Indoor program of the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
33 Years of Record-Setting Jazz!
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Montreal, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, is entering its 33rd edition. In other words, for 33 years, the Festival has spun out its annual celebration of musical pleasure, a jazz groove that also crosscuts with musical forebears and relatives, from blues to world music, showcasing all the timeless hits and classics as well as the rarities, “B-sides” and unknown gems that we delight in discovering. After over three decades of existence, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is itself a massive “compilation album” of the music of our era, with jazz at its very heart, an ever-shifting, evolving genre always open to new discoveries and invigorating and enriching musical cross-pollinations. Just drop the needle anywhere in our program to experience the infinite richness of Planet Jazz, ready to welcome any and all fans and engage their musical passions. As proof, witness the indoor program that awaits us for this edition, which runs from June 28 to July 7. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Saturday, April 28, at noon… although Spectra Newsletter subscribers can buy them starting tomorrow upon reception of their latest issue of the newsletter, and until Friday at 6 p.m. Everyone can subscribe free of charge by visiting infolettrespectra.ca.
This program is the discography of your dreams!
True to their reputation, Festival programmers have delivered a schedule packed with quality, of course, but also a most delightfully dazzling diversity, from the purest jazz to its youngest musical cousins. The marquees will light up with legendary names, including James Taylor in a pre-opening concert, Liza Minnelli, Tangerine Dream, Miles Davis Award winners Stanley Clarke (2011) and Ron Carter (2012), Al Stewart, Van der Graaf Generator, Wayne Shorter… And the list of great names only gets longer and more varied when we consider concerts by Seal, Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Sophie Milman, Esperanza Spalding, Gianmaria Testa, Victor Wooten… It’s also a program with planetary scope, with musical ambassadors who effortlessly transcend borders and genres: Emir Kusturica, CéU, Jovanotti, Johnny Clegg, Strunz & Farah, Lila Downs, Tord Gustavsen and his Scandinavian guests, the Free Flamenco Trio with Dorantes, Garcia-Fons and Spassov, as well as hybrid concerts that transport us, from Harry Manx and his World Affairs and World Kora Trio Longsworth-Soumano-Di Fraya. Not to be outdone, the hottest sensations of the moment will be everywhere, with Get The Blessing, Adam Cohen, The Barr Brothers, Moriarty, Caravan Palace, Ziggy Marley, Timber Timbre, Janelle Monáe and Fishbone. Québec and Canada will once again be honorably represented, with concerts by Patrick Watson, Adrian Vedady, Misstress Barbara, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard (this year’s recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award), Jorane and I Musici, Lorraine Desmarais, Vic Vogel, Rafael Zaldivar, Patricia Deslauriers, Rémi Bolduc, Ranee Lee… Finally, let’s not forget concerts that put a different spin on the music, including Flamenco Hoy, by the super-celebrated Carlos Saura, The Rat Pack Is Back!, a painstaking-and hilarious-recreation of the famed foursome of ’60s Bad Boys, the resurrection of a blues queen with The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, and the eagerly anticipated return of GRUBB, the humanitarian musical adventure that so deeply moved the Festival and its fans during its North American premiere last year.
A pre-opening concert with the icon of ’70s folk: James Taylor
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! 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 devoted fans, it’s an opportunity to bask in the glow of his unique vocal timbre-surrounded by the finest musicians-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. Copresented par evenko. James Taylor, June 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series).
A dazzling closing concert with Norah Jones
Now this is truly a rare pleasure! After making a major impression at the Festival in 2002 and 2003, this versatile singer-songwriter has been busy, filling her CV with jazz, folk, blues and country projects, intercut with film appearances (My Blueberry Nights…). With 40 million albums sold and innumerable awards, and 10 years after the album that propelled her into the international spotlight, she finally brings her sensual voice and musical finesse back to the Festival to unveil a little gem of a pop album, Little Broken Hearts. Broken Hearts? More like a love affair! July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series).
