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34th edition of the Festival:
3 concerts to put under the Christmas tree

Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday celebration

Tickets on sale Saturday, December 1 at noon

Montreal, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — Music fans, get ready to celebrate! These three quality concerts raise our expectations sky-high for the 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, from June 28 to July 7. Music devotees can already fill their summer calendars with concerts starring the Grande Dame of soul, Aretha Franklin, immortal saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who’ll celebrate his 80th birthday with top-flight guests artists, and brilliant trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, leading the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Saturday, December 1 at noon.

Aretha FranklinJune 29, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series) The “Queen of Soul” is back in Montreal, five years after her first (and to this date, only) stop at the Festival ― a performance that thrilled her many fans. The Queen of Soul returns to serenade us with a collection of immortal songs including Respect, Chain of Fools and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Given how rarely the Queen takes the stage these days, we’re truly privileged to have this performance. An absolute musical must!

Wayne Shorter, 80th Birthday Celebration June 29, 7 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series) — What better way to mark the 80th birthday of legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter! During this long evening of celebration―over 3 hours of music!―the guest of honour will share the stage with some illustrious friends. As the curtain rises, Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas will present the Sound Prints project. They’ll be followed by the star-studded trio of Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. And finally, Mr. Shorter himself takes the stage flanked by his redoubtable quartet, here to thrill us anew after their remarkable comprehensive show at last year’s Festival. It’s an absolutely historic concert event!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis June 28, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal (Jazz à la Maison symphonique series) — They’re back at the Festival for the first time since the memorable opening concert presented during the 30th edition in 2009! Under the direction of supremely gifted American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is incontestably one of the most respected big bands on the planet; since the late 1980s, they’ve made a brilliant contribution to jazz by fusing tradition and modernity. Class with a capital C.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 1 at noon

Tickets for these concerts go on sale Saturday, December 1 at noon and will be available from the Place des Arts box office (175 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from laplacedesarts.com, 514 842‑2112 or 1 866 842‑2112.

Jazz gift certificates!

When you love music, you always want more! Luckily, our new Festival gift certificates are here to meet the needs and tastes of lovers of good music. With a $25 value, they can be used towards the purchase of tickets to concerts presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series, in official Festival boutiques and in the Galerie Lounge TD and Bistro Le Balmoral, both located in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal emailed to your inbox. For further information, call the Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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