Ludovico Einaudi, Gilberto Gil, Nils Frahm,
Harold López-Nussa, John Abercrombie, Elizabeth Shepherd, David Myles, the Jim Doxas trio, Florence K…
Steve Strongman closes out the 2013-2014 season
Montréal, Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Beginning in October, a new season of Jazz All-Year Round presented by TD takes off with an incredible array of concerts building a musical bridge between jazz, classical music, pop, folk and samba… And to close out the 2013-2014 season—and get everyone in the mood for autumn!—the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal fills out the program with a concert by bluesman Steve Strongman (tickets already on sale) at the end of the month. Tickets for these concerts go on sale tomorrow at noon.
Steve Strongman — May 31, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — Canadian guitarist Steve Strongman has risen into the upper ranks of the most fascinating bluesmen on the national scene: winner of 4 Maple Blues Awards and 2013 Juno for Blues Album of the Year for A Natural Fact, he boasts all the charm, power, dynamic songwriting and blistering guitar style of an accomplished artist. After conquering the Festival audience last summer with his free outdoor concert, he takes over L’Astral to launch his brand-new album, Let Me Prove It To You, an irresistible, spirited blues experience.
Harold López-Nussa — October 9, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — Hailing from an illustrious family of Cuban musicians, this rising star of jazz piano won the prestigious solo piano contest at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2005. He’s amazed audiences at this Festival on a number of occasions, notably last summer, when he showcased his music in two formats, solo and in a trio. In his Jazz All-Year Round concert, this magician of the 88 keys presents songs from his most recent album, New Love. And we love it!
John Abercrombie — October 24, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — Take a snapshot of an incredible career: virtuoso John Abercrombie has been playing jazz guitar in all its forms for over 40 years, with his musical signature appearing on some 50 albums—his own, and an impressive gallery of other great musicians, from Gil Evans to Jack DeJohnette… Renowned for his vivid, limpid style, this old friend of the Festival returns after his solid quartet concert last summer. As always, it is a privilege and an honour to welcome him!
Elizabeth Shepherd — November 1, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — Fusing the virtuosity of an accomplished jazzwoman with an assured sensibility for catchy pop, Elizabeth Shepherd pushes jazz beyond its borders, with admirable skill and musicality! We previously enjoyed the range of her talents last year in the Savoy, when the Toronto singer delivered a tour-de-force performance with stunning finesse. This time, the artist invites fans to L’Astral to discover The Signal, a remarkable album of original songs with jazz, soul and pop colourings, expected in September 2014.
Florence K — November 6, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Florence K made her name with the salsa, blues, bossa nova and jazz grooves on her Bossa Blue and La Historia de Lola albums (Félix winners both). On her new album, I’m Leaving You, recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot) and presented here in a Montreal premiere, Florence expands her horizons with 10 tracks blending rock with blues, with brass and guitars rubbing elbows with the subtlest Latin influences.
Ludovico Einaudi — November 8, 8 p.m. — Maison symphonique de Montréal, PdA — Virtuoso pianist Ludovico Einaudi has made his mark classical music, as well as in ballet and film (he can be heard in Intouchables and Black Swan), winning over fans with his elegant musicianship and compositional finesse. With a career spanning 30 years and some twenty albums, the maestro lands in the Maison symphonique with a new album, In A Time Lapse, welcoming listeners to a rendezvous with melodic felicity.
Jim Doxas trio — November 20, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — One of the most prominent drummers on the Canadian jazz scene—and a notable member of Oliver Jones’ crew—Jim Doxas has forged a reputation as a peerless improviser. Pushing jazz beyond its usual limits, he ably illustrates that a drumstick is just as powerful as strings or horns when it comes to making music… After heading the Festival Jam Sessions in 2013, he invites pianist Paul Shrofel and double bassist Morgan Moore to join him in presenting a new album—his first as a bandleader!—in L’Astral.
Nils Frahm. Opening act: Dawn of Midi — November 22, 9 p.m. — Métropolis — German pianist and composer Nils Frahm is the talk of the avant garde and festival circuit and was one of the revelations of Mutek 2013. Trained in classical music, loves to enhance his music with sonic elements that others might find intrusive (creaking floorboards, crackling static, a toilet brush on the piano strings…) and treats accidents or handicaps as challenges to overcome: for proof, consider that he recorded his project, Screws, while recovering from a thumb injury. The subtle, delicate music of his latest, Spaces, is a delight to the ears. After a sold-out show in L’Astral, the Berlin native takes on Métropolis. Opening the evening, New York band Dawn of Midi unleashes its fascinating, 100% acoustic electro-contemporary jazz.
David Myles — December 13, 8 p.m. — L’Astral — A rising star on the Canadian scene, David Myles lands in L’Astral with a new holiday album, It’s Christmas. The artist nous showcases a protean talent, slipping from toe-tapping bluegrass numbers to romantic jazz ballads, between very personal covers of such Christmas classics as Let It Snow and White Christmas and original compositions. It is an album recorded for the noblest of reasons, part of the Singing for Supper concert series which the singer-songwriter launched 5 years ago as a fundraiser for food banks.
Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos Samba — April 8, 2015, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — A national hero in Brazil, where he even served as minister of culture, this deeply committed man has enjoyed a brilliant four-decade career. Having redefined Brazilian popular music (and served as its global ambassador), Gil has released over 30 albums that have sold 5 million copies. Winner of the Festival’s 2008 Antonio Carlos-Jobim Award, he returns after a stellar performance in PdA in autumn 2012 to present a new album, Gilbertos Samba, revisiting the repertoire of the immortal João Gilberto (due for release in November 2014).
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon
- Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842‑2112 or laplacedesarts.com
- Métropolis: 59 Ste. Catherine St. East; ticketmaster.ca, admission.com or 1 855 790-1245 — montrealmetropolis.ca
- L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan): 305 Ste. Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca, admission.com or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com
Some tickets still remain for this concert:
(tickets already on sale, description at montrealjazzfest.com)
George Thorogood and the Destroyers (opening act: Trampled Under Foot), May 17, 8 p.m., Métropolis.
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A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 14th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from public partners, specifically, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Montrealers and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, official host of the Jazz All Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.
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