Bonnie Raitt Coming to Montreal – Jazz All Year Long Series

Jazz All-Year Round welcomes
Bonnie Raitt, -M-, Joe Louis Walker, Quartango, Jean-Michel Pilc in a duo with Kenny Werner, Michael Kaeshammer,
Jorge Drexler and Rokia Traoré


Montreal, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to announce a first slate of concerts in the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD—a series renowned for its eclectic panorama of styles. You’ll find jazz on the marquee, of course, but also blues, boogie-woogie, world music and even an icon of French pop… and above all, sheer musical pleasure all year ‘round! Tickets for these new concerts go on sale Saturday, May 11 at noon.

Bonnie Raitt — November 14, 8 p.m. — Théâtre St-Denis 1 — Veteran songwriter, inspired vocalist, respected guitarist and committed activist, Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music―she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Fired up by the characteristically brilliant and affecting singing and playing on her latest album, Slipstream, the multi-Grammy-winning artist makes the second visit of her career, seven years after her Festival debut. It’s a summit meeting with one of the truly great ladies of music, a standard-bearer of blues-rock, country and roots.

-M- — July 9, 8 p.m. — Métropolis — Man of letters Mathieu Chedid, alias -M-, authored some of the greatest moments in the history of the FrancoFolies de Montréal during the ’00s, and of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, where he returned after an 8-year absence to deliver THE shows of the year this past winter, packing the venue two nights running! Oh, you missed it? Well, take heart: by popular demand, the charming singer-guitarist with the flair for eccentric costumes returns to enchant us anew with Îl, his most recent album. No doubt about it: the summer forecast is looking sunny and hot!

Jorge Drexler — October 4, 8 p.m. — Métropolis — Born in Uruguay, this charming singer-songwriter is a genuine star Spain, where he’s pursued his career since the mid-’90s. An Oscar winner for the song Al otro lado del río―heard in the film The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)―Jorge Drexler fuses pop and folk with a skill and gentility that recall Brazil’s Caetano Veloso. After a sold-out show in his last Montreal visit, he finally returns to unveil a highly-anticipated new album, N.

Rokia Traoré — November 28, 8 p.m. — Club Soda — Discovered in the late ’90s, Rokia Traoré has delivered a handful of albums celebrated for their perfect equilibrium of traditional music and modern sounds. Singing in her mother tongue as well as French and English, the Mali native has never been afraid to venture into unexplored musical terrain leagues away from the stereotypes often associated with African music in the West. Produced by John Parish, a close associate of PJ Harvey, the new album Beautiful Africa finds the singer-songwriter flirting with rock and Afro-funk. As LaPresse+ says, this is music of intelligence, sensuality and passion.

In L’Astral

Joe Louis Walker — September 27, 8 p.m. — Talk about a fascinating career trajectory—this San Francisco singer-guitarist has one: a friend of six-string legend Mike Bloomfield in the ’60s, he then set off on a gospel stint before reconnecting with his blues roots in the mid-’80s. Since then, the imposing Mister Walker has drawn the respect of his peers and the admiration of a considerable audience. In his first concert here in 24 years, he’ll roll through a vast repertoire enriched last year by Hellfire, his 1st album on Alligator.

Quartango — October 24, 8 p.m. — Since releasing their debut album Musica Viva in 1986, Quartango has made its name blending classical and nuevo tangos, classical music and contemporary jazz with flair and aplomb. Now enjoying an impressive international reputation, the Montreal combo has trod the boards of the most prestigious venues in Tokyo,Paris and New   York—in Carnegie Hall, accompanied by the New York Pops. Comprised of founder René Gosselin (double bass), Antoine Bareil (violin), Stéphane Hunt (piano) and Denis Plante (bandoneon), they’ll be here to offer us an eagerly-awaited new album.

Michael Kaeshammer — November 1, 8 p.m. — Boogie-Woogie pro Michael Kaeshammer―known as the Triple Menace for his piano virtuosity, vocal talent and charisma―is back to dance up L’Astral with a new album dedicated to the repertoire of the great grand Allen Toussaint. A Festival regular with a fervent fan base here, the irresistibly charming Canadian star will be back in November after his opening slot for Emilie-Claire Barlow this summer. And then, the spotlight will belong to him alone.

Jean-Michel Pilc and Kenny Werner Piano Duo — March 7, 8 p.m. — Stage right, Jean-Michel Pilc, winner of the 2000 Django Reinhardt award and incredible improviser who shone in a trio with bassist François Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig during the 2011 edition of the Festival. Stage left, Kenny Werner, loyal accompanist of harmonica master Toots Thielemans and high-level soloist. The program? An erudite, playful and daring musical dialogue brilliantly delivered by two pianists at the zenith of their art.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 11, at noon

Available from the venue box offices

Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E) and L’Astral (305 Ste. Catherine St. W), and, 1 855 790-1245
Théâtre St-Denis 1 (1594 St. Denis St.), 514 790-1111 or 1 800 848-1594,
Club Soda (1225    St. Laurent Blvd.),, 514 286-1010)

For further information, call the Info-Jazz LaPresse+ Line at 514 871-1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit

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Tickets remain available for these other concerts

(tickets already on sale, details at

Térez Montcalm, May 16, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Willy Moon, June 9, 8 p.m., L’Astral

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 14th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from public partners, specifically, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Montrealers and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, official host of the Jazz All Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.

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