Here comes the 15th season of Jazz All-Year Round!
With summer in full bloom, autumn is already looking forward to welcoming fans to a new harvest of concerts in the upcoming Jazz All-Year Round season presented by TD, which picks up the musical baton beginning in October! Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Jazz All-Year Round series offers a program packed with jazz from her, there and everywhere, including hot shows by blues, rock, folk and even classical music artists!
A number of shows have already been added to the schedules of L’Astral and Place des Arts, including Harold López-Nussa (October 9), John Abercrombie (October 24), Jacques Kuba Séguin (October 25), Elizabeth Shepherd (November 1), Florence K (November 6), Ludovico Einaudi (November 8), Pat Metheny (November 13), Jim Doxas trio (November 20), Jordan Officier (November 21), Nils Frahm (opening act: Dawn of Midi — November 22), David Myles (December 13) and Gilberto Gil (opening act: Bïa) (April 8). And there’s more to come! For details on the program, and for tickets, please visit montrealjazzfest.com or call the La Presse+ Info-Jazz line.
FREE! Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event
July 6, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage
Rarely has a supergroup lived up to its promise like this one! Imagine the assembled talents of Dan The Automator, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and our own loveable hometown hero Kid Koala, laying out a hip-hop as groovy as it is futuristic, danceable as it is trippy, with 2 fabulous albums to their credit, Deltron 3030 (2000) and Event 2 (2013)! After blowing up Métropolis two years back, Deltron 3030 land on the Place des Festivals for THE party of this 35th edition. Boom!
Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now
Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:
Double Bill: Terence Blanchard Quintet | L’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with guests Terence Blanchard and his musicians — July 3, 7 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — We’ll kick off this two-part evening with Louisianan Terence Blanchard, renowned trumpeter and artistic director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s jazz series, accompanied by his solid quintet. Next up, the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, a large-scale ensemble with a flexible roster, highlighting the global jazz repertoire and its greatest composers. For the occasion, the ONJM welcomes Terence Blanchard and his musicians. Now this is what you call a mutually beneficial give-and-take!
True Blues with Guy Davis, Corey Harris and Alvin Younblood Hart — July 3, 7 p.m., Club Soda — Les Couleurs SAQ series — It’s an aptly-named evening uniting three fabulous acoustic guitarists we haven’t enjoyed here at the Festival in ages: bluesman Guy Davis, a specialist in the rural tradition, erudite reggae-bluesman Corey Harris, proud inheritor of an Afro-American musical legacy, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, specialist in the country-blues of the 1920s. Together, these three formidable instrumentalists trace the sepia-tinged history of the blues and bring it to life with a contagious passion and devotion.
Chassol, Big Sun — July 3, 8 p.m., Musée d’art contemporain — Musique au MAC series — A visionary artist, Chassol specializes in the “ultra-score,” the singular practice of harmonizing filmed images and rhythmic motifs into a filmic/musical whole. After blowing us away last summer with Indiamore, a spellbinding voyage set to an Indian audiovisual soundtrack, the Martinique native brings us the North American premiere of his new Caribbean-inspired creation, Big Sun. The sound of summer!
Moriarty. Opening acts: Kandle and Whitehorse — July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve — Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — This most American of French groups returns with songs from a new album, Fugitives. Reaching back to the storied roots of folk, Moriarty weaves a repertoire conceived from music that influenced the young Bob Dylan and from mythical figures from the American imagination—charmers, fugitives, adulteresses, lost souls and assassins—plunging us into a quasi-literary musical demimonde. First up, experience adoptive Montréaler Kandle, wiring up songs from a debut album of electric folk-blues, In-Flames.
Ligue d’Improvisation Musicale de Montréal — July 4 to 6, 7 p.m., Cinquième Salle — Culte ! series — It’s a simple concept: 2 teams of 5 musicians take the stage, ready to face-off in front of a supercharged crowd. A referee calls on the two teams to create musical improvs according to specific themes and guidelines, whether it means improvising music for a film based on a projection or following on a musical excerpt spun by a DJ. The audience will vote for their faves! Three Québécois leagues will duel it out: Montréal-Saguenay (July 4), Québec-Saguenay (July 5) and Québec-Montréal (July 6).
Misses Satchmo — July 5, 6 p.m., L’Astral — TD Jazz d’ici La Presse + series — Last year, quartet Misses Satchmo’s cabaret-style jazzy-swing cocktail exploded on the scene, lighting up the dancefloor and thrilling crowds. Lysandre Champagne (trumpet, vocals) Maude Alain-Gendreau (piano), Frédéric Pauze (double bass) and Marton Maderspach (drums) and swing dancers once again take on the legendary Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong repertoire, from Dixieland to the classics of the great American repertoire. This year, they come to us in a more intimate format but with the same irresistible and sparkling musical blend.
