THE STORY OF JAZZ IN MONTREAL

Free walking tours!

An entertaining walking tour through downtown Montreal that tells the story of jazz and its connection to the city from the 1920s until the foundation of the Festival International de Jazz in 1980. You’ll see what has become of former clubs such as Rockhead’s Paradise, the Rising Sun and Chez Parée, clubs that greeted well-known and lesser-known jazz musicians from here and from afar.

The tour starts in front the old Windsor Station and ends at the Maison du Festival in the centre of the Festival’s action. Enthusiastic guide, old photos and music recordings are all part of the tour!

Dates and times of tours:
June 30 and July 1, 4, 7 and 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Please note that the tours are bilingual (French and English)
Walking distance: 2,7 km
Meeting point: 1100 Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue (at the corner of Peel Street, in front of the old Winsdor station). Closest metro station: Bonaventure
End point of the tour: Maison du Festival, 305 Ste. Catherine Street West
Price: Free!

Other dates of tours (charged): on demand
Reservations required (20 places available per visit):
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39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Ani DiFranco joins the Festival’s programming

And other good news!

Montréal, Thursday, May 10, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is pleased to add a show to the programming of its 39th edition, taking place from June 28 to July 7. American guitarist-singer Ani DiFranco will storm Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts for a high-energy show on July 4, starting at 8 p.m. (Grands concerts Rio Tinto). Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 11, at noon (exclusive pre-sale for newsletter subscribers until 10 p.m. today).

A002_C001_01016YAfter a 12-year absence, 2018 marks the triumphant return to the Festival of the mythical Ani DiFranco, the American guitarist-singer whose career spans nearly 30 years, 20 albums, and a number of social struggles.
A committed artist to the very tips of her fingers, which is where her picking rhythm comes from, Ani DiFranco is a major figure in feminist folk.
For the occasion, she is back to present her 20th studio album, Binary, which sees her uncompromisingly tackle social issues over soul-influenced, percussive melodies, in her own immutable style.

Further good news sees the addition of a number of opening acts to already-announced concerts:

  • Jordan Officer will open for George Thorogood and the Destroyers (July 1, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Événements spéciaux TD series)
  • Martha Wainwright opens for Jann Arden (June 29, 7 :30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Événements spéciaux TD series)
  • Hichem Khalfa opens for Al Di Meola (June 28, 7pm, Maison symphonique de Montréal, Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series)
  • Polly Gibbons takes to the stage before Boz Scaggs (July 2, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, Grands concerts Rio Tinto series)

Last but not least, new tickets are now on sale for Ludovico Einaudi’s Essential Einaudi concert at the Centre Bell on July 4 at 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale Friday at noon
Exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers until 10 p.m.

Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
Centre Bell: 1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal Ave.; 1 855 310-2525; evenko.ca

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7 2018.

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Here comes another golden jazz summer!

Indoor program of the 39th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Over 150 concerts go on sale Friday at noon

Montréal, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — As the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal approaches, the entire city gets ready to plunge back into summer… And not just any old summer: a season of music in the street, major festive, friendly gatherings in the heart of downtown Montréal, wonderful discoveries and essential rendezvous! In other words, Summer the way only Montréal can do it! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is once again delighted this year to fill our vibrant downtown core with 150 concerts, where living legends share space with the finest young rising talents, where musicians from all over the world cross paths and talents, where the soul of jazz breaks free at the crossroads of genres and influences, proving now more than ever that the music is vividly alive at the heart of a scene bursting with creativity. The eternal watchword here? Quality! From June 28 to July 7, 2018, the only problem for fans from here, there and everywhere, thirsty for music and new discoveries, is choosing from a crazy range of possibilities. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, April 27 at noon (exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers from Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m.).

“For the last 14 years, TD is thrilled to support Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a world-class event celebrating the diversity of music across Canada and around the world, says Mrs. Sylvie Demers, Chair, Québec Market, TD Bank Group. For ten straight days, our city will erupt with the best jazz, blues and world music and has become a passport to a music-loving community where one can feel truly connected. We are proud to be a part of such an important event.”

The program, venue by venue

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, and Centre Bell

From rock to jazz, R&B, electronica and neoclassical, the biggest musical names from the world over converge on the Événements spéciaux TD series at 7:30 p.m.

Seal

Seal

June 28 / Seal. Opening act: Rennie AdamsThe British superstar takes a most successful plunge into jazz with his latest album Standards.

June 29 / Jann ArdenWonderful pop-rock singer Jann Arden brings us songs from her latest brill offering These Are the Days.

June 30 / Dreamworks Animation in ConcertAn evening to delight children of all ages, with the legendary soundtracks to Dreamworks animated films, performed by the Orchestre Métropolitain and accompanied by projections. Presented in collaboration with Radio-classique.

July 1 / George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Rock Party Tour 2018 — A powerhouse high-energy evening of unleashed rock’n’roll with icons George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Ben Harper

Ben Harper

July 2 / Herbie Hancock | ThundercatA living legend and a young lion cross paths for one unique soiree.

July 3 / Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite. Opening act: Delgres Four years after dazzling fans with their excellent duo blues project, these two pals return with a second shared release, No Mercy in this Land.

Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi

July 4 / Ludovico Einaudi, Essential Einaudi After a sellout concert in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier last autumn, the neoclassical star brings a more rock-oriented version of his repertoire to the Centre Bell. Presented in collaboration with evenko.

July 5 / Bonobo | St Germain A double bill starring two artists who have left their indelible marks on electronica.

July 7 / Ian Anderson presents: Jethro Tull, 50th Anniversary Tour — With 30+ albums and thousands of concerts to their credit, the illustrious UK group makes its debut Festival visit. Presented in collaboration with CHOM.

Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique, CBCMusic.ca, La Presse+, Rouge FM, Boom FM, Virgin 95.9 and CHOM.

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

The Grands concerts Rio Tinto series welcomes an exceptional array of distinguished musical guests every evening at 8 p.m.

Cecile McLorin

Cecile McLorin Salvant

June 28 / Cécile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Opening act: Christian Sands— Peerless singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, accompanied by brilliant pianist Aaron Diehl: two extraordinary talents join forces for a magisterial jazz evening. CBC/Radio-Canada Opening Concert.

June 29 / Ry Cooder. Opening act: Joachim Cooder — The first Festival visit by the legendary Ry Cooder, ranked among the 10 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. A Jazzfest event!

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

June 30 / Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready… Opening act: Davina and The Vagabonds — The jazz diva unveils a revolutionary reinterpretation of American R&B classics.

July 1 / Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Opening act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio — Eight years after their last Festival show, the banjo virtuoso and his Flecktones make their eagerly awaited return.

July 2 / Boz Scaggs, Out of the Blues Tour The icon behind the timeless Silk Degrees visits the Festival for a third time, armed with his new album.

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Beyries

July 5 / BEYRIES | Alela DianeIt’s a 100% female program and a major Festival premiere for these two artists.

July 6 / Leslie Odom, Jr. | Jill Barber — Two singers, two musical words, a program devoted to the artistry of the jazz voice: the impressive Leslie Odom, Jr., a star in the musical Hamilton, and the luminous Jill Barber with fresh new songs.

July 7 / Beth Hart — One of the most engaging voices in modern blues-rock, American Beth Hart presents her newest album, Black Coffee.

Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique, CBCMusic.ca, 98,5 FM, CHOM and CJAD 800 AM.

Maison symphonique de Montréal

The top-flight guest list rolls on with the Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series at 7 p.m.

Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola

June 28 / Al Di Meola The virtuoso guitarist presents his new album.

June 29 / Ólafur Arnalds | Jean-Michel BlaisIt’s a double bill devoted to spellbinding delicacy with dazzling Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds and Québécois pianist Jean-Michel Blais.

June 30 / Archie Shepp Quartet. Opening act: Wray DownesAlmost 20 years after his last visit, Archie Shepp returns to re-envelope us in his voluptuous, sensual jazz sound.

July 2 / Chris Botti — Ranking among the world’s true jazz-pop greats, the star trumpeter returns to delight his vast audience.

July 3 / Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Opening act: Ala.Ni— A timeless rendezvous with the legendarily ageless Preservation Hall Jazz Band, proud standard-bearers of the purest jazz tradition.

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Holly Cole

July 4 / Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter Trio | Renee Rosnes Three virtuoso improvisers assemble for an evening of Indian-inflected jazz, preceded by talented pianist Renee Rosnes and her new one, Beloved of the Sky.

July 5 / Holly Cole — One of Canada’s greatest jazz singers returns with her newest, simply and aptly entitled HOLLY,along with classics from the jazz songbook.

July 7 / Bobby McFerrin, circlesongs —The master of a capella enthralls us once again, marking the 20th anniversary of the landmark album circlesongs. CBC/Radio-Canada Closing Concert.

Series presented in collaboration with The Montreal Gazette, CJAD 800 AM, Rouge FM and MAX.

MTELUS

Feel the need to cut a rug? Groove into the Rythmes series at 8:30 p.m.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

June 26 and 27 / Charlotte Gainsbourg — In her first visit to the Festival, the darling of the French audience presents her new release, Rest: nothing short of a “perfect” album, according to Les Inrocks.

June 28 / Snarky Puppy. Opening act: Tunnel— Instrumental fusion group Snarky Puppy return with their latest, Culcha Vulcha (Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album).

June 29 / Metronomy. Opening act: Duchess SaysRenowned for firing up the dancefloor with their refreshing pop and undeniable rhythms, this British quartet makes its first visit to the Festival.

June 30 / Kamasi Washington. Opening act: Anomalie — Likewise, it’s a Festival debut for the brilliant Kamasi Washington, absolute sensation of the global jazz scene.

Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar

July 1 / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles | Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers A supremely groovy double bill with urbanjazz inflected with hip-hop, blues and gospel from Cory Henry and his Funk Apostles, and José James paying tribute to the repertoire of the great Bill Withers.

July 2 (sold out) and July 3 / Daniel Caesar — Powered by his gospel-infused R&B-soul sound, the Toronto singer lands in MTELUS with his debut album, Freudian.

July 4 / St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Opening act: Con Brio — Leaders of the neo-soul-funk scene, St. Paul and the Broken Bones roll in with their incredibly rhythmic, groovy set.

July 5 (sold out) and July 6 / JainThree years after blowing up on the global scene with her debut, Zanaka, the irresistible Jain returns with a dynamic follow-up.

July 7, 9 p.m. / Geoffroy. Opening act: Clément Bazin The Montréal multi-instrumentalist delivers his electro-pop project, Coastline.

Series presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus, CKOI 96,9 and Virgin 95.9.

Club Soda

It’s a musical trip around the world: Couleurs SAQ series at 9 p.m.

Gogo Penguins

Gogo Penguins

June 29 / Trevor Hall. Opening acts: Jake Clemons — Standing at the confluence of roots, reggae and folk, and influenced by his spiritual pursuits, the singer introduces us to The Fruitful Darkness, his latest album.

June 30 / CMDWN | Nate Husser | Zach Zoya | Naya Ali — Looking for a Made in Canada hip-hop soiree powered by fiery beats? Right this way!

