Press release for immediate distribution

Fewer than three weeks left to discover

Jazz noir, the exhibition of previously unseen works by Zïlon

in the Galerie Lounge TD

Montreal, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - For the past month, Montrealers and tourists have flocked out to enjoy Jazz noir, the exclusive exhibition by painter and urban artist Zïlon, presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan. We remind you that fewer than three weeks remain-final showing is September 26-for you to discover the artist’s superb works on canvas and paper, created especially to launch the autumn season in the Galerie.


Moving from concrete walls to canvas, from spray cans to brushes, Zïlon maintains his rage to paint, and now presents Jazz noir. Conceived as a mock-up of a temporary film noir, the exhibition presents portraits of imaginary figures inspired by jazz and blues, drawn and painted like the songs of fallen divas from a forgotten club, lost in the alleyways of a cold city, like nameless silhouettes in the shadows of a bar perfumed by cigarette smoke and whisky.

After inviting Zïlon to redecorate our windows-live-on July 22, the Galerie takes another page from the artist, who always marches to the beat of a different drummer: visitors to the Galerie will be able to purchase a limited edition run of 200 numbered t-shirts, a silkscreen on cloth taken from a drawing by Zïlon and featuring a treatment of the image by Yves Archambault, Festival poster artist.

A final tribute to legendary photographer Herman Leonard

Parker, Gillespie, Holiday, Ellington, Armstrong, Fitzgerald, Sinatra and Davis were among the “models” who were captured by the camera of great American photographer Herman Leonard, photographed in the smoky clubs of New York and Paris in 1950s and 1960s. The Galerie Lounge TD and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal take this opportunity to offer a final salute to this peerless artist, who passed away last August at 87. Photos taken right here in Montreal will be exhibited in the Galerie.

We remind you that it was the very same Herman Leonard who inaugurated the Galerie Lounge TD with a brilliant exhibition held this past October 22 to February 7. He was also the guest of honour at the 30th edition of the Festival, in 2009, during which he immortalized some of the major artists playing the event, including Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Melody Gardot, Chris Botti, the Chucho Valdés Quintet, the Jazzing Flamenco troupe and the musicians of Miles from India. These photographs were presented in a world premiere on the walls of the Galerie. This summer, he received the Festival’s Bruce Lundvall Award, presented to a non-musician from the media or music industries who has contributed to the development of jazz.


Jazz noir

From August 5 to September 26, 2010

Galerie Lounge TD

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor - 514 288-8882 - galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com

Free admission

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open until 9 pm on concert nights in L’Astral

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