Press release for immediate distibution

A highly anticipated return!

Jesse Cook
in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Montreal, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to announce the addition of a concert by acoustic guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook, The Blue Guitar Tour, on November 29 in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as part of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD. This Canadian artist, who thrilled us during the 30th edition of the Festival in 2009 with a memorable major outdoor concert, and then in Métropolis as part of the Jazz All-Year Round series in 2010, returns with his latest show, presenting material from an 8th studio album expected on September 18, along with pieces from his rich repertoire steeped in Latin music, including the vallenato and rumba flamenca, as well as jazz and New Age music. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

With a 17-year career, over one million albums sold, a Juno and 3 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards among his prestigious prizes, Jesse Cook ranks among the foremost virtuosi of acoustic guitar. His repertoire is rooted in an unimpeachably varied stylistic palette, enriched by a musical lifetime of experiences and influences. His versatility and boundless curiosity generate emphatic, comprehensive experiences in fusion and genre crossover, as the massive success of his preceding album, The Rumba Foundation, most eloquently confirms. A great friend of this Festival, where he’s performed since 1996, Jesse Cook was particularly impressive during our 25th edition in 2004: immortalized as both a CD and DVD, the guitarist’s double performance allowed us all to appreciate the talent of an artist in a state of grace, carried aloft by the energy of an ecstatic crowd. He finally returns to showcase his formidable technical mastery and the incredible musical intuition that bonds him with his remarkable musicians. Don’t miss this essential concert!

Tickets go on sale Friday at noon

Tickets for this concert will be available Friday, June 1, starting at noon, from the Place des Arts box office: 175 Ste. Catherine W., or 514 842‑2112.

Please note that tickets remain available for these other concerts:


George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Opening act: Gordie Johnson, Sit Down, Servant!!, June 7, 8 p.m. / Beirut. Opening act: Little Scream, July 16 and 17, 8 p.m. / Colin James, October 13, 8 p.m.

Place des Arts

B.B King, May 30, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Susie Arioli, All the way, November 22, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve / Gilberto Gil, November 23, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Maison symphonique de Montréal

An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper, October 1, 8 p.m. / Chick Corea with Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet, October 13, 8 p.m.


Nils Petter Molvaer, Baboon Moon, September 6 and 7, 8 p.m. / Elisabeth Kontomanou with Geri Allen, September 8, 8 p.m. / Bob Walsh, September 28, 8 p.m. / Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa, October 20, 8 p.m. / Erik Truffaz, October 25, 8 p.m. / Marc Copland with Gary Peacock, October 26, 8 p.m. / Guy Bélanger, Rentrée montréalaise, October 27, 8 p.m. / Émilie-Claire Barlow, November 23, 8 p.m. / Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Febuary 2, 8 p.m. / John Scofield Trio with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart, Febuary 12 and 13, 8 p.m. / Eric Bibb with Habib Koité, March 1, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tickets for these concerts are 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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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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