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34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

And a new season of Jazz All-Year Round is about to begin!

With the Festival drawing to a fabulous close, the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD is ready to pick up the musical baton, starting right in July! Montrealers can feed their musical hunger with jazz, of course, but also world music, folk and even electronica, in concerts running right through to spring!

Many shows have already been announced at L’Astral, Métropolis, Club Soda, Théatre St-Denis 1 and Place des Arts, including -M- (July 9), Cheminant vers ma ville: a concert for Kate McGarrigle (August 8), Patricia Kaas, Kaas chante Piaf (September 17), Kat Edmonson (September 20), Joe Louis Walker (September 27), Jorge Drexler (October 4), Quartango (October 24), Michael Kaeshammer (November 1), Bonnie Raitt, opening act: Marc Cohn (November 14), Trixie Whitley (November 23), Rokia Traoré (November 28), Marcio Faraco (March 13), Jean-Michel Pilc, duo with Kenny Werner (March 15). And there’s more to come! For details on the programming and to get tickets, please visit or call the La Presse+ Info-Jazz line.

Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event

Amadou & Mariam

with guest artist : Fatoumata Diawara

July 7, 9:30 p.m., TD stage

To close this 34th edition of the Festival with a mile-wide smile and an ocean of rubbery-legged Fest Fans, what else could we do but invite Amadou & Mariam! This magical, vibrant duo throws a party wherever they appear and unleashes a refreshing joie de vivre as powerful as their funky rhythms. Their irresistible musical chemistry reaches full potency on their 7th album, Folila, which they’ll unveil here accompanied by another luminous figure from the inexhaustible Malian music scene: Fatoumata Diawara.

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump and Justin Brown (July 4, 6 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité)

♫ The Cat Empire (July 5, 8:30, Métropolis)

♫ 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:

Lionel Loueke Trio July 5, 9 p.m., L’Astral — The guitar prodigy continues the fantabulous rise that took him from his native Bénin to the forefront of the American jazz scene. Twice named Rising Star Guitarist by DownBeat, he has crossed musical paths with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Esperanza Spalding. He’s back here with a trio and a new album, Heritage, as ever on prestigious Blue Note, reveling in the influences that have enriched his music over the years: a jazz vibrant with West African sounds, steeped in a melodic groove and sparkling with bold improv.

Tim Berne, Snakeoil July 5, 10:30 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité Twenty years into his career on the American jazz scene, earning him mention as one of the Top 10 Essential NYC Jazz Icons by Time Out New York, saxophonist Tim Berne (making his first Festival visit as a headliner) delivered the brilliant Snakeoil on the ECM label in 2012. Unanimously hailed by critics, this gem of contemporary jazz reveals the passionate chemistry and creativity shared by a quartet comprising Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Matt Mitchell (piano) and Ches Smith (drums and percussion).

Soweto Gospel Choir July 6, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal — Assembling some thirty members, the Soweto Gospel Choir was born 11 years ago in South Africa. Adored for their irresistible repertoire melding gospel, soul, reggae, pop and religious hymns, the vocal ensemble vocal has won an array of international awards—including two Grammys. They’ve collaborated with Céline, Robert Plan and Bono, and in their first Festival visit, they offer us music both poignant and jubilant.

Vijay Iyer soloJuly 6, 6 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité — At last—an intimate encounter between a genius at work, his instrument, and an audience in awe. Piano master Vijay Iyer, universally celebrated for his creativity and named Pianist of the Year at the 2012 Jazz Awards, rewards us with a solo concert, a format in which he shines—witness his album Solo, released in 2010. If you’re one of those who regrettably missed his sold-out concert in La Chapelle that same year, don’t miss this opportunity!

Xavier Rudd. Opening act: Jon and Roy — July 6, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Surrounded onstage by an armada of guitars, didgeridoos, pedals and percussions, Canadian-Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd shakes up the formula during this stop on his world tour to present Spirit Bird, released in 2012. He’ll be joined by the Ohnia:kara Singers and Perpetual Peace Project, folding percussion and traditional Amerindian music and dance into his own music, resonating with ancestral Australian, folk and rock influences. After impressive performances at the Festival in 2004 and 2005, he was long overdue for a triumphant return! And kicking off the evening, it’s a debut Festival visit for a Canadian trio making its mark on the folk-rock scene, Jon and Roy.

