News Release from Spectra – Montreal, Tuesday April 26, 2016 — It’s an indoor program that combines quality, abundance and diversity! The 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto from June 29 to July 9, welcomes 175 indoor concerts spread over 15 series.

From the most intimate showrooms to the most prestigious concert halls, Montreal is ready to welcome a vast array of major musical names: young stars on the rise—Joey Alexandre,, Taylor McFerrin, Tal Wilkenfeld, to name just a few—artists at the peak of their plentiful powers like Melody Gardot, Rufus Wainwright, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson, and jazz legends including Chick Corea, Marcus Miller and Steve Coleman. And there will be two very special moments this year from artists who have been with the Festival since its inception and are now bidding us farewell: Oliver Jones and Guy Nadon, who’ve written their very own chapters in Festival history! All in all, there will be 11 days and nights of celebration at the crossroads of continents and genres, a brilliantly colourful musical voyage that promises to be equally eclectic and joyous!

Starting off with a bang… and closing on a high note

Opening concert: Melody Gardot. Opening act: Lisa Simone – June 29 & 30, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA – Every Festival visit by Melody Gardot is an event in itself… An absolute revelation when she appeared on the jazz scene in 2008, the American singer-guitarist- pianist and songwriter returns with her magnificent voice, her incredible charisma, a new album, Currency of Man, and her unique ability to hold sway over an entire room from the moment she takes the stage. To say we can’t wait is an understatement… Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada


Closing concert: Preservation Hall Jazz Band — July 9, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve — Taking their name from the famed New Orleans venue where they formed, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has become the “authorized” ambassador of the music–and they’ve taken the message to almost every country in the world, keeping the tradition alive. A Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert is a trip to the very deepest roots of jazz. Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada

The program, venue by venue

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

At 7:30 p.m., the prestigious Événements spéciaux TD series welcomes some of the biggest names playing this edition of the Festival. In addition to the opening concert starring Melody Gardot:
July 2 and 3 / Rufus Wainwright presents two magisterial evenings with full orchestra: Symphonic visual concerts conceived around his opera Prima Donna and his greatest hits.
July 4 / Exclusively at 8:30 p.m., a frenzied funk celebration with the legendary Kool & The Gang.
July 5 and 6 / The grand dame of R&B, Ms. Lauryn Hill returns to the Festival after 14 years.
July 7 / To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ most legendary album, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin recreate the most magical nights of the ’60s with the songs of Pet Sounds, performed onstage one final time.
July 9 / The series concludes with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, cut from the same superior cloth as his former Britpop band, Oasis.


Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique,, La Presse+, Rouge FM, Boom FM, Virgin 96 and CHOM

Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
In addition to the closing concert, at 8 p.m., Grands Concerts Rio Tinto series welcomes exceptional artists from all musical horizons:

June 29 / The finest jazz singer of this decade: Gregory Porter.
June 30 / Renowned Japanese piano virtuoso Hiromi, preceded by incredible harpist Edmar Castaneda.
July 1 / An absolute fireworks display of major jazz names: the Blue Note 75 band, assembling Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott.


July 2 / Welcoming back legendary bluesman Taj Mahal.
July 3 / The golden girl of jazz: American singer Stacey Kent.
July 4 / The daring Joe Jackson and his eclectic, delectable repertoire.
July 6 / Legendary bassist Marcus Miller and his new project at the crossroads of Africa and America, Afrodeezia.
July 7 / The spectacular Volcan Trio starring Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez and Armando Gola. The evening opens with talented young saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
July 8 / American Brandi Carlile brings her pop sounds to Montreal for the first time.
Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique,, 98,5 FM and CJAD 800 AM

Maison symphonique de Montréal
A concert hall with exceptional acoustics, the perfect venue to showcase Festival à la Maison symphonique Turkish Airlines series at 7 p.m.

June 30 / The illustrious Wynton Marsalis heads the equally famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (concert presented by Radio-classique).
July 1 / One of our own Legends of the Festival, Chick Corea, in a trio with the supremely gifted Christian McBride and Brian Blade.
July 3 / They’ve taken soul and salvation around the world: the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir with their 10th album, I’ll Take You There.
July 5 / An all-string double bill: astonishing Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro and Australian fingerpicking master Tommy Emmanuel.