Flamenco Hoy, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
presented in collaboration with ARTV, CKOI 96,9, Rouge FM and The Gazette
A tableau of living paintings? A musical fresco? A… film? Flamenco Hoy by renowned filmmaker Carlos Saura transforms flamenco into living images onstage, via the masterful eye of a cinematic genius. The spectacle, with its mind-boggling dancing, dynamic music and poignant vocals, stars twenty absolutely passionate artists from the new generation of Spanish flamenco, executing the intoxicating choreography of Rafael Estévez and Nani Paños, under the musical direction of flamenco piano master Chano Domínguez. A dazzling journey into the very heart of today’s contemporary Andalusian flamenco! From June 27 to July 1 (exceptionally at 7:30 p.m. for the première on June 27)
An outstanding tribute to “The Empress of the Blues”:
The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith: The Devil’s Music
Yes, they’ve often called the blues “The Devil’s Music.” And the legendary Bessie Smith-no angel, it’s true-wore them well, working and living as an ambassadress for the music in the 1920s and 1930s. In this show, a critically-acclaimed biographical tribute by Angelo Parra (following a triumphant feature off-Broadway at St Luke’s Theatre) halfway between one-woman show and musical, the multidisciplinary Miche Braden (pronounced “Miki”) uses her voice and presence, beautifully supported by a trio of musicians, to bring to life the woman known forever as “The Empress of the Blues.” July 2 to 7 at 7 p.m. (exceptionally at 8 p.m.on July 3), Cinquième Salle, PdA.
The grand return of the humanitarian musical adventure GRUBB
Back by popular demand, and after the immense critical and popular success they ignited at the Festival, welcome the return of GRUBB (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats) and their Rom-mania! The humanitarian artistic event led by Serge Denoncourt gives voice to the voiceless; the Roms. It’s a completely new kind of hip hop, blending with traditional Roma music; a musical first! Those volunteering their efforts in this humanitarian adventure include dancer and choreographer Nico Archambault, Italian actor, director and master of metamorphosis Arturo Brachetti, video whizzes Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, costume designer François Barbeau and composer Francis Collard…. June 28-30 and July 2 & 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. Presented in collaboration with MusiMax.
The program, series by series
Événements spéciaux TD series, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA
presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, La Presse, Rouge FM, CHOM and Virgin 96
♫ The James Taylor pre-opening concert on June 27 will be followed by an additional performance the following evening (June 28). ♫ The musical passion rolls on as charming Philadelphia singer, guitarist and pianist Melody Gardot returns June 29 with her incredible magnetism and magnificent voice to once again thrill her Montreal fans. ♫ On June 30, make a date to join the multitudes for one of those exceptional events that are the Festival’s trademark: 45 years after their founding, it’s the first Festival appearance live onstage by legendary German pioneers of electronic music, Tangerine Dream! ♫ On July 4, Festival fans can herald the return of Montreal’s Patrick Watson, back home after his remarkable recent musical trajectory to present his just-released 4th album, Adventures In Your Own Backyard (opening act: Loney Dear). ♫ The following 3 nights will be dominated by nothing less than genuine global superstars: after New York, New York, the legendary Liza Minnelli, renowned for her unforgettable concerts, finally comes to Montreal-playing the Festival for the first time!-and offering her Confessions on July 5. ♫ On July 6, one of the most prominent singers on Planet Pop, UK star Seal, makes his own Festival debut. ♫ The day after the Norah Jones closing concert (July 7), it’s the 5th edition of the now-classic Battle of the Bands, facing the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra against one another on July 8 at 2 p.m., as they transport us back to the grand New York Ballroom era of the late ’30s!
Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, CHOM, 98,5 FM and CJAD 800 AM
♫ Here’s a true All Star band of musical luminaries: Spectrum Road, with Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman, John Medeski and Vernon Reid, spawned by these musicians’ admiration for legendary drummer Tony Williams and his group Lifetime, opening this series on June 28. ♫ With a career stretching over 40 years, expanding the jazz palette with accents from classical to rock or even electronic music, virtuoso saxophonist-composer and improviser Wayne Shorter (June 29) and his Quartet, featuring Brian Blade, John Patitucci and Danilo Pérez, make a highly-anticipated return to the Festival. ♫ On July 1, fabulous American trumpeter Chris Botti is certain to serenade us with a program featuring pieces from a new album released this spring. ♫ On July 2, the collective known as Miles Smiles with Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, Joey DeFrancesco, Omar Akim and Darryl Jones pays tribute to the unforgettable Miles Davis, 20 years after his passing. ♫ Immerse yourself in an entire evening with the group that pioneered psychedelic sounds in British music, led by the versatile and unique Peter Hammill: An evening with Van der Graaf Generator, July 3. ♫ Among the other long-awaited performances programmed by the Festival, mark down the July 4 return of Italian guitarist-singer Gianmaria Testa, who hasn’t taken to our summertime stage for 7 years, finally arriving with his latest album, Vitamia! ♫ On July 5, two living legends offer one unforgettable evening: Oliver Jones Plays Oliver Jones-featuring the great pianist performing his own compositions for the first time at the Festival-and Peter Appleyard. ♫ They’ll be followed by a young group making its first Festival appearance July 6, Montreal-based trio Timber Timbre, whose most recent album Creep On Creepin’ unveiled a blend of folk, pop, blues and doo-wop with a strange beauty. ♫ On July 7 (also at 6 p.m.), make way for the ring-a-ding-ding ’60s and a show that’s toured the world and lit up the Las Vegas strip for 13 years: The Rat Pack Is Back!, a faithful and exuberant recreation-with a 12-piece orchestra-of the legendary shows performed by that famed foursome of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop.
Sommets acoustiques series, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal
presented in collaboration with CJAD 800 AM and The Gazette
♫ Richard Galliano, one of the important accordionists of the modern era, presents this unique concert entitled From Bach to Piazzolla (June 28), in which he’s joined by a classical string section for a fantastic musical overview of his astonishing creative genius, from Bach to grandmaster Piazzolla. ♫ On June 29, the Patricia Barber and Kenny Werner Duo unfurls a concert both playful and passionate, a Canadian exclusive presenting a fascinating face-a-face between two proximate pianos, four felicitous hands and one smooth voice. ♫ Let’s state it plainly: it’s the ideal opportunity to experience or re-experience the magical musical encounter between Jorane and Orchestre I Musici de Montréal (presented by SiriusXM) with conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni (June 30), a show that floored critics this past winter during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. ♫ The series continues July 6 with another high-level intercultural musical summit: Harry Manx World Affairs with Yeshe, Kiran Ahluwalia and Clayton Doley teams the versatile multi-instrumentalist and new darling of the blues scene with 3 guest artists who share his passion for sonic globe-trotting. ♫ Dorantes, Renaud Garcia Fons and Theodosii Spassov, aka Free Flamenco Trio, bring a freer approach to flamenco music, drawing inspiration from the older generation of flamenco. They’ll heat things up July 7, accompanied by percussionist Tete Peña. Renaud Garcia-Fons (double bass) will also open the evening with a solo performance.
Rythmes series, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis
presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus, CKOI 96,9 and Virgin 96
♫ It’s an evening of sheer delight June 27 (especially at 8 p.m), when singer and new darling of the American R&B scene Janelle Monáe lands here with her monster 2010 hit ArchAndroid, a retro-futurist album that bonds science-fiction and rock opera. Opening act: Roman GianArthur. ♫ Veteran reggae-man, noted activist, part-time actor, radio host and born performer Ziggy Marley, on the road with his Wild and Free Tour, makes his 1st visit to the Festival June 28, testifying with such classics as Tomorrow People and selections from his latest release (opening act: Inword). ♫ No less promising, An Evening with Esperanza Spalding and her Radio Music Society, June 29, introduces the latest from singer, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding, a hybrid work that sees the magnificently gifted artist conjugating a jazz sensibility with her love for pop. ♫ Another exceptional artist, incredible singer-dancer Lila Downs presents her new album, Palomo Del Comalito (June 30, at 10 p.m.), a repertoire featuring her own compositions and readings of ranchera standards in Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl, English and Spanish. ♫ After a debut album that pitches harmoniously between folk, rock and blues, fave group The Barr Brothers (opening act: Alexi Murdoch), composed of brothers Brad and Andrew, harpist Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial, head in on July 1 in a cabaret format ♫ On July 2, eccentric Parisian sextet Caravan Palace rolls in with their contagious and jubilant electro-gypsy-jazz-swing, a sound that just says Partytime!, with their brand new album, Panic (opening act: Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven). ♫ On July 3, we welcome our favourite Swiss miss and her show Be Part of My Dream, a tribute to Bob Dylan: Sophie Hunger solo sings Dylan. To complete the fabulous double bill, it’s populist firebrand of urban folk-rock, English musician and activist Billy Bragg, the man behind such classics as Which Side Are You On? and A New England, here at the Festival for the very 1st time and performing solo. ♫ The following evening (July 4), Adam Cohen unveils the new album, Like a Man, that instantly established his own style, voice, and identity (opening act: Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers). ♫ Two years after their electrifying outdoor performance on the Place des Festivals, Serbian filmmaker-actor-musician-composer-producer Emir Kusturica and his formidable No Smoking Orchestra return on July 5, at 6 p.m., ready to make us clink our glasses and click our heels to their gypsy/electro/rock rhythms! Opening act: Sergiu Popa - Shukar Roma. ♫ Then, yet another supergroup takes over on July 6: Deltron 3030 (opening act: Nomadic Massive), assembling the talents of Dan The Automator, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and our own local wiz Kid Koala with hip hop as groovy as it is futurist, as danceable as it is trippy!
