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33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Last weekend of the Festival!

A new season of Jazz All-Year Round awaits us!

The Festival ends Saturday night, but the jazz keeps on going in the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD. A rich and diverse program awaits Montrealers, presenting a menu featuring jazz-of course!-but also world music, blues, folk and electronica, with concerts scheduled right into next spring!

Many shows have already been announced at L’Astral, Métropolis and Place des Arts, including Beirut (opening act: Little Scream, July 16 and 17), Nils Petter Molvaer, Baboon Moon (September 6 and 7), Elisabeth Kontomanou with Geri Allen (September 8), Bob Walsh (September 28), Ben Harper (October 1), Chick Corea with Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet (October 13), Colin James (October 13), Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa (October 20), Erik Truffaz (October 25), Marc Copland with Gary Peacock (October 26), Guy Bélanger (October 27), Susie Arioli (November 22), Gilberto Gil (November 23), Emilie-Claire Barlow (November 23), Jesse Cook (November 29), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Febuary 2), John Scofield Trio with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart (Febuary 12 and 13), Eric Bibb with Habib Koité (March 1). And there’s more to come! For details on the programming and to get tickets, please visit montrealjazzfest.com or call the La Presse Info-Jazz line.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event


Saturday, July 7, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

One is an intellectual working on a Ph. D. in French literature. The other rocks perfect ghetto style behind his keyboard. Together, they shake up the most explosive cocktail on the Montreal electro-funk scene! The duo of P-Thugg and Dave 1, self-described as the sole Jewish-Arab collaboration in history, rock the modern ballroom with synth grooves, guitar and talkbox, and a slick, suave look. Their recipe? 100% positive energy, a sexy-cool attitude and irresistible beats that blast us into the electro-funk stratosphere. In their final Montreal show before the release of a 4th album, they’ll perform with a choir and string section for the very first time!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have been sold:

♫ Tord Gustavsen Trio with Håkon Kornstad and Jarle Vespestad (July 5, 6 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Liza Minnelli (July 5, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)

Fortin-Léveillé-Donato-Nasturica (July 6, 6 p.m., L’Astral)

♫ Seal (July 6, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)

♫ Ranee Lee (July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral)

♫ Norah Jones. Opening act: Jim Campilongo Trio (July 7, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)

♫ Molly Johnson (July 7, 9 p.m. - L’Astral)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:

Médéric Collignon - Tonight, 9 p.m., L’Astral - Armed with his favourite instrument, the cornet, this “uncategorizable” artist transforms everything he touches, blithely blending genres and eras, fearlessly plunging into beatbox rhythms or electronica in pursuit of his unbounded musical ambitions. Set him loose on the music of Ennio Morricone or such classics as Porgy and Bess, and he shatters the boundaries of jazz. An explosive musical cocktail from the Artist of the Year at the 2010 Victoires du Jazz.

Oliver Jones and Peter Appleyard - Tonight, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - With every appearance, the great Oliver Jones offers us, in sight and sound, the very finest the piano has to offer. A true giant of jazz, he returns after his vibrant tribute to Oscar Peterson last year. For this exceptional concert, this Montreal icon will offer pieces from his own repertoire, joined by another living legend with whom he shared a Festival stage in 1999: vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pillar of the Canadian jazz scene who collaborated with such major names as Calvin Jackson and Benny Goodman, and who will be presented with the 2012 Oscar Peterson Award.

Piers FacciniTonight, 10 p.m., Club Soda - They say you only have to hear this singer once to fall completely under his spell… just ask anyone who caught his show in L’Astral in 2010! A troubadour who sings in hushed, soulful tones drawing the listener in, Piers Faccini draws inspiration from the most noble sources (Ali Farka Touré, Bob Dylan, Caetano Veloso…) and brings a vast colour palette to his music (he’s also a painter!). His 4th opus, My Wilderness, offers amply proof.

Deltron 3030. Opening act: Nomadic Massive - Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis - Rarely has a supergroup delivered as much promise as this one! Imagine the combined talents of Dan The Automator, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and our own local hero Kid Koala, firing up a hip hop as groovy as it is futurist, as danceable as it is trippy! The group’s first CD, released in 2000, is widely considered a classic of the genre, and the follow-up is due just in time for the Festival! Vertical lift-off guaranteed! Opening the evening, after last year’s dazzling success in the Savoy, welcome back the hip hop combo that soars beyond all musical boundaries, with a UN-worthy songbook in French, English, Creole, Arab and Spanish: Nomadic Massive!

Timber Timbre - Tomorrow, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - Timber Timbre weaves a blend of folk, pop, blues and doo-wop of strange beauty. With their most recent album, the spectral Creep On Creepin’ On, singer and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Kirk conjures a young Leonard Cohen if he’d been dropped into an episode of Twin Peaks. You get the idea. After having handled opening sets for Feist on her American tour, the Montreal-based trio creeps into the Festival for the very first time. Prepare to be spellbound.

