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Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Gilberto Gil, John Scofield Trio with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart, Chick Corea with Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet, Nils Petter Molvaer, Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa, Colin James, Bob Walsh, Guy Bélanger, Erik Truffaz, Eric Bibb with Habib Koité, Marc Copland with Gary Peacock, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Elisabeth Kontomanou with Geri Allen,
Émilie-Claire Barlow…

A new season of legends and favourites

Montreal, Wednesday, May 23 2012 - Starting in September, we’re adding 14 new concerts to the already rich and diversified program of the Jazz All-Year Round series, presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD. Whether it’s jazz (of course), world music, blues, rock or electronica, the forecast for the upcoming season is musical warmth, with sunny rhythms and a shower of surprises. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Saturday, May 26 at noon.

Chick Corea with Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet - October 13, 8 p.m., Maison Symphonique de Montréal - Collaborators for over 40 years, this pair of jazz legends-pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton-shared the stage during the very first edition of the Festival, in 1980-and their last duo performance dates back to 2004. This time, the two master musicians take the stage of the Maison Symphonique de Montréal as part of a new tour focusing on their standards album Hot House. They’ll be accompanied for the occasion by the Harlem String Quartet, a young classical ensemble invited to the Festival this year by Stanley Clarke.

Colin James - October 13, 8 p.m., Métropolis - A true standard-bearer of Canadian rock with an excellent reputation on the international scene, guitarist Colin James has a mantel full of JUNOs and Maple Blues Awards, and a collection of gold certified albums proudly displayed on his walls. Each of his frequent Festival performances is an event in itself, as he proved with last year’s remarkable acoustic concert, presented as a duet with Chris Caddell. The fretboard ace returns to share music from his latest album Fifteen, the 15th in a 25-year career.

Gilberto Gil - November 23, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - The national hero of Brazil, the native land he served as minister of culture, this man of conviction has led a brilliant career for over four decades. A major figure in redefining Brazilian popular music (along with being its global ambassador), he boasts over 30 albums in his repertoire and has sold 5 million copies. A gifted singer and guitarist, Gil has no equal in finessing rhythms as complex as they are seductive. He returns four years after his last Festival performance.

In L’Astral

Nils Petter Molvaer, Baboon Moon - September 6 and 7, 8 p.m. - This Norwegian trumpeter, composer and producer mines a wide range of musical styles (jazz, ambient, house, electronica, hip hop, rock and pop), drawing forth unique and refined aural alloys of profound intensity. His most recent album, Baboon Moon, finds him pursuing his fertile exploratory approach accompanied by two new musical accomplices, guitarist Stian Westerhus and drummer Erland Dahlen. Back after making gorgeous music in the Gesù during the 2010 Festival, the great jazzman returns to offer two concerts in the intimate ambience of L’Astral.

Elisabeth Kontomanou with Geri Allen - September 8, 8 p.m. - Born to a Greek mother and Guinean father, this musical citizen of the world, now living in Stockholm, made quite the impression at the Festival in 2006. Often compared to Flora Purim, she returns to present her latest album, Secret of the Wind, recorded in Normandy with renowned American jazz pianist Geri Allen, who will accompany her in the concert. It’s a unique opportunity to savour a sublime collaboration between two accomplished artists. Essential.

Bob Walsh - September 28, 8 p.m. - The simple mention of his name is enough to conjure up virtually the entire history of Québécois blues since the ’70s. Through his years in Contrebande, his work in the films of Yves Simoneau (Dernier voyage, Les yeux rouges, Pouvoirs intimes), The Only Soul (2007) and A Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous, recorded at the Festival in 2004, Bob Walsh has remained a guardian of the sacred fire of the blues, as amply proven by his most recent album, Inside I Am All Blue. An artist you’ll never tire of!

Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa - October 20, 8 p.m. - Brilliant Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu has been behind some of the loveliest jazz collaborations in recent years. A longtime friend of this Festival, he matches musical wits here with Cuban Omar Sosa, the keyboard wizard some consider to be the creator of a new type of Latin jazz. Co-authors of the recent album Alma, these two gifted two musicians offer us the sequel to the remarkable concert they performed in the Invitation series two years ago. An absolute must.

