Press release for immediate distibution

Tickets go on sale starting today!

New concerts starring

John Mayall, Jane Birkin, Sophie Milman, Yael Naim Trio, Coco Montoya, Ari Hoenig 4tet with Tigran Hamasyan, Zenzile, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Tordini, Michael Kaeshammer, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Carmen Souza, MonkeyJunk, Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang, Matt Andersen, Térez Montcalm, SFJAZZ Collective, as well as Guy Bélanger in two separate shows, with Ian Kelly, Bobby Bazini and Steve Hill, then with France D’Amour, Kim Richardson and Nanette Workman.

Montreal, Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal proudly announces a second slate of shows in the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD, guaranteed to bring the light and warmth of summer deep into Montreal autumn. Once again, diversity and quality are the watchwords as we await these marvelous ambassadors of jazz, blues and their musical cousins. Tickets for these new concerts go on sale starting today.


John Mayall. Opening act: Shane Murphy - November 26, 8 p.m., Grand Cabaret format (reserved seating) - Pianist, guitarist and harmonica player - John Mayall is British blues-rock incarnate! Just consider the staggering roster of guitarists who passed through the blues “finishing school” of his Bluesbreakers (Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor…) during the glory years of the British Blues Boom. The legend - who will celebrate his 78th birthday 3 days after the concert - is nicknamed “the godfather of British blues”, but has been known to flirt with a little jazz along the way. He heads here with Tough, the most recent of his 60-odd albums, and a fitting title if ever there were one! Opening the show, Shane Murphy, who rocked the Festival this past summer, returns with his virtuoso, muscular soul-blues-folk.

Jane Birkin Sings Serge Gainsbourg “via Japan” - December 8, 8 p.m. Grand Cabaret format (reserved seating) - Twenty years after the death of the great Serge and 40 after L’Histoire de Melody Nelson, the first Gainsbourg concept album featuring her brilliant performances, Jane Birkin returns once again to the songs of the master. After pop, “Arabesque” and classical versions, she now brings them a distinctly Japanes flavour, and for high-minded reason. In the wake of the terrible Japanese disaster, Birkin decided to get involved in the best way she knew how, with a concert in Tokyo, assembling an impressive cast of Japanese musicians to collect funds for Doctors of the World. Now she’s finally back in North America with her versions of the Gainsbourg songbook, a return engagement highly awaited since her seductive performance at the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival in 2008.


Carmen Souza - October 5, 8 p.m. - Born in Lisbon and now living in London, Cape Verdean singer Carmen Souza finally lands in Montreal! Yes-finally, because all who have heard her, from near and far-including her lovely latest, Protegid-have been dreaming of catching her live onstage! She’s a delightful discovery: start with her music, which is close to jazz but borrows a little bit from everywhere, from both genre and geography; move on to her voice, singing in Créole and Portuguese, with a sensuality and earthiness that beguile, and end with her presence: that beautiful face, those smiling eyes, a literal sunbeam of a woman onstage.

SFJAZZ Collective featuring Miguel Zenón, Stefon Harris, Matt Penman, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Kendricks Meeks and Edouard Simon - October 12, 8 p.m., - An eight-piece collective featuring the best players in current jazz? That’s already a sexy enough idea; but when these musicians augment their own compositions by taking on a different musical legend’s songbook every year, you’ve got an idea-and a result-that approach pure genius. After having explored the musical galaxies of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009) and Horace Silver (2010), the group gleefully takes on the songs of the great Stevie Wonder.

Zenzile - October 19, 8 p.m. - The forecast calls for cool vibes and hot beats when Zenzile come to town! Anyone who witnessed them light up the Festival’s outdoor stages in 2002 and 2004 will agree: Zenzile are THE ultimate party band! Seven years later- how time flies -, they are back, this time with longtime collaborator Jalika, and ready to entice us once again with their intoxicating mix of dub, soul-jazz, pop, and post-punk-including a selection of cuts form their recent album Pawn Shop, replete with supple bass lines and trance-inducing rhythms. Great grooves ahead!