July 1 / GoGo Penguin, A Humdrum Star Live | Moon HoochIt’s jazz that rattles the cage and bursts free from the box: Manchester trio GoGo Penguin with their unique electroacoustic jazz, and Moon Hooch with their savage hybrid jazz.

kimbra

Kimbra

July 3 / Moses SumneyUnfurling the delicate, sensitive soul of his debut album, Aromanticism, American singer Moses Sumney plunges Club Soda into the quiet storm of his musical world.

July 5 / MømeOne of the true leaders of the new wave of French electronica!

July 6 / Kimbra — A major star in Oceania, this New Zealand singer arrives with a sound at the crossroads of pop, jazz and soul.

July 7 / Marinah (Ojos de Brujo)An irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba, hip-hop and an ocean of joie de vivre. Hot-hot-hot!

Series presented in collaboration with Virgin 95.9 and CISM.

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

History and passionate emotion join forces at 8 p.m. in the Nouveau Monde series.

SLAVJune 26 to 30 (sold out), July 2 to 7 and July 10 to 14 / Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV Luxuriously visual, this landmark show transports us to the ancient origins of slave trade, from the segregation of African-Americans to their emancipation, to today’s mass incarceration and modern slavery.

Series presented in collaboration with Rouge FM and CJAD 800 AM.

Monument-National

Top-flight jazz every evening: the Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series at 8 p.m.

June 28 / Chano Domínguez, Flamenco Sketches Quintet. Opening act: Provost-Lachapelle— A fiery jazz evening inspired by Flamenco Sketches, the legendary album by Miles Davis.

MOnty Alexander

Monty Alexander Trio

June 29 / Monty Alexander Trio — Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander brings in his favourite format for a soiree of jazz laced with Caribbean rhythms.

June 30 / Mike Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy. Opening act: François Jalbert and Jérôme Beaulieu Duo — Quite simply, the Dream Team of jazz fusion.

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Terence Blanchard

July 1 / Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective. Opening act: Gentiane MG Trio — A show fusing the power of brilliant renowned Louisiana trumpeter Blanchard with the innovative force of four young jazz pioneers.

July 2 / Carla Bley conducts the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with special guest Steve Swallow — A definitive figure in post-bop jazz, Carla Bley takes the reins of the ONJ for a delicious foray into the jazz standards songbook.

July 3 / Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band. Opening act: SHPIK Brian Blade returns with longtime musical companions The Fellowship Band and a new jazz album with accents from the southern U.S.: Body and Shadow.

Steve Khun

Steve Kuhn

July 5 / Steve Kuhn, 80th anniversary | Vincent Peirani and Émile Parisien — Modern jazz pioneer Steve Kuhn stops by the Festival to celebrate the 80th birthday of an illustrious musical life. The curtain rises on stunning French duo Vincent Peirani (accordion) and Émile Parisien (soprano saxophone).

July 6Melanie De Biasio. Opening act: Alexandra Stréliski Considered the next big thing in jazz since her debut,the Belgian singer unveils songs from her latest, Lilies, a rock-accented jazz set worthy of the greats.

July 7 / Soft Machine — Pioneers of the ’60s psychedelia wave, iconic British jazz-rock fusion group Soft Machine hits the Festival as part of their world tour.

Series presented in collaboration with CBCMusic.ca.

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts

Time for reinterpretations and tributes in equal measure in the RE : création series, 7 p.m.

June 28 / Laurent de Wilde, New Monk Trio — Laurent de Wilde presents a deeply personal, original re-reading of the landmark work of genius pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

June 29 / Mélissa Laveaux, Radyo Siwèl — The singer pays tribute to her Haitian roots with traditional Creole folk songs adapted with grace and sensitivity.

Lucioles

Lucioles

June 30Lucioles, The Dark Side of the Moon — A major project by virtuoso pianist Guillaume Martineau: eight musicians reinterpret the iconic Pink Floyd masterwork.

July 1Jesse Mac Cormack, Is Stevie Ray Vaughan — High-profile Montréal guitar prodigy Jesse Mac Cormack takes on yet another six-string legend: Stevie Ray Vaughan.

July 2 / Number 9, The White Album: 50 Years of Revolution — Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the legendary White Album, twenty young Québec musicians perform the masterpiece in its entirety.

Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson

July 3 / Molly Johnson, Meaning to Tell Ya — Three years after her fabulous tribute to Billie Holiday, the Toronto singer returns with her new album, Meaning to Tell Ya. (not part of the series)

July 6 / Jack Broadbent. Opening act: Tavis E. Triance — With his unique slide guitar style and a solid repertoire comprising originals and reinterpretations of blues classics, Jack Broadbent has what it takes to win over this Festival. (not part of the series)

July 7 / The Jerry CansCombining traditional throat singing, folk and country, this Iqaluit group sings of life in the Far North in the Inuktitut language. (not part of the series)

Gesù

The Festival’s prestigious series of exclusive creative encounters and unique concerts: the Invitation TD seriesat 6 p.m.

John Medeski

John Medeski

June 29 / John Medeski & Marc Ribot TrioWhat can you expect when two pillars of the New York scene—renowned for their virtuosity and creative brilliance—join forces? An evening of exceptional jazz!

June 30 / John Medeski’s Mad Skillet A concert dedicated to the keyboard, starring the elemental John Medeski and his new project Mad Skillet: supercharged New Orleans jazz.

July 1 / Medeski, Martin and Guiliana — The series reaches its climax with John Medeski featuring percussion, joined by two major-league drummers: Mark Guiliana andBilly Martin.