Esmerine — July 5 and 6, 8 p.m., Musée d’art contemporain — Musique au MAC series — Bringing us a soaring chamber rock somewhere between Patrick Watson, the Barr Brothers and Arcade Fire, Montreal combo Esmerine (2014 Juno for Instrumental album of the year) took an exotic turn towards the East with Dalmak in 2013, released after an artistic residency in Istanbul. With Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Jamie Thompson (Unicorns) on percussion, Rebecca Foon (Saltland, Silver Mt Zion) on cello and Brian Sanderson on various instruments, the group unleashes a mind-blowing Turko-modern groove coloured by electronica, marimbas and cello melodies. Wowsville.
Maxwell. Opening act: Nick Hakim — July 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — Événements spéciaux TD series — Discovered in the mid-’90s thanks to a debut effort, Urban Hang Suite, now considered a classic of neo-soul, this Brooklyn native has one of the finest voices of his generation. Descended from greats like Al Green and Marvin Gaye, this major figure in contemporary R&B heads to Montréal for the very first time in his career!
Andrew Bird. Opening act: Elisapie — July 6, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve — Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — Andrew Bird has been widely recognized for his supremely well-conceived oeuvre. With an emotionally-charged voice reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, he captivated a Festival audience during his last visit in 2010. Since then, the singer has been acclaimed all over the world and released Break it Yourself (2012) and I Want to See Pulaski at Night (2013), lauded for his grace, his light touch, and his intensity. The evening begins with Inuk Canadian singer Elisapie and her latest album, Travelling Love.
Betty Bonifassi, Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir — July 6, 11 p.m., Club Soda — Nuits Heineken series — Renowned for the warm, powerful voice identified as the heart of Triplettes de Belleville, Champion et ses G-Strings and Beast, Betty Bonifassi returns solo to present the incredibly lively, swinging project Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir, a tribute to black songs from the ‘20s—songs from prisons, forced labour camps, the railroad and field calls — born of the need to survive often inhuman working conditions. Goose bumps guaranteed!
Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…
Hutchinson Andrew Trio — July 3, 6 p.m., TD Stage — Gammes TD series —Winners of the 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award, this Alberta band consisting of Kodi Hutchinson (double bass), Chris Andrew (piano) and Karl Schwonik (drums) specializes in contemporary acoustic jazz—their influences include Brad Mehldau and Aaron Parks. Armed with a repertoire of 3 solid albums, including Prairie Modern released last year, the boys of HAT are making their 3rd appearance at the Festival. Chapeau.
Fred Lebel & the Hard Times Band — July 3, 7 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Spectacles blues Loto-Québec series — Fred Lebel emerged more inspired than ever from his impressive appearance on La Voix as part of Marie-Mai’s team. Initially coming to the fore as an occasional member of the Porn Flakes, he now presents all-new material, a slate of rock- and blues-fueled songs. We can’t get enough of the new album he’s just released with the Hard Times Band.
Coral Egan — July 3, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — Nominated for Anglophone Album of the Year and Recording Engineer of the Year at the 2013 Gala de l’ADISQ, The Year He Drove Me Crazy was born of a creative process that pushed Coral Egan to take on more complex themes and address them in a more intimate manner. This Montreal jazzwoman is a Festival regular, now bringing us these lovely, touching songs.
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas — July 3, 9 p.m., TD Stage — Performances TD series — For over 70 years, this legendary Cuban band has kept alive the legacy of son, the progenitor of salsa and close musical relative of cha-cha-cha, mambo and rumba. Worthy descendants of national legends Felix Chappottin, Miguelito Cuni, Lili Martinez and Chocolate Armenteros, they fire up trumpets, tres, brass, guitars, piano, congas and bongos to animate a supremely rhythmic music that serves as the sonic backdrop of an entire country.
Les Deuxluxes — July 4, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lounge Heineken — Lounge Heineken series — Male-female duo Les Deuxluxes first came to attention performing in unusual musical venues—the Métro and the streetcorner! Drawing inspiration from the music of the ’50s and ’60s, country-blues and R & B, they create a singular sound and experience. They’re here to present an unbridled new album, Traitement Deuxluxe!
Lake Street Dive — July 4, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — The 4 members of LSD found success on a streetcorner… more precisely, the streetcorner in Boston where they shot an on-the-run video of I Want You Back, showcasing their supreme instrumental technical mastery, spontaneous energy, and the powerhouse voice of Rachael Price. 1.5 million viewings later, they’ve toured Europe, released an album of ’60s jazz-soul, Bad Self Portraits, and conquered the critics. Showstoppers!
Susie Arioli — July 4, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD Stage — Performances TD series — Rarely does a year go by without this 2008 Oscar Peterson Award winner and Festival darling bringing us a new project. After the international success of her last album, All the Way (2012 ADISQ: Album of the Year — Jazz Interpretation and Recording Engineer of the Year), she invites us to a first-class outdoor concert, unveiling her latest songs—accompanied by 7 musicians on the Place des Festivals, no less. Those who caught her show in 2011 will tell you: do not miss this!
