Press release for immediate distribution

James Taylor

Recipient of the

Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award

Montreal, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to announce the awarding of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award to James Taylor. The prize will be presented to him by Alain Simard, president and founder of the Festival, today at 5:30 p.m. at the Salon vert of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA.

James Taylor will be the seventh artist to receive the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award. Created especially on the occasion of the 27th edition of the Festival, in 2006, this special award underlines a popular artist’s extraordinary contribution to the musical world.

James Taylor’s name holds a special place in the great American popular songbook. Is it for his gentle, sincere melodies, his perfectly resonant lyrics, his unique voice, his subtle and delicate guitar stylings? That synthesis has made James Taylor one of the most highly esteemed and beloved of singer-songwriters, guided by his singular sensibility, his name established among the ranks of the greatest figures in folk music. Transforming the painful experiences of his life into musical harmony, he crafted songs that find an echo in our deepest memories and strike a chord that reverberates beyond time itself. The eternal masterpieces he has added to the pop/folk repertoire and our own collective musical sensibility include How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Carolina In My Mind, Fire and Rain and, of course, his cover of Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend. With a career stretching over 40 years, James Taylor has sold 50 million albums sold and won 5 Grammy Awards. The time has come to recognize and celebrate this icon who expressed the voice of a generation with such finesse, earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His concert at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is an opportunity for devoted fans to bask in the glow of his unique vocal timbre and his timeless greatest hitsand 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. James Taylor, June 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m, in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts (Événements spéciaux TD series).

As winner of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award, James Taylor follows in the footsteps of Robert Plant (2011), Smokey Robinson (2010), Stevie Wonder (2009), Leonard Cohen (2008), Bob Dylan (2007) and Paul Simon (2006).

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