July 6 / Famed Canadian jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow goes symphonic for the first time in Montreal.
July 7 / The farewell concert of one of the elemental figures in this Festival’s history: the great Oliver Jones, in a double bill, opening with his trio, then performing with the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal.


July 9 / The 8th edition of our now-famous Battle of the Bands, with the Glenn Miller Orchestra facing off “against” the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
Series presented in collaboration with The Montreal Gazette, CJAD 800 AM and Rouge FM

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
At 8 p.m., the Nouveau monde series spotlights the ladies of music:

June 30 to July 2 / Violinist Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble La Pietà offer us one final opportunity to experience the album Ludovico Einaudi: portrait, Félix winner for Classical Album of the Year.
July 6 to 8 / The Wainwright Sisters—Martha and Lucy—invite us on a trip through the nursery rhymes of their childhood with the mysterious Songs in the Dark.
July 9 / Florence K brings the deeply human and literary experience of her book Buena Vida to the stage.
Series presented in collaboration with MusiMax and Virgin 96

A Festival also means Get Up and Dance! Look no further than Rythmes SiriusXM series at 8:30 p.m. for proof!

June 29 / The singer some have called the Nina Simone of the post-grunge era: Cat Power solo.


July 1 / An electronica trio from Marseille, Chinese Man, with opening Poirier and his Migration Soundsytem.
July 2 / Dazzling Mexican songstress Lila Downs.
July 3 / German artist Pantha Du Prince plunges us into the psyche-minimalist ambience of The Triad.


July 4 / This trombonist-trumpeter lights up a night like no one else: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
July 5 / He’s as wild as he is creative: extraordinary rapper Danny Brown.
July 6 / Indie-folk western adventures from the magical Lord Huron, with brilliant opener Son Little.
July 7 / An all-folk double bill with talented Swedish artist The Tallest Man on Earth and poignant Canadian artist Basia Bulat.


Series presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus, CKOI 96,9, Virgin 96 and CHOM

Club Soda
At 6 p.m., Couleurs SAQ series invites you to a musical world tour:

June 30 / Sparkling Brazilian singer Céu and the fierce rhythms of her latest release, Tropix.


July 1 / Susie Arioli makes the flowers bloom with her most recent celebration of an album, Spring.
July 2 / Ian Kelly brings the melodic folk of his storied album, Superfolk.
July 3 / The daring Térez Montcalm takes on the repertoires of Prévert, Nougaro and Trenet.
July 4 / Get ready to get happy listening to the lovely songs of Gabriella.
July 5 / The young bassist everyone is talking about: Australian Tal Wilkenfeld.
July 6 / The dazzling Jay-Jay Johanson and his repertoire of otherworldly music.


July 7 / One of the loveliest discoveries of the last edition of the Festival:
July 8 / The incomparable voice of Betty Bonifassi, in a contemporary re-reading of the music of Alan Lomax.
July 9 / Oklahoma singer-guitarist JD McPherson, dedicated to reviving the glory days of rock’n’roll.Series presented in collaboration with Rouge FM, CJAD 800 AM and CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal

At 10 p.m., the party continues! Les Nuits Heineken series takes over Club Soda for a musical nightcp:
June 29 / A fiercely independent, dazzling group: Beirut’s Mashrou’ Leila and their rebel alt-pop.


June 30 / The triumphant return of DJ Champion et ses G-Strings, with a new album, Best Seller!
July 1 / It’s a debut Festival visit in hip-hop mode for Terrace Martin.
July 2 / A night of divine madness with the founding members of The Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster’s Furious Five, Melle Mel and Scorpio, launching an old school hip-hop bash!
July 4 / A ride on the wild side of Canadian blues-rock with the Paul DesLauriers Band, launching their new album!
July 5 / A brilliant cellist between jazz, electro-pop-rock and post-punk, Jeanne Added.


