Montreal, Monday, June 30, 2014 — Music producer Jean-Philippe Allard will be honoured today by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which will present him with the Bruce Lundvall Award. The trophy will be presented to him by Alain Simard, president and founder of the Festival, and André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival, at 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.
Jean-Philippe Allard is the 6th recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Award created in 2009 during the Festival’s 30th edition and presented annually to an individual who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the music, through the media, the concert or record industries.
Director of Universal Music Publishing France MGB since 2007, Jean-Philippe Allard has worked in the music industry for over 30 years. He created the Jazz department at Polygram France and headed Universal Classique before being named managing director of the Polydor label in July 1998 by Pascal Nègre, a post he held for 10 years. The array of artists he signed to Universal Jazz France notably includes Helen Merrill, Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, Randy Weston, Kenny Barron and Ornette Coleman. As head of Polydor, Allard went on to sign Juliette, Paris Combo, Juliette Gréco, Feist and IAM, and has worked with artists including Eddy Mitchell, Maurane, Maxime Le Forestier, Eminem and Dr. Dre. However, Jean-Philippe Allard has also left his mark on the music world as president of the Victoires de la musique classique awards in 2005 and 2006, and as a member of the artistic committee for the Victoires du Jazz awards in 2006 and 2007, turning his expert eye on today’s finest artists. In 2014, Jean-Philippe Allard reactivated the legendary Impulse! label and took over its management. The first new release by the reanimated label will be an album by Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein. Other new projects will soon follow, including releases by Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, Rodney Kendrick, Ran Blake, the trio of Jean-Luc Ponty, Biréli Lagrène and Stanley Clarke, and many more.
As winner of the Bruce Lundvall Award, Jean-Philippe Allard follows in the footsteps of Tommy LiPuma (2013), Michael Cuscuna (2012), George Wein (2011) Herman Leonard (2010), Bruce Lundvall (2009).
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