38th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal - Jazz by Venue


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With 150 indoor concerts, 14 themed series presented in 11 concert venues, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal once again proves it is THE musical rendezvous of the summer! The 38th edition of the Festival, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto from June 28 to July 8, reveals hos wonderfully the Festival wears its years, never ceasing to renew, innovate, enrich, diversify and deepen its offering… And so the curtain rises on a program brimming with jazz, of course, but also blues, folk, rock, pop, electronica and world music, in addition to displaying a new website and new colours thanks to its collaboration with the teams of Bleublancrouge and Baillat for the graphic design of this edition. It’s a high-calibre program, combining the most dazzling stars on today’s scene, artists at the zenith of their art, and streaking young comets to be discovered… A musical planet we will never stop exploring! But this is also an edition overflowing with styles and cultures, with over 17 countries represented, from Norway to Brazil, Armenia to New Zealand, including the UK, Cuba, Mali, Nigeria, Japan, South Korea, Argentina and, of course, Canada, from B.C. to Nunavut! Eleven days and nights of discoveries, passion, surprises and celebration! Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.

“What a joy it is to contribute again to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a world-class event, which brings so many music lovers together. As the Bank of Music, we made a commitment, 14 years ago, to support community programs for young people across Canada by offering, workshops, innovative educational programs and grants, as well as awards and scholarships in the field of music. We also sponsor more than 80 music festivals each year from coast to coast. This 38th edition will certainly be one of the fabulous ways to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal”, says Sylvie Demers, Chair, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group.

A sampling of jazz events by venue...

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

June 29 / UZEB, R3UNION. Opening act: Alfredo Rodríguez — After a 25-year absence, it’s the triumphant return of Quebec’s most legendary fusion jazz group!

July 2 / LA LA LAND in concert — The year’s most beloved film screened and accompanied by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, performing its Oscar-winning soundtrack.

Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA

June 29 / Robert Glasper Experiment, ArtScience. Opening act: Kendrick Scott Oracle — A master in the art of blurring the lines between jazz, R&B and hip-hop, exceptional pianist and producer Robert Glasper unveils his latest sonic explorations.

July 3 / The Stanley Clarke Band. Opening act: The Jeremy Pelt Quintet — A peerless maestro in the pantheon of jazz fusion bassists, the great Stanley Clarke visits us accompanied by his young jazz lions.

July 5 / Arturo Sandoval | Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Double bill — Canadian saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett opens the evening with her Cuban group Maqueque, followed by the triumphant Festival return of one of the masters of Afro-Latin jazz trumpet.

Maison symphonique de Montréal

July 4 / Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade, Still Dreaming | Danilo Pérez Trio featuring Adam Cruz and Ben Street.— After Danilo Pérez Trio’s exciting performance where jazz flirts with Latin music, Joshua Redman and his three compadres present their daring project Still Dreaming, a tribute to Ornette Coleman alumni and the saxophonist’s father.

Club Soda

July 1 / Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One — This genuine “gang of maniacs” blasts out a brilliant album blending electro-funk and free jazz.

July 3, 9 p.m. / Portico Quartet | Binker & Moses, UK Marathon — The second part of the UK Marathon imports the finest from the current British jazz scene.

July 5 / SOMI — A magnificent voice with a unique fusion of African and jazz influences and a social conscience: SOMI!

Salle Ludger-Duvernay, Monument-National

June 28 / Youn Sun Nah — From the wildest screams to the husky tenderness, this South Korean diva combines jazz, chanson and rock.

June 29 / Ambrose Akinmusire — American trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire pursues his quest for the perfect sound.

June 30 / Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda duo — It was at this very Festival in 2016 that Hiromi fell for the charms of Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda. They’re back as a duo!

July 1 / Christian McBride — The inspired double bassist heads up a well-oiled machine running on bluesy riffs and luxurious textures.

July 2 / Roberto Fonseca, ABUC — It’s the highly-anticipated return of this talented Cuban pianist with his latest album, tracing the evolution of jazz in his native land.

July 3, 6 p.m. / Gwilym Simock | Phronesis, UK Marathon — The first part of the UK Marathon, a special event assembling the best of a British jazz scene at full boil!

July 4 / Nicholas Payton, Afro-Caribbean, Mixtape. Opening act: Laurent Coulondre, GravityZero — The eclectic trumpeter presents Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, a fascinating fusion.

July 5 / Lizz Wright — This American singer has a blazing voice, charisma to burn and ranks at the top of the jazz charts.

July 6 / Dave Douglas & Chet Doxas, Riverside with special guest Carla Bley — The brilliant trumpeter unveils the Riverside project, inspired by Jimmy Giuffre’s work, alongside saxophonist Chet Doxas and the great Carla Bley on piano!

July 8 / Tony Allen, Tribute to Art Blakey — Drummer and co-inventor of Afrobeat, Allen pays tribute to one of the most iconic drummer of hard bop.


June 29 / Shabaka & The Ancestors — At the crossroads of American jazz And African musical traditions, Shabaka & the Ancestors arrive with their “Afrofuturist” album, The Wisdom of Elders.

June 30 / Donny McCaslin — The brilliant saxophonist presents us his album Beyond Now, dedicated to David Bowie, with whom he collaborated on the legend’s final album (Blackstar).

July 1 / Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet — The most high-profile drummer on the current jazz scene invites Chris Morrissey (bass), Fabian Almazan (piano) and Jason Rigby (tenor sax) for this 100% acoustic new project.

July 2 / Bill Frisell Duo with Thomas Morgan — The eternally bold Bill Frisell reconnects with double bassist Thomas Morgan in the same duo format that gave us Small Town (2017), recorded in the Village Vanguard in New York.