Couleurs SAQ series, 10 p.m., Club Soda
presented in collaboration with Rouge FM, CJAD 800 AM and CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal
♫ In his first visit to the Festival June 28, Italian Lorenzo Cherubini, alias Jovanotti, who regularly fills stadia throughout Europe, presents his protean oeuvre marrying pop, Euro-techno and classical music. ♫ A pioneer in world music and a genuine born performer, South African singer, guitarist and dancer Johnny Clegg returns to the Festival June 29 as part of a tour showcasing his most recent album, Human. ♫ After a 6-year absence, the hottest Brazilian artist in recent memory, CéU, returns June 30 to ignite the stage with her hot samba, electro-jazz and Afrobeat rhythms. ♫ Gifted singer, extraordinary bassist and inspired singer-songwriter, American Meshell Ndegeocello arrives July 1 with Weather, a 9th album that gets poppier and more intimate, packed with glowing original compositions (opening act: Parc-X Trio). ♫ Rocketing to the top of the UK charts with her new debut album, Our Version of Events, soul and R&B singer Emeli Sandé zooms in to thrill us on July 2. ♫ The heat stays on July 3 when we welcome that harmonious duo from Costa Rica and Iran, Strunz & Farah, and their album Journey Around the Sun, a megadose of solar energy radiating jazz, flamenco and Latin and Middle Eastern influences. ♫ On July 4, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, the Benin collective specializing in Afrofunk and famed throughout Africa since the late ’60s, visits with their recent CD, Cotonou Club. ♫ The following evening, fall under the spell of the troubadour who sings in hushed, soulful tones that draw the listener in: Piers Faccini returns to the Festival with his 4th opus, My Wilderness (July 5). ♫ Next, it’s a major figure on the British folk scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Al Stewart, who makes his Festival debut with a trio July 6, looking back over a remarkable 40-year career. ♫ Then, it’s another Festival first on July 7 with experimental Brooklyn pop-rock group Dirty Projectors, whose improbable stylistic collisions drive fearlessly forward with a musical alloy of aggressive rock, classical music, African polyrhythms and bubblegum pop.
Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series, 6 p.m., Club Soda
presented in collaboration with CBC Music
♫ Brilliant American guitarist Bill Frisell amazes us with every visit! On June 28, this devoted John Lennon fan returns with All We Are Saying, inspired by the tribute album to the late ex-Beatle released last year. ♫ The next day (June 29), David Sánchez, Nick Payton and Stefon Harris, accompanied by a 4-piece rhythm section, reunite for groove/post-bop/Cuban jazz project Ninety Miles, the live version of an album conceived in Cuba. ♫ As sensual as ever, pianist and singer Eliane Elias, accompanied by her Brasileira Quartet, returns to the Festival with Light My Fire, a romantic album of covers (June 30). ♫ Best known as a member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, extraordinary bassist Victor Wooten (July 1) introduces material from his new album, helming a septet of brilliant multi-instrumentalists. ♫ And on July 2, legendary double bassist and recipient of the 2012 Miles Davis Award Ron Carter, absent from the Festival since 1994, leads a trio completed by guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Donald Vega. ♫ Yet another redoubtable trio takes the stage July 3: the James Carter Organ Trio presents the poly-saxophonist, with his amazing facility for making make any genre his own, along with B3 wizard Gerard Gibbs and masterful drummer Leonard King, Jr., calling us to meet them At the Crossroads. Singer Miche Braden and way-cool guitarist Rodney Jones join the party. ♫ On July 4, we’re thrilled to welcome back Carmen Lundy, magnificent singer, accomplished composer and even an actress and painter in her spare time, with music including her new album Changes. ♫ Another exceptional singer takes the stage July 5: Sophie Milman, the hottest young jazz singer of the moment and a simply captivating artist, entices us with a luminous evening of jazzy pop and ballads from her new album In the Moonlight. ♫ On July 6 and 7, singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli, master in the art of reinventing jazz classics, bomps in with his brand new album, Double Exposure, accompanied by faithful compadres Larry Fuller (piano), Martin Pizzarelli (double bass) and Tony Tedesco (drums).
