Indoor program of the 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
A new program from a Festival
in constant renewal
Over 180 concerts go on sale this Saturday at noon
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Montreal, Tuesday, April 26, 2011 -Organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan are thrilled to unveil the indoor program of this 32nd edition. As fresh as ever and resolutely open to the world’s music and people, the program calls in the greatest names in jazz and its musical cousins, assembling a legacy of legends alongside the most exciting young newcomers. Yes, fans go to music heaven, with concerts literally offering something to satisfy every taste. Tickets for concerts in this edition, which runs from June 25 to July 4, go on sale this Saturday, April 30, at noon.
A program with everything for everyone
True to its legacy, the Festival is a perfect fusion of quality and diversity: for example, this summer we’ll witness performances by Led Zeppelin’s masterful Robert Plant, the marvelous Diana Krall en solo, the grand return of Sade to the Bell Centre, a concert-celebration of the 85th birthday of the Father of Festivals, George Wein, and the arrival of Paco de Lucía after a 10-year absence. Among the immortals, get ready for Marianne Faithfull, Wanda Jackson, Dave Brubeck, Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett, Don McLean, America, Return To Forever, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra in a new edition of the friendly Battle of the Bands. And what can be said about Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Anat Cohen, Richard Galliano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Christian McBride, David Binney, Erik Truffaz and Esperanza Spalding, weaving of a rich and enriching tapestry of contemporary jazz? When it comes to rising stars to watch (and fall in love with!), there are so many here that we’ll have to content ourselves with just mentioning the women: Émilie Clepper, Clara Furey, Keren Ann, Katie Moore, Jill Barber and Sophie Hunger. Canadian and Québécois musicians also showcase both genres and generations, with Blue Rodeo, Jean‑Pierre Zanella, k.d. lang, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ron Sexsmith, Holly Cole, Colin James, Oliver Jones, Champion et ses G-Strings, the unexpected return of Men Without Hats, and Nikki Yanofsky, discovered at the Festival in 2006 when she was just 12, and returning in high style with the Orchestre Métropolitain. Looking for something a little more cosmopolitan? What can we say about Milton Nascimento, Tigran Hamasyan, Ana Moura, Youssou N’Dour, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yaron Herman, Hugh Masekela, Sierra Maestra, Harold López-Nussa, The Jolly Boys and Pink Martini, who blend so many musical flavours, or the impressive humanitarian production GRUBB and its dazzling young Roma musicians.
A pre-opening concert with a legend among legends:
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy
Robert Plant? A pre-opening Festival concert? An event with a capital E! Band of Joy was the name of one of Robert Plant’s very first bands, accompanied by a certain tub-thumper of note named John Bonham. The name is a nod to an era when this particular British singer cut his chops singing songs by previous legends, and above all expressed the freedom of a 17-year-old with his own legendary future ahead of him. Because Band of Joy is an expression of freedom, the singer’s own songs, and his versions of songs by others (Los Lobos, Low, trad songs…). Add in that we can be fairly certain that Mr. Plant-who performs in Montreal far too seldom-will indulge us with versions of Led Zeppelin classics, and you have the makings of an unquestionably exceptional concert. Co-presented by evenko. Robert Plant & The Band of Joy-June 24, 7 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada).
A long-awaited return for the opening concert of the 32nd edition:
Paco de Lucía
Aside from his highly-praised performances in the Jazz All-Year Round series, it’s been 10 years since we enjoyed a summer concert by this artist we absolutely adore. And so we’re celebrating his return, and not just any old way: Paco de Lucia, flamenco guitar virtuoso (”the greatest in the world, period,” according to Pat Metheny) lands at the Festival to deliver a majestic opening concert featuring four other musicians-including brilliant harmonicist Antonio Serrano Dalmas- a dancer and two singers. A gem, in the magnificent setting of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Paco de Lucía-June 25, 7 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada).
The North American premiere of a humanitarian musical adventure: GRUBB
Twenty-four Serbians between the ages of 13 and 17 in America for the first time. An invitation to celebrate, Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (GRUBB) takes on the challenge of giving voice to people who are never heard, the Roma. Led by Serge Denoncourt, this unprecedented humanitarian artistic event recounts the reality and life of young Roma today through music, movement and theatrical performance… A completely new kind of hip hop, blending with tradtional Roma music; a musical first! Those volunteering their efforts in this humanitarian adventure include dancer and choreographer Nico Archambault, actor, director and master of metamorhposis Arturo Brachetti, video whizzes Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, costume designer François Barbeau and the music of Francis Collard… From June 27 to July 2, 8 p.m., Salle Pierre‑Mercure of Centre Pierre‑Péladeau of UQAM (Création series).
