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Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Sarah-Jane Morris, Cesaria Evora, Guy Bélanger, David Byrne,
Susie Arioli, Peter Hammill, Ron Sexsmith…
Eclecticism rules in the
Jazz All-Year Round series!

Exclusive pre-sale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers begins Tuesday

Montreal, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - Sailing proudly towards its 30th edition, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is already announcing a raft of major names for the 2008-2009 season of its popular Jazz All-Year Round series, presented by General Motors. Eclecticism rules and prestige is paramount as we welcome Sarah‑Jane Morris, Cesaria Evora, Guy Bélanger, David Byrne, Susie Arioli, Peter Hammill, Ron Sexsmith. Tickets for these first concerts will go on sale this Saturday, August 9 at noon.

Fill up your datebook with these concerts!

Sarah-Jane Morris - September 16 and 17, Savoy du Métropolis - We’ve enjoyed her unique voice, with its low tones and four-octave range, at the Festival in 2002 and 2003. England’s Sarah-Jane Morris, blessed with one of Europe’s loveliest voices, is an artist who loves taking risks, moving between soul, jazz, rock and blues, and into pairings with very talented guitarists. After a rich partnership with Marc Ribot-as featured on her upcoming album, Migratory Birds-, she visits us this time accompanied by Argentina’s Dominic Miller, close collaborator in studio and onstage with Sting, with whom he wrote Shape Of My Heart. A sophisticated duo!

Cesaria Evora - September 26, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA - At 67, international touring veteran Cesaria Evora finally decided to take three months off this summer after a long two-year run of the world’s stages. Yet here she is again, with her incredible energy and moving morna, the national blues music of Cape Verde, sung in Portuguese creole. The global ambassadress of the music-with a French Victoire award and an American Grammy to her credit-she is to morna what Marley was to reggae. She brings us songs from her 10th album, Rogamar, a celebration of the sea and her native land.

Guy Bélanger - October 1 and 4, Lion d’Or - An intense and brilliant harmonica player with a 30-year career, Guy Bélanger has starred alongside Bob Walsh, Les Colocs and such legends as Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor. Over the last few years, we’ve enjoyed his work on soundtracks from his brother Louis’ films (Post Mortem, Gaz bar blues-winner of a Jutra award in 2004-and, most recently, The Timekeeper). And now, the time has come for him to take centre stage with his own debut solo album, very well-received upon its release in early 2008, a blend of folk and blues featuring his own songs and covers of Lyle Lovett and Marc Broussard.

Peter Hammill Solo - October 16, 8 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité - Founding member of Van der Graaf Generator, London native Peter Hammill certainly hasn’t neglected the rich solo career he launched in 1971. He’s released albums at a remarkable rate, up to and including the 2006 disc whose title aptly describes the self-taught singer-musician: Singularity. An atypical artist who’s been called a progenitor of punk, progressive and alternative, he is, simply put, in a class of his own, distinguished by his eclectic musicality and a voice often compared to the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix! And to top it all off, he will be releasing a new album soon!

Ron Sexsmith - October 19, 8 p.m., Club Soda - Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Feist and Elvis Costello adore him; other artists, from Diana Krall to Rod Stewart, rush to cover his songs. With his warm voice and deeply human folk pop, Canadian singer-songwriter and self-described “crooner” Ron Sexsmith is well on his way to building a masterful songwriting legacy. Exit Strategy of the Soul, his latest release, seals the deal!

David Byrne, Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno - October 30, 8 p.m., Métropolis - Scottish-born but utterly “New York,” David Byrne succeeds at everything he touches… and he touches everything: “eclectic” was practically coined to describe him! We know him best as the co-founder (and singer-guitarist) of New Wave legends Talking Heads. However, he’s distinguished himself with music for films (such as The Last Emperor), ballet and opera scores, as an actor, screenwriter, director, photographer, and as founder of worldbeat label Luaka Bop. Have we mentioned his brilliant solo career, or his collaborations as singer, musician and producer, with the likes of Selena, the B-52s and Fatboy Slim? He brings that resume to us tonight, for a performance featuring his own classics and pieces by his friend, a certain Brian Eno.

Susie Arioli Band - 27 novembre, Théâtre Outremont - After a country detour on Learn To Smile Again, Susie Arioli and guitarist Jordan Officer announce their return to jazz with a new album including compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Green, Burke / Van Heusen, Rodgers & Hart and Irving Berlin. It’s the perfect opportunity for us to reacquaint ourselves with the shared sensibility, musical communication and subtlety of two artists in full maturity, still fully in love with this music and eager to share the hidden beauty of some lesser-known gems with us. After a decade of lovely surprises, prepare yourself for the next level!

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 ninth 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 recognizes the support of Bell, partner in the series, as well as the Hyatt Regency Montréal, official hotel of the Jazz All-Year Round series.

Exclusive Spectra Newsletter pre-sale

Subscribers to the Spectra Newsletter will have exclusive Internet access to tickets upon reception of the August 5 issue of the Newsletter right up until the public sale date of Saturday, August 9, at noon. To subscribe, simply visit montrealjazzfest.com.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 9 at noon

Tickets for these first concerts in the 2008-2009 autumn/winter program of the Jazz All-Year Round series will go on sale Saturday, August 9 at noon. They will be available at Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.) through Ticketpro-ticketpro.ca, 514-908‑9090 or 1-866-908‑9090-excluding tickets for shows presented in Place des Arts, which will be available at 514-842‑2112 or at laplacedesarts.com. For more information, call the Bell Info‑Jazz Line at 514-871‑1881, toll-free at 1-888-515‑0515 or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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