Co-founder of Great Big Sea Sean McCann had a lot of fun. Too much fun which led to an awakening.
Please listen below to my chat with Sean about abuse, addiction, recovery and the new album; Shantyman.
Please listen below to my chat with Sean about abuse, addiction, recovery and the new album; Shantyman.
Please listen below to some Jazz masterpieces and standards. Also find out who is playing at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill and when …
Please listen below to my chat with actor, singer / songwriter, activist and a member of the Order of Canada; Tom Jackson
Please listen below to what radio used to sound like when DJs played their discoveries and the best new music.
If you live in the past and listen only to the past – the future will not require sunglasses. The future will not be very bright.
Scroll down and listen to some great new tunes !
Starting tomorrow, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto will fill the air of Quartier des spectacles! From September 15 to 19, more than thirty renowned artists will shine on the TD Stage (Place des Festivals) and on the Rio Tinto Stage (Parterre symphonique) to offer us a series of exceptional and free concerts!
This 41st edition will give festival-goers the occasion to finally discover live versions of the new material of a great number of artists such as Basia Bulat, Plants and Animals, MISC,Charlotte Day Wilson, Teke::Teke and Daniel Lanois.
As for BEYRIES, she will be on stage to present her first Montreal show with her band since the release of the second album Encounter. Under the musical direction of Alex Mc Mahon, she will be surrounded by musicians Marc Chartrain, André Papanicolaou and Amélie Mandeville as well as backing singers Kim Richardson, Franck Julian, Sarah Bourdon, Marie-Christine Depestre and Coral Egan. Pierre Lapointe will be responsible for the staging and artistic direction of this exceptional concert.
There will also be some special projects such as Modibo Keita‘s creation which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album, Guy Bélanger’s Blues Summit or Steve Hill & The Devil Horns’ new project, not to mention the special guests that will be added to Patrick Watson and Elisapie’s concerts.
his year, festival-goers must reserve their tickets online free of charge in order to have access to the outdoor stages as well as to the late nights series Les Nocturnes presented by Loto-Québec at L’Astral and Club Soda. This new measure will allow us to keep a register of participants and ensure the safe running of the events, in accordance with the health regulations currently in effect.
A few tickets are still available, get yours right now at montrealjazzfest.com
Free digital extras, available upon request as of September 15 will also be offered on the Festival’s website to satisfy the curiosity of true music fans.
At Dièse Onze, don’t miss: Emile Farley / Taurey Butler Trio / Marc Copeland Trio / Kim Richardson Quintet
For the show schedule and to buy your tickets: www.dieseonze.com/
Upstairs Jazz will present: Laura Anglade Quartet /Fuel Junkie Blues Band / Ron Di Lauro Sextet: Kind of Blue / Nomad / Simon Denizart + Eli Miller Maboungou / Peter Berstein / Larry Goldings / Bill Stewart Trio
For the show schedule and to buy your tickets: www.upstairsjazz.com/
Concerts at the Festival will be presented in compliance with the health measures currently in effect for outdoor events. Please note that the vaccination passport will be required for access to the shows.
In order to expedite the admission process to the shows, we encourage festival goers to arrive on site early and check in at one of our two vaccine passport validation tents. Once their passport has been validated, they will be able to proceed to the stage area entrance.
Of course, we will follow the evolution of the health situation closely to ensure the safety of the public, artists and employees.
For many of the audience attending Colin James’ show at the Montreal Jazz Festival – the fact that Colin once lived in Montreal for a year and a half, came as a surprise.
James recanted the tales of living in Lachine and Verdun and busking in the Metros. He also told stories of many gigs in this city. Places such as Bourbon Street North and West along with The Club Sodas (among others). If the audience were not already in love with Colin – they were now. In a weird way, the prodigal son returned home at Place des Arts.
James is on tour right now following his recent win for Blues Album of the Year at this year’s Junos. Miles To Go is the name of the disc and if Colin wants to achieve longevity – The Blues may be the road to travel. Sadly – even though James has put out record after record of solid Rock / Pop albums, classic Rock stations (or any radio station for that matter), refuse to play new music by classic Rock / Pop guys. Colin and his mates rolled out all of his genres last night. Take that Classic Rock radio !
