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Robi Botos

Wins the 2012 TD Grand Jazz Award

The Galaxie Rising Star Award goes to Peripheral Vision’s Don Scott

Montreal, Saturday, July 7, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in collaboration with TD-official sponsor and presenter of the event-are today pleased to be awarding the TD Grand Jazz Award to Robi Botos The artist’s trio was deemed best of 9 other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition. The versatility and maturity displayed by Botos and his bandmates made a strong impression on the jury.

The Galaxie Rising Star Award was bestowed for the best composition, the 2012 prize going to Peripheral Vision’s Don Scott for his piece Backbone.

Robi Botos was presented the 2012 TD Grand Jazz Award by Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President Programming & Production, at a press conference, today at 2 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Robi Botos

Born in Hungary to a family of Gypsy ancestry, pianist Robi Botos has blazed a musical trail between blues and jazz influences and his Gypsy heritage. A protégé of Oscar Peterson-he opened for the legend, and dedicated the piece Emmanuel to him-Robi Botos has confirmed his place among the major figures of the new jazz generation with album Place to Place, revealing masterful play rich in nuance and finesse.

2012 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

  • The 2012 TD Grand Jazz Award and a $5,000 grant from TD;
  • The opportunity to present a second concert on July7 at 6p.m. on the TD stage;
  • An invitation to take part in the 2013 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, all expenses paid by the Festival;
  • Fifty hours of studio time and mastering at KarismaStudio;
  • A licensing deal for the manufacturing and distribution of an album on the EffendiRecords label;
  • An invitation to perform at the 2012 Zacatecas International Jazz & Blues Festival (Mexico).
  • An invitation to perform at Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, 2013 edition.

Galaxie Rising Star Award

Galaxie is proud to be associated with the TD Grand Jazz Award. The 2012 Galaxie Rising Star Award is going to Peripheral Vision’s Don Scott for his piece Backbone, considered by the jury to be the best composition presented in this year’s contest. In addition to a $5,000 grant, the winner will have his music played on one or many jazz channels offered by Galaxie. By encouraging these upcoming stars, Galaxie is fulfilling one of its heartfelt objectives.

A springboard for Canadian jazz ensembles

Created in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Jazz Award has become a springboard for local musicians with bright futures in jazz. Every summer, the awarding of the TD Grand Jazz Award has increasingly drawn the interest of the general public, as well as observers of the national and international jazz scenes, giving that last big boost to groups or artists on the verge of general recognition.

Ten Canadian groups and artists were in competition for the TD Grand Jazz Award 2012. Besides the winners-Robi Botos and Peripheral Vision’s Don Scott (both from Ontario)-, competing this year were: the Ivan Garzon Quartet, the Brahja Waldman Quintet, the Jérôme Beaulieu Trio, the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (Ontario), the François Jalbert Quartet, the Rachel Therrien Quartet and the Julia Cleveland Quintet (Ontario).

The 2012 jury was comprised of: Michael Bourne (WBGO New York), Lorraine Desmarais (pianist and 1984 TD Grand Jazz Award prizewinner), Pierre-Jean Lavigne (Galaxie programmer), Martin Roussel (Festi Jazz International de Rimouski programmer), Vicente Rodriguez (Zacatecas International Jazz & Blues Festival programmer, Mexico) and Alain Bédard (Effendi Records president and artistic director).

Take note that last year’s recipient, Alexandre Côté, gave a free exterior concert with his quintet last Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m., as part of Les Gammes TD series on the TD stage of the Place des Festivals.

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