Invitation TD series, 8 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA and Gesù - Centre de créativité
presented in collaboration with The Gazette
♫ True music fans take heart: the Invitation TD series returns with concept-concerts over several evenings. The first series, helmed by extraordinary bassist Stanley Clark, opens with An Acoustic Evening with sparkling Japanese pianist Hiromi (June 28). ♫ The 2010 Miles Davis Award winner is back June 29 accompanied by the Harlem String Quartet, a rising young outfit that performed at the White House for President Obama. ♫ The 3rd installment in the prestigious series moves to Théâtre Maisonneuve at 9:30 p.m., with the SMV trio. The exceptional Stanley Clarke shares the stage with top-flight soloist and renowned composer Victor Wooten as well as Marcus Miller, one of the most gifted jazzmen of his generation (June 30). ♫ As a perfect closer to the series July 1, welcome the Stanley Clarke Band, the collective project uniting the unparalleled bassist with a selection of virtuosi, including ace drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. and pianist Ruslan Sirota, launching jazz fusion into the 21st century. ♫ On July 4, Tord Gustavsen takes over as the series moves to the Gesù - Centre de Créativité for 4 concerts at 6 p.m. The Norwegian pianist opens with an intro to his most recent release, The Well, surrounded by his Ensemble of loyal musical accomplices who’ve been with him for 3 years, Tore Brunborg (saxophone), Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Jarle Vespestad (drums). ♫ In his 2nd installment, the Norwegian pianist shares the stage with his trio starring brilliant saxophonist and composer Håkon Kornstad, one of the most prominent players on the new Norwegian jazz scene, and Jarle Vespestad, weaving a sensual contemporary jazz showcasing free improvisation and melodic exploration (July 5). ♫ For his 3rd soiree July 6, Tord Gustavsen eschews his regular trio and quartet formats for a rare opportunity to experience him solo, in intimate dialogue with his beloved instrument. ♫ The series concludes with the subtlety and finesse of a duo composed of Gustavsen and another artist from his native Norway, popular singer Solveig Slettahjell, a successful, seductive jazz vocalist for the past decade who’s also made the odd incursion into pop territory (July 7).
TD Jazz d’ici La Presse series, 6 p.m., L’Astral
presented in collaboration with Espace musique (100,7 FM)
♫ After his sparkling performance in the Balmoral last November, Rafael Zaldivar, the undeniable Montreal sensation of jazz piano renowned for his improvisational and compositional talents, heads to the Festival June 28 with a trio and special guest, American saxophonist Greg Osby. ♫ He’ll make way on June 29 for Vic Vogel and Le Jazz Big Band, the opportunity for the indefatigable pianist, arranger and bandleader to present us with his Influence afro-cubaine, accompanied by 15 musicians. ♫ In his first Festival concert since 2006, trumpeter, composer and conductor Joe Sullivan (June 30), supported by his Sextet, counts on the services of excellent jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky to introduce us to pieces from Voices, his latest modern jazz foray. ♫ On July 1, Fest fans are invited to a musical encounter of unparalleled intimacy: Taurey Butler featuring Nadja. American pianist and adoptive Montrealer Butler, noted for his swinging, skillful, lyrical style since his early days in New York, is joined by singer Nadja, whom he formerly accompanied as musical director. ♫ Expect another delicious musical encounter on July 2 with the Patricia Deslauriers Trio, with Paul Brochu and Guy St-Onge, performing the music of Richard Desjardins: renowned double bassist, conductor and composer