Melody Gardot, Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander, Stacey Kent, CéU, Tord Gustavsen, Nir Felder, Bilal and Florence K
in the spotlight
Montreal, Thursday, December 3, 2015 — It’s a first glimpse of the program of the 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto! We’re adding nine concerts to the schedule, which will unfold from June 29 to July 9, 2016, in addition to the Florence K show, already on sale. Tickets for these new concerts go on sale Friday, December 4 at noon… although Spectra Newsletter subscribers (register free at infolettrespectra.ca) can purchase them in an exclusive pre-sale starting today at noon.
Melody Gardot — June 29, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — Every Festival visit by Melody Gardot is an event in itself… An absolute revelation when she appeared on the jazz scene in 2008, the American singer-guitarist- pianist and songwriter returns with her magnificent voice, her incredible charisma, a new album, Currency of Man, and her unique ability to hold sway over an entire room from the moment she takes the stage. To say we can’t wait is an understatement…
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis — June 30, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique — Led by virtuoso composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has undoubtedly ranked as one of the most highly regarded Big Bands in the world since its inception in the late 1980s, brilliantly taking on the challenge of championing jazz by marrying tradition and modernity. The group and its illustrious leader invite us to join them in the extraordinary environment of the Maison symphonique for a sublime experience of Jazz with a capital J.
Gregory Porter — June 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — A worthy descendent in the lineage of the great American voices of the ’60s and ’70s, Gregory Porter swiftly established himself in the contemporary jazz vocal pantheon. Compared to Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway, he took home a Grammy Award for his last album, Liquid Spirit (2013), released on the prestigious Blue Note label. After thrilling a Club Soda audience two years back, the artist lands in the Théâtre Maisonneuve to showcase the full measure of his immense talent.
Stacey Kent — July 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — The darling of vocal jazz, American singer Stacey Kent has conquered a huge audience in Europe and America with a sparkling discography comprising several gold albums. She’s back with her latest, the aptly named Tenderly, a lovely album recorded with one of the fathers of bossa-nova, guitarist-composer Roberto Menescal. The menu features timeless American standards steeped in sensual Brazilian influences, a heartwarming musical fusion.
Joey Alexander trio — July 1, 8 p.m., Ludger-Duvernay Theatre, Monument-National — This young prodigy has even more surprises in store! At barely 12, this Indonesian pianist already boasts an impressive CV, with acclaimed performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival, frontpage coverage in The New York Times and fans the stature of Wynton Marsalis; he also opened for Wayne Shorter in the Maison symphonique last year. The young man brings us a debut album, My Favorite Things, leading his own trio, no less. A legend in the making…
CéU — June 30, 6 p.m., Club Soda — One of the hottest Brazilian artists of the moment, the sparkling CéU is causing a sensation with a tropical pop sound dominated by her irresistible voice and intense rhythms grooving between samba, electro-jazz and Afrobeat. After a sold-out show in Club Soda in 2012, her eagerly-awaited return is heralded by a live album, Ao vivo, with a rougher, more rocking sound than her previous releases. A cavalcade of beauty and pleasure.
Tord Gustavsen — July 3, 8 p.m., Ludger-Duvernay Theatre, Monument-National — Acclaimed Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen will release his seventh album for ECM Records in January 2016. His new project is called Hymns and Visions and features a newly formed trio with Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and drummer Jarle Vespestad. The repertoire focuses on interpretations and elaborations of ancient Norwegian hymns, translated into the hauntingly beautiful Pashto language, along with newly composed musical settings for Sufi poetry.
Nir Felder — July 7, 9 p.m., L’Astral — A rising star in jazz guitar on the New York scene, Nir Felder came to prominence playing alongside Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jack DeJohnette. Admired for his creativity and personal style, the musician follows memorable appearances at the Festival in 2013 alongside Mark Guiliana, Greg Osby and Aaron Parks with a show in L’Astral spotlighting his new album, Golden Age, harmoniously blurring the boundaries of jazz, pop, hip-hop and rock.
Bilal — July 6, 10 p.m., Club Soda — A leading contemporary R&B artist and immensely talented singer, Bilal treats us to his first solo visit to the Festival. After collaborating with gifted pianist Robert Glasper, and having worked with everyone who matters in contemporary African-American music, from Erykah Badu to Jay-Z, D’Angelo to Beyoncé, Bilal brings us a 5th album, In Another Life, driving us to a crossroads of futuristic funk, free jazz and soul influences.
Florence K, Buena Vida — July 9, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde — Following the publication of her book, Buena Vida, Florence K decided to adapt the human and literary experiences contained in its pages for the stage. Seated at her piano, accompanied by a multi-instrumentalist, she throws wide the doors on this deeply personal journey to the limits of her being, with a few new songs added in, completing the creative and human cycle that is Buena Vida.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon
- Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842‑2112 or placedesarts.com
- Monument-National: 1182 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 871-2224; 1 866 844-2172; admission.com or 1 855 790-1245 — monumentnational.com
- Club Soda: 1225 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
- L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan): 305 Ste Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790‑1245 — sallelastral.com
- Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 or tnm.qc.ca
To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter (infolettrespectra.ca) and have the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal emailed to your inbox. For further information, call the Info-Jazz La Presse+ Line at 514 871-1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.
The 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 29 to July 9, 2016.
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