Let’s celebrate: the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal takes over the Quartier des Spectacles until Sunday, July 6.
Bring the family to the Festival!
This year, families are more important than ever at the Festival! Rio Tinto Alcan is launching its Rio Tinto Alcan Family Club, a new zone packed with activities, surprises and discoveries: creative workshops, magicians and stencil tattooists await your little ones every day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a tent located in front of the la scène Rio Tinto Alcan stage, “above” the Place des Arts marquee. Families can even borrow anti-noise protection and sample delicious and healthy menus in a children’s dining room. Picnic tables will also be available for families who bring their own lunches.
These new additions complete our array of activities created specially for families, some of which have been presented for over 25 years—like La Petite école du jazz, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, inviting 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. Immediately afterwards, at 3 p.m. on June 28-29 and July 5, 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. Some extra-lucky visitors will even leave with free articles courtesy of the new Rio Tinto Alcan Family Zone Contest! The contest begins June 26, 2014 at noon and ends July 6, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. The first drawing will be held on June 27 at 4 p.m. For further information: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/questions-en/family.aspx and http://blog.montrealjazzfest.com/top-6-reasons-to-bring-your-littles-ones-to-the-festival/?lang=en.
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 Ste. Catherine Street (1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) or in Lounge Heineken (in front of the stage) at 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. (and with an encore at 5 p.m. on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins), 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
The Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic everyday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 7 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: montrealjazzfest.com, Access to the site tab.
Bell Opening Event
June 26, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage
Three years ago, he set off a buzz that that hasn’t quit since the release of the superb video for Iron—viewed over 27 million times on YouTube! This versatile French artist weaves a cinematic pop that transports and moves the listener. After delivering phenomenal performances during the Festival and Jazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to complete the Hat Trick: the Opening Outdoor Concert of this 35th edition! Magnifique…
Indoor opening concert
Alain Lefèvre with the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy
June 26 & 27, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal
Not only do these two superb concerts celebrate the Festival’s 35th birthday, they also spotlight the 80th season of the OSM and the 90th anniversary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the first work to bring jazz into the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The event promises to be a memorable one, both in Festival history and in pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre’s career, as he surrounds himself with old friends and musical accomplices for the occasion, namely, two leading figures on the Montreal jazz scene, double bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu.
TD Grand Event
Diana Krall, Glad Rag Doll
June 29, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage
This love affair between Diana Krall and the Festival is the Real Deal—forever! The flamboyant internationally renowned pianist and singer ranks among the elite Legends of the Festival, and makes a habit of turning her every appearance into a landmark moment. She’s about to do so yet again, with an unprecedented and dream-come-true format: a major free outdoor concert, inviting all Festival fans to a magical evening that is usually the exclusive territory of the most prestigious indoor venues. A perfect 35th Anniversary gift!
All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:
♫ Alain Lefèvre (June 26, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)
♫ Roy Hargrove Quintet (June 26, 10:30 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité)
♫ Cécile McLorin Salvant (June 26 and 27, 9 p.m., L’Astral)
♫ Jordan Officer (June 27, 28 and 29, 7 p.m., Savoy)
♫ Rufus Wainwright (June 27, 28 and 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde)
♫ Beth Hart (June 28, 7 p.m., Club Soda)
♫ Keith Jarrett (June 28, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)
♫ Stacey Kent. Opening act: Emie R Roussel trio (June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)
♫ Vic Vogel and the Jazz Big Band (June 29, 6 p.m., L’Astral)
♫ Earth, Wind & Fire (June 30, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)
♫ Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)
♫ Tigran and Brad Meldhau (July 2, 6 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité)
♫ Aretha Franklin (July 2, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)
♫ Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana (July 2, 9 p.m., L’Astral)
♫ Diana Ross (July 3, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)
Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now
Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:
Daniel Lanois and very special guests Emmylou Harris and Trixie Whitley — June 26, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier — Événements spéciaux TD series — Finally back in Montreal, musical explorer, inspired artist and renowned producer Daniel Lanois takes hold of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier accompanied by his group, including astonishing drummer Brian Blade, and two very notable guests: the sublime Trixie Whitley, whose stunning voice leaves us speechless with every successive performance; and legendary singer and musician Emmylou Harris, back in Montreal for the first time since 2006, a 12-time Grammy winner including the 1996 Best Contemporary Folk Album award for Wrecking Ball, produced by none other than… Daniel Lanois.
