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34th edition of the festival international de jazz de Montréal

Let the festivities begin: the 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday, July 7!

Bring the family to the Festival!

The festivities begin every day at 11 a.m. with an array of activities created specifically for the entire family! At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, La Petite école du jazz, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan, invites kids of all ages to join in a dynamic and interactive musical initiation, starring Ste-Cat, the famed feline Festival mascot, Victor-Jacques Ménard and his harmonic vocal quintet, and James Gelfand and his quartet, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Immediately afterwards, at 3 p.m. on June 29-30 and July 6, families can keep the festivities going and stretch their legs to music at the Musique en famille avec les ateliers Samajam, a playful percussion workshop presented by Rio Tinto Alcan, principal partner in the Samajam stay-in-school project since 2011.

Afterwards, everyone can unleash their surplus of energy in the Parc musical Rio Tinto Alcan, where the little ones can enjoy such activities as building their own musical instrument out of aluminum, enjoying free face-painting, getting their picture taken, and playing on the giant piano. Nearby, parents can make use of the baby-changing tent, stroller parking, and unwind and refresh themselves in our bistros-terrasses and kiosks before stopping by the Festival Souvenir Boutiques, featuring clothes and accessories for children.

Next, the finest young jazz bands show off their burgeoning chops for Festival fans on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage in the series JazzFest des jeunes, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan at noon and 3 p.m. The action continues in the afternoon: high-energy musical entertainment takes over the Place des Arts esplanade, the Place des Festivals or the Lounge Heineken.At 4 p.m., Les Envolées du Festival presents university groups on the CBC/Radio-Canada stage or in the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, just before fans roll into the Rencontres festives, at 5 p.m., featuring two bands playing their own separate sets at either end of the Place des Festivals, then meeting in the middle for a joyous “musical battle”—right in the midst of the crowd! Finally, don’t miss the Blues Camp presented by TD, created in 2007 for young local musicians aged 13 to 17, allowing youths from all backgrounds to benefit from a week-long high-level free musical training program, culminating in their own live performance on the TD Stage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

Circulation on the site

Starting tomorrow, the Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic everyday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 8 at 6 a.m. To plan your visit to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and for all information on street closures, accessing the site by car, on bike, on foot, or for people with reduced or limited mobility:, Access to the site tab.

TD Grand Opening Event

presented in collaboration with SiriusXM


June 28, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

Propelled onto the international scene by the memorable hits Mushaboom, Gate Keeper and 1234, Feist is now a glittering star in the indie galaxy—beloved, imitated, but enduringly unequaled and unsurpassed. With 11 Juno Awards to her credit—including Artist of the Year in 2012, for the second time—the musician confirmed the incredible range of her talents with her most recent album, Metals, which zoomed into the Billboard Top 10. “Uber-cool, untamed and magnificent” according to Inrocks magazine, the album was released after what seemed an interminable absence. We simply can’t wait to experience it live!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

 Pink Martini (tonight and tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. — Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (tomorrow, 7 p.m. — Maison symphonique de Montréal)

 Caravan Palace (tomorrow, 7 p.m. — Club Soda)

 Wayne Shorter Quartet with guests (June 29, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

 Dr. John & The Nite Trippers | Leon Russell (July 3, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

 Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 5, 9:30 p.m. — Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA)

 Oliver Jones (July 5 and 6, 7 p.m. — Cinquième Salle, PdA)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:

Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland June 28, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — Host of the prestigious Invitation series, Charles Lloyd has been a standard bearer for a resolutely free and modern musical approach since the ’60s, calling upon the talents of an array of superb musicians―from Keith Jarrett to Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock to Michel Petrucciani. Back after an 8-year absence, the famed American reedman—celebrating his 75th birthday this year—offers the fruits of his most recent sonic explorations, heading up a redoubtable quartet of Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). It’s jazz at the highest level, tailor-made for the Invitation series.

