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A historic edition!

For its 10th edition, the Jazz All Year ‘Round series welcomes the largest number
of artists and concerts in its history

Tickets on sale at noon on Saturday, November 21

Montreal, Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Offering at least 60 major names from jazz and its musical cousins and 84 performances, the 10th edition of the Jazz All Year ‘Round series presented by TD is certain to break a record this season, working in greater conjunction than ever with the mission of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to promote jazz, its related musics and our musicians. This remarkable quantity is matched by astonishing quality and diversity: from Emilie-Claire Barlow to George Thorogood and the Destroyers and including Po’Girl, Carmen Consoli, Jill Barber, the Django Reinhardt Festival and Arthur H, it’s clear that this 2009-2010 season reflects the entire jazz spectrum! And as the perfect gift for this anniversary edition, we can all enjoy most of these artists in the intimacy of L’Astral, the superb new venue in the Quartier des spectacles. Tickets go on sale at noon, this Saturday, November 21.

L’Astral

Carmen Consoli - January 6, 8 p.m. - A leading light on the Italian scene, Carmen Consoli is justly considered one of the country’s most brilliant performers. Drawing upon the traditional music of her native Sicily, standards and the sounds of jazz, blues, pop rock and bossa nova, the guitarist creates a multi-layered musical universe, singing of love and drama in her rich, deep voice over the interwoven string lines. With 14 years of live performance behind her and over one million copies sold, the lovely Italian released a 7th studio album in Italy in October, Elettra, a masterpiece that confirms the melodic genius of this great lady of song.

Caravan Palace - January 8, 8:30 p.m. - With over 120,000 albums already sold in France in less than a year, Parisian trio Caravan Palace gathers excellent players on double bass, guitar and violin, all fierce fans of swing jazz and electronica sampling, and expands to a sextet when joined by a singer, a clarinetist and a DJ/guitarist. With their ’40s look, the sextet delivers a jubilant, frenetic music, an unlikely futuristic, danceable and melodic Charleston. It’s a bracing blend of swing and gypsy jazz wired up with electronica… and a guaranteed party, onstage and in the aisles!

Jill Barber - February 3, 8 p.m. - To hear her is to demand an encore. How perfect: after her Festival performance last summer, here she is back to spellbind us anew this winter! Raised in Halifax, she is charming, sexy, has talent to burn and knows how to surround herself with only the best players available. Jill Barber breathes new live into ’40s jazz with her own songwriting-which, we must say, is absolutely exquisite. Bewitching, vulnerable, unclassifiable, her remarkable voice carries a certain timeless quality. Her 4th album, Chances, was written in collaboration with Ron Sexsmith and features a skilful blend of jazz, folk and country that recalls Patsy Cline, Édith Piaf and Etta James. Wow!

Django Reinhardt Festival - February 4-6, 8 p.m. - Fifty-six years after his death, the great Django Reinhardt-who would have been 100 this year-is still considered the king of gypsy jazz, a style more in vogue than ever: so much so, in fact, that New York hosts an entire annual festival, the Django Reinhardt Festival, devoted to the genre and its creator. Some of the finest players from this New York musical celebration bring their irresistible facility with swing and romantic melodies to Montreal to bring back memories of the legend over three consecutive evenings: Dorado Schmitt (guitar), Samson Schmitt (guitar), Pierre Blanchard (violin), Brian Torff (bass) and Marcel Loeffler (accordion).

Emilie-Claire Barlow - February 13, 8 p.m. - Named 2008 singer of the year at the National Jazz Awards, Toronto’s Emilie-Claire Barlow also saw her album The Very Thought of You nominated for a Juno Award! Described as a sweeter version of Diana Krall, this rising star of Canadian jazz returns after her performance at the 30th anniversary of the Festival for a magical musical encounter to the tune of the deliciously titled Haven’t We Met, her latest album.

Paul McCandless, Eri Yamamoto and Yves Léveillé in trio - March 4, 8 p.m. - Since his tenure in the Studio du Québec in New York, Yves Léveillé has racked up the musical collaborations. Joined first by internationally-renowned American oboist Paul McCandless of the band Oregon, then by Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto, recognized for her extraordinarily creative play, he and his jazz ensemble have offered memorable performances in such notable musical environments as the Lincoln Center and at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, garnering the praise of audiences and critics alike. Presented in a grand world premiere, this concert reunites three great musicians with boundless reputations. The program features original compositions by Léveillé, completed by several pieces by his prestigious guests.

Vinicio Capossela - March 8, 8 p.m. - Considered among the finest singer-songwriters on the Italian scene and enjoying a burgeoning worldwide renown, Vinicio Capossela has created his own musical universe, sequestered somewhere between America and Italy, in a musical landscape between Tom Waits and Paolo Conte. Da Solo, his most recent album, takes inspiration from the shadows, where life loses its luster but where secret beauty also hides, and spotlights his piano and voice in ethereal instrumental settings. It is a sound charged with emotion and a gentle madness and, in performance, reveals an artist in full splendour.