July 2 / Mark Guiliana Beat Music with Bigyuki — Mark Guiliana presents his Beat Music project, fusing jazz and electronica with daring and creativity, accompanied by phenomenal New York keyboardist Bigyuki.  

July 3 / Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet with Gretchen Parlato — Talented singer Gretchen Parlato lays her suave vocals over the American drummer’s beats.

July 4 / Jeremy Dutcher The classically trained tenor alternates between power opera, electronica rhythms and traditional Wolastoq First Nation melodies inherited from his ancestors. (not part of the series)

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

July 5 / Dr. Lonnie Smith trio with Chris Potter — For the opening evening of his Invitation series, the organ master invites talented saxophonist Chris Potterfor an evening of inspired jazz improvisation.

July 6 / Dr. Lonnie Smith, Evolution with Alicia Olatuja, Sean Jones, Robin Eubanks, John Ellis, Jason Marshall, Jonathan Kreisberg and Johnathan Blake — Nine extraordinary musicians assemble onstage to perform Dr. Lonnie Smith’s ultra-groovy Evolution album.

July 7 / Dr. Lonnie Smith trioAfter two wonderful evenings of collaboration,Dr. Lonnie Smith closes out his triptych with an intimate soiree with his trio, performing songs from All in My Mind.

Series presented in collaboration with The Montreal Gazette.

A series for jazz-loving nighthawks tripping the night fantastic at 10:30 p.m.: Jazz dans la nuit.

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Keyon Harrold

June 28 / Keyon Harrold — The extraordinary trumpeter who pushes jazz beyond the boundaries of the genre, between electronica, R&B, blues and hip-hop, presents his new album, The Mugician.

June 29 / Marius Neset  — With his exemplary technique, creative energy and brimming virtuosity, the Norwegian saxophonist makes his Festival entrance with his latest album, Circle of Chimes.

June 30 / Marc Ribot, Songs of Resistance — From partisan songs of World War II to love songs to his own compositions, the virtuoso guitarist offers a concert true to his image: free-spirited and utterly committed.

July 1 / Emma FrankA little bit folk, a little bit jazz and R&B, but always brilliant—Emma Frank presents her latest album, Ocean Av.

July 2 / Gilad Hekselman Trio with Mark TurnerLeading his trio, guitarist Gilad Hekselman unveils a new album dedicated to technical mastery and inventiveness.

July 3 / Chet Doxas, Rich in Symbols — Chet Doxas returns with Rich in Symbols: the perfect balance of jazz and characteristically Montréal indie-rock sounds.

Theo Croker

Theo Croker

July 4 / Theo Croker — It’s a second Festival visit for this ingenious trumpeter, with his dazzling fusion of jazz, funk, soul and even rock and hip-hop.

July 5 / David Binney’s Alhambra Trio featuring Logan Kane and Nate WoodThe impressive American saxophonist, accompanied by a solid rhythm section.

July 6 / Shai Maestro The Israeli piano prodigy presents his new album, The Stone Skipper, navigating between absolute urgency and melodic poetry.

July 7 / Jamie Saft — With his deeply personal project Solo A Genova, the pianist refashions songs by a dozen artists who revolutionized music, from Bob Dylan to Miles Davis.

Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique and CBCMusic.ca.

L’Astral (Maison du Festival)

Concerts starring the most brilliant leading lights of the local jazz scene: TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+ series at 6 p.m.

June 28 / Rémi-Jean Leblanc ensemble with Nir Felder, Rafael Zaldivar and Sam JolyThe bass prodigy heads up a quartet and takes on pieces from his new album.

Simon Denizart

Simon Denizart

June 29Simon Denizart, Darkside — The artist unveils his third album, Darkside: melodic jazz with ambience worthy of the finest of the neoclassical genre.

June 30 / Anne Bisson trio, Four Seasons in Jazz — Seated at her piano, the artist brings her personal approach to the jazz standards songbook, her own originals and songs from the pop repertoire.

July 1 / René Lussier Quintette — The guitarist presents his grooviest project yet.

July 2 / Vincent Réhel Trio, Le capitaine ivre, with guests Sonia Johnson and Jacques Kuba Séguin All aboard Vincent Réhel’s Capitaine ivre, and its “wild psycho-acid-jazz-rock”.

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François Bourassa Quartet

July 3François Bourassa Quartet — The pianist brings in his historic quartet (André Leroux, Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie) to perform songs from his critically acclaimed latest album, Number 9.

July 4 / Felix Stüssi, Les Malcommodes invitent Sonia Johnson, Ray Anderson, Jean Derome, André Leroux and Jacques Kuba Séguin — Passion and jazz power the super-dynamic trio project led by Swiss pianist Felix Stüssi, with his special guests Daniel Lessard and Pierre Tanguay.

July 5 / Jordan OfficerThe guitarist, a Festival darling, arrives with his 4th album, packed with songs inspired by a road trip through the southern U.S.

July 6 / Ranee Lee Octet, Dark Divas The singer brings us her Dark Divas project, plunging into the lives and repertoires of 7 of the most celebrated and fascinating jazzwomen of the 20th century.

July 7 / Emie R Roussel Trio with guests Intersections Armed with their most recent release, Intersections, the Emie R Roussel Trio returns to honour its reputation as a staple of the Canadian jazz scene.

Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique.

Jazz pushes the musical boundaries of the genre in the Club Heineken series at 10 p.m.

June 28 / Guillaume Perret, Free — A solo performance by the saxophonist that fuses all forms of jazz, a musical clash of the world’s influences.

June 29 / My Brightest Diamond — Three years after conquering Club Soda, the Texas singer returns with her sophisticated music, at the crossroads of jazz, pop and electronica.

