today, 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. 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 - A supremely gifted Cuban Latin jazz player, Lopez-Nussa has an onstage presence reminiscent of Glenn Gould and a mixed repertoire of marvelously rendered compositions and standards. The group will also be presenting a concert on July 3 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the Festival stage.

Tomorrow, July 3

Amanda Tosoff - 6 p.m., TD stage - The winner of the Grand Jazz Award at the 30th edition of the Festival charmed both fans and organizers, and returns this year with her quartet. CBC Radio says: “They amply illustrate that jazz is in good hands!”

Black Joe Lewis, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - Black Joe Lewis, Texas blues-soul-funk-garage shouter with his Honeybears fry a new generation with a supercharged blues inspired by the’60s and ’70s, a kind of cross between James Brown and the Stooges.

Sunday, July 4

L’Orchestre Septentrional d’Haïti - 8 p.m., Bell stage (also July 5) - Formed in 1948, Haiti’s oldest Big Band is a testament to Haiti’s musical evolution. The group has created its very own rhythmic format: a “Haitian Fireball” of horns, drums and double bass. Today, this Haitian institution, retains the youthful allure and energy of its latest cadre of fans!

Marc Atkinson Trio, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Festival stage - The celebrated Marc Atkinson-a Festival regular-is the leader and composer of this internationally renowned trio. The stunning compositions on IV, their latest album, are filled with music that is melodically fascinating, sensually charged and technically awe-inspiring.

Monday, July 5

Terry Clarke Trio with Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer, 8 p.m., CBC / Radio-Canada stage - Percussionist Terry Clarke earned the Juno for Jazz Album of the Year for It’s About Time. He’ll be accompanied by the winner of this year’s Oscar-Peterson Award, Don Thompson (piano, vibraphone, percussion…) as well as Phil Dwyer (alto saxophone).

Ana Popovic, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - Electric funk, slide guitar, jazz instrumentation, and a blues groove topped by fierce vocals: Belgrade’s Ana Popovic takes the stages of the world by force. And with the recent Blind for Love, a powerful musical incursion that takes her from rock to gospel, Ana Popovic’s name will be on the tip of every tongue this year!

Sold-out concerts

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

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

♫ Jordan Officer (July 6, 6 p.m. - L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

♫ The Gretchen Parlato Band (Tonight and tomorrow, 7 p.m. - Savoy du Métropolis)

♫ Robert Glasper and Terence Blanchard (Tonight, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Robert Glasper Quartet with Bilal (tomorrow, 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 (Tonight and tomorrow, 7 p.m. - Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur)

♫ Wanda Jackson (tonight, 9 p.m. - L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

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

John Scofield & The Piety Street Band (July 3)

Battle of the Bands with the Harry James Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra (July 4)

♫ Joan Armatrading (July 5)

♫ Andrew Bird (July 6, 7:30)

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

Antonio, David Brunet’s instrumental project with grand orchestre (July 3)

Karen Young, Eric Auclair duo with Bugge Wesseltoft (July 5)

Concerts intimes Planète Jazz series (Savoy du Métropolis-19 h)

♫ Stéphane Carreau (July 4 and 5)

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

Elisapie Isaac (July 3)

Quartango (July 4)

Staff Benda Bilili (July 5)

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

Jean Beaudet (July 5)

Guitarissimo The Gazette series (Cinquième Salle, PdA)

Yamandu Costa (July 3, 8 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)

Les Événements spéciaux TD series (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA - 7:30 p.m.)

♫ Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette (July 3)

♫ The Moody Blues (July 6)

Jazz Beat TD series (St. James United Church - 8 p.m.)

Special concert: Baryton Saxophone Master John Surman with Howard Moody on Church Organ (tonight)

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

NEeMA (July 4)

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

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.)

Brandi Diserheft (July 4)

Sophie Hunger (July 6)

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

Steve Kuhn, Joey Baron, David Finck (July 4)

Christian Scott Quintet (July 5)

Les Nuits Heineken series (Club Soda - midnight)

Misstress Barbara LIVE With Girls On A Ducati (July 4)

Holy Fuck (July 5)


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.

Des réponses en un coup de fil : Info-Jazz Bell !

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