Press release for immediate distribution

33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

James Taylor

in a Festival pre-opening concert

Montreal, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - After the Leonard Cohen pre-opening concert at the Festival in 2008, it’s another programming masterstroke by organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal-James Taylor in Place des Arts! The team is especially proud to present James Taylor in a pre-opening concert to the 33rd edition of the Festival presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, on June 27, 7:30 p.m, in Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier, Place des Arts, part of the Événements spéciaux series. Tickets for this concert presented in collaboration with Evenko go on sale this Thursday at noon.

In 2008, the Festival and Evenko collaborated to offer us a magnificent concert by James Taylor, returning to Montreal after an 11-year absence, in the Bell Centre. As the many fans who flocked to the show can confirm, it was a genuine musical event! This year, they collaborate anew to invite the famed American singer-songwriter back, just after his recent European tour, but this time in the exquisitely intimate confines of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier-a truly rare opportunity, since his last appearance in the prestigious hall dates back to 1994… and was completely sold out. For those too young to have caught the past 40 years of popular music, it’s an opportunity to discover the masterpieces that made Taylor an icon of ’70s folk and propelled him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For devoted fans, it’s an opportunity to bask in the glow of his unique vocal timbre and his timeless greatest hits, including How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Carolina In My Mind, Fire and Rain and, of course, You’ve Got A Friend, and to discover what a singer of this caliber, surrounded by the finest musicians, can deliver when he reworks immortal songs by Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton and Junior Walker.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon

Tickets for this show go on sale Thursday, January 26, at noon and will be available from the Place des Arts box office (175 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from laplacedesarts.com, 514 842‑2112 or 1 866 842‑2112.

To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter 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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