Joined by Canada’s best harmonica player Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk, Harry Manx) both on disc and live – Colin and his band parlayed a vast catalog along with some new / old covers into a solid set. A wall of sound engulfed Place des Arts with piercing guitars and piercing horns. The combination of the two; a two punch bordering on a Rock show.
Five Long Years and Why’d You Lie reminded the older folks of a different time in music. A time when Blues joined Pop. Eighties music in all it’s glory. It Takes Time, One More Mile and Soul of a Man reminded folks of what most of them missed before they were born. The set-list was a perfect combination of the blending of different styles of Blues and how essential the sound is to success in any era.
James’ return to the Jazz Festival came full circle as the Jazz Festival was one of Colin’s first gigs thirty years.
James appears to be in transition mode as he decides which route to travel in his career. Colin has always been some sort of a chameleon that way. Stopping at the Rock door, the Blues door and the Big band door. What we witnessed last night was a vagrant James with no welcome mat at any door. The show had all the earmarks of a show yet somehow, there was a feeling that James can do better. Somehow – Colin will reemerge shortly with a new found love of a different sound.
Perhaps a move to Montreal, the most vibrant place for music in Canada would help? Why not? Colin’s twenty one year old son is going to Concordia. A trip by Colin via Metro to visit him (with guitar in hand) may do the trick for Colin.
Buddy Guy graced the Montreal Jazz Festival with his presence Saturday night. In a festival that has witnessed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder – Buddy’s appearance and subsequent reception of the B.B. King Award for outstanding contribution to The Blues was icing on a fortieth anniversary cake.
Buddy Guy was in a field pickin’ cotton when he was fifteen years old. During Obama’s regime as President of The Unites States of America, Buddy performed at the White House. For Guy – the largest indication of how far he has come in this world. For the music world and specifically The Blues world; Buddy had already reached the musical White House.
With the recent passings of B. B. King and James Cotton (along with many Blues artists), Buddy Guy is the last Blues man standing. Buddy is a survivor and a witness to Blues history. Buddy has played with every Blues guy who is talked about in the same breath as Jesus. Buddy Guy is now in that category and giving Jesus a run for his money.
With the utmost respect to opening act Colin James and his band members, the difference between their show and Buddy’s was immense. James was presented on stage and Guy was ‘a presence’ on stage. The voice, the power of his guitar and the showmanship was as legendary as Guy himself. Some people have that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ and are born to lead the pack. Elvis, Sinatra, Jagger, Mercury and Prince all had or have it and in The Blues world; Guy is currently the King. When Buddy joins The Stones for a song or two live – he steals the show. How many people dwarf The Stones on stage?
At Place des Arts last night, Guy was in fine eighty – two year old form. At Place des Arts last night, Buddy and his band put on a clinic in sound, in theatrics and old fashioned get what you pay for showmanship. You cannot teach and old dog new tricks and in this day and age, when the new dogs cater to the short span of today’s music, the old dog was comforting as he lay at the punter’s feet.
The’ old hound’ brought along some friends as well. The Damn Right Blues Band backed up Buddy as a full blown 1960’s Blues club band. In the days of Blues haunts in Chicago such as Theresa’s and Muddy Waters’ Checkerboard Lounge, The Damn Right Blues band was the norm. Every player in all The Blues clubs was an elite performer. They were the forefathers of music today. The Damn Right Blues Band – relaying their ancestors messages loudly, purely and honestly. After all, real Blues music is as honest as you get.
Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love” added a sing along portion to the show. One of Guy’s strong points is audience interaction and Guy furthered the bond with his rendition of John Hiatt’s Looks Like Rain.The audience was tutored by Guy into singing the chorus and it was angelic. Men were singing along yet eerily – it was only the female voices which rose to the heavens. Guy himself seem to pick up on that vibe and he sincerely gave his grading asking three or four times for them to do it again. It was a special moment.
Ric “Jazz’ Hall, Buddy’s gunslinger in crime on guitar was (next to Buddy) the best guitar player in Montreal last night. A headliner on his own, Ric displayed more than once how a guitar should sound while playing not only The Blues but Rock n Roll. Spacing and tone are far more important than technique and flash. Ric will be, one day – held in the same esteem that Mr. Guy is now.