drummer Paul Brochu and multi-instrumentalist Guy St-Onge jazzify the vast repertoire of poet-songwriter Richard Desjardins. ♫ They hand off the baton on July 3 to L’Orkestre des pas perdus and their playful music for brass and other metals, skillfully helmed since 1993 by trombonist, composer and arranger Claude St-Jean. ♫ The festivities roll on July 4 with a Montreal double bassist famed for his profound sense of swing and an American pianist with a poetic touch, the Adrian Vedady Trio with Marc Copland, in a concert promising subtlety and nuance. ♫ For his 50th Birthday Celebration, Québécois saxophone giant Rémi Bolduc offers himself carte blanche and gift-wraps the musical pleasure presented by his primo guests, François Bourassa, Jean-Pierre Zanella and André Leroux (July 5). ♫ Follow that up July 6 with a summit meeting of four maestros, three on strings and one on accordion: Luc Fortin and Richard Léveillé (guitars), Michel Donato (double bass) and Marin Nasturica; the old pals of the Fortin-Léveillé-Donato-Nasturica quartet, always a pleasure to welcome back to the Festival, introduce us to Baie des anges, a new album released last autumn. ♫ The series concludes July 7 with Tribute to Billie Holiday, starring Ranee Lee and her magnificent voice in an homage to the legendary Lady Day, featuring 7 musicians.
Le Club series, 9 p.m., L’Astral
presented in collaboration with Galaxie and CIBL101,5 Radio-Montréal
♫ With one foot in jazz, the other in soul, Gregory Porter makes a first Festival appearance June 28, proudly carrying the torch handed down by the great Afro-American voices of the 1960s and 1970s. ♫ On June 29, Breton saxophonist Pierrick Pédron, one of the most brilliant young tenors on the European jazz scene, alights at the Festival for the first time with Cheerleaders, ambitious orchestral jazz performed with a brass band. ♫ Swiss harmonica ace Grégoire Maret arrives preceded by an enviable reputation, credited with having helped redefine the role of the harmonica. In his first Festival visit June 30, Maret delivers songs from his first album recorded as bandleader. ♫ Dorothée Berryman has a special surprise for us all on July 1: a very personal new album, with songs from the French chanson repertoire, classics from the American popular songbook, jazz, tango and even a little incursion into trip-hop. ♫ Finally returning to the Festival July 2 for the first time since 2004, Nellie McKay zigs and zags brightly between vocal jazz, pop, cabaret and film music, performing solo with all the verve and humour that make her so delightful onstage. ♫ Fest fans, join us July 3 to experience the new guard of the European jazz scene: the Jef Neve Trio, uniting young piano virtuoso Jef Neve and his two faithful comrades Ruben Samama on double bass and Teun Verbruggen on drums! ♫ The Colin Vallon Trio, composed of Colin Vallon (piano), Patrice Moret (double bass) and Samuel Rohrer (drums) and firmly installed in the firmament of the Swiss jazz scene, make their first Festival visit July 4 with a 3rd album, Rruga, released on prestige label ECM. ♫ Armed with his favourite instrument, the cornet, the Artist of the Year at the 2010 Victoires du Jazz, Médéric Collignon (July 5), shakes up an explosive musical cocktail, gleefully blending genres and eras in a boundless expression of musical creativity. ♫ Two years after an astonishing performance in L’Astral, the Neil Cowley Trio bring their unparalleled onstage intensity back on July 6, reaching new heights with the excellent album The Face of Mount Molehill. ♫ And to close out the series on July 7, illustrious Toronto singer Molly Johnson seduces the crowd with her breathtaking interpretations of jazz classics and original compositions, compiled last year in The Molly Johnson Songbook.