Laurent de Wilde — July 6, 9 p.m., L’Astral — It’s back to the future for this pianist with jazz roots, who first distinguished himself a decade ago at this Festival with his electronica adventures―who can forget the album Time 4 Change, zipping through drum’n’bass, hip hop and sampling? The author of a biography of Thelonious Monk, de Wilde ends an 8-year absence with material from Over the Clouds, a jazz album recorded with a trio.

Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal  July 6, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe — Taking on the mandate to spread the magic of the global jazz repertoire, the talented homegrown Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal times its official launch with its first visit to the Festival. It’s an opportunity to hear a foretaste of the music they’ll offer in a forthcoming annual series of concerts and recordings. The evening’s program will feature compositions by Christine Jensen, Marianne Trudel and Jean-Nicolas Trottier, a tribute to Joni Mitchell starring Karen Young, as well as excerpts of John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass Sessions, featuring André Leroux on tenor saxophone.

Champion with his G-Strings and I MusiciJuly 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier  — DJ Champion presents the premiere of his new show, °1 (pronounced “degree one”). While remaining faithful to electronica and electric guitars, the two pillars of the Champion sound, the artist delves into classical music this time. Accompanied by his G-Strings and Montreal orchestra I Musici conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, with arrangements by Jean-Nicolas Trottier, it’s an electro-lounge orchestral concert courtesy of DJ Champion.

The Specials. Opening act: Little Hurricane July 7, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — The spearhead of the ska revival that swept over the UK in the ’70s, The Specials wrote immortal hits (Gangsters, A Message to You Rudy, Ghost Town…) and founded legendary record label Two Tone. Reformed in 2009 some 30 years after they first donned the porkpies, the group cranks out the same irresistible energy as ever and is once again packing them in all over the world. This is their first Festival appearance. Get ready to be rankin’ and skankin’! Opening the evening, get set for a refreshing presence on the indie-rock scene: Anthony “Tone” Catalano and Celeste “CC” Spina, alias Little Hurricane.

Yannick Rieu, Spectrum 4 July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral — Four years after having staged his staggering show Spectrum at the Festival, Yannick Rieu returns with the new repertoire of Spectrum 4, accompanied this time by Jean-Sébastien Williams, Adrian Vedady and Kevin Warren. Winner of 3 Félix Awards for Jazz Album of the Year (1996, 2000 and 2006) and the 2006 Oscar Peterson Award, the brilliant saxophonist takes off on a musical exploration to the very limits of jazz, deploying the combined talents of 4 exceptional artists.

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

Tonight, July 4

Robi Botos 6 p.m., TD Stage — Hungarian-born pianist Robi Botos has cleared a musical path between blues, jazz and the Romany heritage of his ancestors. A protégé of Oscar Peterson (he opened for the master and dedicated a song, Emmanuel, to Oscar), this artist has already confirmed his place among the major figures of the next jazz generation, having taken home the 2012 TD Grand Jazz Award.

Quetango Quartet 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage — The first and only Canadian group to have participated in the Festival de tango in Buenos Aires, Quetango Quartet assembles the talents of Argentinean cellist Daniel Finzi, guitarist Jonathan Hains, double bassist Frédéric Vermette and percussionist Simon Boudreault. Fusing tango, jazz and progressive rock, the group presents Musica Urbana, a brand new album of original compositions.

Christine Salem 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage, and July 5, 8 p.m., Bell stage — Intense, spellbinding, almost incantatory, Christine Salem aims her music straight at the heart. The maloya singer, a native of Ile de La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, brings a new album, Salem tradition, in which kayambs, djembés and bongos meld with guitars and harmonica. Utterly unique and instantly recognizable, her deep, warm voice is marvelously suited to the Indian Ocean blues she lays over a bed of diabolical rhythms. A must-see!

Fanfare Ciocarlia 9 p.m., TD stage — One of the last gypsy brass bands in Romania, this 11 piece combo, conducted by Oprica Ivancea, plumbs the quotidian: births, baptisms, weddings, the rituals of everyday life are always more enjoyable when set to this joyous music. Back 15 years after their first and only Festival performance, this formidable outfit promises a spectacular party!

Tomorrow, July 5

Laïka 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage — French singer Laïka Fatien follows in the wake of such grand dames of jazz vocal as Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, to whom she paid tribute with a 2008 album. Also an actress, this artist presents a song recital full of finesse, revisiting standards with a subtle emotion.

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec stage — What do you get when you link a couple of West-Coasters named Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers? Raw, primal, feverish blues, that’s what—harmonica and Telecaster-fired blues that transcends time to cross the ancient icons (Robert Johnson) with the modern slingers (Jack White). All hail this refreshing new act making waves on the blues scene.