Chucho Valdés, Chucho’s Steps. Opening act: Bachot Muna — June 28, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA, 8 p.m.— A giant among giants, Chucho Valdés was heralded as “the world’s most complete pianist” by Jazz Magazine. Modest by nature, this son of another renowned pianist, Bebo Valdés, who recently passed away, nevertheless knows how to pay proper tribute to the musicians who influenced him. As proof, witness the brand new album Border Free, which finds the Cuba native exploring the music of the North American Indians and the Arab-Andalusian culture. In his first visit in 4 years, he brings us that engaging album, accompanied by his super quintet, the Afro-Cuban Messengers. Caliente! The evening begins with dynamic Cameroon-born pianist and singer Bachot Muna and his eclectic blend of jazz, pop ballads and Afro-soul.

Garou, Rhythm and Blues — June 28, 8:30 p.m., MétropolisWell, we’ve known about his reputation for a long time: Garou is a genuine party animal! And he’s using his Festival appearance to celebrate his 41st birthday—and for this special occasion, everyone can celebrate with him! Yes, our beloved Garou has decided to turn his Rhythm and Blues concert into a mega-bash, gathering his talented friends… and his fans. His special guests will include Marie-Mai, Daniel Lavoie, Valérie Carpentier (La Voix), Nadja and Julie Lamontagne, who’ll treat us to an intimate moment at the piano with the birthday boy. Spread the word: if you want to party, come down to the Festival!

Tia FullerJune 28, 9 p.m., L’Astral — Born into a family of jazz musicians, the lovely Tia Fuller has swiftly established herself as one of the most brilliant saxophonists on the American scene. After tours with Beyoncé and Esperanza Spalding, this musician displays everything it takes for musical brilliance; witness solo album Angelic Warriors, her 4th, released in 2012. As comfortable weaving spellbinding melodies as she is in the upper reaches of jazz fusion, she headlines her 1st Festival concert.

Charles Lloyd, Sangam, with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland June 29, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — For his second performance in the Invitation series, Charles Lloyd teams up with eminent tabla player Zakir Hussain (Shakti) as well as his faithful drummer Eric Harland to revive a major concert presented at the Festival in 2005. Conceived as a tribute to drummer Billy Higgins, the Sangam project has since taken on the aura of a masterwork, fusing subtlety and refinement. Lloyd finds fertile ground here to deepen the spiritual quest that drives his art. Spellbinding.

Jason Moran, Fats Waller Dance Party — June 29, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe — We were already praising this young pianist-composer to the skies 10 years ago during his first visit to the Festival, and predicting a lavishly bright future. The prediction was spot-on: considered one of the most remarkable jazzmen of his generation, drawing inspiration equally from classical composers (Bartok and Ravel) and the masters of jazz, the artist returns with a tribute to the legendary Fats Waller, accompanied by exceptional collaborators (including Meshell Ndegeocello). Get ready for a dance party like no other…

Charles Lloyd, Duos and Trios with Jason Moran and Bill Frisell June 30, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — For his 3rd concert in three evenings, Charles Lloyd shares the stage with pianist Jason Moran, his collaborator on recent album Hagar’s Song, and peerless guitarist Bill Frisell, a faithful friend of this Festival who needs no introduction. The musical conversations, in duo and trio, will find Lloyd and his colleagues calling upon their remarkable improvisational sense. The artist whom Carlos Santana called an “international treasure” once again demonstrates that, at 75, he is at the pinnacle of his artistic powers.

Muse Hill with Chet Doxas, Brad Barr, Andrew Barr, Joe Grass and Morgan Moore — June 30, 6 p.m., L’Astral — It’s a summit meeting of some of Montreal’s most high-profile musicians, equally sourced from the indie-rock, jazz and folk scenes and conceived by Chet Doxas. Assembling two members of the Barr Brothers (Brad and Andrew Barr, on guitar and drums, respectively), Joe Grass (pedal steel) and Morgan Moore (bass), the project presents original compositions inspired by the American south, jazz steeped in the blues, bluegrass, Appalachian music and sacred hymns: an incredible musical travelogue!

Rhye. Opening act: CFCF (live) — June 30, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Born of a collaboration between two forward-thinking figures on the electronica scene, Denmark’s Robin Hannibal and Canada’s Mike Milosh, Rhye emerged enshrouded in mystery, which only served to enhance the duo’s popularity: they initially released singles online, without any background information, and set off a firestorm of interest on social networks. Ever since, we’ve been swooning over the romantic electro-pop of their debut, Woman, with melancolic-minimalist accents that recall Everything But the Girl and The XX. The evening begins with the spacey electronic sounds of Montreal-based musician Michael Silver, aka CFCF.