July 6 / First solo visit by one of the leading artists in contemporary R&B: Bilal.
July 7 / It’s a fiesta fired up by the wildest of Acadian duos: Radio Radio and their album Light the Sky.
July 8 / A rare Festival pleasure: Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John, who had the entire world whistling along to their smash hit Young Folks.
July 9 / A lovely musical nightcap with the silky harmonies of Boy & Bear, preceded by the newest local buzz band, Motel Raphaël.
Series presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM and NIGHTLIFE.CA

Ludger-Duvernay Theatre, Monument-National
A 8 p.m., get ready for a series of 100% high-calibre jazz: Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal.

June 30 / The series opens with famed saxophonist Chris Potter.
July 1 / Next, it’s fast-rising young (12 year old!) phenomenon Joey Alexander with his trio.
July 2 / It’s a pleasure to welcome back brilliant Israeli double bassist Avishai Cohen and his trio after last year’s concert was cancelled.


July 3 / Renowned Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, accompanied by Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad, presents his latest release, Hymns and Visions.


July 4 / A pair of musical expeditionaries, Renaud Garcia-Fons and Dorantes, bring their shared passion for flamenco to life.
July 5 / A very happy reunion with major grand saxophonist Steve Coleman and his project Five Elements.
July 6 / A special visit by a legendary jazz fusion group: Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House accompanied by Randy Brecker and Alphonse Mouzon.
July 7 / Prolific virtuoso organist Joey DeFrancesco brings us his new album, Trip Mode.
July 8 / The renowned Erik Truffaz Quartet brings in an African-accented album: Doni Doni.


Series presented in collaboration with

Le Balcon
The piano takes centre stage in a brand-new ebony-and-ivory-coloured series: the Piano solo series at 6 p.m.

June 30 and July 1 / Montreal classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais presents his debut album, Voici II.


July 2 and 3 / A cosmic, oneiric musical voyage under the Aurora Borealis with Roman Zavada.
July 4 / A voyage as playful and fantastical as it is sensitive and intimate: Martin Lizotte and his Pianolitudes.


July 5, 6 and 7 / Montreal pianist Alexandra Stréliski transports her audience to a dreamlike, cinematic world.

July 8 and 9 / Pianist-composer Jade Berg presents an intimate, acoustic version of the debut album by Flying Hórses.

Le Gesù
At 6 p.m., the famed Invitation TD series gets innovative (again): in addition to the host musicians inviting guests to present a different concert every evening, the series launches a new tribute concept this year.

June 30 to July 2 / Brilliant New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott kicks things off with songs from his 5th album, Christian aTunde Adjuah, before welcoming daring guitarist Charlie Hunter, and spellbinding singer Lizz Wright.
July 3 to 5 / Renowned pianist Kenny Barron takes over with a first concert alongside scintillating Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke, followed by concerts with dazzling flautist Elena Pinderhughes, and closing his series with his trio.


July 6 to 8 / The late, lamented Chet Baker is the subject of the tribute concerts in this series. First, Stéphane Belmondo brings us his wonderful recent album Love for Chet; next, Montreal trumpeter and–for this occasion–singer Ron Di Lauro offers his homage; and finally, brilliant and innovative José James closes things out accompanied by Takuya Kuroda.
Series presented in collaboration with The Montreal Gazette

At 10:30 p.m., the Jazz dans la nuit series welcomes nighthawk jazzophiles.
June 30 / Virtuoso Israeli pianist Shai Maestro unveils a 2nd album.


July 1 / Incredible guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and his trio roll out new album, Let the Bells Ring On.
July 2 / Charismatic virtuoso saxophonist James Carter unleashes Django Unchained, a tribute to Django Reinhardt, accompanied by his Organ trio.
July 3 / Former Snarky Puppy member Cory Henry presents The Revival, his recent album, grooving between vintage gospel and Stevie Wonder.
July 4 / A cosmic musical voyage with the apocalyptic space-funk of The Comet Is Coming.
July 5 / Pianist Fred Hersch unveils the incredible range of his talent solo.
July 6 / François Bourassa, Jean Beaudet and Marianne Trudel pay tribute to the man who helped launch the free jazz revolution in the early ’60s: Montreal pianist Paul Bley.
July 7 / A jazz summit at the generational crossroads with the brilliant Vijay Iyer and the legendary Wadada Leo Smith.


