Press release for immediate distibution

Tickets on sale now

Brandi Disterheft, Charlie Hunter, Sophie Hunger
and Ibrahim Maalouf light up L’Astral

Montreal, Monday, February 7, 2011 - Organizers of the Jazz All Year-Round series, part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD, are proud to add four concerts to the marquee at L’Astral, the magnificent venue housed by the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan. We welcome three revelations and a “young veteran” who shone last year, especially at the Festival: young Canadian acoustic bassist Brandi Disterheft, spellbinding Swiss singer Sophie Hunger, supremely gifted Franco-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and virtuoso American guitarist Charlie Hunter. Tickets for these new concerts are on sale now.

Brandi Disterheft - March 29, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Not content with showers of praise from Oscar Peterson, brilliant opening slots for Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock and winning a Juno, the young double bassist and composer of the moment caused quite the commotion at the Festival last summer and was named 2009-2010 Révélation Radio-Canada Musique! Naturally, we’ll be thrilled to welcome the Vancouver native back to L’Astral, with pieces from Second Side, her latest CD, ranked among the 10 best albums of the year in any genre by the Globe and Mail. Hers is a remarkably refreshing jazz-pop that is truly in its element onstage!

Charlie Hunter - April 21, 8 p.m. - He was part of the Guitarissimo series during last summer’s Montreal Guitar Show: in other words, welcome to virtuosity! After amazing fans with his 8-string bass/guitar hybrid, he returned to a “simple” 7-string on his new album, Public Domain-a self-explanatory selection of “public domain” pieces chosen by his 100-year-old grandfather. Immediately preceding that, this talented and eclectic innovator, raised on old blues and soul numbers, will treat us to a duet performance featuring drummer Terence Higgins of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band!

Sophie Hunger - April 29, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Her debut album, Monday’s Ghost (certified gold in her native country), propelled the Swiss singer to the top of the European charts in 2008. The 2010 follow-up, 1983, a fusion of folk, jazz and blues, is even more ravishing, but it is her live presence that sets tongues wagging-look no further than her first visit to Festival, last summer. Hunger is one of those special artists with a mysterious command of the stage, bewitching us and leaving us wanting more, more, more. A stunning voice, a soul full of blues and a rare, wondrous talent with attitude… We just had to invite her back! Better yet, she’ll showcase new songs from her forthcoming album…

Ibrahim Maalouf - May 7, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf had been known mainly for accompanying other artists until he launched Diasporas in 2007, a debut album that immediately put him on the map. Two years later, his second release, Diachronism, was an ambitious project allying nu-jazz, roots, world and electronica in sublime musical moments, embodying the multiple identities and contradictions cherished by the gifted Franco-Lebanese artist. After having crept among our favourites in his first visit to the Festival last year, he returns in a more intimate format, a duet with pianist Frank Woeste.

Please note that tickets remain available for these concerts
in the
Jazz All Year Round series:

News flash: we’ve added a new performance of Maurane chante Nougaro, April 11, 8 p.m., in L’Astral.

L’Astral

Tigran Hamasyan, February 11, 8 p.m. / Shad, April 1, 8 p.m. / Guy Bélanger, April 2, 8 p.m. (additional show) / Maurane, April 11 and 12, 8 p.m. / Bruce Cockburn, April 13 and 14, 8 p.m. / Gaëtan Roussel, April 16, 8 p.m. / Bob Walsh, April 23, 8 p.m. (additional show).

Club Soda

Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum, March 5, 8 p.m.

Métropolis

Buddy Guy (opening act: Steve Rowe), April 7, 8 p.m. / Johnny Clegg, April 9, 8 p.m. / Salif Keita, April 15, 8 p.m.

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 already on sale

Tickets for these new concerts are already on sale. They are 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 Admission and Ticketmaster (admission.com and ticketmaster.com, 1 855 790-1245). For further information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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