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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal - 150+ Performances On Sale This Weekend


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30TH EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 150 ARTISTS FOR THE INDOOR PROGRAM
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Wealth of Performances Including Jeff Beck, Harlem Gospel Choir, Buddy Guy, Mos Def, Pink Martini, The Dears, The Orb, Burning Spear, Toots & The Maytals and Many More
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Montréal to Host 650+ Concerts Over Two Weeks

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May 6, 2009 - The 30th Edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal marks a genuine turning point in an already remarkable history. The world's #1 jazz event, presented by General Motors in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, the Festival offers a program of incredible diversity for this grand event, as Montréal is set to host 3,000 musicians & entertainers from 30 countries, more than 650 concerts, 400 accredited journalists and a total of 2.5 million attendees. The sheer amount of live music includes in excess of 450 free shows on 10 outdoor stages, plus more than 150 indoor concerts at 10 different concert halls, showcasing jazz and music in all its forms, inspired by every style including pop, rock n' roll, '80s gypsy music, Afrobeat and other genres from around the world.

From jazz legends and rock stars to the most buzzed about indie acts, more than 150 indoor concerts will light up Montréal's marquees from June 30 to July 12. This year, it's harder than ever to pick out individual gems, but just a few of them include: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck, hip hop heavyweight Mos Def, electronica pioneers The Orb, eclectic indie rockers Beirut and The Dears, classic reggae artists Burning Spear and Toots & The Maytals, genre busting collective Pink Martini, jazz rock hipsters The Bad Plus, and many more.

The Festival marks its anniversary by paying tribute to legendary record label Blue Note, which made global stars of Miles Davis, Al Green, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk as well as newcomers including Norah Jones. Many artists from the label's peerless catalogue will illuminate the program. The festival wll also mark the 55th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, represented by founder and "father" of all subsequent jazzfests George Wein, who brings in his Newport All Stars. Finally, a pair of 50th anniversaries of landmark albums will be celebrated in two Festival concerts: Time Out by Dave Brubeck, the first jazz album to have sold over one million copies, and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the biggest-selling jazz album in history.

The opening concert of the Festival turns the spotlight on fabulous trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring flamenco piano sensation Chano Dominguez and his quartet. In the closing concert, Montréal Variations celebrates our city itself with its greatest pianists Oliver Jones, François Bourassa, James Gelfand, Alain Lefèvre, Guy Dubuc, Luc Beaugrand, Guy St-Onge and Lorraine Desmarais performing compositions created specifically with the metropolis as muse.


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The program, series by series:

Pleins feux General Motors series, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, PdA:
Wynton Marsalis and Chano Dominguez (June 30)
Chris Botti (July 2)
Tony Bennett (July 3)
Dave Brubeck (July 4)
Al Jarreau and Molly Johnson (July 5)
Jeff Beck (July 6)
Pink Martini (July 7 and 8),
Joe Cocker (July 9)
Brian Setzer (July 10)
Jackson Browne (July 11)

Les Grands concerts TD Canada Trust series, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA:
Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra (June 30, 8 p.m.)
Monterey Quartet with Dave Holland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland
Chucho Valdés (July 2)
Wayne Shorter Quartet (July 3)
Miles from India (July 4)
Branford Marsalis Quartet (July 5)
Ornette Coleman Quartet (July 9)
Mos Def and pianist Robert Glasper (July 10)
Harlem Gospel Choir (July 11)

Rythmes Bell series, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis:
Kool & The Gang with opening act: Stéphane Moraille (July 1)
Buddy Guy and Susan Tedeschi (July 2)
La India with opening act Jesus El Niño (July 3)
The Lost Fingers (July 4, exclusively at 6 p.m.)
The Positive Force (July 5)
Oumou Sangare and Alpha Blondy (July 8)
Burning Spear and Toots & The Maytals (July 9)
Beirut with opening act The Dodos (July 11)

En voix Rio Tinto Alcan series, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA:
Melody Gardot (July 1 and 2)
Madeleine Peyroux (July 3 and 5)
Susie Arioli (July 4)
Sophie Milman
Charlie Haden's Family and Friends show (July 8)
Van der Graaf Generator (July 9)
Patricia Barber (July 10)
John Pizzarelli (July 11)

Primeur ARTV series, 7:30 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA:
Angèle Dubeau (June 30, July 1 and 2)
Zachary Richard (July 8 to 11)
July 3 Montreal Guitar Show series: Monte Mongomery (6 p.m.), Peppino D'Agostino (8 p.m.) and Russell Malone (10 p.m.) July 4 Sylvain Provost (6 p.m.), Frank Vignola (8 p.m.) and Olivier Langevin (10 p.m.)
July 5 Don Alder (6 p.m.), Muriel and Valérie (8 p.m.) and Stanley Jordan (10 p.m.)