July 9 / The excellent Aaron Parks arrives with his trio and new pieces from an album due on ECM.

Series presented in collaboration with Espace Musique and

At 6 p.m., the TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+ series hosts a collection of brilliant local talents.

June 30 / The farewell concert by Festival emeritus, the “Roi du Drum,” Guy Nadon.
July 1 / The elemental Lorraine Desmarais with her Big Band and a rug-cutting project: Danses Danzas Dances.
July 2 / Welcome Misc, the new name of the Trio Jérôme Beaulieu.

July 3 / A fabulous Festival first: mother-daughter duo Karen Young and Coral Egan.
July 4 / Michel Donato plays godfather to the local scene, welcoming 6 young talents for a series of duets.
July 5 / The daring Frédéric Alarie meets Scott LaFaro’s double bass for a timeless musical encounter.
July 6 / Renowned harmonica wiz Guy Bélanger kicks off the evening in acoustic mode.
July 7 / Our very own Queen of the Blues Dawn Tyler Watson delivers a high-wattage concert with Ben Racine.
July 8 / Jacques Kuba Séguin invites us into his Litania Projekt with Quatuor Bozzini.
July 9 / 2014-2015 Jazz Radio Canada Discovery Emie R Roussel trio closes out the run.
Series presented in collaboration with ICI Musique

At 9 p.m., the evening continues with Le Club series and its top-flight guests:
June 30 / Completely wild New York trio Moon Hooch.

July 1 / Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and a sound blending hip-hop, bop and soul.
July 2 / Franco-American singer Cyrille Aimée and her groovy new opus: Let’s Get Lost.
July 4 / A DJ-keyboardist at the crossroads of soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, funk and techno: Taylor McFerrin.
July 5 / Norwegian festival Punkt heads into the Festival to present Nils Petter Molvær solo and the Eivind Aarset band with Jan Bang, followed by a live remix by DJs Erik Honoré and Stian Balducci.

July 6 / Guy Bélanger keeps the evening going in electric mode.
July 7 / Star guitarist Nir Felder presents his new album Golden Age.
July 8 / A luxurious musical voyage with NEeMA and her album Painting My Wall Gold.
July 9 / Young phenom Gabriel Garzón-Montano makes his first Festival visit.
Series presented in collaboration with Stingray Musique and CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal

Savoy du Métropolis
The smallest venue of the Festival, the most intimate of series: Concerts intimes at 7 p.m.

June 29 and 30 / Raw emotion with Ontario artist Royal Wood.
July 1 and 2 / The authentic indie-folk of John Jacob Magistery and their debut album Phantom i.
July 3 to 5 / A luminous and ethereal pop universe that promises to be utterly spellbinding: Shyre.
July 6 and 7 / A double bill uniting Men I Trust and Ghostly Kisses, from funky electronica to gauzy pop.

July 8 and 9 / Eight-headed beast Bellflower present their 2nd album, The Season Spell, fusing wind instruments, soaring jazz and alt-folk.
Series presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM

Le Bateau-Mouche, Old Port of Montreal
A musical cruise: the Croisière Jazz, boarding at 6:30 p.m., returning at 10 p.m.

June 29 to July 1 — The composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist musically transports us to the sunny world of his native country, Brazil. Reservations required: 514 849-9952, 1 800 361-9952 or

• Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 St. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842 2112 or
• Métropolis and Savoy: 59 St. Catherine Street East;, or 1 855 790-1245 —
• L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan): 305 St. Catherine Street West; or 1 855 790-1245 —
• Club Soda: 1225 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 286-1010 or
• Gesù: 1200 De Bleury Street; 514 861-4036; or 1 855 790-1245 —
• Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 St. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 or
• Bateau-Mouche au Vieux-Port de Montréal: 55 St. Paul Street West; 514 849-9952 or 1 800 361-9952 —
• Monument-National: 1182 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 871-2224; or 1 866 844-2172 —
• Le Balcon: 463 St. Catherine Street West, 514 528-9766 or 1 888 528-9766,

The 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 29 to July 9, 2016. Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities will be announced this coming June 7.

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