The Virgins June 30, 11 p.m., Club Soda — Descended from the Neo-New Wave movement incarnated by the Strokes at the turn of the millennium, New York group the Virgins had performed only two confidential shows when they were invited to share the stage with Patti Smith and Sonic Youth! Five years after a danceable, funky debut album, the band mines veins of ’70s and ’80s rock on their 2nd, Strike Gently. Think of Talking Heads jamming with Tom Petty… and get ready for NYC cool!

Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…

Tomorrow, June 28

Emie R Roussel Trio June 28, 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage — Discovered last year thanks to an incredible free outdoor concert at the Festival, this brilliant Québécois pianist and composer makes a highly-anticipated return with a trio, accompanied by Nicolas Bédard on double bass and Dominique Cloutier on drums. This trio is on the rise, playing prodigiously throughout the province and building renown from album to album… He’s back with his latest, Transit. Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award.

Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers June 28, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage — Regulars of this Festival and the Jazz All-Year Round series, Montreal’s “Queen of the Blues”, Dawn Tyler Watson, and guitar virtuoso Paul Deslauriers return after showcasing their brilliance in an opening slot for Adam Cohen last summer. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the superb musical chemistry of this folk-blues-roots duo, well in evidence on Southland, their newly released album.

Saturday, June 29

Jordan Officer June 29, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lounge Heineken — Notwithstanding his apparent restraint and humble mien, this reserved master of the six-string radiates a formidable intensity. It’s as though the entire legacy of blues, jazz and country had suddenly been channeled in one resolutely personal voice. He’s leaving soon to give New York a shot, so here’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy him in an intimate rendezvous in the Lounge Heineken.

Rémi Panossian Trio June 29, 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — A convert to piano jazz after hearing Michel Petrucciani in concert, young French thirtysomething Rémi Panossian is one of the finest talents of his generation. Having honed his skills in a duo, he now leads a dynamic trio featuring Maxime Delporte (double bass) and Frédéric Petitprez (drums). In their Festival debut, the group will unveil a new album, BBANG.

The Barr Brothers June 29, 9 p.m., TD stage — After their incredible performance in Métropolis last year, our local faves take on a major free outdoor spectacle! Nominated for a Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the year, the Montreal quartet of Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial promise a magical musical moment at the crossroads of folk, rock and blues.

Soweto Kinch June 29, 10 p.m., Bell stage — It’s a first Festival visit by this versatile and talented saxophonist from London. A tough, veteran jazzman—he’s won a number of prizes, including the BBC Jazz Award  he’s also a star on the hip-hop and grime scenes, renowned for his explosive concerts shaking up at will. Get ready for that intensity, as well as a new album, The Legend of Mike Smith.

Sunday, June 30

Le Matos — June 28 to 30, midnight, Savoy — Montreal group Le Matos brings a most nocturnal electro-house, as witnessed on their newly released and excellent album Join Us, inspired by all the right touchstones: Justice, Daft Punk, Jean-Michel Jarre and Giorgio Moroder are fused into the sound of a set with a retro-futurist profile you’d swear had been conceived for the neon night itself. Powerful, hypnotic, exhilarating.

Kobo Town June 30, 8 p.m., Bell Stage — Formed by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Toronto combo Kobo Town approaches the Caribbean calypso tradition with a resolutely modern sensibility and a spirit open to musical fusion: excellent album Jumbie in the Jukebox is peppered with inflections of dancehall reggae, ska and hip-hop. One of the albums of the year according to London newspaper The Guardian.

Jérôme Beaulieu June 30, 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage — The 2013 recipient of the Radio-Canada Révélation Jazz prize, pianist Jérôme Beaulieu arrives with a contemporary jazz repertoire leavened with rock and pop, and a new album on the way. He puts his talents at the service of a noble cause: to uncover a hidden rhythmic and accessible jazz. No surprise, then, that this rising star is collecting his share of awards, from Jazz en rafale to the Grand Prix at the Festi-jazz international in Rimouski! Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award.

The Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo June 30, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage — With both feet set firmly in Afro-Cuban rumba, adoptive New Yorker Pedrito Martinez has no equal in firing up a stage with conga rhythms. He and compadres Alvaro Benavides (bass), Jhair Sala (percussions) and Ariacne Trujillo (keyboards) brew up a spellbinding musical chemistry, crossing Cuban religious chants with the hottest possible batá rhythms. Fiesta with a capital F.

Late-night rendezvous in the Bistro Le Balmoral

Every evening starting at 10 p.m., the Musique au Balmoral series presents free 45-minute concerts without intermission. June 28-30, double bassist Alexandre Bellegarde offers his tasty jazz-world in a duo with a different guest each night. Ranked among the finest guitarists of his generation, Stéphane Tellier moves in July 1-2 for a high-voltage duet with another six-string ace renowned for his fingerstyle mastery: Dan Livingstone. July 3-4, Shlomo and Julie offer their charming blend of folk, acoustic blues, ragtime…. The series closes with Viva Nova July 5-6, featuring singer, guitarist, percussionist and keyboardist Micäel Lüssi and a repertoire of Brazilian jazz, captivating rhythms and elegant grooves.

Fiery—and free!—evenings in L’Astral and Savoy

Beginning at midnight, nighthawks can cut loose on the dancefloor in L’Astral or in the Savoy du Métropolis! L’Astral lights up into the wee hours with the Open House series, where the Speakeasy Electro Swing soirées, born in semi-secrecy in a Montreal loft three years ago, get nighthawks dancing up a storm from June 28 to 30. July 1-3, S. MOS & Friends of France load in the keyboards, turntables and other machines, fusing the smoothest rap flows with the finest in jazz rhythms. Then, the hottest Franco-Anglo duo on the Montréal reggae-dub scene, Sud-West Ghostbeard & Poirier, take up the baton July 4-7 with one marching order: get everyone dancing until they can dance no more! Meanwhile, in the Nightcap Heineken series in the Savoy, Montreal combo Le Matos set the tone June 28-30 with their electro-house nocturne. Next, July 1-3, local groovemasters Afrodizz, specializing in high-octane Afrobeat and funk. Papagroove close things out July 4-7 with the wild rhythms of their fresh-baked album, Civilized Ghetto!

Changes to the program

Baterimba’s concert, scheduled for Lounge Heineken on June 28 at 5 and 7 p.m., is cancelled. It will be replaced by Dan Livingstone and the Griffintown Jug Addicts.

The new billing for The Herbaliser’s concert, scheduled on Saturday, June 29 in Club Soda at 11 p.m., is: The Herbaliser with guests Ghettosocks and Timbuktu.

The Sharon Jones concert (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, special guests: James Hunter and his musicians) scheduled on July 3, 8:30 p.m. in Métropolis, is cancelled.

The concerts by sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque scheduled for July 4 and 5, 7 p.m., in the Maison symphonique de Montréal, are cancelled due to insurmountable logistical difficulties.

Australian group The Cat Empire (opening act: Colin Moore) has added a second concert on July 2, 8:30 p.m., in Métropolis to the already announced show scheduled for July 5, same time and venue.

Wayne Shorter Quartet’s 80th Birthday Celebration with guests, announced in the pamphlet at 8 p.m. on June 29 in Théâtre Maisonneuve, will begin at 7 p.m.

For its concert scheduled on July 2 at 9:30 p.m. in Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Quartet will include Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and Ugonna Okegwo, instead of Eric Revis and Justin Faulkner, as announced in the program. 

The Envolées du Festival series will present university bands on the CBC/Radio-Canada Stage, with exceptions on June 28 and July 2-5, when they will perform on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins.

Venue changes for concerts by Courtney Pine and Youn Sun Nah: Courtney Pine will perform in L’Astral on June 30 in the Le Club series, exclusively at 9:30 p.m. Youn Sun Nah will perform in Théâtre Jean-Duceppe as part of the Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series, also at 9:30 p.m.

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