JJ Grey & MOFRO — July 4, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Soirées blues Loto-Québec series — We discovered the blazing blues-rock of JJ Grey’s Made in Florida in 2009, music that sometimes boasts a deep soul feel, sometimes draws on the power of raw funk, but always seems to have rolled right off a veranda in the American south. He and his band, Mofro, will take us to This River, his latest, with contagious R&B rhythms that will have everyone tapping their feet all evening.
Saturday, July 5
Finissants du Camp de blues — July 5, 6 p.m., scène TD — Gammes TD series — A group of some 50 young musicians aged 13 to 17, chosen for their interest, talent and passion, enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Over the course of a rich and revealing week, this new generation of burgeoning players honed their technique and understanding in the company of devoted music and education professionals. Come watch, hear and learn about the future of our local jazz!
Shantel & Bucovina Club — July 5, 9 p.m., TD Stage — Performances TD series — Charismatic German DJ Shantel is a genuine musical globetrotter: a regular at border-flouting musical gatherings, the BBC World Music Award winner joins forces with the Bucovina Club Orkestar, with whom he recorded the album Anarchy + Romance, remixing Balkan music standards and revisiting the legacy of Eastern Europe with diabolically grooving beats. The result is celebration itself, a catchy and undeniable force for dancefloor unity.
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators — July 5, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — In 2001, Nicole Willis presented an eclectic debut album that served up her jazz, funk and soul influences with a touch of electronica. Accompanied this time by The Soul Investigators, her band for these past 10 years, the American-born Finland resident devotes herself to keeping the flame of a definitively vintage R&B. Released last year, Tortured Soul showcases the pure and lively voice of an artist at her peak.
Dirty Loops — July 4 and 5, 10 p.m., Bell Stage — Groove Bell series — This Swedish power trio made their name with unhinged covers of pop songs—by Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Adele—before launching their own songs on the Internet and the stages of Europe. Driven by an absolutely wild singer-keyboardist, drummer and bassist, the sound is an explosive and instantly addictive cocktail, captured in a new album, Loopified, destined to be spun non-stop.
Sunday, July 6
Jon Adessky & 3rd Degree — July 6, 7 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Spectacles blues Loto-Québec series — Montreal guitarist Jon Adessky fell hard for the blues at an early age: at 13, he took up the guitar; at 15, he was onstage in Bistro à Jojo alongside Bob Harrisson. He arrives with his fiery band, 3rd Degree, including Andrew “Lil Bubba” Lipscombe on guitar and vocals, Graham Webb on guitar, Paul Lifsches on bass and Alain Boyer on drums.
Quand le jazz est là — ICI Musique — July 6, 8 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — Brunantes CBC/Radio Canada series — Host Stanley Péan’s exceedingly popular program Quand le jazz est là moves to a Festival stage for this very special edition. On the menu: major names, classics, new additions, a rich program studded with discoveries and major interpretations of the jazz repertoire, showcasing musicians of yesterday and today and featuring the Emie R Roussel Trio, Elizabeth Shepherd and other guests.
Térez Montcalm — July 6, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — A singular figure in Québécois jazz, Térez Montcalm and her warm, husky voice never fail to impress. In 2011, she performed a tribute to her idol, Shirley Horn, and 2 years later, delivered a new album I Know I’ll Be Alright. She’s back to thrill us with her own originals as well as some of her favourite songs, including Philadelphia (Neil Young), Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) and Je reviens te chercher (Gilbert Bécaud).
Sonny Wolf — July 6, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Spectacles blues Loto-Québec and Soirées blues Loto-Québec series — Montreal-born and now a Texan, young guitarist Sonny Wolf was bitten by the blues bug at 14, at a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. Since then, he’s followed his muse through the blues and rockabilly, rocking concerts and festivals, set Bistro à Jojo ablaze last summer, and now launches into his first outdoor concert at the Festival. A real discovery!
Jazz passion in its purest form: the jam sessions
Until July 5, 11 p.m., Salon Inspiration, Hyatt Regency Montreal
Now one of our established Festival traditions, the Jam Sessions welcome all true fans of jazz. The sophisticated ambience of the Hyatt hosts a genuine pro: 2011 Galaxie Rising Star winner John Roney, one of the most brilliant young pianists on the Canadian scene. He’ll lead the way for 10 passionate, creative and exceedingly popular evenings with his trio… and what are certain to be some very special impromptu guest appearances.
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 Whitehorse concert, scheduled as the opening act of Barenaked Ladies (July 4, 7 p.m., Métropolis), is rescheduled as the opening act of Moriarty (July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA). Therefore, there will be two openings for Moriarty: Kandle (30 minutes), followed by Whitehorse (30 minutes). There will be no opening act for the Barenaked Ladies concert, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.
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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