Cassandra Wilson. Opening act: Andreas Varady — June 26, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — Singer Cassandra Wilson returns after a four-year absence, when she shared the bill of the opening concert of the Festival with Lionel Richie. With her unique voice, her blues sensibility and flair for the unexpected, the winner of the 1999 Miles Davis Award brings us a milestone concert marking the 20th anniversary of her famed album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn. But first, a good hand of applause for jazz guitar wunderkind and Quincy Jones protégé Andreas Varady!
Angélique Kidjo. Opening act: Karim Diouf — June 26, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Rythmes series — It’s always an immense pleasure to welcome the funkiest of African divas, Angélique Kidjo, back at the Festival with her 13th album Eve, written and recorded in tribute to African women. Dig into funk-soul pieces steeped in African traditions, another chapter in the renowned career of this sincere, passionate and authentic big-hearted militant. Opening the evening, make way for former Colocs member Karim Diouf, who launched a solo career last year with a debut album of universal pop tweaked with reggae and African rhythms, Adouna.
Katie Melua, The Acoustic Tour — June 27, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — Événements spéciaux TD series — At just 19, she launched a debut album that soared to phenomenal success in the UK. Her sophomore release made her an international star. Talented young Katie Melua charms audiences wherever she goes with her elegant simplicity, remarkable voice, blues-tinged jazz and an understated, intense presence, perfectly embodying a fresh authenticity. The songstress who delivered the opening Festival concert in 2008 returns after a 5-year absence to offer us her latest bestseller, Ketevan. Presented exclusively for the Festival’s 35th anniversary, this is her only concert in America. Absolutely ir-re-sis-ti-ble!
Dianne Reeves. Opening act: Nico Sarbanes — June 27, 8 p.m. Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Grands Concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — Recipient of the 2002 Ella Fitzgerald Award and 4 Grammys besides, Dianne Reeves has long since won her place in the pantheon of jazz singers. A flamboyant onstage performer, loved by critics and audiences alike, she’s here to present her new album, Beautiful Life, a lovely marriage of R&B, Latin music, pop and jazz in both new compositions and covers of Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, the album also features the talents of Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the late George Duke. The evening begins with young Montreal trumpet player and singer Nico Sarbanes.
Nikki Yanofsky. Opening act: Jon Batiste and Stay Human — June 27, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Rythmes series — She was discovered at the Festival in 2006 when she was just 12; now, the darling of Montreal jazz has become a singer of international calibre. She’s been hailed at the Olympia in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and during her last Festival stop, a three-night run in TNM; now, the young artist is under the artistic wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones and returns to present a new album, Little Secret, that utterly lives up to the highest expectations! Opening the evening, welcome sensational young New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste backed by Stay Human.
High Tone. Opening act: Face-T — June 28, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Rythmes series — Pioneers of the French novo dub scene, High Tone have distinguished themselves with their sonic power, DIY ethic and video projections that transform the venue into a parallel universe. In their 4th Festival appearance, the Lyon quintet presents the aural explorations of a new album, Ekphrön. The concert opens with Montreal MC Face-T, the man behind the excellent Tuff Like Stone, produced by close collaborator Poirier.
Shai Maestro — June 28, 9 p.m., L’Astral — Club series — Israeli pianist Shai Maestro ranks among those young lions who, like countryman Yaron Herman, approach the jazz trio format with refreshing inventiveness and verve. Accompanied by bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Ziv Ravitz, this musician with the fateful surname arrives at the Festival for the first time with compositions from the excellent album The Road to Ithaca. Attention: a discovery on the horizon.
Danilo Pérez with Brian Blade and John Patitucci. — June 28, 10 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe — Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series — Brian Blade, whom Joshua Redman called “the drummer of the future,” John Patitucci, considered one of the most gifted bassists of his generation, and Danilo Pérez, renowned for his sharp improvisational sensibility keyed into Latin-American, jazz and classical traditions, are the key players in Wayne Shorter’s redoubtable quartet. Here, they take us on a rare magic carpet ride of pure jazz pleasure as a trio. Très cool.
Jeff Ballard Trio with Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenón — June 29, 10:30 p.m., Gesù — Centre de Créativité — Jazz dans la nuit series — One of the most highly-appreciated drummers of his generation, Jeff Ballard has kept time for such notables as Brad Mehldau and Chick Corea. This time, he heads in to present his first album recorded as a bandleader, Time’s Tales, with a trio filled out by astonishing Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke, a Festival fave, and excellent Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenon. Expect a powerful and lively repertoire that shifts silkily from jazz to classical to rock. Solid.
Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…
Tomorrow, June 27
Kite Trio — June 27, 8 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — Brunantes CBC/Radio-Canada series — After a debut album took them touring all over Montreal, Québec, Toronto and even the eastern U.S., Kite Trio arrive with Strange Beast, released in October 2013. Consisting of a drummer, guitarist and double bassist, the trio pushes the boundaries of jazz, offering a blended style with progressive colourings. Their obvious talent is on display in their originals, as well as a magnificent version of Neil Young’s classic Harvest Moon. Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award.
Beth Hart — June 27, 8 p.m., CBC/Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — A true survivor if ever there were one, California singer-pianist Beth Hart is finally receiving well-earned accolades after a career that took a long detour through blues-rock. With a powerful voice and a flair for writing songs that shake you to your core, the artist has drawn the respect of ace guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck, two of her most illustrious collaborators. She heads to the Festival for the first time. Drum roll, please!
Bobby Bazini — June 27, 9 p.m., TD Stage — Performances TD series — He arrived and won us over with Better in Time, a first album of R&B accented by soul, blues and folk, in his Festival debut 4 years ago. He finally returns with an eagerly-awaited 2nd album, Where I Belong, recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Larry Klein and sending a recent single, Heavy Love, onto the airwaves just about everywhere. Not to be missed!
Jazz Street Boyz — June 27, 10 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — Rendez-vous CBC/Radio-Canada series — Jazz Street Boyz assembles two devotees of vintage festive jazz that generate pure danceable pleasure: Jérôme Dupuis-Cloutier (trumpet) and Dominic Desjardins (banjo and vocals). They’ll perform in a quartet, accompanied by Mathieu Roberge on double bass and Jonathan Gagné on drums, presenting their new album Jazz Street Boyz + invités.
Saturday, June 28
Waiting Game — June 27 and 28, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lounge Heineken — Lounge Heineken series — Riding high since 2011, Montreal combo Waiting Game bring us a solid pop-folk surrounding the warm, powerful voice of singer Venyse Rowe. The band draws its influences as much from the ’50s and ’60s as from grunge, making it all their own with an energetic rock attack. After playing the last M pour Montréal, they land for a first Festival visit with a self-titled EP released in 2013.
Hollie Smith — June 28, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — A genuine star in her country, New Zealand, Hollie Smith is making a name for herself with irresistible charisma and the powerful voice of a pure Soul Woman. The lovely Kiwi is enjoying an enviable career, propelled front-and-centre by a 2007 debut album, Long Player, that’s been certified double platinum and won her opening slots for Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Simply Red. A wonderful debut visit from the other side of the world!
Bad Boyz Boogie — June 28, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Soirées blues Loto-Québec series — Powered by an ultra-rock engine running on pure blues concentrate, this band pays nightly tribute to its hard-earned and enviable live reputation. The boys of Bad Boyz Boogie return to the Festival with a newly-released 2nd album. As a special bonus, we’ll be introduced to the group’s new singer Richard d’Anjou. Bienvenue—we can’t wait!
Random Recipe — June 28, 9 p.m., TD Stage — Performances TD series — Simply mind-blowing at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE last winter, Montreal quartet Random Recipe reminds us that their winning recipe is no accident, rather the result of hard-won experience and the utterly contagious pleasure of creating music. The proof: Kill the Hook, a 2nd album delivering a harder-hitting version of their electro-rap-rock formula. Spontaneous, vibrant and supremely fun, this group knows how to spell the word P-A-R-T-Y!
Sunday, June 29
They Call Me Rico — June 29 and 30, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lounge Heineken — Lounge Heineken series — He rarely visits us anymore given a move to Lyon driven by his burgeoning success in Europe: one-man band Frédéric Pellerin, alias They Call Me Rico, a devotee of white-hot blues-rock, burns up the songs on his 2nd album, This Kind of Life, with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire and 9 original compositions pitched between the rock, folk, Americana and tough blues he’s been cranking out for the past 4 or 5 years.
Partisans — June 29, 9 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — Brunantes CBC/Radio-Canada series — Twenty years into a career, this quartet has established itself as one of the most daring bands on the British jazz scene. Mainlining an energetic and creative electric jazz-rock, guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Siegel, drummer Gene Calderazzo and bassist Thaddeus Kelly arrive at the Festival for the first time with material from their hot new album. Made in the UK.
Cyrille Aimée — June 29, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Franco-Dominican singer Cyrille Aimée is one of the most brilliant lights of the new generation. Warmly welcomed throughout the jazzosphere, she lands at the Festival with a new album, It’s a Good Day, with her voice in a setting of acoustic jazz peppered with bossa nova and gypsy music. Beautiful blend.
