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Emeli Sandé, The Django Reinhardt AllStars, Zachary Richard, Sagapool, Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers…
New surprises
for Jazz All-Year Round!

Montreal, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - And now the Jazz All-Year Round program, presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD, gets even better! This time, we’ve added seven different new concerts, including a special free evening! Tickets for these concerts are already on sale.

Emeli Sandé - November 24, 8 p.m., Métropolis - After missing out on her this summer, this music phenomenon finally arrives here, and in a bigger venue than originally planned-she’ll be headlining the fabulous Métropolis! An immense voice, gorgeous original compositions and lavish musical arrangements: they’ve sent Scottish soul and R&B singer Emeli Sandé out to world conquest and rocketed her critically-acclaimed first album, Our Version of Events, to the top of the UK charts. The singer who draws inspiration form Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell just wowed the entire world by performing at the opening AND closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games.

In L’Astral

Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers - October 17, 8 p.m. - Fixtures of the Festival and the Jazz All-Year Round series, “Queen of Montreal blues” Dawn Tyler Watson and guitar virtuoso Paul Deslauriers are back after an impressive opening set for fellow Montrealer Adam Cohen at Métropolis last summer. What better opportunity to enjoy the folk-blues-roots duo’s superb musical chemistry than in the intimate settings of L’Astral.

Eleni Mandell - October 18, 8 p.m. - Montreal adores Eleni Mandell. With her hurtin’ voice, her bittersweet lyrics, her warm arrangements and melancholy air, the American singer-songwriter roams the borders of folk, blues, jazz and country-and ventures in a poppier direction on her brand new album I Can See the Future. Expect music for a rainy day when the lovely Mandell returns to a city that’s almost a second home after a three-year absence.

Zachary Richard - October 19, 8 p.m. - Zachary Richard has always been very vocal about the special ties that bound him to his fans in La Belle Province. Over the years, the singer-songwriter made sure every one of his visits here delivered something special: from his wonderful TNM-residence a few years back to his string of concerts at PdA’s Cinquième Salle, as part of the 30th edition of the Festival, or his memorable performance at the Grande Soirée Mardi Gras two years ago. A faithful friend of the Festival, the Louisiana-born troubadour returns with the Montreal premiere of a cross-Québec tour that promises old favorites and new songs from his upcoming October 9 album. A real treat.

Sagapool - November 14, 8 p.m. - Four years after their first (and only) Festival performance, Montreal-based sextet Sagapool are back, fresh from their recent tour across North America and Europe. Alexis Dumais, Guillaume Bourque, Luzio Altobelli, Marton Maderspach, Zoé Dumais and Dany Nicolas will perform songs from their new self-titled album released last March. Expect a display of virtuosity and creativity, between Nu-Jazz and world music, with a cinematographic feel.

The Django Reinhardt AllStars - November 21 & 22, 8 p.m. - Almost 60 years after his death, the great Django Reinhardt is still considered the king of Gypsy jazz, a style more in vogue than ever. So much so, that New York decided to host an entire annual festival, the Django Reinhardt Festival, devoted to the genre and its creator. Two years after their successful three-night residence at L’Astral, some of the finest Manouche players are back for two consecutive evenings of irresistible swing and romantic melodies. Let’s welcome Django disciples Dorado Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, Francko Mehrstein and Xavier Nikq.

A free evening of “Revelations” in L’Astral

Stanley Péan and the 5th anniversary of Révélations jazz! - October 4, 8 p.m. - Free with pass available from Espace musique - Presented by Stanley Péan, the Radio-Canada jazz “Révélations” from the past five years of the radio program will unite to play pieces from their respective repertoires together, as well as some of the grand standards of the genre. All combinations are possible between pianists Chantale Gagné and Rafael Zaldivar, double bassist Brandi Disterheft, saxophonist Samuel Blais and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin! This remarkable event, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Révélations Radio-Canada jazz, is produced and will be recorded by Espace musique.

The Festival de Jazz on tour with John Scofield and Rafael Zaldivar

And don’t forget that the Festival is getting ready to embark on its musical cross-Québec tour for a 4th year. This time, renowned American guitarist John Scofield will crisscross the province accompanied by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Bill Stewart, and, as opening act, THE new Montreal sensation of jazz piano, Rafael Zaldivar: Montreal, February 12 and 13, 2013 in L’Astral, as well as Gatineau on February 6, Sainte-Thérèse on February 7, Victoriaville on February 8, Shawinigan on February 9, Québec on February 11, L’Assomption on February 14, Sherbrooke on February 15, Valleyfield on February 16 and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on February 17.

Tickets already on sale

Tickets are on sale now. They 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). 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:
(Tickets already on sale, details at


Colin James, October 13, 8 p.m.

Place des Arts

Susie Arioli, All the Way, November 22, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve / Gilberto Gil, November 23, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve / Jessie Cook, November 29, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

Maison symphonique de Montréal

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

Gesù - Centre de créativité

Harry Manx, November 16, 8 p.m.


Nils Petter Molvaer, September 6 & 7, 8 p.m. / Elisabeth Kontomanou with Geri Allen, September 8, 8 p.m. / Bob Walsh, September 28, 8 p.m. / Wax Tailor, October 10, 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, October 27, 8 p.m. / Emilie-Claire Barlow, November 23, 8 p.m. / Carol Welsman, November 30, 8 p.m. / Kim Churchill, December 4, 8 p.m. / Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Febuary 2, 8 p.m. / John Scofield Trio with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart, Febuary 12 & 13, 8 p.m. / Eric Bibb with Habib Koité, March 1, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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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