Erik Truffaz - October 25, 8 p.m. - The host of the prestigious Invitation series in 2009, brilliant French trumpeter Erik Truffaz airlifted us on a musical voyage with his triptych Rendez-vous. Last summer, he returned with a pair of concerts showcasing his 11th album, In Between, a work of somber and melancholy beauty enriched by the presence of Swiss singer Sophie Hunger-who also joined him onstage. The exceptional reedman will present the results of his most recent explorations-and pieces from an album due in early autumn-in L’Astral.

Marc Copland with Gary Peacock - October 26, 8 p.m. - As these lines were being written, we eagerly awaited a first summer Festival visit by American pianist Marc Copland, as a guest of Montreal double bassist Adrian Vedady. We had no idea the poetic pianist was already planning his return engagement, accompanied this time by one of his most illustrious collaborators, bass master Gary Peacock, who performed here with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette in 2010. The two peerless jazzmen will pursue the dialogue begun with the excellent album Insight.

Guy Bélanger, Rentrée montréalaise - October 27, 8 p.m. - This celebrated Québécois harmonica player makes a habit of turning every Festival or Jazz All-Year Round show into a full-on music party-we still have fond memories of a pair of evenings (one with the gals, one with the guys) in L’Astral in autumn 2011. This intense and brilliant musician has shared the stage with such blues legends as Muddy Waters and Bob Walsh, and now invites us to his Montreal return… and the opportunity to discover a brand new album.

Émilie-Claire Barlow - November 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral - This rising star of Canadian jazz, practically an adoptive Quebecer and francophile to boot, returns after her memorable song recital in Théâtre Maisonneuve during the 2011 Festival. She’ll take the opportunity to launch a new album entirely sung in French, an album Miss Barlow had long wanted to record as a gift to her audience in La Belle Province, which has always welcomed her with open arms.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - February 2, 8 p.m. - Founded a little over a half-century ago, legendary South African Zulu vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to global recognition thanks to their collaboration with Paul Simon in the ’80s. Part of the massive concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid with Johnny Clegg and Lorraine Klaasen in 2004, the beloved group returns on the strength of a new album, Songs From a Zulu Farm, nominated for a Grammy Award. An evening of soul-stirring music.

John Scofield Trio with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart - February 12 and 13, 8 p.m. - Considered by the critics to be one of the three gods of the contemporary jazz guitar trinity, completed by Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, the illustrious John Scofield has been in constant artistic evolution and renewal since the ’70s, racking up collaborations and projects with the luminaries of the genre, from Charles Mingus to Herbie Hancock. A regular at the Festival, where he performed the blues and gospel concert Piety Street in 2010, he returns with a trio completed by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Bill Stewart.

Eric Bibb with Habib Koité - March 1, 8 p.m. - This charming American singer and guitarist has built an enviable reputation on the international scene thanks to his solid amalgam of blues, gospel and folk. After distinguishing himself at the Festival in the Guitarissimo series in 2011, he returns to rekindle our happy memories of that date, accompanied by a distinguished collaborator: Mali’s Habib Koité, champion of the acoustic six-string, hailed for his Acoustic Africa concert in the Jazz All-Year Round series in 2011. A summit meeting of two curious, illuminated musicians.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Tickets for these concerts go on sale Saturday, May 26, starting at noon. They will be available from the L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from the Métropolis box office (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or on the Admission or Ticketmaster networks ( and, 1 855 790‑1245), excluding those concerts presented at Place des Arts and Maison Symphonique de Montréal (175 Ste. Catherine W., or 514 842‑2112). For further information, call the Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit

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Please note that tickets remain available for these other concerts:

B.B King, May 30, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA / George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Opening act: Gordie Johnson, Sit Down, Servant!!, June 7, 8 p.m., Métropolis / Beirut. Opening act: Little Scream, July 16 and 17, 8 p.m., Métropolis / An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper, October 1, 8 p.m., Maison Symphonique de Montréal / Susie Arioli, All the way, November 22, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA.

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 thirteenth 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.

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