Saturday, July 6

Lost Bayou Ramblers 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — They’re a vigorous quartet devoted to Cajun music, and one of the landmark bands on the Louisiana music scene. While ever respectful of their heritage, the Ramblers never shy away from zapping their songs with rock’n’roll energy, as ably evidenced by their recent album Mammoth Waltz, recorded with the stellar participation of actress/singer Scarlett Johansson, Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes and a certain Dr. John. There’s a fire on the bayou…

Nomadic Massive 10 p.m., Bell stage — This multicultural, multilingual supergroup — declaiming their hip-hop in English, French, Spanish, Creole and Arabic—offer no quarter to their audience in their frenzied shows. Back from France and before leaving for a West Coast tour, they use traditional influences to dress up a musical crossbreed of soul, reggae and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, they’re here with their latest EP, Any Sound—and the best party in town!

Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble July 6, 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage, Les Brunantes series — After celebrating his 50th birthday in good company at the Festival last summer, great Québécois saxophonist Rémi Bolduc returns with a Quartet, accompanied by David Restivo on piano from Toronto, Dave Laing on drums and Rémi-Jean Leblanc on bass.

Sunday, July 7

Porn Flakes, The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Story… The Rolling Stones! July 7, 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — The Porn Flakes—Dan Georgesco and Mike Plant (guitar), Maurice Soso Williams (bass) and Alain Quirion (drums)—rock out a three-part tribute program dedicated to a little rock’n’roll group you may have heard tell of: the Rolling Stones. They kick it off with a set of hits from the ’60s, followed by the legendary Exile on Main Street in its entirety, and closing with an overview of the ’70s and beyond. Satisfaction!

Fatoumata Diawara July 7, 8 p.m., Bell stage — Singer, actress, composer, the talented Fatoumata Diawara draws inspiration from her Malian roots, perfectly crystallized in Fatou, her spellbinding album weaving traditional Wassoulou chants laced with modern rhythms and tinged with a jazz/blues ambience. Following last year’s acclaimed FrancoFolies performance, she makes her Festival debut with a delectable musical cocktail spun out on acoustic guitar. Let’s give a warm welcome to this world music scene rising star.

Jazz passion in its purest form: the jam sessions
Until July 6, 11 p.m., Salon Inspiration, Hyatt Regency Montreal

Now a well-established Festival tradition, the Jam sessions presented by SiriusXM welcome all true devotees of jazz. In the hushed and intimate ambience of the Hyatt, this year’s Jam sessions roll out 10 days of creativity and passion helmed by a complete musician who never ceases to amaze us with his assurance and technical mastery, a most worthy representative of a remarkable new generation of Montreal jazzmen: drummer Jim Doxas with his trio.

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. Tonight, Shlomo and Julie offer their charming blend of folk, acoustic blues, ragtime…. After that, the series closes with Viva Nova, 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 Sud-West Ghostbeard & Poirier, take up the baton until July 7 with one marching order: get everyone dancing until they can dance no more! Meanwhile, in the Nightcap Heineken series in the Savoy, Papagroove close things out with the wild rhythms of their fresh-baked album, Civilized Ghetto!

Changes to the program

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.

The Envolées du Festival series will present university bands on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins until July 5, and on the CBC/Radio-Canada Stage July 6 and 7.

The Dièse Onze, Club de Jazz, is located at 4115-A, St. Denis St., not at 59 St. Catherine St., as written in the program, page 10 and on the schedule.


Circulation on the site

The Festival site will remain 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.

The Festival online

Thanks to Bell, fans will have everything they need to experience the festivities ’round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website (, social networks Facebook ( and Twitter (@festivaljazzmtl).

All questions answered: Info-Jazz La Presse+

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Upcoming press events

Dates are subject to change; please consult our events sector press team for info.

Tomorrow, July 5

2 p.m. TD Grand Jazz Award giving

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

Sunday, July 7

4 p.m. Press conference with Amadou & Mariam

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

9:30 p.m. Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event with Amadou & Mariam

TD stage, place des Festivals

Monday, July 8

1 p.m. Wrap-up press conference

Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

The pressroom—the heart of the Festival

Again this year, the Festival press room is located in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. W. on the 2nd floor. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. until July 7 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 8. It’s the meeting point for artists, agents, record label representatives and accredited media representatives. Our entire press and communications team is happy to welcome you! Media representatives please note that the press room can be reached at 514 288-5299