Jazz dans la nuit series, 10:30 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité
presented in collaboration with Espace Musique (100,7 FM) and CBC Music
♫ Born in a musical summit meeting between cellist Eric Longsworth, kora player Chérif Soumano and percussionist and singer Jean Luc Di Fraya, the World Kora Trio brings a creative polycultural approach to world, animating a fine and affecting music, gliding between tradition and modernity (June 28). ♫ With a combination of daring, originality and masterful technique, American saxophonist and adoptive Montrealer Colin Stetson, who floored us with his remarkable album New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges, performs solo in a first Festival concert June 29. ♫ A signature figure on the ECM label, Norwegian guitarist and composer Terje Rypdal stakes out the onstage adaptation of his latest album, Crime Scene, accompanied by famed Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg and the Bergen Big Band (June 30). ♫ The following evening, July 1, get ready for the biggest buzz around with Get The Blessing: four jazz and rock fiends, including two former Portishead members (Jim Barr and Clive Deamer), with a sound that joyfully breaks barriers, combining ’80s references, lounge, pop, rock and jazz. ♫ It’s musical intimacy sending off sparks July 2 with the Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes piano duo, a sparkling four-handed dialogue that has already produced a remarkable album, Double Portrait, in 2010. ♫ Welcome to another incredible four-handed musical conversation July 3 with the Aaron Parks and Joey Calderazzo piano duo, two brilliants stars of the piano jazz scene who grace us with their first concert together. ♫ On July 4, get set for the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, led by the young trumpet star many consider the rightful heir to a musical legacy descended from Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis. ♫ Undeniable guitar virtuoso Pat Martino honours us July 5 with a highly-anticipated return to the Festival in the company of the Pat Martino Organ Trio, featuring Pat Bianchi (organ) and Carmen Intorre (drums). ♫ In his first visit to the Festival July 6, great American pianist Cedar Walton, a landmark figure in hard bop, performs with a trio. ♫ The series closes out with another trio, this one led by internationally renowned Québécois pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais, recipient of the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award.
Musique au MAC series, 8 p.m., Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
presented in collaboration with the FCM and the SACEM
♫ From June 28 to 30, strap yourselves in for the first Festival visit by Cascadeur, solo onstage with his fighter pilot helmet, projections, machines, captivating songs, lyrical flights of fancy, spellbinding melodies, and a debut album that drew a soaring shower of praise. ♫ Moving to July 2 and 3, we welcome another newcomer to the Festival, conservatory violinist Louis Warynski, alias Chapelier Fou (the Mad Hatter), arriving with his crafty and touching artisanal electronica. ♫ Alighting next comes a rare bird recognized for her singular song, Mesparrow, who perches solo onstage July 4 and 5, serenading and spellbinding with jazzy electro-folk songs accented with loop pedal effects and piano. ♫ She flutters away to make way for one of the new standouts of European jazz guitar, when Misja Fitzgerald Michel of France duets with cellist Olivier Koundouno to present A Portrait of Nick Drake, a tribute to the dreamy English bard and cult fave who also inspired Michel’s most recent release, Time of No Reply.
Concerts intimes series, 7 p.m., Savoy du Métropolis
♫ The 5 members of bohemian whirlwind Moriarty blow into the Festival for the first time June 28 to 30 with an album, The Missing Room, and a live performance rep that packs venues everywhere they go. Their folk cabaret blues, country melodies and singsong ballads are carried by the incomparable voice of Rosemary Standley. ♫ From July 1 to 3, golden-voiced Brazilian Marcio Faraco presents his latest oeuvre, O Tempo, an album with fado accents grafted with African and Cuban inflections. ♫ On July 4 and 5, make way for energetic, fun-loving collective D’Harmo (four of the most brilliant harmonica blowers on the Québécois music scene) who marry traditional Jewish music, jazz, rags, minuets, waltzes, tangos and reels. ♫ Those musicians give way to young Montreal singer, MC and slammer Sarah MK, who builds the bridge between hip hop, neo-soul and contemporary R&B and unveils tracks from Worth It (July 6 and 7), a groove-heavy opus released in autumn 2011.