The program, series by series
Événements spéciaux TD series, 7 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA
presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, La Presse, RockDétente, CHOM and Planète Jazz
♫ After our landmark pre-opening concert starring Robert Plant & The Band of Joy (June 24) and the opening gala starring Paco de Lucía (June 25), fans of the Événements spéciaux TD can expect to be treated to two other concerts in the series on the following day (June 26). ♫ First, at 2 p.m., the 4th annual American Big Band classic, Battle of the Bands, pits two legendary orchestras (this time, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra) against one another on the same stage, at the same time, swinging Festival fans with a sound and vibe right out of the great New York ballroom era. ♫ Then, exclusively at 8 p.m., landmark ’70s jazz-rock group Return to Forever IV returns to us by popular demand with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean‑Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. ♫ On June 27, the hip young instrumentalists of Siss Boom Bang accompany singer k.d. lang in her return to her first love: contemporary country rock (opening act: The Belle Brigade). ♫ And speaking of highly-anticipated returns, we’re pouring out extra special shots of Pink Martini (June 28), who’ve gotten Montrealers absolutely hooked on their multigenre-multilingual and oh-so-festive music. Make ours a double! ♫ On June 30, the Festival showcases one of the inspired musical events for which it is justly famed: Peter Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour, in which the guitarist with the “talking” axe recreates the show that spawned a 1976 double album that would become one of the biggest-selling live releases of all time. ♫ The following day (July 1), another legend takes the spotlight-a man lavishly praised by Sinatra himself!-illustrious crooner and icon of the American popular song repertoire, Tony Bennett. ♫ On July 2, Nikki Yanofsky, the darling of Montreal jazz, returns to the Festival in a dream-come-true concert, fronting the Orchestre Métropolitain. ♫ Then, on July 3, Salle WIlfrid-Pelletier is the setting for two Made in the USA gems, in a double bill that brings the history of the previous musical century to life: Don McLean and America (who contributed, respectively, American Pie and Horse With No Name to the universal jukebox, to name but two) on the same stage, on the same night! ♫ To close out this prestigious series (July 4), the absolutely brilliant Daniel Lanois brings us his exciting Black Dub, a fiery quartet featuring drummer Brian Blade, bassist Jim Wilson and singer Trixie Whitley (opening act: Leif Vollebekk).
Grands concerts series, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, CHOM and 98,5 FM
♫ What better way to open the Grands concerts than with a major visit from one of Brazil’s greatest stars-excellent guitarist and singer Milton Nascimento (June 25), returning to the Festival after a 15-year absence. ♫ Next (June 26) comes the pairing of two immensely intuitive American musicians, which we predict will be the duo of the summer: pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman, performing as a Duo. ♫ On June 27, the hottest double bassist on the American west coast (or, let’s face it, anywhere…), winner of this year’s Grammy for Best New Artist-the first time it’s gone to a jazz musician in 35 years!-Esperanza Spalding brings us her latest album, Chamber Music Society, and a string trio. ♫ If there is one icon we will never, ever tire of welcoming back, it is pianist and composer Dave Brubeck (whom the Festival presented with last year’s Special Issue Miles Davis Award in celebration of his 90th birthday and the entirety of his career); he brings us his Quartet (June 28). ♫ This summer, singer-guitarist Colin James presents Up Close and Personal (June 30), an acoustic duo with staggering guitarist Chris Caddell, and his new best-of album, Take it From The Top. ♫ And speaking of exceptional pairings, albeit in a very different register, look out for Richard Galliano/ Gonzalo Rubalcaba Duo (July 1): the former, heir to the great Astor Piazzolla, is one of the most important accordionists of the modern era; and the piano virtuosity of the latter has been compared to that of Bill Evans. ♫ And speaking of “exceptional”, make way for a genuine jazz giant, Montreal’s most illustrious pianist, a man who simply couldn’t stay away from the Festival: Oliver Jones, with the dazzling Éric Lagacé and Jim Doxas, performing as a Trio in the concert We remember O. P. (July 2). A sheer delight! ♫ Since their first appearance at the Festival close to 20 years ago, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have delivered a series of hallucinatory concerts. Whenever we see their name on the marquee, we rejoice; but when the marquee reads The Original Line-Up (July 3), we’re in full lift-off mode! As a bonus, they’ll launch their new CD, Rocket Science.