Marty Sammon knows the feel of music. Marty Sammon well aware of how and what is needed in a Blues band. On keys, Sammon pushes and pulls the rhythm to lows and highs with power and solitude. Allowing Guy time to breathe physically and musically. The chemistry between the two as beautiful as Peanut Butter and Jelly. As tight as jeans on a runway model. As smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Two things happen at every Buddy Guy show. One – the master leaves his desk and ventures into the audience and two; the hairs on the back of people’s necks stand on end when Buddy opens his mouth and sings. Both occurred last night yet the softness in which Guy also sang was equally as outstanding. His control and the feel of The Blues was impressive. At eighty- two years of age, Guy’s stamina may be the inspiration behind Mick Jagger’s strength.
Buddy Guy. Walking and walking and walking and walking and …
Photos Benoit Rousseau
Has there been anyone in the history of music that is identified with one album and a live one at that? Every artist who falls under the legend umbrella has at the very least, three albums and ten hit songs. Sure there are one hit wonders but Peter Frampton doesn’t even fall into that category.
Yes, yes – serious Rock guys will say that Frampton was part of Humble Pie and they were a great band and Frampton’s guitar playing was a huge part of it. Yet, ask the same Rock guys what is your favorite memory of Frampton and they will say; Do You Feel Like We Do from the album Frampton Comes Alive. Baseball, Apple Pie and Frampton Comes Alive. Staples of North American culture.
Frampton is on a ‘Farewell Tour’ due to his diagnosis of Degenerative Muscle Disease and he performed as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival on Friday evening. For the most part – the audience consisted of people who have not been to a show since Frampton Comes Alive was released. Peter Frampton is from the past and these type of artists tend to draw their own kin. Call it a musical ‘sleep with your cousin’ kinda thing.
As the show commenced, none aside from Peter Frampton’s family and band knew what to expect. Was the music going to be like the live record? Can Peter play guitar as well as he used to? Will Place des Arts suit the Rock n Roll Frampton and his band play? The answers came quick. Yes, yes and mais oui !
Baby (Somethin’s Happening) started the show and it was akin to a blind date. The first two minutes are crucial (three songs?) to obtaining enough knowledge to decide whether it will be a late night or a sudden fake phone call will equate to a quick exit. By the time the night entered into song two ( Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder), a feeling of ‘maybe I will get to third base’ enveloped the crowd. Lines On my Face then proved that Frampton’s guitar skills remain intact and from that point, the stage was set for song number one from Frampton Comes Alive.
Seventy-five percent of the audience jolted upright as if someone placed an electric wire under their seats. Show Me the Way returned everyone to the days of Pop Rocks and North Star running shoes. Frampton and the band eerily reproduced the song as it was recorded on the famous disc. Peter’s vocals that of a young man with no sign of rust. It was as if Frampton’s vocal chords still had hair. Just like that – the night was signed, sealed and delivered to the hearts of the mostly aged punters. Anything following the song Show Me the Way, destined to be accepted as gold.
Following a couple of covers ( Hogey Carmichael’s Georgia and Freddie King’s Me and My Guitar), Frampton derricked the past once again with two Blues’ covers from his new album “All Blues’. Peter Frampton loves playing guitar and music. These passions glared at the audience from the time Peter started playing leads on the Blues’ tunes. His passion grew as the night went on and remained that way via his autobiographical chatter and his vibrancy on stage.
The energy, reached the stratosphere when Frampton paid homage to one of his pals; the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. Black Hole Sun allowed not only Frampton but the entire band to shed whatever inhibitions remained within and they started jammin’ as if they were in sound-check. In other words – they danced as if none were watching.
Do You Feel Like We Do relieved the audience of it’s pain. Most – coming to Place des Arts and forking out big dough to hear Frampton’s most famous export ‘come alive’. The music was the same, the vocals were the same but Mr. Frampton had some fun with the voice box segment of the song. Altering the record words and intertwining them with the real live album lyrics. Laughing at times along with the audience, the iconic singer and song in 2019 have both become a festive Monet live. A celebration of not only Frampton’s legacy but the legacy of the 1970s. Arguably the best decade for arena Rock n Roll. Not arguably, the best decade for Peter Frampton.
On July 5th 2019 at Place des Arts during the Montreal Jazz Festival, three things were missing. Guitar playing, vocals and happiness were not any of them.