Michael Kaeshammer - October 20, 8 p.m. - Boogie-woogie pro Michael Kaeshammer, a genuine musical Triple Threat (for his combo of virtuosity, vocal talent and charisma) returns to once again fill L’Astral with his fusion of jazz-pop tinged with funk and blues. A star in English Canada, this isn’t his first visit with us, and every time, his “charm offensive”, coupled with his undeniable skills on the piano, have won over fans in less time than it takes to say Kaeshammer, the title of his latest album, released earlier this year.

Ari Hoenig 4tet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Tordini, Lines of Oppression - October 21, 8 p.m. - Favourites for their 2010 Festival performance under the moniker Punk Bop-representing the rebellious side of these musicians, who laugh at convention-they now return in another form. These are exceptional musicians, led by drum prodigy Hoenig, a true magician of the polyrhythms, an acrobat of percussion, and including piano sensation Tigran Hamasyan, whose astonishing success now has him regarded as the most excitant thing in current jazz. The four virtuosi delightedly, passionately plunge into unbridled rhythms, varied styles, an utterly unique sound… and all without losing tempo!

Térez Montcalm Here’s to you. Songs for Shirley Horn - October 22, 8 p.m. - This Montreal singer-songwriter with the rockeuse voice fell in love with Shirley Horn’s music when she was just 17. Since then, everything Térez does has had a touch of Shirley: the legendary jazz virtuoso pianist and singer is a part of her daily life, and a key to her happiness. Térez just released Here’s to You. Songs for Shirley Horn, a respectful tribute to the style of her idol: slow, meditative, hypnotic, this is music that breathes. For those who missed her this summer at the Festival or, better yet, to experience her in an even more intimate version.

Matt Andersen - October 25, 8 p.m. - After his 2008 performance, we couldn’t wait to welcome him back as soon as possible! The New Brunswick force of nature rolls back in with his Nor’Easter storm of blues and folk, a sound in the larger-than-life image of the imposing man himself, slinging songs from his new album expected in September. In 2010, he was the first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge, remains the absolute darling of Atlantic Canada, and has become a genuine favourite of the Montreal Guitar Show. If you’re not yet among the faithful, prepare to be conquered by his incredible skill, equaled only by his extraordinary voice!

Sophie Milman - November 3, 8 p.m. - For some, she’s the hottest young jazz singer of the moment, for others, quite simply an utterly captivating artist. Russian-born Canadian singer Sophie Milman is adored wherever she goes: her quiet strength and authenticity have taken her into the company of the greats. Quadrilingual, in her late twenties, she has toured the world and visited the Festival a number of times-including Théâtre Maisonneuve in 2009-packs the house wherever she plays, and has already sold hundreds of thousands of her three 3 albums, winning a Juno for her sophomore release. Get ready for a beautiful autumn evening soundtracked by jazzified pop… and the ballads from a new album due when the leaves fall!

Yael Naim Trio - November 9, 8 p.m. - After having won the 2008 Victoires de la Musique award for Album of the Year (World Music Category), she’s back with another trophy, the 2011 Female Artist of the Year. Here in Québec, she took home the hearts of Festival fans with her performances in 2008 and 2011. After her success in L’Astral last spring, singer, guitarist and pianist Yael Naim returns with her new album, She Was a Boy, as charming as ever onstage, but this time in a trio. What a pleasure to welcome her back in this intimate format!

Guy Bélanger welcomes Ian Kelly, Bobby Bazini and Steve Hill - October 28, 8 p.m. - This famed Québécois harmonica man is often the cat behind wild, energetic musical parties bursting out all over the stages of the Festival or the Jazz All-Year Round series. He doubles our pleasure this autumn, treating himself-and by extension, us-to the pleasure of a “boys’ night out”, inviting a cadre of male singers to join him onstage, including Ian Kelly, Bobby Bazini and Steve Hill.

