Press release for immediate distribution

Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones and Selvaganesh

of Remember Shakti add their talents to Miles From India

Montreal, Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - For its 30th edition and as part of the Miles From India concert, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pleased to welcome famed Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones and illustrious Indian percussionist Selvaganesh, member of the group Remember Shakti. The Miles From India concert, a nod to jazz legend Miles Davis uniting renowned Indian musicians with established American jazzmen, will be held Saturday, July 4, 2009, at 9:30 p.m., in Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, as part of the Grands concerts TD Canada Trust series. Tickets are already on sale.

American Darryl Jones was barely into his twenties when he joined Miles Davis’ band as bassist in 1983. Rapidly becoming Davis’ protégé, he would participate in the recording of Decoy (1984) and You’re Under Arrest (1985). Following that, Jones quickly established himself in the jazz galaxy, sharing stages with Herbie Hancock, Mike Stern and John Scofield, and beyond that, the entire pop music universe, touring with superstars Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and Eric Clapton. Since 1993, he has replaced bassist Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.

For Indian percussionist Vinayakram Selvaganesh, music is family! He’s the son of T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram, member of the group Shakti and Grammy winner, and grandson of the founder of a music school in India. Selvaganesh established himself as a major talent on the khanjira, an Indian tambourine, and became the symbol of carnatic music typical of southern India. Along with his solo career as a musician, composer and producer, he is also active as a member of Remember Shakti, the quintet inspired by the legendary group Shakti, fusing traditional Indian music with jazz elements, alongside John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain.

Miles From India

Miles goes Indian… or vice-versa? The Festival presents a concert homage to the legend, a major musical project spiced with a delicious touch of exoticism. Inspired by the double album of the same name, Miles from India is a musical fusion of Indian and American cultures. Two groups, one composed of elite Indian musicians, the other of American jazzmen who’ve previously collaborated with Miles or fans, unite onstage for a Subcontinental, spiritual celebration of the master’s music. A remarkable project in its exclusive Canadian presentation!

Participating musicians:

Nicholas Payton - Trumpet U. Shrinivas - Mandolin
Robert Irving III - Keyboards Lenny White - Drums
John Beasley - Keyboards Ndugu Chancler - Drums
Bill Evans - Tenor saxophone Vince Wilburn - Drums
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Saxophones V. Selvaganesh - Khanjira
Darryl Jones - Bass Anantha Krishnan - Mridangam
Badal Roy - Tabla Hidayat Khan - Sitar
V.K. Raman - Flute and vocals

Tickets already on sale

Tickets for Miles From India are already on sale. They are available at the main box office at the Place des Arts box office (175 Ste. Catherine St. W.), at 514-842-2112 or at laplacedesarts.com.

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 more information, call the Bell Info‑Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 888 515‑0515, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

The 30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run from June 30 to July 12, 2009.

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