Even if you were not a fan, in the late seventies, Peter Frampton was all over the radio. Do You Feel Like We Do was an anthem for Rock n Rollers. One of those tunes that musically and lyrically summed up the vibe during a concert, a party or the aftermath of both.
For eighteen months, Peter Frampton was the face of Rock and was atop the Pop star ladder. Posters of him adorned almost every teen girl’s bedroom wall and every teenage boy needed to be Peter Frampton.
George Benson was here in Montreal Monday evening as part of The Montreal International jazz Festival. Those in attendance witnessed a special evening. Special tunes, special talent and a backing band filled with rhythm.
Breezin’ started the night with an indication of Benson’s superb guitar work. Instrumentals are very much part of who Benson has always been and they remain entwined deeply within a Benson show. His style – in the vein of B.B. King and King’s mastery of holding notes with tenderness.
Turn Your Love Around Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You, Give Me the Night and The Masquerade showcased the power in Benson’s voice and his ability to seek out and destroy the human emotion which is so vital to having a hit record. Benson – over the years, is one of few artists who not only add all genres into his music but are also not shy to do other folk’s songs.
Benson’s latest album is an homage to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. At Place des Arts, Benson showcased the tunes of the legendary performers with his own special twist. Havana Moon with it’s ever – present guitar riff elevated the mood of the both the band and the audience. Berry’s genius was always within the fun of his lyrics and music. Benson et al captured the spirit perfectly with Havana Moon.
Walking to New Orleans ( Domino) transported the audience to a simpler time in music. Nobody captured the simplicity in music than Fats Domino with his piano keys and vocals. Benson’s voice last night on Domino’s classic – just as poignant in 2019 and it was the vehicle driven to give Fats the credit he is due.
Benson and his band gave the audience Soul, Blues, Pop and Jazz. All the ingredients that are cemented into the Montreal Jazz Festival. All the tools required to educate up and coming musicians about music.
In the case of Alan Parsons, he is a monkey on all music fan’s backs.
Alan has released his first solo album in fifteen years. It is no ‘secret’ that fans have been waiting for this anxiously. The album ‘The Secret’ does not disappoint.
Please listen below to my chat with Alan Parsons about his new album. Alan will be here on July 4th as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival.
That is precisely what Kevin Breit did for his new release – Stella Bella Strada.
Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Kevin and hear some great tunes and tales from the new album.
The title above could very well be the name of Kevin Breit’s latest album. Instead – Stella Bella Strada is the name of the disc and it translates roughly into ‘Star of the Road’. A fitting title both professionally and personally for the Ontario-born much sought after session man.
Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Kevin and hear some great tunes and stories about working with Holly Cole and Norah Jones.
Soul Train, the television show which featured Gino Vannelli as it’s first ‘white’ performer is long gone. Gino, on the other hand, is improving with age.
The sixty-six year old native Montrealer returned home this past weekend on the heels of his first album of new material in over a decade. Wilderness Road is the name of Gino’s twentieth album and it may rank as one of his best.
On Friday and Saturday night at Place des Arts, Montrealers got a taste of the new album along with Vannelli’s greatest hits. They also received a profound example of what made Gino famous in the first place.
Sure Gino had the looks for the seventies. The sex appeal of John Travolta long before Travolta exited his T.V Barbarino character and emerged as Danny in Grease and Tony in Saturday Night Fever. Travolta should be thanking Gino with a regular paycheck.
Aside from the image, what separated Gino from the pack of both Italians and non Italians, was his attention to detail and his inner belief system. Those two elements (and persistence) made Herb Alpert of A&M Records pay attention. Much the same way the crowd at Place des Arts did on Saturday night. Rarely does an artist gather such focus between songs. Five hundred pins dropping would not be heard as each ear hung onto every word Gino spoke.
The reasons for the attention span is simple. Gino’s voice and his band’s precision. Aside from a couple of songs in Vannelli’s arsenal ( I Just Wanna Stop, Living Inside Myself, Wild Horses), Gino’s songwriting has not been easy to classify. His songs are diverse, complex and simple. His arrangements are unique and lean towards perfection. The audiences at a Gino show are given musical gifts before he opens his mouth.
People I Belong To, Nightwalker, Feel like Flying, Apaloosa, Black Cars, NightDrive (along with the songs mentioned above) contain vocals by Gino which are that of a much younger man. Some people are blessed with a singing ability and then there are ‘those’ blessed to hear it.