Guy Bélanger welcomes France D’Amour, Kim Richardson and Nanette Workman - November 19, 8 p.m. - Guy Bélanger pours it on with a second theme concert, this time inviting three of Quebec’s most beautiful female voices to add their instruments to the soaring blues melodies he weaves from his harmonica. For this concert, he welcomes Nanette Workman, Kim Richardson and France D’Amour, three of our finest blues, soul and rock performers.

Blues Wednesdays

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - September 21, 9 p.m., L’Astral - This veteran pianist has spent his whole life on the road, traveling the world. Honky-tonk keeps no secrets from him, boogie-woogie bows down before its master, whose contagious good humour and flashy suits enhance his onstage reputation. A charismatic character and energetic musician, he’s headed to town with his most recent album, An Old Rock on a Roll, released earlier this year. It’s 1920s Americana in the house-and vintage, gen-u-wine rock’n'roll, baby!

Coco Montoya - November 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral - According to Billboard, “In a world of blues guitar pretenders, Coco Montoya is the real McCoy. Prepare to get scorched.” Nicknamed the Master of the Stratocaster, the self-taught left-handed guitarist plays with passion above all. A former protégé of blues legends Albert Collins and John Mayall (who was so impressed by Montoya’s playing that he welcomed him into his Bluesbreakers), he’s left a vivid impression with Festival fans on more than one occasion. And with I Want It All Back (2010), he proves he’s more than living up to his reputation! His last appearance in L’Astral, in December 2009, is still celebrated as one of the most memorable blues evenings in recent years.

MonkeyJunk - November 23, 8 p.m. - This is becoming a habit: MonkeyJunk leaving the stage with an armload of Maple Blues Awards! Last year, they picked up 5 trophies; this year, they’ve added 3 more to the collection! In five years of existence, the trio has racked up an incredible number of prizes and played festivals everywhere. After the boffo success of their 2009 outdoor gig, their show in L’Astral in winter 2010 and at the Festival last summer, they’re back with a barrelful of swampy, bullfrog boogie’n'blues, and a new album: Tiger in your Tank.

Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang - December 7, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Blues veteran Eddie Shaw, former manager of the legendary Howlin’ Wolf, pulls together his own wolfpack of exceptional musicians, howling around the heart-rending riffs of his saxophone and the Mississippi hoodoo of his harmonica: Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr., his son, one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene, Lafayette “Shorty” Gilbert, an experienced bassist whose voice can reduce the toughest guy to tears, and drummer Tim Taylor, son of famed guitarist Eddie. The wolves are in the henhouse: get ready for urban post-war blues-with teeth!

Please note that tickets remain available for these other concerts:


Ben Harper, Septembre 27, 8 p.m./Goran Bregovic and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra, October 22, 8 p.m.

Place des Arts

Diego El Cigala, November 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve


Boubacar Traoré Trio, October 1, 8 p.m./Maceo Parker, October 27, 8 p.m./Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba, November 24, 8 p.m., as well as The Nø Førmat Weekend with Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal/Mamani Keita, September 23, 8 p.m., and Kouyaté and Neerman/Mélissa Laveaux, September 24, 8 p.m.

The Festival de Jazz on tour

We remind you that the Festival is going on tour across Quebec for a 3rd year. This time out, global guitar star Al Di Meola and Quebec’s greatest recent jazz piano discovery, Julie Lamontagne, take on the province: in Montréal on February 23 & 24, 2012, in L’Astral, as well as February 4 in Saint-Hyacinthe, February 5 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, February 9 in Valleyfield, February 10 in  Shawinigan, February 11 in Montmagny, February 12 in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, February 15 in Sherbrooke, February 16 in Gatineau, February 17 in Longueuil, February 18 in Québec, February 19 in Rimouski, February 21 in Victoriaville, February 22 in L’Assomption, February 25 in Sainte-Thérèse, and February 26 in Beloeil.

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 twelfth 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 go on sale now

Tickets for these concerts go on sale now. They will be available from the L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or from Admission and Ticketmaster ( and, 1 855 790-1245)-excluding those concerts presented at Place des Arts (, 514 842‑2112). For further information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit

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