OY — June 29, 10 p.m., Bell Stage — Groove Bell series — Powered by Swiss-Ghanaian singer Joy Frempong and drummer Lleluja-Ha, the OY collective reels off a joyous and fascinating musical blend. It’s amply evident on their latest album, No Problem Saloon, steeped in electronica, whirling percussion, heady melodies and captivating lyrics embellished with stories, street scenes and fragments of popular wisdom gleaned during trips across Africa.
A free concert in Métropolis
On June 29 at 10 p.m., join us for a free concert added to the Métropolis program: Jimi Hendrix Guitar Extravaganza with Steve Hill and Paul Deslauriers. Two virtuosos lean into an evening of guitar-slinging guaranteed to take you to six-string 7th heaven! Steve Hill, the most brilliant guitar hero on the Montréal scene, and Guitarist of the Year at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards Paul Deslauriers lay down their fiery riffs, contagious energy and immense talent in service to the immortal Jimi Hendrix, accompanied by a handful of super surprise guests. And it’s all free, so… get ready to be Experienced!
Late-night rendezvous in the Bistro Le Balmoral
Festival fans—double up on your musical pleasure with two free concerts rather than one, every night at 10 p.m. and midnight in the Musique au Balmoral series. Andréa Blaze opens the series from June 26 to 28, charming jazz fans with her new album, En attendant l’hiver, and a voice of rare finesse. From June 29 to July 1, the suave Miss Mellow invites us on a gentle voyage of discovery spotlighting the history of jazz and its influences. Kathryn Samman arrives July 2 and 3 with songs from the pop and jazz repertoire. Still building his growing reputation as one of the greatest gypsy jazzmen in Québec, Denis Chang closes the series Django-tastically from July 4 to 6.
Fiery—and free!—evenings in L’Astral and Savoy
L’Astral will be hopping every night from midnight with its Open House series. From June 26 to 29, the Jazz Amnesty 1.8 Sound System pumps out jazz fueled by swing, blues, funk, electronica and bebop. The party continues from June 30 to July 2 with Speakeasy Electro Swing, fusing the music of the first Great Depression with the technology of the second. On July 3 and 4, Balkan Gypsy Party ignite the dancing masses with their ultrafestive, irresistibly unifying ambience. The series blazes to a close July 5 and 6 with the DJs of Canicule Tropicale, who have shaken up the finest Caribbean, African and Latin-American dancefloors with undeniable hot, hot, hot rhythms! Meanwhile, in the Nightcap Heineken series in the Savoy, the 5 members of Misteur Valaire set the tone with their Qualité Motel project June 26 and 27, firing up their fab blend of ’80s music and kitsch. Next, June 28 and 29 and also July 3, comes Morph-tet, born from the ashes of Kobayashi and led by saxophonist Franco Proietti. Montreal jazz duo Beat Market follow on June 30 and also July 1 and 2 with the musical time-travel of their retro-futurist disco-pop. Trio aRTIST oF tHE yEAR close out the festivities July 5 and 6 with electro-rock, funk and postmodern disco grooves that will have the dancefloor packed for the duration!
Changes to the program
Psychology will open for Snoop Dogg in Métropolis on July 4, 11 p.m. (Les Rythmes series).
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra’s performance on July 4 in the Rencontres festives is cancelled. Roma Carnivale will replace them.
The Farruquito concert (Improvisao), scheduled on July 2, 6 p.m. in Théâtre Maisonneuve (PdA), is cancelled.
Nick Hakim will open for Maxwell in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (PdA) on July 6, 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).
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.
Thursday, June 26
11 a.m. Press conference with Daniel Lanois
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor
5 p.m. Vernissage in the Galerie Lounge TD
Galerie Lounge TD, exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts
6:30 p.m. Opening cocktail
Salon urbain, Place des Arts
Saturday, June 28
2 p.m. Press conference with Diana Krall
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor
Sunday, June 29
2:30 p.m. Press conference with Elvis Costello for the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award giving
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor
Monday, June 30
2 p.m. Press conference with Jean-Philippe Allard for the Bruce Lundvall Award giving
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor
3 p.m. Cocktail for International Media with Alain Simard, André Ménard and Laurent Saulnier
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2e étage
5:30 p.m. Press conference with Bobby McFerrin
Maison symphonique de Montréal, Place des Arts
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 noon a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 26 to July 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 7. 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.