Bombino

Bombino

June 30 / William Prince Solo with his guitar, the Peguis First Nations artist sends us soaring with his deep baritone voice and his tender folk melodies.

July 1 / Vinícius Cantuária — Singer/multi-instrumentalist Vinícius Cantuáriaelegantly navigates from bossa nova to jazz.

July 2 / Sons of Kemet An unusualformat (saxophone, tuba and two drummers) delivers a feverish music that shakes up jazz, punk, AfroFuturism, electronica and jubilant free jazz.

July 3 / Kellylee EvansWorking in the purest pop and soul tradition, the singer treats us to the utterly original sounds of her latest album, Come On.

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Cameron Graves

July 4 / Bombino — Renowned for his fantastic desert blues-rock, fusing traditional Berber rhythms and rock’n’roll energy, Bombino unveils his latest, Azel.

July 5 / Cameron Graves — A rising star of progressive jazz, the American pianist lands here with Planetary Prince (2017), a confluence of jazz, classical, rock, funk and hip-hop.

July 6 / Lido Pimienta — A musical militant, the singer electrifies audiences with her multicultural music and raw energy.

July 7 / Finley Quaye — Renowned for his reggae-pop hits, the Scottish singer makes his triumphant return to the stage, and his Festival debut.

Series presented in collaboration with Stingray Musique.

M2

A series nestled in the intimate confines of M2: Concerts intimes at 7 p.m.

June 28 and 29 / Wilsen — Ethereal pop-folk, as delicate as the first rays of the morning sun.

Chances

Chances

June 30 and July 1Chances — Offshoot of a parallel project by Geneviève Toupin, Chloé Lacasse and Vincent Carré, this Montréal trio blends indie pop and electronica with a touch of world music.

July 2 / Jackson MacIntosh — With his solo project My Dark Side, the singer unveils the more shadowy side of his intoxicating melodies.

Julie Doiron

Julie Doiron

July 3Julie Doiron — It’s a major Festival premiere for an artist who’s spent 30 years performing all over the world. For this special occasion, she’ll dig deep into her vast repertoire.

July 4 and 5 / Dominique Fils-Aimé — Semi-finalist on La Voix in 2015, Dominique Fils-Aimé presents her debut album, Nameless, at the crossroads of Africa and America, between the birth of the blues and vocal jazz.

July 6 and 7 / Raveen — The latest project from prolific adoptive Montrealer Eric Seguin, Raveen delivered the delicate 2017 album Always: a dreamy ambience in a melancholy, melodic world.

Series presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM.

Bateau-Mouche, Old Port of Montréal

A magical thoroughly musical voyage: Croisière jazz (Jazz Cruise) boards at 6:30 p.m., returning at 10:30 p.m.

July 3, 4 and 5 — Composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist Paulo Ramos transports us to the sunny climes of his native land, Brazil. Reservations required: 514 849-9952, 1 800 361-9952 or bateaumouche.ca.

Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday at noon
Exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers:
Wednesday, April 25, 10 a.m. to Thursday, April 26, 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
  • MTELUS and M2: 59 St. Catherine Street East; ticketmaster.ca, or 1 855 790-1245 — mtelus.com
  • L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste. Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury Street; 514 861-4036 — legesu.com
  • Bateau-Mouche au Vieux-Port de Montréal: 55 St. Paul Street West; 514 849-9952 or 1 800 361-9952 — bateaumouche.ca
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 871-2224 —  monumentnational.com
  • Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 — tnm.qc.ca
  • Centre Bell: 1909 Canadiens de Montréal Ave.; 1 855 310-2525 ; evenko.ca

The Festival on the small screen

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pleased to announce that, through its partnership with MEZZO LIVE HD, several concerts will be filmed and broadcast live. Viewers and music lovers from all over the world will be able to see the live performance of renowned banjo player Belá Fleck on Sunday, July 1. The other recordings of the 39th edition of the Festival will be announced later.

About MEZZO LIVE HD
A world standard in classical music, jazz and dance, MEZZO LIVE HD is celebrating its 22nd anniversary as a force on the European scene, as well as its third year operating in Canada. Thanks to partnerships with some of the world’s major musical institutions, including the Salzburg Festispiele, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz in Marciac, the Vienna Opera and of course, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, MEZZO LIVE HD presents global audiences with some of the world’s finest concerts.

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal breaks records!

Economic spinoffs of 48.5 million dollars in 2017

Montréal, Monday, April 16, 2018 — On the eve of its 39th edition, presented from June 28 to July 7, 2018, by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to unveil figures on the record-breaking economic benefits generated by its 2017 edition, according to recent data from KPGM. These encouraging results allow us to reaffirm the Festival’s impressive ongoing contribution to our collective wealth.

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal reached an all-time high in 2017, generating record economic spinoffs of 48.5 million dollars in added value for the Québec economy and $10.3M in tax revenue for the federal and provincial governments—a record explained by its tremendous performance in the tourism sector. In fact, in 2017, the Festival drew 30% more targeted tourists (whose main reason for travelling to Montréal was to attend the event) than in 2016, who increased spending in our economy. These two increases directly contribute to impressive growth in economic benefits.

In addition to economic spinoffs, it is important to remember that such special events as the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 150th anniversary of Canada represented tremendous opportunities for our governments. Indeed, thanks to occasional subsidies, the Festival has been able to increase the scope of its programming and offer large-scale shows with tremendous tourist appeal. Not only did the population have the opportunity to enjoy unique and spectacular moments and experiences, but also, the entirety of Montréal and Québec enjoyed a heightened international profile thanks to the resulting media coverage.