Nuits Heineken series, 11 p.m., SAT-Société des arts technologiques
presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM and NIGHTLIFE.CA
♫ The evening of June 28 promises to be hot-hot-hot with Venezuelan combo Los Amigos Invisibles, an unparalleled fiesta machine that leaves no dancefloor unscorched and every fan weak-kneed with groove exhaustion. ♫ On June 29, point the spotlights at earthily aggressive MC and prince of the mixtape Danny Brown, whose explosive album XXX (a reference to his age) takes on sex and drugs without restraint (but not without hilarity). ♫ It’s another high-voltage soiree on June 30 when DJ and co-founder of the Hospital label Tony Colman, veteran of the British electronica scene, powers up London Elektricity, plugging into the Festival for the first time. ♫ Led by charismatic singer and saxophonist Angelo Moore, legendary L.A. band Fishbone, renowned for their supercharged concerts, celebrate July 1 with Everyday Sunshine, Bonin’ in the Boneyard and Freddie’s Dead! ♫ Best known as a DJ, Misstress Barbara transforms into a singer and on July 3, greets us onstage accompanied by a live Band and the addictive melodies of her new album, Many Shades of Grey! ♫ July 4 brings us the very first Festival appearance by Lyrics Born, alias rapper Tom Shimura, spearhead of the American alternative rap scene, getting the party started with his hip hop spiked with funk and R&B. ♫ Then get set for a mind-blowing eve on July 5 with a trio of electricians from Holland, Sjam Sjamsoedin, Jori Collignon and Rogier van der Zwaag: Nobody Beats the Drum, known for tearing up the techno circuit with their super-danceable electro-hop synthesis. ♫ On July 6, Ohio MC Stalley demonstrates why he’s soared to success over the past three years thanks to several mixtapes that were snapped up by fans and hailed by the critics - witness his recent Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music). Chicago MC F. Stokes opens the evening. ♫ To close it out, dig the future classics and forgotten treasures dug up and spun by DJ Lexis, whose Music Is My Sanctuary project grooves the public July 7 with a barrage of 100% beats.
The Croisière Jazz, 6:30 p.m., Bateau-Mouche,
Jacques-Cartier Quay, Old Port of Montreal
♫ Take a slow, sophisticated ride on the Bateau-Mouche in the company of the bold, spirited Sonia Johnson, a fabulous melodic and literary voyage linking jazz spontaneity with the lyric poetry of chanson à texte. It’s a lovely opportunity to float away with her sparkling new album, Le Carré de nos amours (2012 Juno for Best Jazz Vocal Album), sailing out with a francophone jazz repertoire drawing inspiration from blues, swing and Latin music, accented by a bouquet of top-shelf contributions. July 1 to 6. Boarding and departure at 6:15 p.m. from Jacques‑Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montréal, returning at 10:30 p.m. Reservations required: 514 849-9952, 1 800 361-9952 or bateaumouche.ca.
Finally, don’t miss the Soirées jazz Upstairs at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill (1254 MacKay St.), at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., with the Brian Blade Quartet / Jon Cowherd / Fraser Hollins / Joel Miller (June 28), Becca Stevens Band (June 29), Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet (June 30), Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio (July 1 & 2) / Rebecca Martin & Larry Grenadier (July 3), Aaron Goldberg (July 5) and Tom Harrell (July 6 and 7).
The Festival, 24/7, thanks to Bell
For all true fans, the Festival is a year-round experience, thanks to Bell. With montrealjazzfest.com, everyone can stay constantly connected to the passion of the music, whether before, during or after events. Video excerpts, information on the artists, access to archives from previous editions of the Festival, video channel (montrealjazzfest.TV, etc.-in short, it’s the ideal online destination for every music fan. We remind you that the Festival is on Facebook (facebook.com/festival.jazz.montreal) and Twitter (twitter.com/FestivalJazzMtl) and that you can follow and experience every aspect of it using mobile applications for your iPhone and BlackBerry (montrealjazzfest.com/mobile).
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon
Exclusive pre-sale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: starts tomorrow!
Tickets for all indoor concerts presented at the 33rd Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will go on sale on Saturday, April 28, starting at noon. Tickets can be purchased at venues, at the Métropolis box office (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or on the Admission or Ticketmaster networks (admission.com and ticketmaster.ca, 1 855 790‑1245), excluding those concerts presented at Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal (175 Ste. Catherine W., laplacedesarts.com or 514 842‑2112), and at Club Soda (514 286-1010, clubsoda.ca).
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Info-Jazz: indispensable information tools
Grouped together under the banner Info-Jazz, information tools for the Festival are easily accessed by anyone who wants to know everything that’s happening at the biggest jazz festival in the world. The general public is cordially invited to pick up in SAQ branches in Greater Montréal the official Festival pamphlet, Info Jazz Indoor Concerts Schedule or call the Info-Jazz Line at:
Montreal Region: 514 871-1881
Long-distance calls made from within Canada or the United States (toll-free): 1 85JAZZFEST
Or visit montrealjazzfest.com
Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities at the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be announced this coming June 4.
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