Rythmes Bell series, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis
presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus, CKOI 96,9 and Virgin 96
♫ After turning a torrential downpour into a flood of applause during our 30th, and shining brightly during the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival, Florence K (June 25) returns with her musical rainbow of salsa, blues, bossa nova and jazz… and special guests. ♫ We’ve waited over a decade, but now British reggae superstars Steel Pulse (June 26), veterans with a 35-year pedigree, are finally back at the Festival. It’s a premium quality reggae extravaganza (opening act: Ernest Ranglin)! ♫ The following evening (June 27), we continue in a reggae vein… with Youssou N’Dour. That’s right: on his new album, Dakar-Kingston, the world’s best-known African musician (according to the BBC) sets aside his Senegalese m’balax to plunge into the reggae universe… with all the excellence we’ve come to expect from him (opening act: Élage Diouf, Aksil). ♫ Double bill: Trombone Shorty, the young “supafunkrock” phenomenon and THE New Orleans discovery, who caused a sensation during last year’s Soirée Mardi Gras, once again fires up a Montreal stage with Orleans Avenue (June 28) and a new album, Backatown. Then, all hail Funk Majesty Bootsy Collins, former bassist for P-Funk and James Brown, with brand new album Tha Funk Capitol of the World. ♫ And what a genuine pleasure it is to welcome back Champion (June 30, additional show: June 29), in fine fettle after his recent fight against cancer! It’s a family reunion for the DJ & his G-Strings and their fans-Champion’s sole performance in Montreal this summer on his Resistance tour-and an opportunity to proclaim from the rooftops: Alive Again! ♫ Finally, it’s Sade at the Festival! In her grand comeback to the international scene (June 30, exclusively at 7:30 p.m. and in the Bell Centre), she unspools her hits and her most recent album, Soldier of Love. The evening opens with American R&B superstar John Legend. In collaboration with Live Nation and evenko. ♫ Men Without Hats? Chapeau! The legendary ’80s Montreal New Wave group heads to the Festival (July 1) for the first time, with a wardrobe full of synths, electro-pop and The Very Best of Men Without Hats, released in 2009 (opening act: Gram Rabbit)… ♫ The Roots are the greatest hip hop group in the world-period. Philadelphia’s Phinest return by popular demand to lift the roof off the Métropolis (July 2). And let’s not mince words: nothing compares to a live Roots concert! ♫ Caravan Palace (July 3) unleash the capital-P Party everywhere they appear, as anyone who attended their now-legendary surprise outdoor concert can ably (and loudly!) attest; one of the biggest blowouts in Festival history! By popular demand, the Parisian sextet is back, with a new album. Preceding them, DJ S. Mos, member of Birdy Nam Nam, delivers an incredible fusion of jazz and hip-hop. ♫ Twenty years of experience, 7 Junos and as many SOCAN awards, 12 studio and 3 live albums, one compilation, 4 million albums sold worldwide, 5 DVDs… and this legendary Canadian group has yet to play the Festival! Blue Rodeo finally rides into town on July 4!
En voix Rio Tinto Alcan series, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
presented in collaboration with MusiMax, CKOI 96,9, RockDétente and The Gazette
♫ In a Montreal premiere, these ladies hoist high the torch fired by a generation of musical militants in support of civil rights: Sing the Truth! Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright continue the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta (June 25) presents a trio of superb voices singing for a noble cause, accompanied by five musicians, including magnificent pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. ♫ After three evenings with Diana Krall-Solo in Concert (sold out!), the torch is passed to Madeleine Peyroux (June 29), here to charm us with a silky voice-often compared to Billie Holiday-and so perfectly suited to folk, jazz or country (opening act: Swiss sensation Sophie Hunger). ♫ Over the past 25 years, Holly Cole (June 30) has visited close to a dozen times… But a four-year absence is four years too long! The brilliant interpretive singer is finally back with a new album, which we cannot wait to hear. ♫ A Dee Dee Bridgewater concert would be reward enough; but when she pays tribute to Billie Holiday, we’re over the moon! With To Billie with Love: A Celebration of Lady Day (July 1), Dee Dee brings an absolute magnetism to the repertoire of the jazz immortal! ♫ Catching her at the 2010 MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival was enough to know that we’d have to have her back! Ana Moura (July 2) is considered one of the most important fado singers in the world (2007 Amália Rodrigues Award recipient), with a voice that fires the soul and spellbinds every listener, including Prince, who adores her. ♫ Ahhh, Emilie-Claire Barlow (July 3)… Is there anyone who hasn’t yet fallen for the fresh new musical breeze offered by this rising star of Canadian jazz? If so, the soothing songs of her latest album, The Beat Goes On, should convince them that resistance is futile. ♫ Rank Marianne Faithfull (July 4) at the very top of the list of rare and prized concert appearances. Forty-seven years after she launched herself onto the global scene with a little song named As Tears Go By written by a little tandem named Jagger-Richards, she struts into the Festival for the first time since 2002 with her 23rd album, Horses and High Heels.
