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Elvis Costello Recipient of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award

Montréal, Sunday, June 29, 2014 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to announce the awarding of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award to Elvis Costello. The prize will be presented to him by André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival, at a press conference which will be held today at 2:30 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Elvis Costello will be the eighth artist to receive the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award. Created especially on the occasion of the 27th edition of the Festival, in 2006, this special award underlines a popular artist’s extraordinary contribution to the musical world.

Elvis Costello is one of those exceptional artists who, driven by a protean talent and motivated by a wide range of interests, scoffs at labels and categories. Arriving with the punk-new wave explosion, this major singer-songwriter has magisterially written and recorded pop, rock, jazz, country and cabaret. Over the course of an almost 4 decade career, he’s released 24 albums, solo or accompanied by his Attractions or Imposters, from his brilliant 1977 debut, My Aim Is True, to his most recent, Wise Up Ghost (2013), and including such memorable discs as This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!! and Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. Winner of a number of awards including a Grammy for the song I Still Have That Other Girl (1999), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was ranked among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004. A rare visitor to the Festival, he returns after an 8-year absence with a solo concert—his first ever with us!—in the Maison symphonique, 10 years to the day that he shared the stage with his illustrious wife, Diana Krall, in the Centre Bell. One of the highlights of this 35th edition. Elvis Costello solo, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Maison symphonique de Montréal (Le Festival à la Maison symphonique series).

As winner of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award, Elvis Costello follows in the footsteps of James Taylor (2012), Robert Plant (2011), Smokey Robinson (2010), Stevie Wonder (2009), Leonard Cohen (2008), Bob Dylan (2007) and Paul Simon (2006).

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