Press release for immediate distibution

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Susie Arioli’s Christmas concert
in the Maison symphonique de Montréal,

Theophilus London and NEeMA,

added to the Jazz All-Year Round series

Montreal, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to announce new concerts in the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD, starring Theophilus London, NEeMA and, in the Maison symphonique de Montréal at 1600 St. Urbain St., Susie Arioli with her Christmas Dreaming show. Tickets for these new concerts go on sale Saturday, September 10 at noon.

Maison symphonique de Montréal, 1600 St. Urbain Street

Susie Arioli - December 9, 8 p.m. - After her absolutely uplifting massive outdoor concert at the Festival this past summer, the ineffably suave Susie Arioli (2008 Oscar Peterson Award) is back by public demand with Christmas Dreaming, the show inspired by her 2010 album, which has already sold over 30,000 copies. As generous as ever, the bubbly brunette, accompanied onstage by her brilliant collaborator, guitarist Jordan Officer, as well as two other musicians and a horn section, promises to sprinkle her greatest hits throughout a show brimming with all the passion and poise we’ve come to expect from this sparkling star. To make this promising evening even more special, Susie will exceptionally be performing in the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the OSM’s brand new concert hall.

L’Astral

Theophilus London - November 1, 8 p.m. - The latest revelation on the American new-school hip hop scene, soundshaper Theophilus London caused a sensation this summer in his first visit to the Festival, where he presented a premiere performance of his EP, Lover’s Holiday. Digging primarily into the sounds of the’80s, he has created an uncompromising electropop fully evident in the grooves of Why Even Try and Wine & Chocolates. In July, he finally released his true full-length debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, a blowup success packed with instant hits.

NEeMA - November 16, 8 p.m. - We simply cannot get enough of the absolute ear-candy known as NEeMA. Her magnificently poetic songs, poised between spoken word and world-folk and delivered in a silky voice with a disarming fragility, recall the sensibility of a certain Leonard Cohen-the Montreal immortal who co-produced her new album and designed its cover. Her multicultural sound and persona are highly appreciated hereabouts: look no further than the warm reception that greeted the singer and her new album, Watching You Think, during last winter’s MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival. She’s returning home after a successful European tour which included support slots for Elton John, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck and Cyndi Lauper.

Please note that tickets remain available for these other concerts:

Métropolis

Ben Harper, Septembre 27, 8 p.m./Goran Bregovic and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra, October 22, 8 p.m. / John Mayall (opening act: Shane Murphy), November 26, 8 p.m. / Jane Birkin Sings Serge Gainsbourg “via Japan”, December 8, 8 p.m.

Place des Arts

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

L’Astral

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. as well as Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, September 21, 9 p.m./Boubacar Traoré Trio, October 1, 8 p.m./Carmen Souza, October 5, 8 p.m./ SFJAZZ Collective featuring Miguel Zenón, Stefon Harris, Matt Penman, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Kendrick Scott and Edward Simon, October 12, 8 p.m./ Zenzile, October 19, 8 p.m./ Michael Kaeshammer, October 20, 8 p.m./ Ari Hoenig 4tet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Tordini, Lines of Oppression, October 21, 9 p.m./Térez Montcalm, Here’s to you. Songs for Shirley Horn, October 22, 8 p.m./Matt Andersen, October 25, 8 p.m./Maceo Parker, October 27, 8 p.m./Guy Bélanger welcomes Ian Kelly, Bobby Bazini and Steve Hill, October 28, 8 p.m./Coco Montoya, November 2, 8 p.m./Sophie Milman, November 3, 8 p.m./Yael Naim Trio, November 9, 8 p.m./Guy Bélanger welcomes France D’Amour, Kim Richardson and Nanette Workman, November 19, 8 p.m./MonkeyJunk, November 23, 8 p.m./ Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba, November 24, 8 p.m., and Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang, December 7, 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 Saturday at noon

Tickets for these concerts go on sale Saturday, September 10 at noon. 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 (admission.com and ticketmaster.ca, 1 855 790-1245)-excluding those concerts presented at Maison symphonique de Montréal and Place des Arts (laplacedesarts.com, 514 842‑2112). 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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