Couleurs SAQ series, 7 p.m., Club Soda
presented in collaboration with Virgin 96, CJAD 800 AM and RockDétente
♫ Quick: name another band that has existed for 60 years… That’s the story of the Jolly Boys (June 25), who’ve caused a sensation in Europe and everywhere else they appear. The band of octogenarians arrives with Great Expectations and its covers of songs by The Doors, Lou Reed, The Clash, Iggy Pop, Amy Winehouse… Get Jolly! ♫ Eliza Doolittle (June 26), the 22-year-old British discovery who sings like a ray of sunshine (Globe and Mail), presents her first album to Canadian fans, a jazz-tinged pop with a vintage feel that lodges itself deep in your memory banks. ♫ Hugh Masekela (June 27) landmark moments: Bring Him Back Home for Mandela, Paul Simon’s Graceland, the opening concert of the 2010 World Cup. We’ve been waiting for the septuagenarian trumpeter and South African jazz pioneer to play the Festival since 1993! ♫ Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (June 28) have been longtime compadres of Steven van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen since the early ’70s-that Jersey sound is their trademark. It’s been ages since we’ve howled along to their powerhouse blues-rock live in Montreal! ♫ Since his first single in 1969, funkateer Lee Fields has bumped it with Kool and the Gang and made his name with She’s A Lovemaker and Let’s Talk it Over-a classic album for purists. He and his Expressions (June 29) created My World, an utterly timeless album. ♫ Térez Montcalm (June 30) offers us Here’s to You: Songs for Shirley Horn, a tribute album in the style of her idol. And with a voice like hers, we’ll all be giving thanks. ♫ The craziest event of 2000 wasn’t the Y2K bug; it was the super fiesta that Sierra Maestra unleashed on Métropolis! The legendary Cuban group is finally back (July 1) with their sensual rhythms and traditional son! ♫ We hosted her for the first time last summer and it was love at first sight! By popular demand, welcome back the legendary Wanda Jackson (July 2), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and quite possibly the very first female rock singer! ♫ Jill Barber (July 3) is like a drug-and we’re hooked! As charming and sexy as ever, she reanimates ’40s jazz with her own songwriting, and a remarkable voice that shimmers with a certain timeless something. She’s here to beguile us with her new album, Mischievous Moon. ♫ Just because Ron Sexsmith (July 4) isn’t played in heavy rotation on commercial radio doesn’t mean he doesn’t have fans… fans named McCartney, Dylan, Costello and Krall, who recognize his immense talent for melody, feeling and a kind of pop wisdom. The Canadian singer-songwriter presents his (brilliant, as usual) new album, Long Player, Late Bloomer.
Invitation TD series, 8 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA
presented in collaboration with The Gazette
♫ A Festival orginal that thrills all serious music fans, the Invitation TD series returns with its concept-concerts, unique combinations extending over several evenings: Marc Ribot leads the way by unleashing Ceramic Dog (June 25), a free punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post-electronica collective starring two of the best underground improvisers on the experimental rock scene, Shahzad Ismailly (bass) and Ches Smith (drums). ♫ The following day (June 26), Tom Waits and Elvis Costello’s fave guitarist serves up Y Los Cubanos Postizos, built on arrangements by Cuba’s Arsenio Rodriguez, inventor of son montuno, and the man who burned up the Club Soda in 2000. ♫ Marc Ribot closes out his Festival run on June 27 with Caged Funk (and guitarist Marco Cappelli), a very special project in tribute to the great composer, John Cage, who was funkier than you might have thought… ♫ Ribot then passes the baton to Dave Holland (2005 Miles Davis Award recipient) on June 28, who’ll be accompanied on the evening by Kenny Barron, master of piano performance who played alongside James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie. Two virtuosi in full flight. ♫ In his second performance, double bassist Dave Holland brings in his Quintet (June 29): exceptional musicians with an extraordinary leader! ♫ In the final stage of the series, make way for the man who restored the primacy of the oud in Tunisia, Anouar Brahem, whose daring project Thimar (June 30) finds him alongside major players Dave Holland (double bass) and John Surman (saxophone and clarinet). ♫ Anouar Brahem continues his residency with music from his 9th album, Le Voyage de Sahar (July 1), with pianist François Couturier and accordionist Jean‑Louis Matinier. Maturity and musical communion. ♫ As a perfect closer to three magnificent evenings, oud master Brahem presents his brilliant musicians performing his most recent project, The Astounding Eyes of Rita (July 2), an album dedicated to the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away in 2008.