Fortin-Léveillé-Donato-Nasturica - March 11, 8 p.m. - Four master musicians, three on the strings and one on the accordion: Luc Fortin, Richard Léveillé, Michel Donato and Marin Nasturica meet at the juncture of two releases boasting rich musical tones and multiple influences, Escale and Fortin-Léveillé-Donato-Nasturica. Fingers dance on nylon strings, across black and white keys, evoking memory, conjuring roadways bounded by musically varied landscapes. A living, liberated music emerges, with bewitching melodies that inscribe themselves in the soul.

Po’Girl - March 13, 8 p.m. - With their latest album Deer in the Night, Po’Girl whisks us away to a dusty ol’ porch in the sunbaked American southwest, then whirls us into an effervescent gypsy waltz. Po’Girl-singer and multi-instrumentalists Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira, from Montreal and Toronto respectively, accompanied by their two musicians-make for a rousing quartet, using banjo, clarinet, accordion, harmonica and then some to weave transporting, turbulent jazz, western, folk and roots melodies. One of the wonderful revelations of last summer’s 30th anniversary of the Festival!

Larry Coryell - March 23, 8 p.m. - While we perceive him to be one of the inventors of jazz-rock fusion-a style he was first associated in 1966 upon founding the group the Free Spirits-the musical universe of the great Texan guitarist Larry Coryell extends well beyond the genre. Small wonder we’ve heard this genuine legend alongside Gary Burton, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin as well as taking on the repertoires of Stravinski and Ravel. Welcome back this electrifying player, an artist in constant evolution, who hasn’t treated us to a solo performance since 2002.

MG3 - Montréal Guitare Trio and California Guitar Trio - March 24, 8 p.m. - Once upon a time, there was a Belgian, an American and a Japanese… Twelve years later, their California Guitar Trio is sounding better than ever. They’re ready for an encounter with the MG3 Montréal Guitare Trio (considered by the CBC to be the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada), already renowned for their dynamism and energy, haven’t been able to sit still since celebrating their 10th anniversary. Together, the “double trio” is headed out on a Canadian Guitar Summit tour, and visiting us with their diabolical virtuosity. Guitar fiends, welcome to heaven!

Susana Baca - April 24, 8 p.m. - Icon of Afro-Peruvian music, Susana Baca has always striven to build a bridge between the cultures of Black Peruvians and their ancestors. Recounting the cultural history of Africans brought to Peru as slaves in her delicate, soulful voice, she shines as brightly in the traditional as in the modern, giving equal importance to her rhythmic influences (festejo, lando, waltz, zamacueca…) and her lyrics, drawn from the work of poets in Peru as well as those from other countries, including Neruda. A musical grande dame to be ranked alongside Amalia Rodrigues and Cesaria Evora.

Arthur H solo - April 29, 8 p.m. - An especially danceable release named Best Pop-Rock Album of the Year at the 24th Victoires de la musique awards in France, Arthus H’s L’Homme du monde takes on a new life under the spotlights. On this 7th album-produced by Jean Massicotte-as well as onstage, the songs boast a groovy, suave rhythm. Guitar eclipses piano, and the charming French singer-songwriter’s usually delirious poetry becomes joyously unhinged. And what a rare opportunity it is to enjoy him in the intimacy of L’Astral!

Métropolis

George Thorogood and the Destroyers - June 5, 7 p.m. - After blowing apart a sold-out Métropolis as part of the 2007 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Thorogood and his loyal, barn-burnin’ Destroyers finally rumble back into Montreal. Genuine American blues-rock icons, creators of such classics as Bad to the Bone, Move It On Over and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, they’ll set the joint jumping to new tunes from their most recent album, The Dirty Dozen, along with the chrome-plated classics of their colossal repertoire.

Finally, fans of contemporary flamenco will be thrilled to learn that an additional concert by Jesse Cook, The Rumba Foundation, scheduled for April 9 in Métropolis (also at 8 p.m.) has been added to the previously announced April 8 date.

Previously announced concerts

At L’Astral

Sara Tavares - tonight, 8 pm

Cowboy Junkies (Opening act: LeE HARVeY OsMOND) - November 18 and November 19, 8 pm

Carol Welsman - November 20 and November 21, 8 pm

David Gogo - November 25, 8 pm

Alex Cuba - November 27, 8 pm

Michael Kaeshammer - November 28, 8 pm

Coco Montoya - December 2, 8 pm (Blue Wednesdays)

A special evening with Coral Egan and John Pizzarelli Quartet - December 3 and December 4, 8 pm (the Festival’s 30th anniversary Tour)

At the Salle Pierre-Mercure

Nikki Yanofsky - December 11 (initially scheduled for November 11), 8 pm

At the Metropolis

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - November 22, 8 pm

Colin James - January 30, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 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 tenth 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.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Tickets for these concerts in the 2009-2010 autumn/winter program of the Jazz All-Year Round series will go on sale Saturday, November 21 at noon. They will be available at L’Astral (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), at the Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), through Ticketpro-ticketpro.ca, 514-790-1111 or 1 866-908 9090. For more information, call the Bell Info Jazz Line at 514-871 1881, toll-free at 1-888-515 0515 or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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