Montreal, Wednesday July 3, 2013 — Extraordinary bassist Alain Caron is the winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award. The Award will be presented to him by the president of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Alain Simard, during a press conference which will be held today at 1 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (305 Ste. Catherine St. West, 2nd floor), and by Festival artistic director and cofounder André Ménard on stage tonight, at 10:30 pm, when the musician performs at Gesù — Centre de créativité, as part of the Jazz dans la nuit series.
Alain Caron is the 25th artist to receive the Oscar Peterson Award, created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989 to salute a Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in this country and for the quality of his art.
For the first time in the history of the Festival, an artist will receive the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award for a second time: Alain Caron was first presented the award in 1991 while a member of legendary jazz fusion group UZEB. Today, the virtuoso bassist will be honoured as a solo musician in recognition of the stellar career he has led with brilliance since the dissolution of the group in 1992. Masterfully performing on an exceedingly rare instrument—the six-string bass—he has earned international status as an exceptional artist. Named best electric bassist an incredible 8 consecutive years by Jazz Report, winner of 11 Félix Awards, a Gemini, 3 SOCAN awards and recipient of an honorary doctorate from UQAR (the only musician to date to have been thus honoured), Alain Caron numbers over 20 albums to his credit, and has additionally collaborated on some 25 albums by artists working in everything from jazz and world music to pop and French chanson. Over the course of his remarkable career, Caron has recorded with such major names as Leni Stern, Didier Lockwood, Michel Donato and toured with Don Alias, Mike Stern and Tom Harrell, ultimately having performed in more than 30 countries. Artistic director of Les Disques Norac, the label he founded in 1993, Alain Caron also shares his expertise by hosting master classes all over the globe, in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and, of course, Montréal. With a brand new album, Multiple Faces, this poet of the six-string bass invites us to an evening of peerless prowess July 3 at 10:30 p.m. in the Gesù — Centre de créativité (Jazz dans la nuit series).
As recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award, Alain Caron follows in the footsteps of Peter Appleyard (2012), Jean-Pierre Zanella (2011), Don Thompson (2010), Susie Arioli (2009), Dave Young (2008), François Bourassa (2007), Yannick Rieu (2006), Bernard Primeau (2005), Diana Krall (2004), Kenny Wheeler (2003), Lorraine Desmarais (2002), Moe Kofman (2001), Charles Biddle (2000), Maynard Ferguson (1999), Guy Nadon (1998), Rob McConnell (1997), Nelson Symonds (1996), Michel Donato (1995), Paul Bley (1994), Fraser MacPherson (1993), Vic Vogel (1992), UZEB (1991), Oliver Jones (1990) and, of course, Oscar Peterson (1989).
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