Musique au MAC series, 8 p.m., Musée d’art contemporain
♫ This year, four artists divide the series between them, performing two nights apiece. Opening the musical festivities, John Day (June 25 and 26) and his trio-Mark Nelson (Parc-X-Trio) on drums and Morgan Moore on bass-present sophisticated, rhythmic and assured pop (which you can hear on a debut album, Exhibit B). An unquestionable talent! ♫ Clara Furey, daughter of Carole Laure and Lewis Furey, takes the stage (June 27 and 28) with her elusive (yet acclaimed) music, drawing inspiration equally from Tori Amos, Nina Simone and Björk. ♫ Katie Moore (June 29 and 30) performed with other artists (Patrick Watson, Plants and Animals, Socalled…) before deciding to take the bull by the horns and go it alone-and catching her opening slot for Hindi Zahra in February during the Jazz All-Year Round series was enough to tell us that stardom was next! Discover her here, playing songs from a 2nd country/folk/bluegrass album, Montebello. ♫ To close the series in fine rootsy style, welcome the magnificent and entirely authentic folk music of Emilie Clepper (July 2 and 3). Halfway between Texas and Quebec, with a brilliant 2nd album, What You See, she’s one of those exquisite discoveries that make music so magical.
Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series, 6 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité
presented in collaboration with CBC Radio 2 (93.5 FM)
♫ A prolific player on the contemporary jazz scene, New York alto sax master David Binney (June 25) returns to the Festival in a Quartet to present his latest, Graylen Epicenter. ♫ The “Father” of all jazz festivals-he established the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954-joined us for our 30th birthday. The least we can do is welcome him back for his 85th! George Wein’s 85th Anniversary Celebration with the Newport All Stars: Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Lew Tabackin, Howard Alden, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington (June 26, exclusively at 7 p.m.) ♫ Geri Allen and Timeline (June 27) bring us back to the era when jazz and dance combined to drive crowds wild! The skilful pianist performs music from her Live album-the first in her 25-year-career!-alongside drummer Kassa Overall, double bassist Kenny Davis and percussionist (and tap dancer!) Maurice Chestnut. ♫ For the first time at this Festival, saxophonist Mark Turner, double bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard present their project, Fly (June 28), released on the prestigious ECM label. A summit meeting of three exceptional musicians. ♫ They say this man is the hottest property on the New York scene. Darcy James Argue rolls in a debut, Infernal Machines, on the wheels of his Secret Society (June 29), an 18-piece collective making the kind of Big Band sound nobody does anymore. Masterful! ♫ Detroit violinist and jazzwoman Regina Carter has kept the Festival waiting for 10 years. She’s finally here, with a new album as a bonus: Reverse Thread (June 30, exclusively at 7 p.m.), which transports traditional African music into the modern era. ♫ Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger Don Byron visits us with his most recent project, the New Gospel Quintet (July 1), a jazz and gospel encounter inspired by gospel pioneer Thomas A. Dorsey. Magnificent. ♫ Even Wynton Marsalis himself has sung her praises. Young composer, songwriter, singer and alto saxophonist Grace Kelly (July 2) is enjoying massive success. The rising jazz star prepares to charm us with her legendary special guest Phil Woods (who gave a then-15-year-old Kelly his famed hat when he first heard her play), with whom she recorded Man With The Hat. ♫ After a fabulous performance with the Five Piece Band in 2009 during Jazz All-Year Round, Christian McBride returns with Kind of Brown, his latest album, an alloy of various jazz styles and compositions, and his quintet Inside Straight (July 3). ♫ French trumpet genius Erik Truffaz (July 4)-whose triple performance in the 2009 Invitation series left us breathless!-brings in his Quartet and his 11th album, In Between, released on Blue Note. It’s a work of rare, somber and melancholy beauty which featured Swiss sensation Sophie Hunger, who will join Truffaz for several numbers after she opens the show.