“We are truly proud to once again witness how a festival offering a largely free program generates so much cultural, social, industrial, touristic and economic wealth for the entire society”, stated Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

“The Festival international de Jazz de Montréal is one of Montréal’s flagship events, making a major contribution to the reputation and profile of the city. Its top-quality programming and unique urban entertainment enhance Montréal’s reputation as a major cultural and tourism capital,” said Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

“These figures unequivocally demonstrate that, of all the Québec events that have produced economic impact studies using the same methodology, as published by the Ministère du Tourisme in May, 2016, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is the one generating the most wealth”, said Martin Roy, CEO of Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI), an association that recently piloted several similar studies with KPMG.

According to these results, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has now even surpassed the Grand Prix du Canada, which generated $42.4M in 2015. Furthermore, the Festival achieved this feat by continuing to offer a mainly free and outdoor program of international calibre, as it has since its inception. That model has contributed and continues to generate enormous collective wealth and build Montréal’s reputation and renown around the world.

There’s no doubt, the collective happiness, cultural vitality and sound economic health of our city go hand in hand! Now more than ever, the Festival is an essential cornerstone of the cultural, economic and tourism landscape of Montréal, today and for the years to come.

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from
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39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

 Additional dates for

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A theatrical odyssey based on slave songs


Montréal, Thursday, March 29, 2018
— In view of the impressive audience response to SLĀV, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is delighted to unveil additional dates for the spectacle. Five new performances, July 10 to 14, 2018, at 8 p.m., in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, will be added to the eleven previously announced. Tickets for these shows directed by Robert Lepage, produced by Ex Machina and starring Betty Bonifassi, go on sale today at noon.

Based on traditional African-American chants, immortalized by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, SLĀV is an odyssey from North to South, a journey from slavery to segregation to mass incarceration, still present today, to finally arrive at the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s.

As director, multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage is internationally renowned for his supremely original approach, upending the conventions of scenic writing, often making innovative use of new technologies.

The cast includes six choristers, and stars incomparable singer Betty Bonifassi, whose celebrated albums Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir and Lomax—vibrant tributes to the spiritual resilience, dignity and beauty of African slaves transported to America—are the core influences of this project.

SLĀV examines genres of song and chant: call songs, to accompany awakening slaves; work songs, to punctuate their gestures repeated a thousand times on railway sites; gandy dancers’ railroad songs, emphasizing the backbreaking efforts required to lay tracks; the less rhythmic field songs, to ease the boredom of picking cotton and tobacco; prisoners’ songs, speaking of lost liberty; and the laments and lullabies, to mark the end of another day’s hard labour, expressing hope about one day being free.

And since the show is directed by Robert Lepage, the subject is richly illustrated: archival film projections, a set design with rail tracks unfolding on the ground and in the air, and traces of secret codes, embroidered on quilts, to guide the fleeing slaves on the underground railroad to freedom… In short, the show promises to be a compelling, visual and theatrical treat.

One thing is certain, this collaboration promises an astonishing staging experience in a grand musical-theatrical celebration of the freedom of the human spirit.

Conception and interpretation: Betty Bonifassi and six choristers
Conception and stage direction: Robert Lepage
Conception and creative direction: Steve Blanchet
Production: Ex Machina
Duration: 100 minutes, approximately

Tickets on sale today at noon

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 — tnm.qc.ca

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Jazz, jazz… and nothing but jazz!

Montréal, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by the TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto,unveils a new series of concerts for its 39th edition, June 28 to July 7, 2018. On the program: an array of artists featuring legends and rising stars, dear Festival friends and newcomers, promising evenings of magical jazz in all its forms. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, March 23 at noon (exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

ThHerbie Hancock | Thundercat Événements spéciaux TD July 2, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — Eight years after his last Festival visit, jazz giant Herbie Hancock once again does us the honour of his presence. Winner of the 1997 Miles Davis Award, this mastermind behind an entire generation of pianists has worked in every style, and arrives armed with a repertoire as deep as it is immense. The evening opens in an entirely different register, somewhere between funk, R&B and fusion, with the Festival debut of singer/bassist Thundercat.

JBLeslie Odom, Jr. | Jill Barber Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto July 6, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Two voices, two musical worlds, and an evening devoted to the magic of jazz vocal. Leslie Odom, Jr. made his name in the smash hit musical Hamilton on Broadway, and heads in with a classic jazz repertoire in the lineage of the greats. And Jill Barber, a Festival regular, returns with an array of her greatest hits, as well as new pieces we’ve yet to hear live.

LS-CropCécile McLorin Salvant Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des ArtsAfter Billie, Ella and Sarah… Cécile! Hearing her voice once is enough to remember this artist who’s drawn understandable comparisons with the greats. Her two latest albums, For One to Love and the recent Dreams and Daggers won this Franco-American singer the 2016 and 2018 Grammy Awards, respectively, for Best Jazz Vocal.

TB-CropTerence Blanchard featuring The E-collective Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal July 1, 8 p.m., Monument-National — Virtuoso trumpeter, winner of the 2014 Miles Davis Award, Terence Blanchard once again honours us with his presence. The New Orleans musician and composer habitually surrounds himself with talented young instrumentalists to weave a modern jazz sound deeply coloured by hard bop and gleaming with technical chops and musicality. Not to be missed!

RISChet Doxas, Rich in Symbols Jazz dans la nuitJuly 3, 10:30 p.m., GesùA great friend of this Festival, Montréal’s Chet Doxas made his name as a reference point in modern jazz by ceaselessly pushing the boundaries of the genre. His 2017 release Rich in Symbols, named Jazz Album of the Year by ICI Musique, represents the perfect fusion of jazz and the characteristic indie rock sounds of our city.

