Press release for immediate distibution

Le Balmoral becomes a jazz club at 9 p.m.

Admission is free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening

Montreal, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - The organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are delighted to announce that the Festival’s restaurant, the already very popular Bistro Le Balmoral, will transform into a late-night jazz club starting on September 16. Now outfitted with a full bar permit, the bistro in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan invites music devotees to join us every Thursday, Friday and Saturday as of 9 p.m., when artists from near and far, home and abroad will perform in this intimate environment-and admission is free. To inaugurate this musical club, where fans can also dine, we’ve decided to launch things with a genuine “mini Festival” in this first month: four thematic weekends perfectly expressing the diversity unique to this Festival.

Weekends full of musical colour!

Jazz weekend (September 16 and 17)

To christen the jazz club, we welcome double bassist, composer and prolific musical all-rounder Jean Félix Mailloux, in a duo (Friday, September 16)-accompanied by Jérôme Beaulieu on piano-already comfortable in the Balmoral after performing brilliantly this past summer in back-to-back evenings during the Festival. Next comes a versatile pianist who’s extremely active on the Canadian music scene, winner of the 2011 Galaxie Rising Star Award: John Roney (Saturday, September 17), a Festival regular who burnished his reputation as host of the jam-sessions from 2006 to 2009.

Gypsy weekend (September 22 to 24)

Think gypsy jazz is a boy’s club? Hardly! Get ready for energetic female group the Christine Tassan trio (Thursday, September 22)! The following evening (Friday, September 23), Martin Tremblay (Le Hot Club de ma Rue) takes up the torch with his trio. Finally, what would a gypsy weekend be without the Maânouche Swing Trio (September 24)? The quintet, formed in 2003 and led by guitarist Lou Boustani, sometimes performs as a trio-to great success, as we saw this past summer.

Blues weekend (September 29 to October1)

Dan Livingstone (Thursday, September 29)-making his first visit to the Festival-is a fingerstyle pro who knows what it takes to own a stage with his vintage ’30s-’40s blues! Double bassist Stephen Barry and guitarist Andrew Cowan (Friday, September 30) are known as the fathers of Québécois blues, and how: their blues brims with the shared intuition of 40 years of musical comradeship. Next, singer-guitarist Adam Karch (Saturday, October 1)-very, very popular in the Balmoral during the last edition of the Festival!-brings us virtuosity, powerhouse vocals and energetic musicianship, crowned above all by a perfect blues sensibility.

Brazilian weekend (October 6 to 8 )

After a 13-year absence from the Festival, Nico Beki finally returns (Thursday, October 6) with a songbook and sounds warmed and coloured by the multifarious musics of contemporary Brazil! Isaac Neto (Friday, October 7) actualizes Brazilian music with his imagination and warm vocals. A major talent waiting to be discovered! And to close out the weekend in fine fashion, make way for guitarist and singer-songwriter Elie Haroun (Saturday, October 8), former singer-guitarist in Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium and former member of Brazilian group Gaïa.

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