Two of the songs from the new disc showcased both Vannelli’s vocals and his songwriting brilliance. Yet Something Beautiful and Older N’ Wiser.
Both songs inspired on two fronts. Musically, Older N’Wiser displays Vannelli’s Jazzy versatility while Yet Something Beautiful is pure Dicken-esque in it’s brilliant storytelling. Gino’s vocals on the latter reaching depths not heard from anyone half his age. The vocals alone leaving the audience speechless in awe.
Like most ‘classic’ artists – the unfortunate part of Gino Vannelli 2019 is commercial radio’s unwillingness to play the new tunes and a hunger for the old tunes from those only wanting to live in the past. Fortunately for Gino, his band is not a ‘cover’ band and are talented enough to play the new album in it’s entirety if the demand is there. Fortunately for Gino, his band can also play the complex rhythms and arrangements of the past.
In short – Gino and his mates are ready for Soul Train 2.0
Dr. Jarrett Lobley didn’t forget what he saw as he travelled the world. The things we in Canada take for granted were not part of the equation yet people were happier in places.
Returning years later to the same locals and villages , Lobley noticed a difference in people’s behavior. Happiness was replaced with want and need.
What caused it ? What made people turn to drugs and alcohol to mark their pain? Their malcontent ?
Please listen below to part three of my chat with the good doctor to find out !
In 2005 – Joss Stone and Melissa Ethgeridge paid tribute to Janis Joplin at the Grammy Awards. Fast forward to Place des Arts last evening and the pair did it once again. The first time the talented duo have performed together since that emotional evening twelve years ago.
Ghost Like is the name of the new album. It is a return to basics. A ‘ for the love of music ‘ CD which evolved ‘by accident’. A superb blend of catchy Pop, nurturing ballads and folk-ish lore. A CD which should be included in every Canadian’s collection.
The Blues Camp presented by TDlaunches a new website for its 9th edition! And here’s the perfect reason to head there right away: it’s time for all young Québec musicians aged 13-17 to register for auditions for the chance to participate in our renownedfree once-in-a-lifetime week-long musical project!
The day camp,presented as part of the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, once again welcomes about fifty teens who will have the opportunity to revel in and refine their passion for music, in the company of recognized professionals from the music world.
To register, please visitcampdeblues.com before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Auditions will follow on Saturday, April 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. at École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais in Montréal.
Bluesmen and blueswomen of all stripes are welcome
We often associate blues music with the guitar, but it’s important to know that the camp is not dedicated to this instrument alone. Vocalists, saxophonists, trombone players, trumpet players, bass players, pianists, harmonica players and guitarists can all try their luck at being chosen for this unique experience, which, if we may say so ourselves, is also pretty hot! And for those young people wanting to prepare for the audition by doing a few extra warm-up exercises, be sure to check out the “how to prepare” section of the campsdeblues.com website.
How to participate
Simply register before 5 p.m. on April 24, 2014 on the Blues Camp website atcampdeblues.com. Fifty lucky young people will be selected at the auditions. The Blues Camp will be held from June 29 to July 5.
Important dates to remember
Registration period: from now until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Auditions: April 26, at École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais (5555 Sherbrooke St. East, corner of De L’Assomption)
Blues Camp: June 29 to July 5
Show at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: July 5 at 6 p.m. on the TD stage
A 100%-free music day camp!
In tune with The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s mission of promoting music making, the Blues Camp presented by TD offers some 50 young people a unique lifetime opportunity to live their musical passion for seven straight days and learn the ropes, all with the help of professionals from the world of music who will accompany them at the final show on the TD stage before a live audience, at the wind-up to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!
The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD, whose continued proud sponsorship and presentation hit just the right note, making this musical dream camp possible.
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.
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), ticketmaster.ca and admission.com, 1 855 790-1245
Théâtre St-Denis 1 (1594 St. Denis St.), 514 790-1111 or 1 800 848-1594, http://www.ticketpro.ca
Club Soda (1225 St. Laurent Blvd.), clubsoda.ca, 514 286-1010)
For further information, call the Info-Jazz LaPresse+ Line at 514 871-1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.
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Tickets remain available for these other concerts
(tickets already on sale, details at montrealjazzfest.com)
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.