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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fetival International de Jazz de Montréal, 35 candles…and a thousand musical fireworks!

Montréal, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — And yes, sparks will fly during the indoor program of this 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! Sparks will light up our eyes and our stages, ignited by a constellation of the greatest names from the world of music! Night after night, fans can expect unexpected encounters, exclusive creations, musicians who flirt with or achieve perfection, or soar into the sublime… In other words, the Festival treats itself—and all of us!—to an unprecedented 35th birthday program! From June 26 to July 6, jazz unveils all of its splendour in our venues, featuring the greatest artists from here and abroad, breathing new life into the music in its purest form or its many related musical genres, from blues to hip-hop. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Saturday, April 26 at noon… although Infolettre Spectra subscribers (subscription is free at can purchase them starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. until Friday at 9 p.m.!

Get ready for major anniversaries and massive marquee names!

This edition promises to be a supreme series of celebrations, with an incredible array of timely anniversaries: the Festival’s, of course, but also milestone moments for the OSM, Oliver Jones, Guy Nadon, François Bourassa, the Newport Jazz Festival, major works A Love Supreme by John Coltrane and Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and also landmark albums by the Violent Femmes, Gogh Van Go and Cassandra Wilson. Special guests will flock in from all over the world (and from around the block), with as many legends as newcomers who are all the rage on Planet Music. To whet your appetite for this anniversary edition, feast on such luminaries as Diana Ross, Keith Jarrett, Michael Bublé, Terence Blanchard, Rufus Wainwright, Trombone Shorty, Beck, Marcus Miller, Katie Melua, Jack DeJohnette, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tony Bennett, Ben Harper, Ginger Baker, Tord Gustavsen, Stacey Kent, Brad Mehldau, Dr. Lonnie Smith… Are we excited yet? And yet—incredibly—this barely adds up to the number of indoor concerts in a single day at the Festival!

Celebrations… from beginning to end!

Alain Lefèvre and the OSM in the Opening Concert

These two major evenings not only mark the 35th birthday of the Festival, they also celebrate the 80th season of the OSM and the 90th anniversary of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, the first work to break jazz into the world’s premiere concert halls. The program features Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F by Gershwin as well as Symphonic Dances taken from immortal musical West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. And let’s not forget Lefèvre’s jazz compositions, performed with double bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu, with whom they were recorded. Alain Lefèvre and the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy. Opening concert: June 26, 8 p.m. (also June 27, 7 p.m.), Maison symphonique de Montréal (Le Festival à la Maison symphonique series). Presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oliver Jones, 80th Birthday and Closing Festival Concert
with Lorraine Desmarais, Ranee Lee, Josée Aidans and Daniel Clarke Bouchard

The Festival closes out celebrations of its 35th edition by marking the 80th birthday of one of its most loyal and longstanding friends: internationally renowned Montreal pianist Oliver Jones. After the rare privilege of his solo concert in Cinquième Salle last summer, the living jazz legend does up his 80th with a superb soirée in Théâtre Maisonneuve. And for the cherry on top, the kid from Saint-Henri welcomes some of his dearest musical friends: Lorraine Desmarais, Ranee Lee, Josée Aidans and Daniel Clarke Bouchard. An emotional evening for Montreal jazz… with 88 keys and 80 candles! July 5, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series). Presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada.

The event of the 35th anniversary!
Michael Bublé at the Centre Bell

Michael Bublé returns 10 years after his Festival debut! Following a 40-date American tour in support of his 6th album, To Be Loved, our very own international superstar treats fans to a pair of evenings in the Centre Bell. A multiple Grammy winner with 45 million albums sold, Bublé rolls out his timeless hits, and pieces from his latest album featuring 4 original co-written songs and covers of Elvis, the Bee Gees, the Jackson 5 and Frank Sinatra. July 4 and 5, 8 p.m., Centre Bell. Presented in collaboration with Evenko and

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