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for newsletter tomorrow, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or monumentnational.com
  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4378 or legesu.com

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Ludovico Einaudi presents Essential Einaudi
at the Bell Centre

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montréal, Thursday, March 15, 2018 — After Place des Arts, the Centre Bell! Six months after his sold-out performance in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, illustrious Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi takes on the Centre Bell this July 4, 8 p.m., with a concert equal to his immense talent. Presented in collaboration with evenko as part of the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Essential Einaudi revisits the repertoire of the neoclassical master, featuring many of the hits that have won him an international reputation. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 16 at noon (exclusive presales for Spectra Newsletter subscribers today, Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.). The 39th edition of the Festival, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2018.

With a 30+ year career featuring twenty album releases, a plethora pf prizes and awards, and concerts all over the world, Ludovico Einaudi is a genuine musical legend.

Ludovico Einaudi credit Ray Tarantino 1993A virtuoso pianist and composer of rare brilliance, he owns the classical music charts, and is the first classical composer in over 20 years to rank among the top 15 in album sales, winning a devoted audience with the atmospheric beauty of his music.

With a legacy of sold-out concerts, the maestro returns accompanied by his musicians in a decidedly more “rock” setting to unfurl an array of his most recent successes, including his latest album, Elements, and his compositions for the films Intouchables, Black Swan and Mommy.

 

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Centre Bell: 1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal Ave.; 1 855 310-2525; evenko.ca

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Jazz, jazz… and not just jazz!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montréal, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto ,now unveils a second series of concerts in its 39th edition. From jazz in every style to world music, soul, electro-pop; from blue-chip tickets to newcomers, from home and abroad, a slew of talented artists are on their way to our Festival stages to thrill us once again. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday, February 16 at noon, except for the concerts by Jain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers (infolettrespectra.ca): tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

KamasiKamasi Washington — June 30, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — A genuine sensation on the global jazz scene, Kamasi Washington ranks highly among those musicians with the brilliant talent to push jazz beyond its known boundaries. With an impressive CV including tours with jazz and hip-hop stars Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill, he honours us with a first Festival visit, armed with his latest EP, Harmony of Difference.  

Snarky PuppySnarky Puppy — June 28, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — We’re delighted to welcome the return of Snarky Puppy, instrumental fusion group led by the charismatic Michael League. After packing the Métropolis in 2015, the Puppy returns with Culcha Vulcha (Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album). And we can’t wait!

metronomyMetronomy. Opening act: Duchess Says — June 29, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — It’s a first Festival visit for this group, celebrated for their refreshingly dance-tastic electro-pop sound. Almost 20 years into a career filled with live festival triumphs around the world, the English quartet is back with their latest release, Summer 08. The only thing left to do is surrender to their groove!

Ry CooderRy Cooder. Opening act: Joachim Cooder — June 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Grands concerts Rio Tinto)Legendary musician, producer and composer Ry Cooder has built his reputation creating music at a crossroads of influences, nations and musical legacies. Named one of the ten greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone,his life’s work is a rich tapestry featuring varied collaborations with the Buena Vista Social Club, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, as well as such original film soundtracks as Paris Texas.

Chris BottiChris Botti July 2, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)American trumpeter Chris Botti has spent several decades ruling the instrumental music charts. With an array of Grammy Awards, millions of albums sold and prestigious concerts worldwide, his style and talent have established him as one of the jazz-pop greats.

Holly ColeHolly Cole July 5, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)One of this country’sgreat jazz singers, Holly Cole recently launched a new album, simply entitled HOLLY, on Universal Music Canada. Featuring such classics as They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Everybody Loves Somebody and Teach Me Tonight, it’s a collection that reveals the dynamism and flat-out talent of an extraordinary artist who brings a personal touch and flair to the timeless tracks of the songbook.

Beth HartBeth Hart — July 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Grands concerts Rio Tinto) One of the most magnetic voices in modern blues rock, American Beth Hart is well on her way to world conquest. Quite simply dazzling in her last Festival visit in 2015, she’s already won the respect of Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck. She returns with a new album, Black Coffee, driven by her powerhouse voice and spine-tingling songs.

JainJain (additional show) — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) Since appearing on the French scene, Jain has caused a sensation. With her multicultural melting-pot pop, a savvy irresistible blend of reggae, electronica and groove, she racked up the 2017 Victoire award for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka.


Mike SternMike Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy
June 30, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) — It’s the dream team of jazz fusion: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy. Each musician in this concert is a virtuoso with a CV sparkling with prestigious collaborations. An evening in Monument-National that promises to be explosive; not to be missed under any pretext.

Brian BladeBrian Blade & The Fellowship Band July 3, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) Equally renowned for his solo work and his collaborations with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter and Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade returns with his longtime pals, the Fellowship Band. On the repertoire: a technically accomplished, languorous new southern-accented album, Body and Shadow (Blue Note).

MarinahMarinah (Ojos de Brujo) — July 7, 9 p.m., Club Soda (Couleurs SAQ) — As custodian of the wild energy of former Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, singer Marinah returns to Club Soda with her unstoppable musical fiesta: an irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba and hip-hop, not to mention joie de vivre. Hot-hot-hot!

Guillaume PerretGuillaume Perret, Free June 28, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)After recording two excellent albums with his group Electric Epic, French saxophonist Guillaume Perret went solo with Free in 2016: with funky grooves and abstract harmonies, impressions of a retro-futurist Africa and post-psychedelic U-turns, it’s a fusion of all forms of jazz, where all influences collide. He performs solo.