Les Couleurs SAQ series, 7 p.m., Club Soda:
Brazilian Duos (July 1)
Emilie-Claire Barlow (July 2)
Eleni Mandell (July 3)
Joyce (July 4)
John Butler (July 5) solo and in duet with Nicky Bomba
Pacifika(July 6)
Térez Montcalm (July 8)
Farka Touré (July 9)
Lila Downs (July 10)
DeVotchKa's (July 11)

Invitation Hyatt Regency Montréal series, 6 p.m., Gesù Centre de créativité presented in collaboration with Galaxie:
French trumpeter Erik Truffaz Benares (July 1), Mexico(July 2), Paris (July 3).
Saxophonist Joshua Redman with pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Matt Penman (July 4)
Saxophonist Joshua Redman with Joe Lovano, Greg Hutchison, Reuben Rogers and Sam Yahel (July 5)
Saxophonist Joshua Redman with Brian Blade, Greg Hutchinson, Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers (July 6)
Garcia Fons (July 9) with Sabrina Romero (July 9)
Garcia-Fons with Jean-Louis Matinier (July 10)
Garcia-Fons with David Venitucci, Kiko Ruiz and Pascal Rolando (July 11)

Jazz Beat TD Canada Trust series, 8 p.m., Théâtre Jean Duceppe, PdA. Presented by CBC Radio 2 (93.5 FM):
Al di Meola (July 1)
Sadao Watanabe (July 2)
Eliane Elias (July 3)
Kenny Garrett (July 4)
Kenny Werner (July 5)
Jimmy Cobb's So What Band with Wallace Roney, Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson, Larry Willis & Buster Williams (July 6)
Bill Frisell Quartet with Tony Scherr, Rudy Royston and Ron Miles (July 8).
Lorraine Desmarais (July 9)
George Wein, producer, promoter, pianist and father of jazz festivals, along with his Newport All Stars with Lew Tabackin, Randy Sandke, Howard Alden, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash (July 10).
Alain Caron & François Bourrassa (July 11)

Jazz d'ici La Presse series, 6 p.m., L'Astral:
Oliver Jones (June 30)
Julie Lamontagne and her trio (July 1)
Guy Bélanger (July 2)
Le Large Ensemble (July 3)
Auguste (July 5)
Karen Young, Stéphane Moraille, Jean Vanasse and Martial Méroné, pay Tribute to Éval Manigat (July 6
Rémi-Jean Leblanc, Samuel Joly, Dan Thouin and Jocelyn Tellier (July 8)
Joel Miller (July 9)
Michel Donato (July 10)
Toussaint brothers of Sacbé with Jean Pierre Zanella (July 11)

Jazz dans la nuit series, 10:30 p.m., Gesù Centre de créativité:
Enrico Rava (June 30)
The Baptiste Trotignon Quintet featuring Mark Turner, Jeremy Pelt, Greg Hutchison and Matt Penman (July 1)
Esperanza Spalding (July 2) Lee Konitz, accompanied by Minsarah (July 3)
Brian Blade (July 4) with longtime friends the Fellowship Band
Hadouk Trio (July 5)
Julien Lourau, Serbian pianist Bojan Zulfikarpaic and Algerian drummer Karim Ziad are BoZiLo (July 6)
Hiromi (July 8)
Rudresh Mahanthappa (July 9)
Bill Charlap and Houston Person (July 10)
Greg Osby (July 11)
Concerts intimes Planète Jazz series, 7 p.m., Savoy
Mélissa Laveaux (July 1 and 2)
Jordan Officer (from July 3 to 5 July 4 exclusively at 8:30 p.m.)
NEeMA (July 6)
Jason Bajada (July 8 and 9)
Po'Girl (July 10 and 11).

Jazz au Club series, 9 p.m., L'Astral n collaboration with Galaxie:
Bad Plus (June 30, 11 p.m., and July 1, 9 p.m.)
Dominick Farinacci (July 2)
Aaron Parks (July 3)
Gerald Clayton (July 4)
Loueke (July 5)
Anat Cohen (July 6)
English Canada (July 8)
Bïa (July 9)
Jill Barber (July 10)
Somi (July 11)

Les Nuits Heineken series, midnight, Club Soda:
Elsiane (July 1)
High Tone (July 3)
Thunderheist (July 4)
Pawa Up First (July 5)
The Dears (July 6)
The Orb (July 8)
The Bell Orchestre (July 9)
Bonobo (July 10)
DJ Misstress Barbara preceded by Claass (July 11)

Special events:
Festival Pre opening: Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid Pelletier de la PdA
Jazzing Flamenco, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, June 30 (6 p.m.), July 2 to 6 and 8 to 11 presented by Air France
Battle of the Bands with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Harry James Orchestra, July 12, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA

Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities at the 30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be announced on June 8.

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