Press release for immediate distribution

The Festival de Jazz on tour in 2012

Al Di Meola and Julie Lamontagne hit the road

Tickets go on sale this Thursday at noon

Montreal, Monday, May 16, 2011 - Following the success enjoyed by tours offered by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal throughout Quebec-John Pizarelli and Coral Egan in 2010 and Jordan Officer and Stacey Kent this year-organizers of the event, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, are happy to pursue this newest tradition and offer a new tour for this 32nd edition: two new artists, global guitar star Al Di Meola and Quebec’s greatest recent jazz piano discovery, Julie Lamontagne, will each crisscross Québec, next February 4 to 26. It’s a very rare opportunity to enjoy artists of this magnitude in venues outside of Montreal! Tickets for the Montreal performances, in L’Astral in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, February 23 and 24, go on sale Thursday at noon.

Al Di Meola

A landmark figure in ’70s jazz fusion with Return to Forever, member of one of the most spectacular guitar trios in history with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía, universally acclaimed guitarist and composer of globally-recognized virtuosity, Al Di Meola is nothing short of an absolute legend. Now, that legend, fresh off the release of Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody, heads here to showcase his skill, his incredible mastery of the fretboard and his range of musical passions throughout Quebec. An exceptional, heaven-sent opportunity!

Julie Lamontagne

One of our finest pianists, keyboardists and composers, she leaves beauty in her wake,musical gems in both pop and jazz: musical director (Isabelle Boulay, Bruno Pelletier…), accompanist to major artists, former pianist in residence for Espace musique (Monique Giroux), conductor for various special events, an SRO performer at Festival shows, not to mention her commercial music and two albums, including the excellent Now What (Justin Time, 2009). Showcasing her undeniable virtuosity, that album launched her into the rarified company of jazz elite. While we await her next album expected in 2012, she arrives, magnificently, solo.

The tour

Saint-Hyacinthe, February 4
Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde (Salle Desjardins),

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, February 5
Théâtre des Deux-Rives

Valleyfield, February 9
Salle Albert-Dumouchel

Shawinigan, February 10
Centre des arts de Shawinigan (Salle Philippe-Filion)

Montmagny, February 11
Salle Edwin-Bélanger

Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, February 12
Auditorium du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches

Sherbrooke, February 15
Théâtre Granada

Gatineau, February 16
Maison de la culture de Gatineau (Salle Odyssée)

Longueuil, February 17
Théâtre de la Ville (Salle Pratt & Whitney Canada)

Québec, February 18
Grand Théâtre de Québec (Salle Octave-Crémazie)

Rimouski, February 19
La Salle Desjardins-Telus

Victoriaville, February 21
Pavillon Arthabaska

L’Assomption, February 22
Théâtre Hector-Charland

Montréal, February 23 and 24

Sainte-Thérèse, February 25
Théâtre Lionel-Groulx

Beloeil, February 26
Centre culturel de Beloeil

Tickets on sale this Thursday, May 19, at noon

Tickets for these Montreal concerts of this 32nd edition tour of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal go on sale Thursday, May 19, at noon. They are available from L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from the Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.) box office, or from Admission and Ticketmaster (admission.com and ticketmaster.com, 1 855 790-1245). For other concerts on the tour, please visit montrealjazzfest.com.

To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter (infolettrespectra.ca) and have the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal emailed to your inbox. 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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