July 3 / Django Festival Allstars with Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier & Pierre Blanchard — A tribute performance to the eternal master of gypsy jazz guitar, from three of his most worthy descendants.

July 4 / The Neil Cowley Trio — Ranking among the most impressive groups on the British post-jazz scene, the Neil Cowley Trio presents Spacebound Apes, an album that obliterates genre boundaries.

July 5 / Escalandrum & Elena Roger — The repertoires of Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, revisited by two devoted Argentinean artists: singer Elena Roger and Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla’s prestigious sextet.

July 6 / Harold López-Nussa trio — This wildly gifted young Cubain Latin jazz pianist and his new album, Viaje, transport us to the sunny, melancholy climes of Havana.

July 7 / Lorraine Desmarais trio plays Bill Evans — A grand dame of jazz and longtime friend of this Festival, the pianist offers an intimate soirée in tribute to the great Bill Evans.

July 8 / L’Orchestre national de jazz with guests John Hollenbeck and Theo Bleckmann — Renowned for his innovative spirit, drummer and conductor John Hollenbeck leads l’Orchestre national de jazz in an unprecedented piece, in collaboration with musical partner Theo Bleckmann.

June 29 / The Bad Plus — The rock fan’s fave jazz trio (and vice versa) kicks off the series with their aptly-named latest, It’s Hard.

June 30 / The Bad Plus with Rudresh Mahanthappa — The Minneapolis trio welcomes a saxophonist with a revolutionary artistic vision, the dazzling Rudresh Mahanthappa.

July 1 / The Bad Plus with Kurt Rosenwinkel — For the perfect closer, explosive collective improvisations with New York guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel.

July 3 / John Pizzarelli Quartet with Catherine Russell, Billy & Blue Eyes — The irresistible singer-guitarist opens his series in a Frank Sinatra mood alongside Catherine Russell, reincarnation Billie Holiday for the evening.

July 4 / John Pizzarelli Quartet with Jessica Molaskey, Joni Mitchell & McCartney — Pizzarelli returns with a grand dame of American music-hall, his wife, to take on the most memorable songs of McCartney and Joni Mitchell.

July 5 / John Pizzarelli Quartet with Daniel Jobim, Sinatra & Jobim at 50 — Fifty years after the famed recording by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, John Pizzarelli plunges into Brazilian bossa nova accompanied by Jobim’s grandson, Daniel.

July 6 / Ravi Coltrane duo with David Virelles — One of today’s most striking jazz artists, the American saxophonist takes charge of the Invitation series with eminent Cuban pianist David Virelles.

July 7 / Ravi Coltrane Quartet with Adam Rogers, Yunior Terry, E.J. Strickland — Coltrane pushes forward, accompanied by an incomparable quartet: Adam Rogers (guitar), Yunior Terry (bass) and E.J. Strickland (drums).

July 8 / Ravi Coltrane Quartet welcomes Robin Eubanks and Jason Palmer — Son of the elder Coltrane, Ravi closes the series in perfection with trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Jason Palmer.

L’Astral (Maison du Festival)

June 29 / Daniel Clarke Bouchard — The young piano prodigy, a protégé of Oliver Jones, takes on L’Astral for his first Festival concert.

July 2 / Andrea Lindsay, Entre le jazz et la java — An elegant voice, a seductive pop: the artist interprets her favourite songs from the francophone jazz repertoire.

July 5 / Misses Satchmo — Irresistible jazz-swing! This joyous quintet shakes up a cabaret-style repertoire rooted in the legacy of Louis Armstrong.

July 6 / Parc X Trio — With an original boundary-breaking jazz sound and sonic experiments in rock, pop and urban rhythms, the trio presents a new album, Dream.

July 7 / Rachel Therrien, Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia — The Québécois trumpeter presents a 3rd album steeped in the steamy rhythms of Colombia.

July 8 / Parlor Social with Dessy Di Lauro & Ric’key Pageot — This wild Los Angeles-based outfit unfurls a prolific neo-ragtime that channels the colourful cultural spirit of the Prohibition era.

July 2 / Kurt Rosenwinkel, Caipi — The most original guitarist-composer of his generation transports us to a dream zone where jazz fuses with tropical pop.

July 3 / Bria Skonberg — Considered “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal, this Canadian trumpeter visits us for the first time.

July 4 / Aron Ottignon — A protégé of Blue Note France, the pianist and composer visits with a modern jazz infused with Caribbean and electronic rhythms.

July 6 / Ariel Pocock — Gifted with a distinctive talent that has already won her an international profile, the American jazz singer-pianist presents her 2nd album, Living in Twilight.

The Festival on the small screen

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pleased to announce that, through its partnership with MEZZO LIVE HD, Youn Sun Nah’s concert (June 28) will be broadcast live.

In addition, several concerts filmed during previous editions will be broadcast in June:
  • Richard Galliano and Sylvain Luc, Tribute to Edith Piaf, June 18 at 9 p.m.
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel solo, June 18 at 10 p.m.
  • Nels Cline and Julian Lage, June 18 at 11 p.m.
  • High Risk with Dave Douglas, Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana, June 25 at 9 p.m.
  • Melanie De Biasio, June 25 at 10 p.m.
  • Jaga Jazzist, June 25 at 11 p.m.

A world standard in classical music, jazz and dance, MEZZO LIVE HD is celebrating its 21rst anniversary as a force on the European scene, as well as its second year operating in Canada. Thanks to partnerships with some of the world’s major musical institutions, including the Salzburg Festispiele, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz in Marciac, the Vienna Opera and of course, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, MEZZO LIVE HD presents global audiences with some of the world’s finest concerts.

The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 8, 2017. Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities will be announced this coming May 30.

This story appears courtesy of Braithwaite & Katz Communications.
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