The Rat Pack Is Back! - July 7, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - Now strollin’ and finger-poppin’ into the Festival after having conquered MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, it’s the show that’s toured the world… and has enjoyed a 13-year Las Vegas run! The North American troupe has taken joyful precision in faithfully recreating the famed shows by the quartet-Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop-in the 1960s. The magisterial songs, the comic skits and a 12-piece orchestra transport us back to the Vegas of the era, a larger-than-life ring-a-ding-ding from Come Fly With Me to That’s Amore to Mr. Bojangles and more!

Dorantes, Renaud Garcia-Fons and Theodosii Spassov, Free Flamenco Trio - July 7, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal - Spain’s David Peña Dorantes (piano)-who caused a sensation at the TNM two years ago-French Catalonian Renaud Garcia-Fons (double bass), Bulgarian Theodosii Spassov (on kaval, the Bulgarian flute you’d swear had been specially created for flamenco), and, as a special treat, percussionist Tete Peña-have poured their passion into a freer approach to flamenco. But take note: not free in the sense of the musical whatever attempted by some musicians; rather, a musical libertad that calls for abolishing constraints, drawing inspiration from the older generation, the very essence of flamenco. As an added pleasure, the evening will open with the formidable Renaud Garcia-Fons, solo. We’re already trembling with anticipation at the idea of hearing all this in the magical acoustics of the Maison symphonique…

Dirty Projectors. Opening act : Purity Ring - July 7, 10 p.m., SAT - It’s a first Festival appearance for this experimental pop-rock group from Brooklyn that will leave you jaw-dropped. Sought out by David Byrne and Björk, the band is led by brilliant and capricious composer Dave Longstreth, a savant with a mad streak who conceives and creates the most improbable stylistic collisions. Aggressive rock and classical music, African polyrhythms and bubblegum pop, nothing is beyond his interest or their ability. Such albums as Slaves’ Graves & Ballads, Rise Above and Bitte Orca offer the stunning proof.

Lorraine Desmarais Trio, Couleurs de lune - July 7, 10:30 p.m., Gesù Centre de créativité - This internationally renowned Québécois pianist and composer has performed at the Festival on over 20 occasions since her remarkable debut in 1983. Winner of the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award, Lorraine Desmarais has shared the stage with some of the greatest jazzmen on the planet, from Kenny Wheeler to Chick Corea to Dave Brubeck. After a memorable solo piano concert in Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur in 2010, the artist returns to us with her trio.

Battle of the Bands: The Duke Ellington Orchestra vs. The Count Basie Orchestra - July 8, 2 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA - Closing concert - It’s a guaranteed red-carpet trip down memory lane with this unique spectacle taking us all back to the era of the great ballrooms of New York City in the late 1930s! This 5th edition of the Battle of the Bands faces off two legendary groups facing one another for the very first time: on our left, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, conducted by Paul Mercer Ellington (Duke’s grandson). On our right, conducted by Bill Hughes, the Count Basie Orchestra. And first and foremost, the music! Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…

Tonight, July 5

Gypsophilia -8 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage - Former Atlantic Jazz Festival programmer Adam Fines and his joyous Halifax band are back for more gypsy love in 2012! Acclaimed in their last two visits to the Festival in 2009 and 2010, these 7 devotees of the legendary Django Reinhardt released a 3rd album, Constellation, in 2011. Their gypsy jazz straddles indie rock, klezmer, funk, bebop and even classical music, charming audiences and packing dancefloors everywhere they go! More, more, more!

La Chiva Gantiva - 8 p.m., Bell Stage - La Chiva Gantiva sounds like a friendly musical sparring match between Manu Chao and Mano Negra, a lesson in ancestral Colombian music, a funk demonstration, with Yiddish musical accents… in the final analysis, one big multicultural ball of musical passion. Now based in Belgium but still proudly Colombian, this combo is pure pleasure, with a sparkling debut album, Pelao, that will have you dancing until your knees wobble.

Jim Zeller and Carl Tremblay - 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage - For this memorable concert, legendary harmonica wizards-and longtime friends-Jim Zeller and Carl Tremblay throw down a diabolical harp duel that’s sure to light up the night. Armed with their unique instrumental mastery and blues passion, they’ll take 10 paces, draw their “weapons”, and match riff for riff and talent for talent until they’re out of bullets… er, breath. May the best man win!

Tomorrow, July 6

Finissants du Camp de blues - 6 p.m., scène TD - A group of some 50 young musicians aged 13 to 17, chosen for their interest, talent and passion, enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Over the course of a rich and revealing week, this new generation of burgeoning players honed their technique and understanding in the company of devoted music and education professionals. Come watch, hear and learn about the future of our local jazz!

