Some of the standouts: Patricia Barbara, Morcheeba, Steel Pulse, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Colin James, Melody Gardot, Diane Reeves.
There’s something for music fans of all stripes among the 150 indoor shows at the 40th Montreal International Jazz Festival, June 27 to July 6.
Patricia Barber, Morcheeba, Steel Pulse and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry are just some of the standouts joining previously announced acts including Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Colin James, Melody Gardot, Diane Reeves and the Strumbellas.
The ever-groovy Les Rhythmes series at MTelus hosts a broad roster of acts including Toronto pop-rockers The Strumbellas (June 27), British reggae giants Steel Pulse (June 28), Quebec soul singer Bobby Bazini, trip-hop throwbacks Morcheeba, France’s Lou Doillon (July 3), Australian rocker Courtney Barnett (July 5) and Swedish folk sister duo First Aid Kit (July 6).
Frampton brings his Farewell Tour to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on July 5 as part of the Événements spéciaux TD series. Among the other top-tier artists performing at the venue are jazz-pop sensation Norah Jones (June 27), Canuck rockers Blue Rodeo (June 28), jazz chanteuse Melody Gardot (June 29 and 30), soul man George Benson (July 1) and bluesmen Buddy Guy and Colin James (July 6).
A mix of jazz, world music and indie pop artists make up the Grands concerts Rio Tinto series at Théâtre Maisonneuve, including Omara Portuondo (June 27), Madeleine Peyroux (June 28), Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto June 29), the Ravi Coltrane Quartet (June 30), Diane Reeves (July 1), Joshua Redman (July 2) and the John Pizzarelli Trio (with a tribute to Nat King Cole) and Montrealer Ranee Lee (July 3).
Jazz heads will flock to the Maison Symphonique June 27, where pianist Brad Mehldau’s quintet welcomes saxophonist Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Leon Parker.
Also playing the venue are Afro-Cuban legend Chucho Valdez (June 28), American jazz singer Stacey Kent (June 30), Mexico’s Rodrigo y Gabriela, and festival favourite Pink Martini (July 6 and 7).
A hip mix of acts play Club Soda’s Les Couleurs series, including African-American singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara (June 27), Montreal groove-rocker Jesse Mac Cormack and former Montreal indie act Land of Talk (June 28), power-piped pop singer Nikki Yanofsky (June 29), Montreal speed metal heroes Voïvod (June 30), soul-funk survivor Lee Fields & the Expressions (July 1) and Indigenous post-classical composer-pianist and Polaris Prize-winner Jeremy Dutcher (July 3).
It’s all jazz, all the time at the Jazz Beat series at Monument National, with performances by drummer Steve Gadd, who has played with everyone from Paul Simon to Steely Dan and Chick Corea (June 27), South Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah (June 28), French drummer Manu Katché (June 29), American jazz singer Patricia Barber (June 30), New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (July 1), and Montreal’s Orchestre National de Jazz, which shows some love to a rap icon with its show The Invisible Man: an Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre (July 3).
Beloved Canadian jazz vocalist Holly Cole and her trio set up shop at Lion d’Or, July 2 to 5, while Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry returns to the SAT’s multimedia projection room the Satosphere for a series of psychedelic audio-visual performances of his upcoming solo album Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2, June 26 to July 6.
The RE: creation series at Cinquième Salle presents reinterpretations of classic albums by a wide range of artists: Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska Project will be reimagined by Montreal singer-songwriter Andre Papnicolaou and guests (June 27); Montreal jazz saxophonist Yannick Rieu takes on John Coltrane’s The Lost Album (June 29); and Portishead’s Dummy and other trip-hop classics is revisited by Erika and Simon Angell of Thus Owls, and others (July 1).
An always impressive lineup of jazz acts can be found in the intimate confines of the Gesù, where legendary jazz label ECM’s 50th anniversary is celebrated by pianists Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn (June 27), Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his trio (June 28) and Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, solo (July 5).
Performing three nights at the venue is Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca III, with French trumpeter Erik Truffaz (June 29), solo (June 30) and with maverick New York house DJ Joe Claussell (July 1).
As usual, Montreal jazz musicians are well represented at the fest, with performances by saxophonist Christine Jensen (July 3 at Gesù); pianist Marianne Trudel and singer Karen Young, performing their album Portraits: Songs of Joni Mitchell (June 29 at L’Astral); saxophonist Charles Papsoff (June 30 at L’Astral), guitarist-composer Benoît Charest (July 1 at L’Astral) and drummer Jim Doxas with his quartet (July 5 at L’Astral).
AT A GLANCE
The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place June 27 to July 6. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit montrealjazzfest.com