Pink Martini with full orchestra, Buddy Guy, Melody Gardot, Chucho Valdés, Madeleine Peyroux, Susie Arioli, Kenny Garrett, Patricia Barber, as well as Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Eric Harland
30th anniversary of the Festival
The festivities come home for Christmas!
Montreal, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - Sure, the 30th anniversary edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal officially runs next July 1 to 12, but here’s a pre-Christmas foretaste of the musical gifts we can expect next year! These dozen new concerts feature peerless proponents of jazz and its related musics and are fully representative of the cultural richness and diversity that have forged the reputation of the world’s largest jazz festival. They’re certain to light up the eyes of the hungriest fanatic-not to mention making a great stocking-stuffer! An exciting teaser from next summer’s musical celebration par excellence presented by General Motors in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! Tickets for all of these concerts go on sale this Saturday, December 6 at noon.
Pink Martini and Orchestra - July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier, PdA (Pleins Feux General Motors series) - They named their group Pink Martini “because it sounded festive and fabulous!” One listen and you’ll heartily agree! Swing, jazz, classical, pop, all musics-and all languages!-are welcomed by these 10 multicultural citizens of the world. In this highly democratic group, touring the world to SRO audiences, every member contributes a certain something, an aspect of his own cultural personality, with a single common goal: enjoyment! Definitively irresistible, utterly refreshing, they’ve multiplied the potency of their musical cocktail this time out, bringing in an orchestra of 51 musicians! Consume without moderation!
Buddy Guy / Susan Tedeschi - July 2, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis (Rythmes Bell series) - It’s a guitar-iffic blues double bill! On one hand, the legendary Buddy Guy-a Festival regular, and always a fan favourite!-whose high-voltage guitar and unique voice took him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the other, for the first time at the Festival, Susan Tedeschi, with a voice that recalls Janis and Bonnie Raitt and songs from Back to the River, released in November. If you’re a blues-guitar die-hard, you’ll be in heaven this summer!
Melody Gardot - July 1, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (En voix series) - It’s unanimous: we can’t wait to welcome her back! The genuine revelation of last summer’s Festival, her incredible personal magnetism made it easy to forget the terrible road accident that originally brought her to music as a form of rehabilitative therapy. It’s a musical therapy that heals her audience as well, from the very first pop-jazz notes emanating from this incredibly charming 22-year-old American singer, pianist and guitarist. Passion in its purest form!
Dave Holland / Gonzalo Rubalcaba / Chris Potter / Eric Harland - July 1, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands concerts TD Canada Trust series) - Those who’ve seen and heard the quartet find it hard to believe they only formed last year, so completely integrated is their music. When brilliant bassist Dave Holland is joined by saxophonist Chris Potter, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and drummer Eric Harland, we can immediately add the term “extroardinary” to “quartet”! It will be a genuine and rare pleasure to see these four virtuosos united onstage, in a jazz evening no real connoisseur will dare to miss!
Chucho Valdés Quintet - July 2, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands concerts TD Canada Trust series) - After a seven year absence, Chucho finally returns! Although known by all as the Cuban ambassador of Latin jazz, Chucho Valdés will not be confined to any one style, playing as beautifully with the likes of Michel Legrand and Charles Aznavour as he does with the jazz greats. Winner of five Grammys, he comes from thoroughbred stock, being the son of great pianist Bebo Valdés. Gifted with unequaled speed, he is among the living legends of jazz. In fact, Jazz Magazine has conferred upon him the very enviable title “the most complete pianist in the world”.
Madeleine Peyroux - July 3, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (En voix series) - Four years have passed since Madeleine Peyroux last visited the Festival, and how we’ve missed her! After her brief but well-noted participation in the last summer’s major tribute to Leonard Cohen, La Peyroux treats herself to a show in Théâtre Maisonneuve, where she’ll treat us to her repertoire of folk, country and ’30s jazz. With a voice refined by the passing years, she incarnates Piaf as well as Gainsbourg, and reinvents the words, melodies and phrasing of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Joséphine Baker, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell. Often compared to the great Billie Holiday, Peyroux finally returns with her repertoire of favourites as well as songs from Bare Bones, due for release in March.
Susie Arioli - July 4, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (En voix series) - After a country detour with Learn To Smile Again, Susie Arioli and guitarist Jordan Officer return to jazz with Night Lights (5 stars from ejazznews.com, and 10,000 copies sold in a few short weeks!), a new album including the compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Green, Burke / Van Heusen… From Blue Skies to Beyond The Sea, it’s the perfect opportunity to rediscover the distinctive and original sound of Susie Arioli and appreciate the sensibility, symbiosis and subtlety of two artists in full maturity. They’re back by popular demand, after last week’s fabulous success at Théâtre Outremont!
Patricia Barber - July 10, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (En voix series) - With her piano and her deep, distinctive voice, Festival darling Patricia Barber sings it her way. Her latest album, The Cole Porter Mix, obviously dedicated to her icon, validates more than ever the pertinence of her exploratory approach, the singularity of her style. She’s a must-see in concert, not just for the opportunity to enjoy a great jazz singer, but to get reacquainted with her piano, which she sometimes forsakes in the recording studio.
Kenny Garrett, Sketches of Miles Davis - July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA (Jazz Beat TD Canada Trust series) - At 18, he played in the Duke Ellington Orchestra; later, he stood alongside McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller and of course Miles Davis, with whom he would become identified due to an intense similarity of spirit and gesture (he played with his back to the audience, like his mentor). And let’s face it-there are worse musical models! Though he loves jazz, this alto saxophonist is open to its descendants and its musical neighbours, jumping into be bop, funk and pop, passionately claiming the title “free spirit”, an artist in constant evolution. Expect a sublime evening, with music from Sketches of Miles Davis, recorded live in the Iridium in New York, as the pièce de résistance.
Stefano Bollani and Enrico Rava - June 30, 10:30 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité (Jazz dans la nuit series) - Even though 33 years separate them, they are musical and spiritual brothers. The elder, Enrico Rava, is a trumpeter, the younger a pianist. Stefano Bollani was all of 13 when he first attended a concert by the man who would become his teacher, his mentor, his friend. Rava, among the first Italian jazzmen to come to international prominence, would later persuade the young cadet, then at the Conservatorio in Florence, to devote himself to jazz. Together, these two talented Italians have developed a rare symbiosis and a lyricism more evident than ever on their remarkable recent album, The Third Man, released last year.
Please be advised that tickets remain for concerts by Diana Krall with a symphony orchestra (May 6 and 7, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier, PdA) and the Five Peace Band with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Brian Blade (April 28, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA), presented as part of the Jazz All Year Round series.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, December 6 at noon
Tickets for these new shows go on sale this Saturday, December 6 at noon. They will be available at Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.) through Ticketpro-ticketpro.ca, 514 908‑9090 or 1 866 908‑9090-excluding tickets for shows presented in Place des Arts, which will be available at 514 842‑2112 or at laplacedesarts.com.
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