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Flagship artists are back
for a grand celebration

Montréal, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is pleased to announce a first wave of names for its 40th edition, which will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Many artists who wrote the history of the festival are coming back to Montreal to dazzle you with their music. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 23 at noon. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).


Melody GardotMelody GardotJune 29, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des ArtsWelcoming Melody Gardot at the Festival always has something magical about it. The magnetic singer-pianist-guitarist, who has been a sensation since her debut on the jazz scene in 2008, really needs no introduction. She’s coming back to the Jazz Festival, one of her favorites, after the release of an album last February, Live in Europe.

Événements spéciaux TD


George BensonGeorge Benson. Opening act:  Kandace Springs July 1, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des ArtsGeorge Benson is appreciated as both a musician and a performer. This expert improviser and vibrant entertainer is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, thanks to his singular approach to the guitar and his strong sense of swing. In the late 1960s he sat in on Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky sessions and also put a personal spin on the tunes from the Beatles’ Abbey Road. The septuagenarian, who released such hits as Give Me the Night, Turn Your Love Around and On Broadway, also collaborated with Gorillaz in 2018 to create the rhythmic piece Humility. The opening act: Kandace Springs, the new darling of the Blue Note label.

Événements spéciaux TD series

Pink MartiniPink Martini. July 6, 7 p.m., Maison Symphonique, Place des Arts — Pink Martini’s “little Orchestra” draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 1950s. Their arrangements of Latin, jazz, cabaret and cinema scores come together in a sound that defies categorization but is guaranteed to get the audience up out their seats and dancing in the aisles. This concert will include the group’s 23-year career successes, as well as songs from their latest album, Non ouais!, an album containing all their French songs, accompanying the audience on a musical journey around the world.

Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta Air Lines series


Alexandra StreliskiAlexandra Stréliski July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts Alexandra Stréliski is a neo-classical pianist and composer from Montreal, whose music carries us into the world of dreams, evoking the minimalism of Eric Satie and Philip Glass. She started to make a name for herself when she released her first album, Pianoscope. From this opus, the Prélude song ended up playing in the movie Dallas Buyers Club, by Jean-Marc Vallée. Alexandra is not new to the Montreal Jazz Festival: in 2013, she enchanted the Cinquième Salle at the Place des Arts. With an already sold-out concert at the Théâtre Outremont in February 2019 and with more than 15 million streams of her latest album, INSCAPE, on music platforms, Alexandra Stréliski is the sensation of the moment!

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

JoshuaJoshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson July 2, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — The saxophonist, composer and conductor Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists. The music performed by his quartet is at times provocative and avant-garde, but also strong and soulful, maintaining a strong link with jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s. It is with great joy that we will welcome Joshua Redman again!

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves July 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des ArtsDianne Reeves is definitely one of the greatest jazz singers in the world. Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding are among the guest artists on her latest album, Beautiful Life. A regular at the festival, the diva honors us with her presence this year.

Série Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto


Steve Gadd Band
June 27, 8 p.m., Monument-National —  Considered one of today’s most influential drummers, Steve Gadd can play everything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon’s Fifty Ways, Steely Dan’s Aja and Chick Corea’s Nite Sprite are so awe-inspiring that he instantly assured himself a special position in the history of the percussive arts. percussion. Which drummer can say that he played with Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Kate Bush and Paul Simon? This is the first time he will be in Montreal with the Steve Gadd Band.

Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal, en collaboration avec CBC Music series


Rodrogo AmaranteRodrigo Amarante June 27, 10 p.m., L’Astral, The music of the Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante known for creating the credits song of the Narcos series combines Brazilian saudade, to tropicália, alternative rock and atmospheric folk. He is currently recording his second solo album, which will be released in early 2019. Do not miss the performance of this enchanting artist!

Le Club Heineken in collaboration with Stingray musique series


Yannick RieuYannick Rieu, John Coltrane, The Lost Album June 29, 7 p.m., Cinquième Salle, Place des ArtsAs part of the Jazz Festival, Yannick Rieu will interpret, in an unprecedented concert, pieces of Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, an opus found in the archives of the legendary John Coltrane. Recognized as one of Canada’s most talented saxophonists, the composer and saxophonist has performed around the world, garnering prizes and acclaim for both his recordings and live performances. An exclusive not-to-be-missed evening!

Re: Création series


Tickets on sale Friday at noon.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

(except for Bobby Bazini’s concert, already for sale).

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or


The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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