Orgone - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD Stage - Orgone have one mission: to make us dance, and dance some more. All resistance is futile: this in-demand Angeleno collective (known for their collaborations with Cee Lo Green, Alicia Keys, Estelle…) has the means to achieve their ambition. With more than 300 performances to their credit in 2011, this road-hardened troupe seems to literally live for and on the stage. Their exhilarating blend of Afrobeat, R&B, soul, funk and psychedelica will lift you up… and land you right on your butt!

Saturday, July 7

Winner of the TD Grand Jazz Award - 6 p.m., TD Stage - Created in 1982, the Concours de Jazz (the TD Grand Jazz Award since 2010) annually honours the Canadian jazz group that has most distinguished itself from among those registered in the contest and presented in performance as part of the outdoor program. On Saturday night, come on down and watch the happy winners in live performance on the outdoor mainstage. It’s an opportunity to catch our local future jazz stars!

Oli Brown - 7, 7 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage - Since the release of their 2008 debut album Open Road, Oli Brown and his band-Wayne Proctor on drums and Scott Barne on bass-have made their mark on the international blues scene. Named Band of the year at the 2011 British Blues Awards, the UK blues sensation heads to Montreal for the first time to showcase their brand-new album, Here I Am.

Osaka Monaurail - 8 p.m. - Rio Tinto Alcan Stage - It’s funk… from Japan! We’ve no idea what the late James Brown thought of this joyous band of musicians from Osaka named after his track (It’s Not the Express) It’s the J.B’s. Monaurail, but we’ll guess he would have been proud. Yes, Osaka Monaurail is the real deal, and this combo of always impeccably dressed Japanese true believers has been burning up stages worldwide for 20 years. And guess what? They throw it down with the same fiery funkitude they had on Day One! Their first appearance in Canada!

The Bart Walker Band - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage - Originally from Nashville, Bart Walker drives a pure blues sound descended from B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. With his debut album Who I Am, the young virtuoso has established himself as one of the most promising guitarists of his generation and taken home the prestigious Albert King Award. He’ll be accompanied here by bassist Paul Ossola, drummer Lynn Williams and none other than keyboardist Reese Wynans.

BlackMahal - 10 p.m., Bell Stage - You won’t find a better definition of “culture shock” this year than the one offered by California outfit BlackMahal. Led by colourful percussionist and singer Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, the troupe shakes‘n’stirs hip hop and Punjabi music (and jazz and funk) with an especially contagious enthusiasm. A standout during the cultural program at the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010, BlackMahal presents its turbaned groove here for the very first time.

Late-night rendezvous in the Bistro Le Balmoral

Late-night jazzophiles will find their fix at 10 p.m. and midnight in the free concerts of the Musique au Balmoral series presented by SiriusXM, while satisfying their cravings with the delectable offerings on the Bistro menu. The series wraps up with one of the most popular guitarists in Montreal, Thomas Carbou solo; the 8-string specialist navigates between jazz, world music, folk, chanson and electronic music, digging into pieces from his 12-album repertoire, including his latest, Hekátê II.

Jazz passion in its purest form: the jam sessions

Until July 7, 11 p.m., Salon Inspiration, Hyatt Regency Montreal

Now a well-established Festival tradition, the Jam Sessions presented by SiriusXM welcome all true devotees of jazz. Returning to the hushed and intimate ambience of the Hyatt after two years in L’Astral, this year’s Jams Sessions roll out 10 days of creativity and passion helmed by a longtime musical friend: versatile pianist John Roney, winner of the 2011 Galaxie Rising Star Award, as superbly skilled orchestrating chamber music for the Silverbirch String Quartet as he is arranging songs for the film Les Triplettes de Belleville.

Changes to the program

The Musique au MAC series, scheduled in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal at 8 p.m, has been relocated to the Théâtre de Quat’sous, 100 Des Pins Ave. E,. at 8:30 p.m.:

  • Mesparrow, tonight
  • MisjaFitzgeraldMichel, A Portrait of Nick Drake, tomorrow and Saturday, July 7

The Dirty Projectors concert (opening act: Purity Ring) scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 10 p.m., at Club Soda is relocated at SAT (Société des arts technologiques, 1195 St. Laurent Blvd.) on the same day at the same time. Tickets purchased for Club Soda will be accepted at SAT.

The Music Is My Sanctuary 5th Year Anniversary evening, scheduled July 7 at 10 p.m, in SAT, is relocated to Metropolis (free admission).

Circulation and security on the site

The Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic everyday until July 7 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 8 at 6 a.m. To plan your visit to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and for all information on street closures, accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot: montrealjazzfest.com, Access to the site tab.

Catch the Festival, day by day

Fans can experience the Festival live on social networks Facebook (facebook.com/festival.jazz.montreal) and Twitter (twitter.com/#!/MtlJazzFestival), where they can access daily program reminders and updates, and all the latest news.

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