Sons of KemetSons of Kemet July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)British phenomenon Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka & The Ancestors) leads this unique outfit (saxophone, tuba and two drummers) into roiling new territory, bubbling with trancey incantations, between jazz, punk, Afro-futurism, electronic and jubilant free jazz. Les Inrocks has compared this magnificently dazzling quartet to a spiritual seance during an earthquake!

FRANCOIS_BOURASSAFrançois Bourassa Quartet July 3, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) Thirty years into his storied career, pianist François Bourassa is considered a reference point in contemporary Canadian jazz. He heads into L’Astral with his historic quartet (André Leroux, Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie) and pieces from his critically acclaimed latest album, Number 9.

BombinoBombino July 4, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)Fusing traditional Berber rhythms with rock’n’roll energy in pacifist songs, Omara “Bombino” Moctar won Montréal’s heart a few years back with the album Nomad, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Last year, the voice of the Sahara and the Sahel released Azel, a more acoustic take on desert blues rock.

JordanOfficerJordan Officer July 5, 6 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)A Festival darling, guitarist Jordan Officer is renowned for a refined style accented with blues, jazz, country and R&B grooves.With his explosive virtuosity, he presents a 4th album, inspired by a road trip through the southern U.S., accompanied by his favourite musicians. An absolutely transporting show!

 

Ranee LeeRanee Lee Octet, Dark DivasJuly 6, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) A Festival regular, Ranee Lee ranks among Canada’s most renowned jazz chanteuses. She now brings us her newest project, Dark Divas, plunging into the lives and songbooks of seven of the most celebrated and fascinating jazzwomen of the 20th century, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

ERREmie R Roussel Trio and guests, Intersections July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)Armed with their most recent release, Intersections, the Emie R Roussel Trio return to back up their reputation as one of the most important groups in Canadian jazz. Racking up prestigious awards and worldwide tour dates, the talented Emie R Roussel and her trio serve up a dazzlingly spellbinding creative jazz, one we’re always happy to welcome here.

Keyon HarroldKeyon Harrold June 28, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — He is the “future of trumpet” according to the illustrious Wynton Marsalis. Match virtuosity with creativity and you get Keyon Harrold, an extraordinary trumpeter who sends jazz soaring over genre boundaries, between electronica, R&B, blues and hip-hop. With an impressive CV featuring collaborations with JAY-Z and Beyoncé as well as Gregory Porter and Gary Clark Jr, he delivers his new album, The Mugician.

Marius NesetMarius Neset — June 29, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — In 2011, saxophonist Marius Neset made a resounding entrance onto the jazz scene with his debut album, Golden Xplosion, drawing comparisons with Jan Garbarek and establishing himself as a leader of the new wave of Scandinavian jazz. Armed with exemplary technique, creative energy and dazzling virtuosity, he makes his Festival debut with his latest album, Circle of Chimes.

 Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter tomorrow, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(excluding concerts byJain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale)

Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. E.; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
Club Soda: 1225 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
Monument-National: 1182 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or monumentnational.com
Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4378 or legesu.com
L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or sallelastral.com

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Two new additions to the program: JD McPherson and Max Richter

Montréal, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 —The program of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD just got even better! In keeping with its mission to present concerts throughout the calendar year, the Festival is adding two new shows to its agenda. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 12 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: Thursday, January 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

JD MCPHERSONJD McPherson

With a passionate, irresistible fusion of good ol’ rock’n’roll and modern influences, singer-guitarist JD McPherson returns with a new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, recorded in Nashville: solid, banging rock’n’roll from an open-hearted artist revealing his fully mature talents as a songwriter.

April 14, 8 p.m, L’Astral

 

 

Max Richter
Featuring the ACME ensemble performing music from Infra and The Leftovers

Max RichterConsidered among the most influential composers of his generation, post-minimalist virtuoso Max Richter upends conventions: pianist, producer, arranger and collaborator, he is also an extremely prolific contemporary artist. Accompanied by the excellent American Contemporary Music Ensemble, he will perform two of his recent works: the soundtrack to TV series The Leftovers and the music of the ballet Infra by Wayne McGregor.

October 9, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com

L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com

Some tickets remain for these concerts

Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
French Quarter avec Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault et Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil — January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral
The Devil Makes Three — January 19, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Too Many Zooz — March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral
Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!

Get the jump on the crowd with the Spectra Newsletterand have the scoop on everything about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series emailed right to your inbox. All the latest news, exclusive pre-sales, discounts … and it’s all free!

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French Quarter and Too Many Zooz join the program

Montréal, Monday, December 11, 2017 —In keeping with its mission to showcase concerts all year round, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal adds two new shows to the Jazz All-Year Round program series presented by TD, beginning this winter in L’Astral. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale.

French QuarterFrench Quarter with Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault and Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil

For the past five years, the French Quarter project has brought the best of the French jazz scene to New York. This year, French Quarter lands in Montréal with saxophonist Yacine Boularès and his explosive debut album Ajoyo; saxophonist Samy Thiébault and his supremely energetic quartet, armed with the album Rebirth; and pianist Perrine Mansuy, with her silky touch and subtle harmonies, accompanied by trumpeter Christophe Leloil.

January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Too many ZoozToo Many Zooz

Born in the depths of the subway and launched into the spotlight by a series of viral videos, this New York trio whips up a monumental “bass house” that’s both raw and incredibly sophisticated. After setting L’Astral blaze last summer (and landing in a Google ad), the group returns for a second blast of unbridled horns and primitive beats.

March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Tickets on sale now

L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com

Some tickets remain for these concerts

  • Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!

Get the jump on the crowd with the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on everything about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series emailed right to your inbox. All the latest news, exclusive pre-sales, discounts … and it’s all free!

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