TD Jazz d’ici La Presse series, 6 p.m., L’Astral
presented in collaboration with Espace musique (100,7 FM)
♫ After a superb evening last autumn during the Jazz All-Year Round series, Montreal Blues Queen Dawn Tyler Watson-simply astonishing as the opener for Cyndi Lauper last year!-returns in a duo with songwriter and guitarist Paul Deslauriers (June 25)… and a new album. ♫ Kenny Garrett featuring Time Capsule: Tribute to Sayyd Abdul Al‑Khabyyr (June 26). The title says it all: a tribute offered by Kenny Garrett, saxophonist and son-in-law of Sayyd Abdul Al‑Khabyyr, and Time Capsule (Mathieu Cormier, bass; Luc Beaugrand, keyboards; Benoît Charest, guitar), along with the sons of the Montreal virtuoso, Nasyr (drums) and Muhammad (trombone). ♫ After last summer’s Piano solo series performance-double concerts over three evenings-Steve Amirault (June 27) brings us something different: the first album featuring his vocals! Prowess, power and purity. ♫ The anything-goes experiment known as Effendi Jazzlab (June 28) returns to the Festival in full force. The band (Alexandre Côté, Frank Lozano, Bruno Lamarche, Aron Doyle, Richard Gagnon, John Roney, Alain Bédard and Michel Lambert) presents a 3rd album, Octo Portraits, and special guest Don Thompson. ♫ Six-string electric bass ace Alain Caron (June 29)-named best bassist a staggering 8 years running by Jazz Report-and founding member of legendary jazz fusion group UZEB fires up the Festival with his 7th solo album, Sep7entrion. ♫ Espoirs et autres pouvoirs (Effendi) is the latest from Marianne Trudel (June 30), winner of the 2007 Étoiles Galaxie Prize, but also the title of Septet concert. It’s a combo that could vault the critically-adored pianist, composer and arranger to the popular success she so richly deserves. ♫ With Tremblement de fer (July 1), Pierre Labbé wanted to evoke the metal of the city. The large-scale project, a live performance featuring 50 players launched in 2009, was such a blowout success that it was undertaken at a more… human-yet no less earth-shaking-scale. With André Leroux, Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay and Frank Lozano. ♫ Michel Donato, François Bourassa, Frank Lozano and Pierre Tanguay play Bill Evans (July 2): François Bourassa (2007 Oscar Peterson Award) and his favourite virtuosi offer a brilliant tribute to pianist Bill Evans. Sheer pleasure! ♫ In this Tribute to Don Alias (July 3), Jean Pierre Zanella (recipient of this year’s Oscar Peterson Award) surrounds himself with nothing but the best: Gene Perla (formerly bassist with Don Alias in Stone Alliance), Ben Charest, Paul Brochu, Steve Amirault, Alain Labrosse and René Lazaro… A special evening! ♫ We’ve known this vibraphone virtuoso since he founded l’Orchestre Sympathique some 35 years ago; he’s back for an incredible 18th Festival appearance to knock L’Astral off its axis: Jean Vanasse Quartet with Sylvain Provost, Frédéric Alarie and Jean-François Barbeau (July 4).
Jazz dans la nuit series, 10:30 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité
presented in collaboration with Espace Musique (100,7 FM) and CBC Radio 2 (93.5 FM)
♫ By popular demand, on June 25, Brad Mehldau (2006 Miles Davis Award), one of today’s greatest pianists, offers us a very, very special solo concert. ♫ Elected clarinetist of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association from 2007 to 2010, and by Downbeat in 2010, Anat Cohen Quartet (June 26) presents Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard (2010), a gem of an album inspired by Benny Goodman. ♫ French jazz trumpeter, bugler and drummer Stéphane Belmondo brings in a quartet (June 27) comprising pianist Kirk Lightsey, double bassist Sylvain Romano and drummer Billy Hart to perform his new project, The Same As It Never Was Before. ♫ Surrounded by the talented young musicians of his quintet, Arrata Rebirth, virtuoso pianist Tigran Hamasyan (June 28) demonstrates why he’s widely regarded as the player behind the most exciting jazz on the scene right now. ♫ On June 29, we host a musical summit bridging two generations, as composer and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brings in his most recent project, Apex, alongside alto saxophone master Bunky Green. ♫ In his 27th Festival appearance, piano prodigy and 2007 Oscar Peterson Award recipient François Bourassa (June 30) unveils his latest album, eagerly awaited since the formidable Rasstones, released 4 years ago. ♫ Formerly considered the most stunning jazz trio of the decade, pianist Jean‑Michel Pilc, drummer Ari Hoenig and bassist François Moutin (July 1) still share the same creativity and passion, which they’ll showcase here while we await the imminent release of an album. ♫ It’s a well-known fact-Norway produces exceptional jazz artists, and on July 2, we present an unusual double bill in the exquisite confines of the Gesù: trio In the Country, and Eivind Aarset and his Sonic Codex. ♫ In his first visit since 2003, popular jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut (July 3) takes us on Journeys, the first album by his Trio, comprising double bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Neal Smith. Swing, bop, gospel… glittering with brilliant imagination and creativity. ♫ Since his tryptic Rendez-vous and his participation in the Invitation series in 2009, French trumpet genius Erik Truffaz (July 4, with a quartet) has released In Between, a work of somber and melancholy beauty featuring Swiss sensation Sophie Hunger (who opens the evening, exclusively at 10 p.m.).
Concerts intimes Planète Jazz series, 7 p.m., Savoy
♫ Appealing but tough, comforting yet profound, multi-instrumentalist Mark Bérubé and his band The Patriotic Few (June 25 and 26) bring us an original, poetic folk music, without guitar, as heard on June in Siberia. ♫ Femina is the title of the latest, frightfully sexy album by Portugal’s Paulo Furtado, alias Legendary Tigerman (June 27 and 28), a guitarist slinging a refined, languid, tense, febrile blues-rock. ♫ Anne Bisson (June 29 and 30) finally returned to us last year, 15 years after her first visit; her 3rd album, created with some of the finest jazz musicians in Québec, is a collection of jazz standards. ♫ Caroline Planté (July 1 and 2) invites renowned Madrid choreographer, dancer and percussionist Mariano Cruceta to favour us with the first flamenco album entirely composed and performed by a woman, the exceedingly successful 8Reflexiones. ♫ The fine musical sensibility of new discovery Bettina Kee, alias Ornette (July 3 and 4) generates a somber, soulful, grooving pop.
Le Club ARTV series, 9 p.m., L’Astral
presented in collaboration with Galaxie
♫ After he caused a sensation on the outdoor site last summer, we’ve been very eagerly awaiting the 4th album from supremely gifted young Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa (June 25, with a trio), El Pais de las Maravillas. ♫ Beatboxer Sly Johnson (June 26) has added a pinch of soul to his high-voltage vocal acrobatics: the result is 74, a debut solo album that soars far beyond the limits of Nu-soul. ♫ Six years after her last visit to the Festival, we’re delighted to welcome back Keren Ann (June 27) with a 6th album, her first in 4 years, 101 (opening act: Chris Garneau). ♫ The latest from Gretchen Parlato (June 28), The Lost and Found, unleashes a singular energy, the delicious power of an artist with a crystalline voice and a newfound maturity. ♫ Returning to the Festival with a 2nd album, You Are There, Hilary Kole brings us elegance, freshness and impeccable reinterpretations of jazz standards (June 29), accompanied by a quartet. Sublime! ♫ This time, trumpet ace Jeremy Pelt brings in his group Wired (June 30), promising a cocktail of fusion, bluesy and more traditional pieces from his excellent album Shock Value. ♫ Offering a combo of styles ranging from groove to psychedelic jazz, the creative avant-garde music of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (July 1) is a real feast for the ears. ♫ A new figure on the French jazz scene, inspired young pianist, violinist, improviser and composer Thomas Enhco (July 2, with a trio) is a genuine little genius whose 2nd album, Someday My Prince Will Come, won the Django d’Or for best new talent of 2010. ♫ In a major Festival premiere, China Moses (July 3, with a quartet) pays moving tribute to Dinah Washington, accompanied by pianist Raphaël Lemonnier. ♫ Heading to the Festival with his trio for a 3rd visit, young prodigy and piano star Yaron Herman (July 4, with a trio), acclaimed by the critics ab-so-lute-ly everywhere, presents his extraordinarily creative latest, Follow The White Rabbit.
Nuits Heineken series, midnight, Club Soda
presented in collaboration with NIGHTLIFE Magazine and CISM 89,3 FM
♫ Take a little bit of everything, and shake-shake-shake: rap, bossa nova, a touch of rock, folk, jazz, and hip hop… it’s a unique, fresh and spontaneous hybrid they like to call Random Recipe (June 25). ♫ Buck 65 (June 26) rolls in for the first time since 2006 with 20 Odd Years, a return to the geographical and musical roots that have marked his two-decade career. ♫ The next revelation of American new school hip hop, soundshaper Theophilus London (June 29) heads to the Festival with a first taste of his debut EP, Lover’s Holiday. ♫ Murray Lightburn, leader of The Dears (June 30), says Degeneration Street, a powerhouse album that leans towards pop-rock, is their finest yet: “It’s almost a greatest hits with all new songs!” ♫ Packing an arsenal of 9 musicians and a new album, One Armed Bandit, it’s the return of Norwegian instrumental electro-jazz collective Jaga Jazzist (July 1) and their complex, perfect marriage between Man, machine and music. ♫ Hypnotic young groove outfit Afrodizz (July 2) have a 3rd album, From Outer Space, which they recently toured throughout the innerspace of Europe, where Afrobeat and funk are king, and where this band ruled!
The Croisière Jazz, 6:30 p.m., Bateau-Mouche,
Jacques-Cartier Quay, Old Port of Montreal
♫ Have you met the new duo of the hour? Introducing Marinda + Solari, an absolutely charming couple. She’s a Torontonian, he’s a Londoner; together, they lived and studied in Paris, then London, but they’ve since become Montrealers, where their music hops the continents as much as they have: South America, Africa, Europe… They’ve been complimented on their musical resemblance to Sade, which you can hear on their debut album, released in 2010: Motif. Bossa nova at its best! A dinner-show aboard the most luminous venue in the city, with a menu courtesy of chef-owner Louis‑François Marcotte’s Simpléchic Traiteur. June 26 to July 1, on the Bateau-Mouche. Boarding and departure at 6:15 p.m. from Jacques‑Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montréal, returning at 10:30 p.m. Reservations required: 514-849‑9952, 1-800-361‑9952 or bateaumouche.ca.
Finally, don’t miss the Soirées jazz Upstairs at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill (1254 MacKay St.), at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., with Gilad Hekselman Trio feat. Joe Martin & Marcus Gilmore (June 25), Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo (June 26 and 27), Kenny Werner (June 28 and 29), John Benitez Latin Jazz Group feat. Yosvany Terry (June 30, also presented at midnight), Dan Tepfer Trio feat. Joe Martin & Ted Poor (July 1), André Leroux Quartet feat. Ari Hoenig (July 2), Ranee Lee (July 3) and Kellylee Evans (July 4).
The Festival, 24/7
For all true fans, the Festival is a year-’round experience. Thanks to MontrealJazzFest.com, everyone can stay constantly connected to the passion of the music, whether before, during or after events. Video excerpts, information on the artists, access to archives from previous editions of the Festival, video channel MontrealJazzFest.TV, etc.-in short, it’s the ideal online destination for every music fan. We remind you that the Festival is on Facebook (Facebook.com/Festival.Jazz.Montreal) and Twitter (Twitter.com/FestivalJazzMtl) and that you can follow and experience every aspect of it using mobile applications for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and BlackBerry (MontrealJazzFest.com/mobile).
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon
Exclusive pre-sale for Infolettre Spectra subscribers: Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets for all indoor concerts presented at the 32nd Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will go on sale on Saturday, April 30, starting at noon. Tickets can be purchased at venues or on the Admission or Ticketmaster networks (admission.com and ticketmaster.ca, 1 855 790‑1245).
Info-Jazz Bell: indispensable information tools
Grouped together under the banner Info-Jazz Bell, information tools for the Festival are easily accessed by anyone who wants to know everything that’s happening at the biggest jazz festival in the world. The general public is cordially invited to pick up in SAQ branches in Greater Montréal the official Festival pamphlet, Info Jazz Bell Indoor Concerts Schedule or call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at:
Montreal Region: 514 871‑1881
Long-distance calls made from within Canada or the United States (toll-free): 1 85JAZZFEST
Or visit montrealjazzfest.com
Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities at the 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be announced this coming June 7.
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